Deputy Sheriff – Cadet

Raleigh, NC
Wake County Government

What You’ll Be Doing
This position is for a non-certified candidate for Deputy Sheriff – Cadet. If hired, the Cadet will attend the Wake County Sheriff’s Office Basic Law Enforcement Training Academy in February 2024.

Deputy Sheriff Duties:

  • Responsible for the general law enforcement services required by the Office of the Sheriff
  • Serve the public, keep the peace as well as protect the lives, rights and property of all those within the County of Wake
  • Provide security for the courts, transport inmates, answer calls from the public, investigate complaints and criminal activity, perform traffic enforcement, develop suspects, arrest perpetrators, serve civil and criminal process as well as other papers as required by the courts, and any other special assignments upon request
  • A Deputy Sheriff is expected to be of good moral character, possess sound judgment, make decisions in both normal and emergency situations and use discretion while carrying out the details of each task
  • The applicant must be willing to work various schedules including a 12-hour rotating shift with holidays and weekends

Deputy Sheriff Salary:
Hourly rate for Deputy Sheriff – Cadet is $24.30 per hour ($50,540 annually). After completion of the Basic Law Enforcement Training Academy and state certification is obtained, the Deputy Sheriff will receive an additional 5% plus incentives for education (Associate’s 3% and Bachelor’s 6%), military (Reserve 2% and Active Duty 3%), prior experience (varies) and fluency in any foreign language 4%.

About Our Team
With a wide array of services, Wake County Government is at the heart of a rapidly growing and diverse area offering residents, employees and visitors exciting opportunities to live, work, grow and play. Wake County Government employs approximately 4400 employees and approximately 1000 are employed by the Sheriff’s Office. With over 850 square miles of area and 1 million residents, Wake County Deputies are the primary law enforcement agency for those in the unincorporated areas of the County. Wake County Deputies also provide specialized services throughout the County such as Civil Process service, School Resource Officers, Criminal Investigations, Narcotics Enforcement, K-9 services and a Tactical Response Team. For more information about Wake County Government, visit and the Wake County Sheriff’s Office at
The Basics (Required Education and Experience)

  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • Must be a citizen of the United States
  • Must have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and safe driving record
  • Must not have been charged or convicted of a felony
  • Must not have been charged with a serious misdemeanor (Class B) within the past 5 years AND not have 4 or more total misdemeanor charges
  • Candidates must undergo an extensive background investigation including, but not limited to, physical fitness assessment, reading test, medical exam, drug screen and psychological exam
  • Must meet all the applicable standards with the North Carolina Sheriff’s Training and Standards Commission as well as the policies of the Wake County Sheriff’s Office
  • Must be willing to relocate within 30 miles from the Wake County line