Join WCSO

Our recruitment team is ready to assist you in the process of becoming a Washington County Sheriff’s Deputy. If you’re just beginning your journey or are coming from a different agency, we look forward to showing you why we believe we are a leader in the law enforcement community.

We hire jail and patrol deputies four times per year. Our next hiring cycle starts on February 25, 2020. Applicants must test with the National Testing Network before this date. If you selected the Washington County Sheriff’s Office as one of the agencies to receive your scores, and if your scores are passing, you will receive an email with an “Invitation to Apply” sometime after February 26, 2020. Here’s what to expect afterwards:

  • Application period: February 29 – March 15, 2020
  • Oregon Physical Abilities Test (ORPAT): March 11 or 14, 2019
  • Pre-screen background check: March 16 – 25, 2019
  • Q&A Night: April 1, 2020
  • Video & pre-suitability test: March 31 – April 4, 2020
  • Ride-alongs, jail shadows and background interviews: April 27 – May 22, 2020
  • Background investigation notifications: June 5, 2020
  • Portfolio review notifications: July 10, 2020
  • Command interviews & conditional job offers: July 20 – 24, 2020
  • Start of in-house academy: October 5, 2020

Out-of-state applicants: After the preliminary background check, you will need to visit WCSO on January 8 – 12, 2020.

  • Oregon Physical Abilities Test (ORPAT): April 1, 2020
  • Q&A Night: April 1, 2020
  • Background interview: January 9, 2020
  • Video & pre-suitability test: January 10, 2020
  • Patrol ride-along: January 11, 2020
  • Jail shadow: January 11, 2020

The Sheriff’s Office believes in finding brave individuals who are ready for a challenging and rewarding career in law enforcement. We seek individuals who are able to work independently and are also able to thrive within a team environment. We are committed and highly invested in serving Washington County.

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