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How to Become a Deputy Sheriff in Wyoming

Campbell County Sheriff Department Jobs

Campbell County, Wyoming has a little more than 46,000 residents. The Campbell County Sheriff’s Department serves and protects these citizens through law enforcement services that include detention and patrol duties. There are additional Campbell County Deputy Sheriff jobs in specialized units including investigations, missing persons, bomb squad, search and rescue, the K-9 unit, the special response unit, and traffic enforcement.

If you’re interested in learning how to become a Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy, follow the instructions described below:

  1. Satisfy initial requirements
  2. Pass a written test, a physical fitness test and an interview
  3. Undergo a background check
  4. Pass polygraph, medical, psychological and drug screens
  5. Pass police academy training courses

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

To be a successful candidate for a deputy sheriff job, you first should have:

  • A high school diploma/GED
  • No record of criminal drug use, manufacture or sale
  • U.S. citizenship
  • No domestic violence convictions
  • An honorable military record, if you served
  • Not currently on probation
  • A valid state driver’s license and a clean driving record for the last year
  • Corrected vision at 20/20
  • No felony convictions
  • Be 21 or older
  • No criminal record of having caused serious injury to someone else
  • Complete and honest data on your application

To apply, you will first have to complete a Campbell County Sheriff’s Office Employment Application and a Personal History Statement.  You’ll also have to include a certified copy of your birth certificate, a copy of your social security card, driver’s license or photo i.d., proof of car insurance, any diplomas or school transcripts, and military records, if any. Completed applications may be mailed or hand delivered to the sheriff’s office.

When you sign these documents, you’ll be authorizing an investigation of all the information you supply about your school history, former jobs and places of residence; any litigation, arrests and/or convictions; your financial and credit history; your driving record; any past illegal drug use; military service; your family history; questions about your general character and temperament from your references, colleagues and associates; and the release of your medical information. You will also be agreeing to submit to a drug screening, if you advance to that level in the application process.

Step 2. Pass Written Test, Physical Fitness Test and Interview

If your application is accepted, you’ll be given notification of when and where the written test will be held. The test will assess your understanding of basic skills such as writing, mathematics and reading. If you receive a passing score, you will proceed to the physical fitness test.  Passing grades differ for different ages and genders, but in general, you’ll have to do as many pushups and situps as you can within a minute, and walk/run as far as possible within 12 minutes.  The passing standards for this test are outlined here.

If you meet the requirements of both tests, you will be asked to attend a pre-employment interview. You will likely be required to tell interviewers why you would make a good deputy, and to be able to answer any questions that might arise about your education, experience and career goals. You will be fingerprinted as part of this interview. The entire initial testing process of the written, physical and oral interview, should take about two days.

Step 3. Pass the Background Investigation

If you pass the initial testing phase, the next stage in the application process is a thorough background investigation. The investigator will verify all the information you provided in your application and previous statements, using government, school, financial, employment and military records, as well as interviews with your references, co-workers or associates. Any important omissions or untrue statements on your application will result in disqualification. If you advance past this level in the process, you may be made a conditional offer of employment, although the application process will still not be complete.

Step 4. Pass Polygraph, Medical, Psychological and Drug Screening Tests

If you continue on with your application, you’ll have to sit for a polygraph screening, undergo medical and psychological testing, and pass a drug test.

Step 5. Attend Campbell County Deputy Sheriff Training

Assuming that you pass all of these tests, you may be hired as deputy sheriff. You will then be required to attend the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy within one year of your employment to be certified. You will take courses in law enforcement-related subjects and be trained in the use of firearms and custody control, among other things. You will also receive rigorous physical fitness training. You must pass all of these courses to academy standards. You will also be expected to sign an agreement to remain employed by the sheriff’s office for at least two years, or to reimburse the county for the pro-rated cost of your training at the academy.

As of March 2013, the pay for a newly-hired Campbell County Deputy Sheriff is recorded as $20.55 an hour, according to the Campbell County Sheriff’s website.

