Thurston County Sheriff Department Jobs

The 206 employees of the Thurston County, Sheriff’s Office work closely with the community to help prevent crime throughout this Western Washington jurisdiction.  The Patrol Division responds to over 80,000 service calls a year throughout the 714 square miles of Thurston County.

Follow these six steps if you’re interested in learning how to become a Sheriff’s Deputy in Thurston County:

  1. Meet the Basic Qualifications
  2. Written Examination and Physical Agility Test
  3. Background Check
  4. Medical, Psychological, and Polygraph Examination
  5. Interview
  6. Attend Sheriff’s Academy for Training


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

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

  • You must have either a birth or naturalization certificate.
  • You must be at least 21 years old before your appointment.
  • You must have a high school education:
    • Diploma
    • GED
  • You must be fluent in English.
  • You must have a driver’s license from Washington State before you are appointed.
  • You must not have had the following convictions:
    • Any felony as an adult.
    • Domestic violence
    • DUI within the past 5 years.
  • You cannot have the following drug history:
    • Marijuana use in the past 3 years
    • Any other type of illegal drug within the past 5 years
  • You cannot have had illegal sex with a minor.
  • You cannot have used a prostitute within the past 5 years.

Step 2. Written Examination and Physical Agility Test

You will have to take a written civil service examination that will test your skills, knowledge, and abilities.  You will also be tested on your fitness ability (FAT).

The physical agility test involves:

  • Running 300 meters
  • Doing as many push-ups as you can
  • Doing sit-ups for one minute
  • Running 1.5 miles

You can read the standards of the test.

Step 3. Background Check

After you have passed both the written and physical tests, the Sheriff’s Office will thoroughly investigate your background.  Things that will be checked include:

  • Criminal History
  • Driving Records
  • Employment history
  • Financial History
  • Neighborhood
  • References

Step 4. Medical, Psychological and Polygraph Examination

Once the department is satisfied that you are an appropriate candidate to become a Sheriff Deputy in Thurston County, you will undergo a series of examinations.  A physician will examine you thoroughly to determine if you are physically well enough to be a law enforcement officer.  You will also be assessed by a psychologist, and your background will be further examined with a lie detector test.

Step 5. Interview

After you have passed your series of examinations, you will be interviewed by the Sheriff’s Office to ascertain if you have the appropriate demeanor and interest in becoming a Deputy Sheriff in Thurston County.

Step 6. Attend Sheriff’s Academy for Training

Once your interview has been successful, you will go to the Washington State Criminal Justice Center in Burien to be trained to be a Deputy Sheriff in Thurston County.  Basic Law Enforcement Academy training involves 720 hours of training.  You will be trained in such areas as:

  • Skills in communicating
  • Intervening in crises
  • Awareness of different cultures
  • Tactics for defense
  • Operating emergency vehicles
  • Using firearms
  • Procedures for
    • Patrol
    • Criminal law

The salary range for a Deputy Sheriff in Thurston County is from $4,792 to $6,116 a month.

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