Deputy Sheriff Trainee

Phoenix, AZ
Maricopa County Sheriff

Do you have a desire to protect and serve your community? Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office is seeking passionate individuals to join our team as a Deputy Sheriff Trainee. In this role, high importance is placed on ensuring public safety is provided and maintained by an individual who takes pride in their work and considers the impact of their actions on an individual, team and organizational level.

We are looking for candidates who possess integrity and strong interpersonal skills. Ideal candidates are skilled problem solvers with the ability to diffuse situations and resolve conflict using good judgment while serving others and the community. If this sounds like the right opportunity for you… your adventure with MCSO awaits!

$22.28 Hourly


• Affects an arrest, forcibly if necessary using handcuffs and other restraints.
• Subdues resisting subjects using hands and feet while employing defensive tactic maneuvers or approved non-lethal weapons.
• Pursues fleeing suspects on foot both day and night in unfamiliar terrain.
• Uses body force to gain entrance through barriers to search, seize, investigate and/or rescue.
• Performs searches of persons which involve touching, smelling and feeling to detect potential weapons and contraband.
• Climbs over obstacles; climb through openings; jumps down from elevated surfaces; jumps over obstacles, ditches and streams; crawls in confined areas to pursue, search, investigate and/or rescue.
• Conducts searches of buildings and large outdoor areas which may involve walking and/or standing for long periods of time.
• Requires the ability to distinguish color and perceive shapes.
• Performs tasks which require lifting, carrying or dragging people or heavy objects while performing arrest, rescue or general patrol functions.
• May include the seizure or impound of property and evidence.
• Prepares investigations and other reports using appropriate grammar, symbols and mathematical computations.


High school diploma or GED; must be a U.S. citizen; and must be twenty (20) years and six (6) months of age at the time of application, and 21 years of age prior to the completion of the Sheriff's academy.

Individuals with lapsed Arizona POST certification, and those who have served as a certified peace officer in another state or federal agency, can also apply and may be considered. To be considered, such otherwise qualified individuals must be eligible to gain Arizona POST certification through Waiver Testing or successful completion of a basic academy. The Arizona POST waiver process consists of meeting all of the minimum qualifications for certification as an Arizona Peace Officer including successful completion of a written test, driving proficiency, firearms qualification, and the POPAT (Police Officer Physical Agility Test), administered by Arizona POST, within sixty (60) days of hire. The choice of whether to send an applicant through a basic academy again or allow the applicant to pursue the Waiver Process is at the discretion of the Sheriff.