Deputy Sheriff (Entry Level and Lateral)

Bellingham, WA
Whatcom County Sheriff's Office

$38.37 – $48.11 Hourly

The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office offers challenging and exciting careers for Deputy Sheriff Officers. When you become part of the team, you are welcomed into our close-knit family. Deputies work with people in a wide variety of circumstances, many of which may be challenging, potentially dangerous, and rapidly evolving. Therefore, maturity, good judgment, self-confidence, and a desire to assist the public are essential.

Key Duties Include:

  • Patrols – providing emergency aid, security and protection to the public; responding to requests for information and assistance; and responding to crimes in progress.
  • Investigates crimes and motor vehicle accidents and natural and unnatural deaths.
  • Transports prisoners.
  • Testifies in court.
  • Resolves complaints, controls civil disturbances, and performs crisis intervention. Serves criminal and civil process documents.
  • Thoroughly documents activities by report writing.


The basic requirements to be a Deputy Sheriff are:

  • High school diploma or GED
  • College-level coursework in the area of corrections, law enforcement, law and justice, police science or social services is desired, but not required

The requirements for a Lateral Candidate are:

  • Been employed for at least 2 years within Washington State or another state, territory or commonwealth of the United states as paid peace officer with law enforcement authority.
  • Passed a probationary period with a previous law enforcement employer.
  • No more than a 24-month break in service since the most recent law enforcement employer.
  • Completion of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission (WSCJTC) Basic Law Enforcement Officer’s Academy, the Washington State Patrol Academy or a law enforcement academy of another state, territory or commonwealth of the United States and be eligible for certification after completion of the Washington Criminal Justice Training Academy Equivalency Academy and current certification as a peace officer.

Among other special requirements, a successful candidate must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States or a lawful permanent resident
  • Able to read and write the English language.
  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Read and write the English Language
  • Have a driver’s license and a driving record that meets County standards