Merrimack County is home to 146,445 people (2010 census) and covers 956 square miles and 27 cities/towns, including Concord, the capital of New Hampshire. The Merrimack County Sheriff’s office has 63 full and part-time employees who work out of the main office in Boscawen and a civil office in the Concord Superior Court Building. The duties of deputy sheriffs include:
- Prisoner Transport
- Court Security
- Service of Arrest Warrants
- Assistance to local police departments
In addition, Merrimack County’s deputy sheriffs are involved in D.A.R.T. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education), R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense), and “National Night Out Against Crime.” They also teach school and adult classes on subjects like bicycle safety, gun safety and stranger abduction safety.
This guide describes the steps you must take if you are interested in joining these proud ranks by becoming a Merrimack County sheriff’s deputy. These seven steps are:
- Make certain that you fulfill the qualifications needed to apply
- Take a general knowledge written examination and meet New Hampshire police physical fitness standards
- Participate in an oral interview
- Undergo a background investigation and polygraph test / Pass a medical exam and psychological evaluation
- Attend the New Hampshire Law Enforcement Training Academy
Step 1. Fulfill the Qualifications Needed to Apply
Because they are instruments of the court, deputy sheriffs in Merrimack County have broader powers than local police officers. Therefore, to become a deputy sheriff in Merrimack County you must have one year of relevant experience in addition to meeting the requirements for becoming a police officer. These basic qualifications are:
- Possess a valid driver’s license.
- Have no major motor vehicle violations in the past 10 years.
- Do not have an excess of minor motor vehicle violations.
- Be willing to work nights, weekends and holidays.
- Have no visible tattoos or voluntary mutilations (nose piercing, etc.).
The Merrimack County Sheriff’s Office is an equal opportunity employer; one out of every 10 officers is a female. You can request an application at the Merrimack County Sheriff’s Office, 333 Daniel Webster Highway, Suite 1, Boscawen 03303; (603) 796-6600.
Step 2. Take a General Knowledge Written Examination and Meet Physical Fitness Standards
It covers areas like math, reading comprehension, spatial perception and writing skills.
You will be required to take a physical fitness test involving push-ups, sit-ups, bench presses and a 1.5-mile run. The number of repetitions and/or timing of each activity is based on Cooper Aerobics Institute standards and adjusted for your age and gender.
Step 3. Participate in an Oral Interview
It allows the interviewer to both assess your ability to express yourself clearly/effectively and to learn more about you, your life, your ambitions and your expectations.
Step 4. Background Investigation, Polygraph, Medical and Psychological Evaluation
Looks into your past employment, school transcripts, financial history, driving record, illegal drug usage, criminal or violent behavior, alcohol use, etc.
These medical exams help to determine your phy6sical and mental suitability for the job.
Step 5. Attend the New Hampshire Law Enforcement Training Academy
You will spend 14 weeks at the New Hampshire Police Standards and Training Council in Concord (you can go home on weekends). The military-style camp entails a rigorous schedule of classroom work, physical exercises, firearms training and simulated situations.
According to the 2010 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report, New Hampshire deputy sheriffs earn an average salary of $23.13/hour or $48,120/year plus an excellent benefits package that includes medical, dental and life insurance as well as a pension program.