The Orange County Sheriff’s Office (407-254-7000), which provides law enforcement services to Orange County, Florida, is one of the largest law enforcement agencies in the southeastern United States, employing more than 2,400 sworn officers and civilian employees. In addition to the more than one million residents within the jurisdiction, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office is responsible for an additional 45 million tourists who visit Orange County every year.
If you want to learn how to become an Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy, follow this step-by-step guide for a chance to fill open jobs:
- Meet all basic minimum qualifications for Orange County Sheriff Department jobs
- Submit an application for employment
- Take the Physical Abilities test
- Take the Written Skills test
- Undergo a Voice Stress Analysis test
- Complete a Panel Interview
- Pass the swim test
- Undergo fingerprinting and a background investigation
- Receive a conditional job offer and complete employment processing
Step 1. Become a Certified Officer in Florida
To obtain Orange County Deputy Sheriff jobs you must graduate from a law enforcement program through an approved state training center in Florida or through an accredited college and successfully pass Florida’s state certification exam (or equivalent). You can obtain more information about the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s (FDLE) Basic Recruit Certificate of Compliance here.
Step 2. Verify you Meet Qualifications for Orange County Sheriff Department Jobs
To qualify for Orange County Deputy Sheriff jobs you must meet a set of minimum requirements, which include:
- You must be at least 20 years old
- You must be a U.S. citizen
- You must have a valid driver’s license for at least one year
- You must have two or fewer moving violations in the last 3 years
- You must have no convictions for DUI in the last 5 years
- You must have no felony convictions
- You must have no misdemeanors related to domestic violence or purgery
- You must have no dishonorable discharge
- You must have no used illegal drugs in the past 3 years
- You must be in good, physical condition
Step 3. Submit You Job Application
Because the Orange County Sheriff’s Office only accepts employment applications through their e-Recruiting system, it is important to check with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office website to see if applications are currently being accepted for Orange County Deputy Sheriff Jobs.
Once you have determined that the Sheriff’s Office is hiring for Orange County Deputy Sheriff jobs you can apply using the online application. Before you can apply, however, you must complete a Pre-Screener Questionnaire. Upon meeting the Department’s minimum requirements you will be directed to the employment application.
Step 4. Take the Physical Abilities test
Only select candidates will be chosen to take the Physical Abilities Test and move on in the pre-employment process.
All candidates for sworn positions within the Orange County Sheriff’s Office must complete a Physical Abilities test, which includes:
- 15 push-ups in one minute or less
- 25 sit-ups in one minute or less
- 1.5-mile run in 18 minutes or less
Step 5. Take the Written Skills Test
The written skills test involves watching a video of a deputy taking a report. All candidates are required to take notes and complete a report following the video. You can expect to be scored on the number of facts you correctly reported, in addition to your spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
Step 6. Undergo a Voice Stress Analysis test
Only those individuals contacted by the Sheriff’s Department can move onto the next phase of the pre-employment process, which includes undergoing a Voice Stress Analysis (truth verification).
Step 7. Complete a Panel Interview
Those candidates who pass the Voice Stress Analysis are scheduled to complete a panel interview, which includes three sworn officers of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. You can expect to be asked a series of job-related questions during the interview.
Step 8. Pass the Swim Test
The swim test may be administered by any certified swim instructor at a local YMCA or city swimming pool.
Step 9. Undergo Fingerprinting and a Background Investigation
All candidates who are chosen to proceed with the employment process undergo fingerprinting and the background investigation.
You may also be required, at this time, to participate in a ride-along with a Deputy Sheriff (A Recruiter will schedule the ride-along for you.).
Step 10: Receive a Conditional Job Offer and Complete Employment Processing
Upon the successful completion of the fingerprinting and background investigation, chosen candidates will receive a conditional job offer. Once the conditional job offer is accepted, you must complete a medical exam, drugs screen, and a psychological evaluation.
The average processing time between application and job offer is about 4 to 6 months.