Applying for Middlesex County deputy sheriff jobs is a competitive process. Knowing how to become a Middlesex County sheriff deputy as you begin the process will make you a more organized and better-prepared candidate. The application process is described in the following steps:
- Minimum requirements and application
- Initial tests
- Oral interview
- Criminal record and background investigation
- Medical and psychological evaluation
- Training academy
Step 1. Minimum Requirements and Application
Before you fill out the application for Middlesex County sheriff’s department jobs, make sure you meet the basic minimum requirements for the position, and provide the necessary photocopies with your application:
- High school diploma or GED
- U.S. citizen (copy of your birth certificate)
- Have a mostly clean criminal background with no felony or domestic violence convictions
- Reside within the State of Massachusetts by the time you are hired
- Have received an honorable military discharge, if applicable (Include a copy of your DD-214)
- May not smoke cigarettes while at the sheriff’s office
Make sure your application is filled out completely and legibly. Completed applications can be mailed to the Middlesex County sheriff’s human resources office located in Medford.
Step 2. Initial Tests
If your initial application makes it through the first vetting you will be contacted and scheduled to complete a written skills and physical fitness test. The written skills test will measure your writing ability and reading comprehension, which is expected to be at about a 12th grade level. Your physical fitness test will measure your ability to complete a set amount of push-ups, sit-ups, and running in a predetermined period of time. If you have a high fat-to-muscle ratio or BMI you are encouraged to begin a training program now to get yourself into shape.
Step 3. Oral Interview
If you pass your physical fitness and written skills test you will continue in the application process to the oral interview. Sheriff’s officials will sit with you in a panel interview, asking questions about your past as well as your future aspirations. They will also determine if you have any blatant obstacles in your past that would prevent you from making a good sheriff deputy. You will receive a station orientation and also have the opportunity to ask any questions.
Step 4. Criminal Record and Background Investigation
All sheriff deputy jobs in Middlesex County require the completion of a background investigation. On your initial application you will have listed the past schools you have attended, past employment, and past personal relationships of people who can attest to your character, ethic, and dependability. A background investigator will be assigned to your case and conduct interviews with the people you have listed on your application. The investigator will additionally search for any records of your name in state and federal criminal databases. You will be required to provide additional information about any subjects discovered during this investigation that warrant further attention.
Step 5. Medical and Psychological Evaluation
If your background investigation comes back clean or with no significant issues you will be given a conditional offer of employment with the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Department. This offer will be contingent on your successful completion of a medical and psychological evaluation, as well as the completion of the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Basic Training Academy.
Your medical evaluation will include lab work, a physical, and measurement of your vital abilities. It will also include a urinalysis drug test that you will be required to complete. Your psychological evaluation is designed to measure your resistance to stress and abilities to cope with difficult situations. Once you have cleared both your medical and psychological evaluations you will be ready to begin the training academy.
Step 6. Training Academy
The Middlesex County Sheriff’s Basic Training Academy is the most comprehensive training program in the state of Massachusetts. You will attend 25 weeks of classroom study and field training courses, living and eating on campus Monday through Friday. Upon graduation you will be ready to begin your job with the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Department. Depending on your previous experience you will be partnered with an experience training officer in your first months on the job. You may also be required to first work as a corrections officer before you start on deputy assignments. Subjects covered in the training academy include:
- Firearms training
- Self-defense techniques
- Legal procedures
- Administration of field sobriety tests
- Collision investigation
- CPR and first aid
- Crime scene investigation
- Criminal justice system
- Family issues and domestic violence