WASHINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
Our thoughts are with everyone affected by COVID-19. We strive to support our community and ensure public safety during these difficult times.
This means our hiring processes will continue. We’ve made adjustments to ensure our applicants’ safety, limiting person to person contact and moving to remote communication when possible. If you find yourself ready to explore a career in law enforcement or corrections, we are here to talk with you.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is poised to have the best trained and most agile deputies in law enforcement today. We’re an agency looking to expertly teach, assist, and lead people who aspire to make our community one of the safest in Oregon. We raise the bar in law enforcement in the 21st century by building a culture of trust through constant training and relentless pursuit of self-improvement.
Recruit deputies must be at least 21 years of age by hire date. There are no other age restrictions.
Applicants must be a high school school graduate or possess a General Education Development (GED) certificate. While a college degree is not required, at least two years of college-level course work is desirable.
Applicants must posses a driver’s license in the State of Oregon (or obtain one before hire date). Acceptable driving record required.
No domestic violence convictions on record. No felony convictions on record. Misdemeanor convictions reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
U.S. citizenship must be obtained within 12 months of hire for jail recruit deputies, and 18 months for patrol recruit deputies.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office hires jail and patrol deputies four times per year. For 2020, these dates include February 24, May 30, August 30 and November 20.
The very first step — even before applying — is to take the National Testing Network and have the scores sent to us. After passing the entrance exam, prospective recruits will formally apply with our agency, take he Oregon Physical Abilities Test (ORPAT), and enter into the hiring cycle.
Following an in-depth series of physical tests, background investigations and interviews lasting several months, successful applicants will receive conditional job offers. Each hiring cycle lasts approximately six months before recruit deputies start training.
Investigators complete a thorough background to determine applicant eligibility. This is the most time-consuming aspect of the recruitment process, so clear and responsive communication between the applicant and background investigator is critical.
Part of the six-month hiring cycle is conducting a job shadow in the jail or ride along with patrol. These will be scheduled as you advance in the recruitment process.
Our brand new Public Safety Training Center (PSTC) is a ground-breaking addition to our renowned training program. Designed to be comprehensive and holistic in approach, it is one of the premier law enforcement training facility in the Pacific Northwest.
Every deputy — entry level or lateral transfer — starts their WCSO career at our 9-week, in-house academy that builds the foundation of our approach to law enforcement. We believe this “pre-academy” is critical to the short- and long-term success of our deputies.
After pre-academy, jail and patrol recruit deputies attend their respective state academies at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training in Salem, Oregon. Jail recruits attend the 6-week basic corrections course. Patrol recruit deputies attend the 16-week basic police course.
Following graduation from the state academy, jail and patrol recruit deputies enter into the Field Training Entry Program (FTEP) under the wing of an experienced peer deputy for approximately 12-16 months. After a total probationary period of about 18 months from hire date, deputies will finally be “flying solo” in the jail and on patrol.
Day one of your career through your last day before retirement, the training never stops. Throughout their career, deputies receive some of the best training in the country as they promote, apply for special teams, and innovate new ways to keep our neighborhoods safe. Some deputies enjoy training so much, they eventually join our super-talented training team.