Entry Level Deputy Sheriff

Seattle, WA
King County Sheriff's Office

Salary  $73,403.20 – $102,772.80 Annually

Closing  12/31/2022 11:59 PM Pacific


Make a Difference as a KCSO Deputy! The King County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) mission is to be a trusted partner in fighting crime and improving the quality of life for our residents and guests. Deputies serve many different communities, including unincorporated King County, 13 contract city police departments, and transit police agencies.  

Located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, with a commissioned staff of more than 700, we are among the largest sheriff’s departments in the country. We are seeking individuals who share our values: Leadership, Integrity, Service and Teamwork!


  • Complete the written test and the Physical Ability Test (PAT) with Public Safety Testing. Both tests must be completed to be considered. Select KCSO at testing time so we will receive your scores.
  • Complete a detailed application through governmentjobs.com. Include your job history. Incomplete applications or answering “see resume” may not be considered.
  • Review the Automatic Disqualifying Behaviors before answering the supplemental questions.

Direct questions about the application and recruitment process to Marc Alvarado, Civil Service HR Analyst at Marc.Alvarado@kingcounty.gov

Entry Deputy cadets begin their career with a generous salary package and sponsorship to the Basic Law Enforcement Academy (BELA).  KCSO Deputy Benefits includes:

  • 100% employer paid premiums for medical, dental and vision for you and your dependents.
  • Take-home car upon completion of training
  • Liberal accrual of compensation time

$7,500 for entries; receive $2,500 when you pass the academy and $5,000 when you pass probation, with a three-year commitment.

Questions about a career with King County Sheriff’s Office, please reach out to the KCSO Recruiter  at kcsorec@kingcounty.gov.


Job Duties

All deputies begin their career on patrol (no jail service required). Our deputies gain a strong sense of ownership in their communities by interacting with the residents, business owners, and visitors in the area. Job duties include but are not limited to:

  • Patrol a designated area of the county, assisting persons in trouble and rendering other public safety services as needed.
  • Respond to calls of service and take action as the situation requires, such as securing the scene, interviewing victims and witnesses, securing and gathering evidence, completing incident and arrest reports, investigating persons suspected of being engaged in crime.
  • Investigate family disputes, reports of maltreatment of children, and complaints about persons with social or behavioral problems. Required action includes taking principals into custody or referring them to appropriate agencies, such as juvenile and medical authorities.
  • Complete administrative tasks, such as report writing, on time and with attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Testify in court including presenting facts and observations accurately and objectively and attesting to chain-of-custody in evidence handling.
  • Participate in community policing activities and serve as a resource to the community.
  • Perform related work as required, including assignments in administrative, investigative and special operations units.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills


  • You must be a United States citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident;
  • You must have the ability to read, speak and write in the English language fluently.
  • You must be at least 20.5 years of age at the time of application.
  • Pass with a 70% or above the Law Enforcement Officer written exam with Public Safety Testing.
  • Pass the Physical Ability exam with Public Safety Testing.
  • You must have a high school degree or a GED.
  • Verify that you do not meet any of the Automatic Disqualifying Behavior requirements.


  • Demonstrated ability to write clearly, using correct grammar, spelling and punctuation.
  • Ability to observe, remember and relate detailed information.
  • Demonstrated ability to relate to people and communities from diverse racial, cultural and economic backgrounds.
  • Skilled in working with individuals with vulnerable populations, including those with chemical dependency and/or behavioral health challenges.
  • Ability to maintain effective and positive working relations with co-workers and community members
  • Ability to follow maps well and familiarize self in assigned patrol area.
  • Excellent physical fitness.
  • Basic computer skills


  • Must be able to pass the King County Sheriff’s Office background investigation
  • Upon a contingent offer of employment, meet King County Sheriff’s Office medical standards, as determined by a medical and psychological examination.
  • Obtain a Washington State Driver’s License

WORK SCHEDULE:  24/7 position, shift of day, swing, or graveyard are determined on need and assigned location.

Candidates who have a complete application and meet the basic requirements will be invited to self-schedule for an oral board interview. This is a scored examination and will be used to establish candidate’s rank on the Eligibility List.

Candidates who pass the oral board are placed on the Eligibility List may advance to the KCSO Background Investigation, which includes a thorough background investigation, polygraph, medical and psychological examination. This process may take 4 to 12 weeks to complete.

CONTACT INFORMATION: If you have questions regarding this recruitment please contact Marc Alvarado, Civil Service HR Analyst at Marc.Alvarado@kingcounty.gov or 206-263-6896.