Laramie County Sheriff Department Jobs

The Laramie County Sheriff’s Department is located in Wyoming’s capitol city, Cheyenne. The county is home to more than 90,000 citizens. The Laramie County Sheriff’s Department supports jobs for 115 commissioned deputies who provide services to unincorporated Laramie County. These deputies fall into two categories: detention deputies, and patrol deputies. Detention deputies oversee inmates at the county’s detention facility; patrol deputies provide law enforcement services to the community.

If you’re interested in learning how to become a Laramie County Sheriff’s Deputy, use this step-by-step guide to take through the hiring process:

  1. Meet basic screening requirements
  2. Score well on a written test, a physical fitness test and an interview process
  3. Submit to a background check
  4. Pass polygraph, medical, psychological and drug screening tests
  5. Complete training at a police academy

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

If you’d like to become a Laramie County Deputy Sheriff, you have to meet these elementary requirements.  You will need:

  • A high school diploma or GED, plus
  • A record free of illegal drug use, including illegal use of steroids
  • To be a U.S. citizen
  • A record free of domestic violence-related arrests or convictions
  • A valid driver’s license and a good driving record within at least the last three years (no suspended license, less than three moving violations, no DUI or Driving Impaired citations)
  • To be able to write and speak  English
  • A record free of felony or misdemeanor arrests or convictions
  • To be at least 21  years old
  • To be able to work shifts on any days and at all hours

You can download the Laramie County Deputy Sheriff Application to begin the application process. Note that your application must be readable and complete and that some sections must be notarized.

You will be required to authorize a release of information and to provide complete and accurate data about your education, past employment, military service, if any, driving records, any criminal history, and credit history. Completed applications may be mailed or hand delivered to the sheriff’s office.

Step 2. Pass Written Test, Physical Fitness Test and Interview

If you progress, you will be notified of the date, time and location of the next step, the written exam. The exam will test your general knowledge in areas such as basic reading, writing and mathematics, and will take about two hours to complete. You must pass the written test to advance in the hiring process.

If you pass the written exam, you’ll then be required to meet minimum physical fitness standards. These standards vary according to your gender and age, and require you to complete a certain number of situps and pushups within one minute. You’ll also be required to complete a 1.5 mile run within 15 minutes, more or less, depending on your age and gender. You can look at the current requirements for male applicants here, and for female applicants, here.

If you pass the physical fitness challenge, you will advance to the oral job interview.  You should expect to be asked questions about your goals, why you want to be a deputy sheriff, and your qualifications. It might be a good idea to conduct a practice interview with a friend or family member beforehand to prepare your responses to likely questions. If you advance beyond the oral interview, you may be made a conditional offer of employment.

Step 3. Pass the Background Investigation

You will next be required to submit to a rigorous background check. The information that you supplied about yourself in your application will be verified against school, employer, government, military and legal records. The references you listed, and possibly your co-workers or other associates, will be contacted.

Step 4. Pass Polygraph, Medical, Psychological and Drug Screening Tests

You will also be required to take and pass a polygraph test, as well as psychological and physical exams, including a urinalysis to test for the presence of drugs. The results of these and other tests will be considered during a final administrative review.

Step 5. Attend Laramie County Deputy Sheriff Training

After the administrative review, you may be employed as a deputy sheriff on a provisional basis. After you are hired, you will have one year in which to complete 8 or 13 weeks of basic officer training at the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy, depending on whether you train as a detention or patrol deputy. During this time, you will complete courses in physical fitness, proper use of force, firearms, domestic violence, Wyoming Criminal Law and Procedures, and custody and control. Your continued employment may depend on whether you pass all these courses.

Once you graduate from the academy, you will then embark on a field training program under the supervision of a field training officer, who will evaluate your progress and make recommendations as to whether you are ready to start work. If you complete this training, you are a full-fledged Laramie County Sheriff’s Deputy.

As of March 2013, the sheriff’s website lists the pay range for a Laramie County Deputy Sheriff as between $2,992 to $4,049 per month. This range is the same for both detention and patrol officers.

