Deputy Sheriff – Entry Level

Tacoma, WA
Pierce County Sheriff

Salary: $40.78 – $53.97 Hourly.

Position Summary:

This is responsible, general duty and investigatory law enforcement work involving the protection of life/property and the preservation of the peace for the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department. Work is performed in accordance with the mission, goals and objectives of the Sheriff’s Department, and in compliance with governing federal, state, and local laws.

Essential Functions:

  • Conduct full search of arrested persons.
  • Conduct frisk or pat down.
  • Advise persons of constitutional rights.
  • Arrest persons with a warrant.
  • Arrest persons without a warrant.
  • Handcuff suspects or prisoners.
  • Seize contraband, weapons and stolen property from suspects.
  • Execute arrest warrants.
  • Request verification of warrants before execution.
  • Inspect patrol vehicle for weapons and contraband (e.g., before and after prisoner transport).
  • Pursue, on foot, fleeing persons (PCSD).
  • Use of job-related equipment (PCSD).


  • High School diploma or G.E.D. certificate.
  • At least age twenty-one (21) at time of appointment.
  • Valid Washington State driver’s license at time of appointment and be able to provide proof of insurability.
  • Must be a United States citizen or lawful permanent resident and ability to read and write the English language as required by RCW 41.14.100.
  • Ability to successfully complete Pierce County Sheriff’s Department background investigation.
  • Condition of continued employment: Ability to pass the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission physical fitness requirements and the physical fitness standards required by the Sheriff’s Department at time of entrance to the Basic Law Enforcement Academy.
  • Condition of continued employment: Entrance to and successful completion of the Basic Law Enforcement Academy as required by RCW 43.101.