The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office’s team of deputy sheriffs is tasked with:
- Providing security and protection for the Courts
- Transporting prisoners
- Assisting other law enforcement agencies
- Making arrests for outstanding bench warrants
- Conducting investigations
- Conducting judicial sales of real and personal property
If you want to learn how to become a Lancaster County sheriff deputy, this guide serves to provide step-by-step instructions on the recruitment and employment processes:
- Meet Minimum Requirements
- Submit an Application for Employment
- Take a Physical Fitness Test
- Take the Police Officer Selection Test
- Complete Employment Testing
- Attend Sheriff Deputy Training
Step 1. Meet Minimum Requirements
Candidates seeking Lancaster County Sheriff Department jobs must:
- Be at least 21 years old
- Have, at a minimum, a high school diploma or a GED
Step 2. Submit an Application for Employment
The job of deputy sheriff with the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Department is a continuous posting, as the Department always accepts employment applications, even when positions are not currently available.
To apply for Lancaster County deputy sheriff jobs, you must download, complete, print and sign the Application for Employment. Send the signed application, along with your resume to:
County of Lancaster
Human Resources office
150 N. Queen Street
Lancaster, PA 17603
You may also fax your application and resume to 717-293-7269.
You can address any questions to Chief Deputy Sheriff Marc A. Lancaster at: LancasterM@co.lancaster.pa.us.
Step 3. Take a Physical Fitness Test
All eligible candidates must first take and pass a physical fitness test. Only those candidates who pass the physical fitness test are eligible to continue the employment process.
Step 4. Take the Police Officer Selection Test
Candidates who pass the physical fitness test are eligible to take the national Police Officer’s Selection Test (POST), a written test that assesses candidates’ ability to perform the job of a Lancaster County deputy sheriff.
Step 5. Complete Employment Testing
Candidates who pass the POST are eligible to continue the employment process, which includes a background investigation, a polygraph examination, and a medical examination and drug screen.
Step 6. Attend Sheriff Deputy Training
All new deputy sheriff recruits through the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Department must attend mandatory deputy sheriff training through Penn State University within one year of being hired with the Department.