Natrona County Sheriff Department Jobs

With more than 70,000 residents, Natrona County is the second-most populated county in Wyoming, trailing only Laramie County, which contains the state capitol. The Natrona County Sheriff’s Office supports jobs for 120 sworn officers, and is responsible for keeping the peace over 5,500 square miles.

All new deputies hired by the department are required to start out working as detention officers, but may transfer out after two years, if they wish. Detention officers who wish to transfer may apply for alternative duties, such as patrol, bomb squad, firearms instructor, investigator, dive rescue or court security duties, among other options.

If you’re interested in learning how to become a Natrona County sheriff’s deputy, review the application process:

  1. Meet primary screening requirements
  2. Pass a written test, a physical fitness test and an interview process
  3. Sit for a background check
  4. Pass a polygraph, drug screening test and medical and psychological exams
  5. Complete training at a police academy

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

Applicants for Natrona County deputy Sheriff jobs must meet these primary requirements.  To begin the application process, you will first need:

  • A high school diploma or GED
  • A record free of illegal drug use
  • To be a U.S. citizen
  • To be willing to complete field training and officer training at the WLEA within a year of being hired
  • A valid driver’s license
  • Good moral character
  • A record free of felony convictions; misdemeanor convictions reviewed
  • To be at least 21 when hired
  • To be able to legally own a firearm
  • Free from conditions that might hinder job performance, whether mentally, physically or emotionally
  • Be willing to work as a detention officer for at least two years

Applications may be completed online at the Natrona County website, or obtained by contacting the Natrona County Undersheriff. The application will require you to provide personal information about your education, past employers, references, driving records, and any past criminal record, among others. The application includes an authorization for the department to verify all of your statements, and any statements not found to be true and complete may prevent you from advancing in the application process.

Step 2. Pass Written Test, Physical Fitness Test and Interview

If it accepts your application, the department will contact you with the date and time of the written test, which is the next step. This test assesses your basic skills in areas such as writing, reading, grammar, spelling, punctuation and mathematics. You can expect this test to take about two hours.

The Natrona County Sheriff’s Department also requires aspiring deputies to pass the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy Physical Fitness Test. This test, which will be your next challenge in on the road to becoming a deputy, has three basic requirements. You will be tested on how many pushups you can complete in 1 minute, how many situps you can complete in 1 minute, and how much ground you can cover in a 12 minute walk/run. The passing scores for male applicants are here; those for female applicants, here. Candidates must achieve the listed results for the 40th percentile of their gender and age bracket, in order to pass the test.

Candidates who meet the challenge of the physical test will then be invited to attend an oral board interview. You should prepare for this interview as you would any job interview, and be ready to explain why you want the job, why you would make a good deputy and what skills you have to offer. You may also be asked questions about your educational background or previous employment history.

Step 3. Pass the Background Investigation

If you advance to this level in the application process, you may be offered employment on a conditional basis. However, the information you gave the department in your application and your interview will be verified through a very meticulous background investigation. Your statements will be checked against your educational, employment, driving, legal and personal records. The department may contact the references you supplied, and possibly your personal acquaintances, as well.

Step 4. Pass Polygraph, Medical, Psychological and Drug Screening Tests

If the information you supplied is found to be complete and valid, the next step in the hiring process is that you must submit to a polygraph test, and also undergo a medical and psychological evaluation. A drug screening test will be part of this process.

Step 5. Attend Natrona County Deputy Sheriff Training

Once you pass these last tests, you are considered hired and will embark on a 10-week field training program for the detention center. You’ll also addend the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy for eight weeks of detention officer basic training.

You will be assigned to a detention officer job for at least two years. If, after that time, you wish to transfer, you must complete 15 weeks of field training to become a peace officer. In addition, you must attend the WLEA for another 12-week basic training course to become a peace officer.

In March 2013, the sheriff’s website listed the pay range for a Natrona County Deputy Sheriff as between $3,450 per month at starting, and $3,510 per month after certification.

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