Rockingham County, New Hampshire has a population of 295,223, covers 794 square miles and includes 37 towns, making it the second largest county in New Hampshire. The mission of the Rockingham County sheriff’s office is to ensure public safety services and enforce laws of the U.S. and New Hampshire. The office recently established a narcotics tip line allowing citizens to report suspected drug activity (anonymously if desired).
The Rockingham sheriff’s office is headed by an elected sheriff who is the county’s chief law enforcement officer. Rockingham also employs four officers, 17 deputy sheriffs, 13 dispatchers and clerical/administrative personnel. There are three categories of deputy sheriff duties:
- Patrol. Rockingham County is divided into seven areas that are patrolled by a deputy sheriff in a marked police cruiser equipped with radar and a mobile data terminal or laptop. Deputy sheriffs keep the roads safe and bring a law enforcement presence to communities and neighborhoods.
- Court Services. Six deputy sheriffs and two officers work with state police and other law enforcement agencies to transport inmates to and from court, move inmates from prisons to hospitals and transport individuals being involuntarily admitted to medical facilities.
- Warrants/Investigations. Three deputies and one officer are assigned to locating and apprehending individuals for whom warrants have been issued. They are also responsible for finding and apprehending fugitives from justice.
Steps in the hiring process for those interested in learning how to become a deputy sheriff in Rockingham County are:
- Satisfy Basic Requirements and Apply
- Investigation Into Your Background
- Multiple Choice Examination
- Physical Abilities Test
- In-Person Interview
- Routine Medical and Psych Evaluation
- Attend Training Academy
Step 1. Satisfy Basic Requirements and Apply
Your application will not be accepted unless you satisfy these basic requirements:
- You must be a U.S. Citizen
- You must be 18 years old or older
- You must be a high school graduate or have passed the GED test
- You must not have had any felony convictions
- You must have a good DMV record
- You must not have a poor credit history
Step 2. Investigation into Your Background
Your past employment, school, financial and criminal histories will be scoured, along with any background evidence of alcohol/drug abuse or domestic violence.
Step 3. Multiple Choice Examination
You will be scheduled to take a written, multiple-choice test that examines your reading comprehension, verbal reasoning, writing/grammar/punctuation, math ability, etc.
Step 4. Physical Abilities Test
Your physical strength and endurance will be evaluated according to how you perform the following activities:
- 1.5 mile run
- One-minute continuous sit-ups
- Bench press
Adjustments will be made depending on your age and gender.
Step 5. In-Person Interview
The in-person interview will exhibit your ability to communicate effectively and succinctly in a professional manner.
Step 6. Medical Exam/Psychological Evaluation
You must have a medical exam and a psychological evaluation to determine your physical ability and mental suitability for work as a deputy sheriff.
Step 7. Attend the Training Academy
You will spend 14 weeks living on-site (except for weekends) at the New Hampshire Police Standards and Training Council facility in Concord. The training schedule includes classroom work in federal, state and constitutional law, ethics, report writing, etc. The intensive physical fitness program is designed to improve your strength and endurance. You will also receive firearms training, take part in driving exercises, and experience simulated but realistic situations that are likely to occur while on the job.
Deputy sheriffs in New Hampshire earn an average of $48,120 yearly according the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.