The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department supports a staff of 124 deputy sheriffs and administration and clerical personnel. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department provides both criminal and civil services to the Courts; it issues permits for firearms; and it provides a number of specialized services, including bomb disposal, emergency response, and community programs.
This guide provides detailed instructions on how to become a Montgomery County sheriff’s deputy:
- Meet Minimum Employment Requirements
- Submit an Application for Employment
- Undergo Pre-Employment Testing
- Receive Department Training
- Attend State Training Program
Step 1. Meet Minimum Employment Requirements
Individuals interested in pursuing Montgomery County deputy sheriff jobs must ensure they meet minimum employment requirements before submitting an application for employment. In particular, applicants must:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Possess a high school diploma or the equivalent
- Be a United States citizen
- Have no criminal convictions
Step 2. Submit an Application for Employment
Once you have determined you meet minimum eligibility requirements for Montgomery County Sheriff Department jobs, you must determine whether the Sheriff’s Department is hiring, as you may only submit an application during hiring periods. You can find this information on the Department’s Employment and Training Opportunities page.
Once you have determined the Sheriff’s Department is hiring, you can apply online through the Montgomery County Job Opportunities page. Locate the deputy sheriff position on the page and click on the “Apply Online” button. You may also upload your resume at the same time.
If the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department is not currently accepting applications for Montgomery County deputy sheriff jobs, you may subscribe on job posting notifications by choosing by clicking on the “Notify Me” button.
You may also download, print and complete an employment application for Montgomery County deputy sheriff jobs. Upon completing the application, return it, along with a copy of your resume, to:
City of Montgomery Human Resources
P.O. Box 311
Norristown, PA 19404-0311
You may also contact the Human Resources Department at 610-278-3052 and request that an application to be mailed to you.
Step 3. Undergo Pre-Employment Testing
Although the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office does not readily provide information on the hiring process, other county sheriff offices throughout the state have similar employment testing for deputy sheriffs, including:
- Written exam
- Physical ability assessment
- Background investigation
- Psychological evaluation
- Medical examination/drug screen
Step 4. Receive Department Training
All new deputy sheriff hires through the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department are initially trained by Department instructors in a number of areas, including:
- Working with chemical agents
- Prisoner transport
- Handcuffing and searching of prisoners
- Firearms training
- Defensive and control tactics
- Baton training
Step 5. Attend State Training Program
Upon the successful completion of Department training, all new sheriff deputy recruits must complete a Deputy Sheriff’s Education and Training Program through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. All training programs for deputy sheriffs in the State of Pennsylvania are completed through Penn State University in State College, PA.