Currently available: Deputy Sheriff I (Trainee)

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Minimum Qualifications for Deputy Sheriff I (Trainee)

  1. Education: high school graduate or GED equivalent
  2. Age limit: must be 21 years of age at time of appointment or within three months of the 21st birthday on the closing date for receipt of applications
  3. Physical condition: must be in excellent physical condition
  4. Citizenship: must be U.S. citizen at time of application
  5. Must be bondable for handling Commonwealth funds
  6. Valid driver’s license: must possess valid driver’s license from place of residence
  7. Special requirements: position requires being available for emergency calls, standby duty, 12-hour shifts, overtime and details outside the facility. Also includes work on days, evenings, nights, weekends, holidays and rotating shifts
  8. Training: must successfully complete Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Academy within first 12 months of employment — successful completion includes passing all phases of academic, physical, driver and firearms training. In-service maintenance training and semi-annual firearms qualifications are ongoing.
  9. All new uniformed (sworn) Sheriff’s Office employees must be non-smokers and are required to sign an agreement to not smoke on or off the job during tenure.

Examination Requirements

One or more of the following exams:

  • Written
  • Polygraph
  • Psychological
  • Medical (will include chest x-ray and drug/alcohol test)
  • Character/background Investigation to include a criminal history inquiry. Note: Candidates who have engaged in any activity that would support a felony conviction are unlikely to receive favorable consideration. Misdemeanor convictions for crimes relating to theft, domestic violence or assault are likely to disqualify (incomplete and/or inaccurate information on personal history may be cause for rejection).


  • Overtime compensation
  • Shift differential: paid to full-time employees who work evening shift
  • Uniforms and equipment: furnished
  • Vacation: full-time employees eligible for accrued vacations as follows:
    • 13 days after one year
    • 16 days after three years
    • 19 and one half days after six years
    • 16 days at 12 years or more
  • Military leave: up to 15 working days with pay each year, provided the employee has completed six months of service
  • Holidays: approximately 10 paid each year
  • Sick leave: full-time employees earn four hours of sick leave for each two-week pay period (13 days per year)
  • Health insurance: choice between two County group plans
  • Group life insurance: basic amount provided at no cost to full-time employees
  • Credit union available to all employees
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Deferred compensation
  • Dependent care
  • Uniformed (sworn) employees of the Sheriff’s Office provided membership to the Virginia Sheriff’s Association and the American Jail Association

Once hired, staff are trained in the functions they’re expected to perform. For most, requirements include pre-service training, a 24-week basic training program and annual in-service refresher training. Deputy Sheriffs are certified in law enforcement, corrections, serving civil process and warrants, and courtroom and courthouse security.