Snohomish County Sheriff Department Jobs

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office has about 265 sworn officers who patrol almost 1900 square miles in three different precincts.  Here is a listing of all the steps on how to become a Sheriff Deputy in Snohomish County.

9 Steps to Become a Sheriff Deputy in Snohomish County:

  1. Meet the Basic Qualifications
  2. Submit Your Application and Supplemental Questionnaire
  3. Written Examination
  4. Keyboard Test
  5. Interview
  6. Polygraph and Psychological Examinations
  7. Background Check
  8. Medical Examination
  9. Attend Sheriff’s Academy for Training

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Step 1. Meet the Basic Qualifications for Snohomish County Sheriff
Deputy Candidacy

To be considered for Snohomish County Sheriff Deputy jobs, you must meet certain requirements:

  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • You must be at least 21 years old.
  • You must have had a high school education and have either a diploma or GED equivalent.
  • You must have a driver’s license by the time of your appointment that is valid in Washington State and is unrestricted except for vision.
  • You must be proficient in English.
  • You must be able to keyboard at least 20 words a minute.
  • Yu cannot have used illegal drugs within the past five years.
  • You cannot have had any felony convictions.

Preferred qualifications include one of the following:

  • AA degree
  • 90 college credits including courses in either:
    • Criminal justice
    • Law enforcement
    • A related field

Step 2. Submit Your Application and Supplemental Questionnaire

You must submit an application for civil service on-line and fill out a supplementary questionnaire.

Step 3. Written Examination

When your application to be a Deputy Sheriff in Snohomish County as been accepted, you will receive an e-mail that contains a packet for your written test.  You must fill out the test and return it to the Civil Service Office.  It has to be returned within 14 days of the date you received it.  To pass the examination, you must get a score of 60%.

Step 4. Keyboard Test

Once you have passed the written examination, you will be tested on your computer skills.  You will have to type at least 20 words per minute on a keyboard.

Step 5. Interview

After you have demonstrated your keyboarding skills, you be interviewed by a panel of people from the Sheriff’s Department to determine if you are suitable to become a Sheriff Deputy in Snohomish County.

Step 6. Polygraph and Psychological Examinations

Once you have passed the interview, you will be given a lie detector test.  After that, you will undergo a psychological examination to see if you are a suitable candidate.

Step 7. Background Check

After you have been passed your polygraph and psychological examinations, your background will be thoroughly investigated to make sure that you meet the standards to be a Deputy Sheriff in Snohomish County.

Step 8. Medical Examination

Having passed your background check, the next step is to be examined by a physician to ensure that you are in good health and do not have medical conditions that would prevent you from carrying out the duties of a Deputy Sheriff.

Step 9. Attend Sheriff’s Academy for Training

Once you have been cleared by a physician, you will be trained in the techniques of basic law enforcement at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center in Burlen.  You will have 720 hours of the basic curriculum.  The topics you will learn include:

  • Traffic enforcement
  • Procedures of:
    • Criminal law
    • Patrol
    • Cultural awareness
    • Operating emergency vehicles
    • Communication skills
    • Crisis intervention
    • Firearms use
    • Defensive tactics
    • Criminal investigation

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