Becoming a sheriff’s deputy

Your search for police jobs is over. 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. Want the inside scoop on the hiring process? Attend our next hiring workshop on Wednesday, July 29, 2020.

We hire jail and patrol deputies four times per year. Our next hiring cycle starts on May 30, 2020. Applicants must test with the National Testing Network (NTN) 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 May 30, 2020.

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 on June 1.  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.

Here’s what to expect after the NTN:

  • Application period: June 6 – 11, 2020
  • Oregon Physical Abilities Test (ORPAT): June 10 or 13, 2020
  • Pre-screen background check: June 19 – 24, 2020
  • Q&A Night: July 8, 2020
  • Video & pre-suitability test: July 7 – 11, 2020
  • Ride-alongs, jail shadows and background interviews: July 30 – August 31, 2020
  • Background investigation notifications: September 21 – 25, 2020
  • Portfolio review notifications: September 28 – 30, 2020
  • Command interviews & conditional job offers: October 5 – 9, 2020
  • Start of in-house academy: January 2021

Out-of-state applicants: After the preliminary background check, you will need to visit WCSO on July 8 – 12, 2020 and again on October 5, 2020.

  • Oregon Physical Abilities Test (ORPAT): July 8, 2020
  • Q&A Night: July 8, 2020
  • Background interview: July 9, 2020
  • Video & pre-suitability test: July 10, 2020
  • Patrol ride-along: July 11, 2020
  • Jail shadow: July 12, 2020
  • Background investigation notifications: September 21 – 25, 2020
  • Portfolio review notifications: September 28 – 30, 2020
  • Command interviews & conditional job offers: October 5, 2020
  • Start of in-house academy: January 2021

Looking for police jobs in the Pacific Northwest and ready for a 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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