Entry-Level Deputy Sheriff

Tacoma, WA
Pierce County Sheriff's Department
Salary: $4,779-$6,321 / monthly

Pierce County Sheriff’s Department is currently building an eligibility list. There are 5-7 vacancies with more anticipated. Pierce County requires candidates to test through National Testing Network and complete the Personnel History Questionnaire (PHQ). All testing, PAT, and PHQ must be completed by 6/19/2014 for this current round of hiring.

Salary Information: $4,779 – $6,321

Department Information:

The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department is a “full service agency” that provides law enforcement, jail, court security, civil processing services to all areas of unincorporated Pierce County and the contract cities of Edgewood and University Place. We serve the second largest county in the State of Washington with over 795,245 residents, county wide, 375,545 of which live in unincorporated areas. Unincorporated areas in Pierce County include Parkland, Spanaway, Graham, South Hill, Frederickson, Purdy, Vaughn, Key Peninsula, and many of the areas surrounding the cities of Bonney Lake, Puyallup, Eatonville, and Roy.

Our department consists of 300 commissioned officers that serve unincorporated areas, plus 6 commissioned officers in the City of Edgewood and 16 commissioned officers in the City of University Place. Our department is also comprised of 309 commissioned corrections officers and 61 civilian employees.

Job Description:

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. See Core Job Description at the end of this document.

Selection Procedure:

  • All interested applicants must complete an application, personnel history questionnaire and successfully pass the written and physical fitness tests administered by NTN (www.nationaltestingnetwork.com).
  • Applicant must achieve a passing score of 70% or higher on the video and reading sections of the written exam. Applicant must pass the report writing section and the physical fitness test. The Physical Fitness Test includes: a mile and a half run, a 300m sprint, push-ups and sit-ups (minimum 160 points needed for a passing score).
  • Individuals will be ranked and placed on the Civil Service register according to their score on the video section of the written examination.
  • Veterans’ scoring criteria will be granted in accordance with RCW 41.04.
  • The Civil Service register will be good for one (1) year.
  • The top candidates on the register will be notified by the Background Unit to begin the background investigation process.
  • Candidates will receive a letter in the mail from Civil Service with their score and rank on the Civil Service register. Please allow several weeks for delivery. Civil Service cannot give exam information over the phone.

Desired Skills:

  • Required physical activities include walking, standing, sitting, digital dexterity, talking, hearing and seeing.
  • A Deputy Sheriff will assist in any emergency situation, and must maintain physical ability to affect a forcible arrest or deal with physical, confrontive or combative situations including use of reasonable force up to and including deadly force. Required physical activities during those times are running, jumping, balancing, climbing, crawling, kneeling, bending, stooping, twisting, crouching, reaching, lifting, carrying, dragging, throwing, pushing/pulling both objects and people.
  • A Deputy Sheriff must be able to clearly distinguish and identify colors, accurately and safely discharge a firearm (either hand) with unassisted vision, safely drive a vehicle with unassisted vision, clearly discriminate electronic, mechanical and human sounds, and operate other required equipment in a safe and lawful manner for the protection/safety of the public, self and of other employees.


  • Age: At least age 21 at time of appointment.
  • US Citizen: Yes (at time of application) per RCW 41.14.100.
  • High School Grad/GED: Yes.
  • Valid WASHINGTON State Driver's License: Valid Washington Driver's License at time of appointment and be able to provide proof of insurability.
  • Ability to Read/Speak English: Yes, able to read and write English per 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 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.
  • Pierce County will consider reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities, if requested. Notify the Chief Examiner at (253) 798-6250, at least one week prior to the need.