Hamilton County Deputy Sheriff jobs start in the Corrections Division of the Hamilton County Sheriff Department. From there, Deputy Sheriffs in Hamilton County have a choice of working in other areas of law enforcement. The following information will provide steps detailing how to become a Hamilton County Sheriff Deputy.
Follow these guidelines:
- Make sure that you meet minimum requirements
- Pass a written examination and physical fitness assessment
- Pass a background investigation
- Pass a medical exam, drug screening, Computer Voice Stress Analyzer test and four interviews
- Attend Hamilton County Deputy Sheriff Training
Step 1. Meet the Minimum Requirements for Hamilton County Deputy
The hiring process to become a Deputy Sheriff in Hamilton County may take from one to a few months to complete. Make sure that you meet these minimum requirements before applying:
- You have a high school diploma or GED
- You are at least 21 years old
- You are a U.S. citizen
- You have a valid driver’s license
- You have not been convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor involving moral character
- You do not have any tattoos that would be visible when wearing a short-sleeve uniform shirt
Submit an Application for Employment with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office if you feel you meet these qualifications. Mail it to Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, 100 Sycamore St, Room 110, Cincinnati, OH 45202.
Step 2. Pass a Written Examination and Physical Fitness Assessment
After reviewing your application, the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office may contact you to schedule a written examination. If you pass this exam, you may be scheduled for a Physical Fitness Assessment, the next phase in the hiring process to become a Hamilton County Sheriff Deputy. Your weight must be proportionate to your height, and you must pass a 1.5 mile run in the shortest time possible (your time will be ranked on a scale from Superior to Poor based upon your age and gender). You must also complete the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Agility Course. The base time for completion of this course is one minute 45 seconds. Extra time will be allotted for those ages 40 and over.
If you fail either of these portions of the hiring process, you will be notified in writing. If you pass, you will move on to the next phase.
Step 3. Pass a Background Investigation
The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office will conduct a thorough background investigation of all applicants for Deputy Sheriff positions. This will investigate your personal history, employment history, criminal and driving records, traffic and civil records, financial history, military background (if any), educational background and verify your driver’s license. In addition to felony and serious misdemeanor convictions, any of the following discoveries during this background check may disqualify you from becoming a Deputy Sheriff in Hamilton County:
- Illegal use of drugs
- Convictions for marijuana sale or use
- Use of marijuana during the hiring process
- Many debts not being paid
- Conviction of violating a gun ordinance
- Conviction for sex or violent offense
- Poor work record
- Dishonorable discharge from the military
- Lying on your application
Passing this investigation leads to the next step in the hiring process.
Step 4. Pass a Medical Exam, Drug Screening, Computer Voice Stress Analyzer Test and Four Interviews
Applicants who make it to this point in the hiring process must undergo a thorough medical examination, including a drug test. Your height/weight ratio must be proportionate for your age and gender, and you must be able to see and hear well enough to perform the duties of a Deputy Sheriff in Hamilton County. At this time, you will also be subjected to a Computer Stress Voice Analyzer test.
Finally, if you pass all of these tests, you will be scheduled for three to four interviews with members of the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office. One of these interviews will be conducted in your home. After these interviews, you may be offered a position as a Hamilton County Deputy Sheriff.
Step 5. Attend Hamilton County Deputy Sheriff Training
Congratulations! You have made it through the long and arduous process to become a Hamilton County Deputy Sheriff! You will begin your career in the Corrections Division, and are considered to be on probation for the first year. You must be able to work all three shifts, including weekends and holidays. During this year, you may receive additional training from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office in the duties of a Deputy Sheriff, based upon the needs of the office. At the conclusion of your first year, you may be assigned to another division within the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office. Divisions include Courts, Administration, Patrol, Organized Crime, Technology/Integrity, and Electronic Monitoring.
As of March 2013, the starting salary for a Deputy Sheriff working in the Corrections Division of the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office is $28,529 per year. Within five years, that annual salary can climb to $41,846.