The application process to become a Deputy Sheriff in Mecklenburg County may take up to six weeks to complete. If you are interested in Mecklenburg County Deputy Sheriff jobs, the time to apply is now. Mecklenburg County Deputy Sheriffs have arrest power and are assigned to civil process sections of the county.
This guide provides instructions on how to become a Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Deputy in five steps:
- Verify that you possess the necessary credentials
- Pass a physical fitness assessment
- Complete online personal history questionnaire and interview
- Pass medical, psychological, drug and background testing
- Attend the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office Training Academy
Step 1. Possess the Necessary Credentials for Mecklenburg County Deputy
You must first possess a few basic credentials before applying for Mecklenburg County Deputy Sheriff candidature. They are:
- Age 21 or older
- Have a high school diploma or GED certificate
- Have a current, valid driver’s license with no more than four license suspensions during your lifetime
- Have no DWI convictions in the past five years and no more than one DWI conviction in your lifetime
- Be a U.S. citizen
- Have no felony convictions
- Have no Class B Misdemeanor convictions within the past five years
- Have no Class A Misdemeanor convictions within the past three years and no more than two in your lifetime
After verifying that you meet these qualifications, apply online for Deputy Sheriff jobs in Mecklenburg County.
Step 2. Pass a Physical Fitness Assessment
Your online application will be screened, and if you are selected, you may be contacted to schedule a Physical Fitness Assessment. First, you must have your doctor certify on a Medical Release Form that you are fit enough to take this test without posing any medical danger to yourself. Once the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office has received your completed release, you will be notified of the date and time of your test.
You must pass minimum physical fitness standards in this pass/fail test. They include:
- Complete a 300 meter run in 92 seconds
- Complete a 1.5 mile run in 20 minutes and 43 seconds
- Complete 25 sit-ups in 60 seconds
- Complete 14 push-ups in 60 seconds
If you fail the physical fitness assessment, you may re-take the test up to two more times. If you fail on the third try, you will be disqualified from proceeding in the application process for six weeks.
Step 3. Complete an Online Personal History Questionnaire and Initial Interview
If you pass the physical fitness assessment, you will next be asked to complete an online personal history statement. This will ask you about past and current drug usage, as well as your employment, educational and personal history. You must answer all questions fully and truthfully. Documents that you need to submit include:
- Current credit report copy
- Birth certificate
- Driver’s license
- DMV record from every state in which you have held a driver’s license
- Copy of high school diploma or transcript or GED certificate with scores
- Criminal records checks from every county in which you have lived since age 18
- Marriage certificates and/or divorce decrees, if these apply
- Copy of social security card
- Current, color, passport-sized photo of yourself
- Naturalization certificate, if applies
- DD-214 copy, if applies
You may be selected for an initial interview with the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office. At this time, you will be informed of the career path available for Deputy Sheriffs in the county.
Step 4. Pass Background, Medical, Psychological and Drug Testing
If you succeed at Step 3, the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office will conduct a thorough background investigation on you, using the documentation that you have just provided. Checks will be made with former and current employers, the community in which you live, and on your current and past credit history.
You will then undergo psychological and medical testing. Your weight must be proportionate to your body frame and height. Your vision must be correctable to 20/20, and you may not be color blind. You must be found to have no physical or psychological impairments that would obstruct your abilities to perform the duties of a Mecklenburg County Deputy Sheriff. A drug screening will also be conducted at this time.
If you pass all of these tests, you will be offered a position as a Mecklenburg County Deputy Sheriff Cadet.
Step 5. Attend Mecklenburg County Deputy Sheriff Training
Congratulations! You have passed all of the necessary tests and are a Mecklenburg County Deputy Sheriff Cadet! Next, you must complete Mecklenburg County Deputy Sheriff Training. This paid training consists of 80 hours of classes every two weeks and is held at the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office Training Academy. You must become BLET (Basic Law Enforcement Training)- certified under North Carolina sheriff training standards before you can work as a Deputy Sheriff in Mecklenburg County.
As of 2013, the salary for a Deputy Sheriff Cadet in Mecklenburg County starts at $31,054.40 per year. Once you have completed training and are assigned to a regular shift, the starting salary range increases to $31,928 to $39,616 annually (based upon your individual education and experience). If you choose to earn a degree after becoming a Mecklenburg County Deputy Sheriff, you will be reimbursed by the Sheriff’s Office at 5 percent for an Associate’s Degree and 10 percent for a Bachelor’s Degree.