Deputy Sheriff Job Overview

The Top 3 responsibilities of
a deputy sheriff

County Enforcement

A county deputy sheriff is responsible for law enforcement on a county level, ensuring that all local, state, and federal laws are followed.

Patrol The County

Patrols county roads/neighborhoods in a patrol cruiser for the purpose of observing the area for possible criminal activity or other conditions that could endanger the public.

County Service Calls

Responds to county dispatched calls, such as robberies, burglaries, thefts, assaults and domestics and practices safety procedures in answering and responding to calls.

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Deputy Sheriff Police Requirements:

Minimum Qualifications

According to U.S. labor of bureau statistics (2018) the average salary for a Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers is...

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Average Salary
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* The base pay above does not Include holiday pay, longevity pay, education level, uniform allowance, shift differential and overtime. Cops can potentially earn more than the figure above suggest.

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Deputy Sheriff Job Description, Salary
and Exam Requirements

If you want to become a sheriff’s deputy, there are some requirements you must meet and some exams you must pass before you get hired. Some of which are tougher than others, but all are equally important.

The selection process to become a county officer is not any different from the city department’s  hiring process. The only difference between the two agencies is jurisdiction.  Many of the times, county deputies are assigned to more rural areas whereas city police officers mainly stay within city limits. Then again, that’s not always the case in some states.

Let’s look at some of the exams that you’ll have to pass in order to successfully become a deputy sheriff. The initial exam you’ll be required to complete with a qualifying time is the physical assessment test.

This test consists of running, pulling, jumping, and pushing. Each exercise has a time limit. This means you’ll need to complete each exercise in a timely manner or you’ll be disqualified.

The fitness test is not easy by any means,  but if you prepare for it two to three months in advance by getting involved in a strength and conditioning program, then you should do okay. The next exam is the deputy sheriff written examination which has eight main categories. The objective of the exam is to evaluate your ability to perform the job correctly.

Here are some of the sections that are covered on the sheriff deputy exam:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Direction Map Reading
  • Vocabulary/Spelling
  • Memory Recognition
  • Basic Mathematics
  • Report Writing,

The actual test is normally in a multiple choice format with maybe an essay at the end, but this is dependent upon the agency. Again, just like the physical assessment test, if you prepare in advance for the Sheriff Deputy Exam, you should do fine.

Other requirements you’ll have to successfully complete before you are hired are the oral board interview, criminal background check, polygraph test, driving record history, psych evaluation, drug screening, and possibly the chief face-2-face meeting.

Deputy Sheriff Salary

Per the 2018 BLS report, the average wages for an entry level Deputy Sheriff is around $31.44 per hour. The average salary for a Deputy Sheriff is around $65,400 per year. This may fluctuate depending on the department you are applying to.

As you can see, the testing process can be a bit long, but if you get hired it will all be worth it.

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