With nearly 100,000 residents, Cabell County is one of the most populated counties in the state. The sheriff’s office employs one chief deputy and 39 deputy sheriffs who are responsible for road patrol and court bailiff duties, among others. Cabell County deputy sheriffs also have the opportunity to train for duty in special units, such as the drug unit, detective unit and Road Patrol K-9 unit.
This article explains how applicants become a Cabell County Sheriff’s Deputy in five steps:
- Satisfy basic requirements
- Pass physical agility and written tests
- Pass a background check and oral job interview
- Sit for a polygraph, medical, psychological and drug screening tests
- Take the State Police Academy training program
Step 1. Meet the Basic Qualifications for Cabell County Deputy Sheriff Candidacy
There are some basic qualifications you must satisfy to apply for Cabell County Deputy Sheriff jobs. This is not a comprehensive list; additional qualifications may be required.
- Be at least 18, but no older than 45
- Have graduated high school or have a GED
- Be a U.S. citizen
- Have a record free of felony convictions
- A valid driver’s license
- State residency is not required, but candidates should live within a reasonable distance of Cabell County
To start, you must access, print and complete the online job application for a Cabell County Deputy Sheriff. You must list your qualifications and personal information, such as your education, former employers, marital status, job references, military service, and any criminal convictions. You will be required to authorize a thorough investigation of all the statements you make on the application. Your signature will also authorize a check of your medical records and credit records. Note that incomplete applications may not be accepted.
You may mail or hand-deliver your application to the Cabell County Courthouse in Huntington. If you are selected to advance in the hiring process, you will be notified of the date, time and location of the written and physical tests that follow.
Step 2. Pass Written and Physical Fitness Tests
You will next be informed of the date and time for a physical agility test. You will be required to complete a 1.5-mile run, and as many situps and pushups as you can, within a set amount of time. You must meet all of the agility challenges to pass the test. If you do not make a passing score, you will not advance in the hiring process. It may therefore be wise to train in advance of the physical exam.
If you pass the agility test, you will be notified of the date, time and location of the written civil service examination that follows. The written test will assess your reading, writing, cognitive and mathematics skills, and applicants will be ranked according to their scores. The applicants who score highest on this test will advance to the next level.
Step 3. Pass the Background Investigation and Interview
If you progress through the physical agility and written tests, you will next be required to undergo a detailed background check. All of the information you supplied on the job application, such as former employers, references, military service, and any previous contacts with law enforcement, will be verified for accuracy and completeness. If any information is found to be false, or if important information has been omitted, you will be disqualified from the hiring process.
If the information you supplied on your application is proven to be accurate and complete, and if your background meets the department’s requirements, you will then be invited to sit for an oral interview. During the interview, you will answer questions about your background and skills and be expected to show how your life experiences and talents qualify you for the position of deputy sheriff. If your oral interview goes well, you may be made a conditional offer of employment, although you will still have to pass several examinations and tests.
Step 4. Pass Polygraph, Psychological, Medical and Drug Screening Tests
If you advance to this level of screening, you will be required to take several tests to assess your physical and emotional health. You will be required to sit for a polygraph test. You will also undergo psychological and physical exams. The physical exam will also include a drug screening test.
Step 5. Attend Cabell County Deputy Sheriff Training
If you pass the last cluster of tests, you will be a deputy sheriff in training and will begin a 12-month probationary period. At some point in this first year you will go to the State Police Academy and take a 16-week training program. At the academy, you will learn self-defense and the correct use of firearms. You will receive fitness and driver training and take classroom courses dealing with law enforcement issues. You must pass all of the courses.
After you complete the academy program, you will embark on a field training program that will last for 14 weeks. You will work with a partner during this time, and if you complete the program successfully, you will be a Cabell County Deputy Sheriff!
In March of 2013, the approximate salary for a new Cabell County Deputy Sheriff is $32,000 annually.