Entry Level Sheriff’s Deputy

Seattle, WA
King County Sheriff's Office
Salary: $-$

For entry level candidates, the testing process can take anywhere from 3 to 10 months (quicker for lateral applicants) depending on several factors (e.g., applicant availability, testing and interview schedules, and available vacancies).  Currently, we have exceeded our hiring goals for the first half of 2016.  We anticipate further hiring as vacancies occur.  We suggest you still apply now via National Testing Network(NTN) in order to get a head start on the application process. Please note that NTN scores are valid for 1 year. Laterals do not take the physical tests.

How to Prepare for the Written Test

Applicants take the Frontline Police Test. This is a three part exam lasting 2-hours. Learn how to prepare for the Frontline Police Test.

Desired Skills:

  • Am I able to speak clearly and listen to others well? Can I write a report with grammatically correct English?
  • Do I read and comprehend well to learn the laws and procedures of law enforcement in the academy?
  • Do I have a good memory to recall what I've learned and what I've witnessed in incidents?
  • Am I able to follow maps and find my way around?
  • Do I have excellent physical fitness?
  • Do I have basic computer skills?


Basic Qualifications for All Applicants

  • You must be a United States citizen at the time of application;
  • You must have the ability to read, speak, and write the English language fluently;
  • You must be at least 20 years of age at the time of application; age 21 on the date of hire;
  • You must have a Washington State driver's license, or be able to obtain one by the date of hire;
  • You must have a high school degree or GED;
  • You must meet KCSO medical standards, as determined by a medical exam following an offer of employment; and
  • You must be able to pass the background investigation. (We have provided a short self-screening background questionnaire that will help us determine whether you meet some basic background qualifications. This is attached to Deputy Sheriff Job Application and must be filled out as a part of the application package.)
  • See list of disqualifying behaviors at left, click 'disqualifiers'

Additional Qualifications for Lateral Entry Applicants with Previous Experience

  • Experience as a full time commissioned police officer with at least 12 months of active patrol;
  • Successful completion of probation as a commissioned officer with a city, county or state police or sheriff's department;
  • Less than a two-year break in service from a former police officer position; and
  • Academy training that meets or exceeds the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center's standards.