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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.

In these times of uncertainty, the stability of a career at Washington County Sheriff’s Office is one of the many benefits of joining our team. Washington County is one of the fastest growing counties in Oregon, and the need to protect our community is continual. As many organizations face the difficult decision to lay off their staff, we’re currently hiring and looking to grow our team.

When you work for Washington County Sheriff’s Office, you’re taken care of. We strive to ensure our deputies receive a full range of benefits, including medical/dental/vision coverage, life insurance, retirement, and a relocation reimbursement up to $7,000. We invest in our deputies because they invest their lives in the community of Washington County.

Update: Virtual Testing – Entry Level Exams

It is critical to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office that testing and hiring continue to ensure we maintain the highest level of service to the community. The National Testing Network (NTN) is currently providing Virtual Testing, which will allow candidates to take public safety exams at home while still maintaining the integrity of the testing process and ensuring the safety of the candidates, clients, and employees.

This testing process is now available to all potential applicants, so they may have scores available when our next hiring cycle starts. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience while we all work through this most difficult time.

Due to rapidly evolving COVID-19 protocols and mandates, some of the information on our site may not be up to date. If you have questions, please contact us at 503-846-5646 or joinwcso@co.washington.or.us.

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MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

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.

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MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

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 conviction 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.

HIRING PROCESS

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office hires jail and patrol deputies four times per year, once per quarter. November 20th is our only remaining date for 2020. We will post 2021 dates shortly.

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 the 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.

HIRING EVENTS

HIRING PROCESS

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office hires jail and patrol deputies four times per year, once per quarter. November 20th is our only remaining date for 2020. We will post 2021 dates shortly.

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.

TRAINING

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 weeks. Deputies are under total probationary period of about 18 months from hire date.

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.

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TRAINING

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.

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HIRING EVENTS
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