In Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, the deputy sheriff works under the supervision of the elected sheriff who is the county’s chief law enforcement officer. As a deputy sheriff, you would assist the sheriff in preventing crime and ensuring law and order.
Hillsborough County deputy sheriff jobs involve patrolling, investigating reported crimes, answering calls for assistance, making arrests, collecting evidence, interviewing victims/witnesses, interrogating suspects, testifying in court and assisting the sheriff in any way requested.
The number of employees in a sheriff’s office depends upon the county’s size and population. Hillsborough County has 393,207 residents, covers 876 square miles and has sheriff offices in Goffstown and Nashua, New Hampshire’s second largest city. There is also a satellite office in the newly renovated courthouse in Manchester, the state’s largest city. In addition to the sheriff and the chief deputy sheriff, the sheriff’s department employs a sheriff’s assistant, six commissioned officers, five administrative support workers, two court officers and six 911 receivers/dispatchers.
The steps you must take to become a deputy sheriff in Hillsborough County, Florida are:
- Meet Minimum Requirements and Apply
- Background Investigation/Fingerprinting
- Written Examination
- Physical Fitness Test
- Polygraph Test/Oral Interview
- Medical Examination and Psychological Evaluation
- New Hampshire Police Academy
Step 1. Meet Minimum Requirements and Apply
You must meet these basic requirements in order for your application to be considered:
- U.S. Citizen
- At least 18 Years Old
- High School Diploma or GED
- No Felony or Serious Misdemeanor Convictions
- Good Driving Record
- Good Credit History
You can check job openings and request an application at any of the sheriff offices located at 329 Mast Road in Goffstown (604) 627-0168; 19 Temple St. in Nashua (603) 882-1456; or 300 Chestnut St. in Manchester (603) 836-2920.
Step 2. Background Investigation/Fingerprinting
There will be a thorough investigation of your educational, employment, financial and criminal (if any) histories as well as well as any evidence of alcohol/drug abuse and/or violent behavior.
Step 3. Written Examination
You will probably be asked to take a written examination that covers math, reading comprehension, verbal reasoning, writing, grammar, working with charts/graphs, etc.
Step 4. Physical Fitness Test
You must pass a physical fitness test based on Cooper Aerobics Institute standards. The following components of the test will be adjusted depending on your age and gender:
- One-minute continuous sit-ups
- 1.5 mile run
- Bench press
Step 5. Polygraph Test/Oral Interview
An oral interview will assess your ability to communicate clearly. You may be asked to take a polygraph test administered by a professional examiner.
Step 6. Medical Examination/Psychological Evaluation
You will undergo both a thorough physical exam by a licensed physician and a psychological evaluation to determine your suitability for work as a deputy sheriff.
Step 7. Attend New Hampshire Police Academy
You will attend 14 weeks (M-F) at the 4.5-acre New Hampshire Police Standards and Training Council facility in Concord. The paramilitary-oriented academy incorporates a physical fitness program, driving exercises, firearms training, defensive tactics, realistic field experiences and classroom courses in such subjects as laws, ethics, human relations and report writing.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for deputy sheriffs in New Hampshire is $23.13/hour or $48,120/year (as of May 2010).