Knowing how to become a Worcester sheriff’s deputy before pursuing open jobs will give you an advantage over other applicants, allowing you to be more organized and focused. The application process follows these steps:
- Application and minimum requirements
- Screening tests
- Oral interview
- Criminal records and background investigation
- Medical screening and psychological evaluation
- Training academy
Step 1. Application and Minimum Requirements
Before filling out an application for Worcester County sheriff’s department jobs make sure you are aware of and meet the basic minimum qualifications for the job:
- High school diploma or GED
- Either two years of military service, an AA degree, or 60 credits towards a BA degree
- Birth certificate
- Social security card
- Valid driver’s license
- U.S. citizenship
- Have no felony or domestic violence convictions
- Be at least 19 years old
Fill out your application completely and legibly or it will not be reviewed. You can return your completed application to the sheriff’s human resources department located in West Boylston.
Step 2. Screening Tests
If your application is selected you will hear back from the human resources office with a time when you are scheduled to complete a series of two tests. The first is a written skills test that will measure your basic level of writing. You are expected to be able to pass at about the 12th grade level. The next test is a physical agility test that will count the number of push-ups and sit-ups you are able to complete with good form in one minute. You also be required to complete a 1.5 mile run in a prescribed amount of time.
Step 3. Oral Interview
Upon receiving positive test results, the Worcester County sheriff’s office will contact you to schedule an interview. This will consist of a panel of department officials who will question your background and motivations that cause you to seek sheriff deputy jobs in Worcester County. It will be determined if you are a good fit for the position and your interviewers will evaluate if you have any factors in your history that would make you ineligible for a job with the Worcester County sheriff’s department. You will receive an orientation of the station and have the opportunity to ask any questions of your own.
Step 4. Criminal Records and Background Investigation
On your initial application you will have provided the names of your past employers as well as character references. You will have also listed your previous residences for the past 10 years and your past institutions of education. You will have a background investigator assigned to your case who may conduct interviews about your reliability and character with any of the following people:
- Ex-spouses or partners
- Previous employers
- Former instructors
- Former neighbors
- Friends and family members
- Fellow religious congregants
Your background investigator will also check several databases to see if you have a criminal record. The investigator may additionally check your financial records, credit history, and driving record.
Step 5. Medical Screening and Psychological Evaluation
If you do not have any red flags raised in your background investigation and criminal records check, you will be scheduled for a medical screening. This will include an EKG test, lab work, blood analysis, and a drug urinalysis test. If you fail the drug test your application will be discarded. You will also undergo a psychological evaluation conducted by a licensed psychologist who will determine if you have a stable mental state and can handle the daily pressures that come with the job of a Worcester County sheriff’s deputy.
When you have passed this step you will be able to ask sheriff’s officials any questions you have before you begin your training at the academy. If there are currently no openings for Worcester County deputy sheriff jobs you will have the opportunity to work as a corrections officer to gain some experience. You may also be required to attend the corrections officer training academy while you are waiting for the deputy position to open, upon which time you would complete an abridged deputy training academy.
Step 6. Training Academy
Your final step will be the completion of the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office basic recruit training academy and/or corrections academy. This will last approximately 12 weeks and may be extended by an additional two weeks. You will live on campus throughout the duration of the academy and be allowed weekend leave. You will receive training in all subject areas required to make you a skilled and capable member of the Worcester County Sheriff’s Department. Areas of focus include:
- Self-defense and defensive procedures
- Driving techniques and maneuvers
- First aid and CPR
- Legal procedures
- Criminal justice system
- Patrol strategies
- Administration of field sobriety test
- Family issues and domestic violence
- Firearms training