Guilford County Sheriff Department Jobs

The Guilford County Sheriff’s Office has three districts, in the Eastern, Northwest and Southwest areas of Guilford County, North Carolina. Guilford County Deputy Sheriff jobs may be available in any of these districts or divisions. Other Guilford County Sheriff Department  jobs may be found in divisions such as courtroom services, legal processes, special operations and transportation.

Would you like to become a Guilford County Sheriff Deputy? Follow these steps, which are explained in detail below:

  1. Check to make sure that you meet the basic prerequisites
  2. Pass a physical fitness test, written test and interview
  3. Pass a comprehensive background investigation
  4. Pass medical, psychological and drug screening
  5. Complete Guilford County Deputy Sheriff training


Step 1.  Meet the Basic Prerequisites for Guilford County Deputy Sheriff Candidacy

You need not possess a college degree in order to become a Guilford County Deputy Sheriff. You must possess, however:

  • U.S. citizenship
  • 21 years of age at the time of application
  • Residency in Guilford County or a surrounding county (including Forsyth, Stokes, Davidson, Randolph, Alamance and Rockingham counties)- if not, must become a resident within the first 90 days of employment
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Valid North Carolina driver’s license
  • No felony convictions
  • No serious misdemeanor convictions

Additional prerequisites that you may meet that will increase your salary as a Deputy Sheriff include:

  • Spanish fluency – five percent increase
  • Prior military service – one percent increase yearly for ten years
  • Prior law enforcement experience – one percent increase yearly for ten years
  • Associate’s degree – five percent increase
  • Bachelor’s degree – ten percent increase

If you meet these prerequisites, apply online for Guilford County Deputy Sheriff candidacy. You must also print and complete the Supplemental Information Questionnaire as required. This includes:

  • Authorization for Release of Personal Information to Law Enforcement Agencies for Certification/Employment Purposes (signed and notarized)
  • Applicant questionnaire
  • Certified copy of a check of your criminal history record from the county where you have lived for the past six months

Mail this information to Guilford County Human Resources Department, P.O. Box 3427, Greensboro, NC 27402.

The Human Resources Department of the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office will review your application. A criminal record check, credit check and driving check will be performed. If you meet the criteria, you will be mailed information on how to proceed in the hiring process. If you are not chosen for employment at this time, you may re-apply one year after your date of non-selection.

Step 2. Pass a Physical Fitness Test, Written Test and Interview

Next, you must pass a physical fitness test. This test is designed to make sure that you are physically able to perform the duties of a Deputy Sheriff in Guilford County, at an expected pace and level of performance. Your weight must be proportionate to your height, according to the chart provided to you in the supplemental information with your job application.

If you pass the physical fitness exam, you may be selected to take a written exam and participate in an oral interview. Passing these tests will garner you a conditional offer of employment, based upon the results of the next steps in the hiring process.

Step 3. Pass a Comprehensive Background Investigation

Before a firm offer of employment is given to you by the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office, a thorough background check will be performed. This will include a look into the following records: credit, criminal, driving, court, police, military, previous and current employers, education, and personal.  You will also be fingerprinted and photographed at this time.

Step 4. Pass a Medical Exam, Psychological Exam and Drug Screening Test

You will next participate in a medical examination, psychological examination and drug screening test. If your drug test comes back positive, you will be denied employment with the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office. You must provide documentation of drug rehabilitation in order to be considered for future employment opportunities with the Sheriff’s Office.

Your visual and hearing acuity will be tested during the medical examination.

The Guilford County Sheriff’s Office will issue you a final offer of employment if you pass all of these evaluations and examinations.

Step 5. Attend Guilford County Deputy Sheriff Training

Congratulations! You are now a Guilford County Deputy Sheriff! You must complete Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) before you can begin your job duties.

As of 2013, the starting annual salary for a Deputy Sheriff, based upon your educational level, is:

  • High school diploma – start at $33,962.64
  • Associate’s degree – start at $35,660,88
  • Bachelor’s degree – start at $37,359.00

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