Entry Level Applicants

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 believe in embracing and rewarding visionaries who will lead our agency in the future. WCSO seeks deputies who shape the culture of our agency while focusing on bettering themselves to provide excellent service to our community members. 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. Join us.

Opportunities are endless here, if you want to work traffic, marine patrol, investigations gangs, etc. and if you set your mind to it, you will be able to work it.

– Deputy E. Mitchell

The City of Cornelius has contracted with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office for police services since 2014.  We are extremely pleased with our high quality services, professionalism of the deputies, and how much they have embraced our community.  Residents comment regularly to the Mayor, City Council and me about much they now like our police department and feel much safer!

– City Manager Rob Drake, City of Cornelius, City Manager - City of Cornelius

As District Attorney, one of the most rewarding aspects of my job is the privilege of working with the dedicated men and women who serve in the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. The dedication and skill of these professionals is second to none and allows us to work collaboratively on a wide variety of difficult cases to ensure our community remains a safe place to live, work and raise a family.

- District Attorney Kevin Barton, Washington County District Attorney’s Office, District Attorney Washington County District Attorney’s Office

I became a deputy because I always wanted to give back to the community I was raised in. Everyday is different, everyday is a new challenge.

Deputy Ceric, Washington County Sheriff's Office

I get to do one of the most unique jobs in the world. I engage with and help all day long while directly impacting my community and you are able to build some unique skill sets.

This agency is the perfect size for someone who wants to experience everything law enforcement has to offer in a personable team environment. I work alongside the most incredible group of people- talented, smart, caring, compassionate individuals.

Deputy Talbot, Washington County Sheriff's Office

One of my college basketball coaches was a police officer. Looking up to him I was inspired to pursue law enforcement as a career. I am proud to serve the community of Washington County, the people we serve really appreciate us and the people that we work with form a good team.

Deputy King, Washington County Sheriff's Office

After a 25-year corporate career, I became a police officer at age 47. I am proud to make a difference in my community.

Deputy Abeles, Washington County Sheriff's Office

I have wanted to be a deputy since I was five years old. My childhood dream started because the job looked cool – driving a cool car, wearing a uniform – but, as I grew and matured, I realized the intrinsic value of helping people. I am there when people need me the most, when they need help.

Deputy Lee, Washington County Sheriff's Office

I wanted to become a deputy because I went on a ride along and fell in love with the excitement, the helping people every day, changing lives even if it’s small, and you don’t do the same thing everyday.

Deputy Dick, Washington County Sheriff's Office

In my previous career I loved connecting with and helping people. I am proud to be able to translate that passion to my career in law enforcement where I can really do something that is going to impact someone’s life in a meaningful way.

Deputy Huey, Washington County Sheriff's Office
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Phase One: National Testing Network, Application, Preliminary Background Check, Physical Ability Test

  1. Test with NTN – Interested Patrol and Jail applicants must complete the Frontline Law Enforcement Test through National Testing Network (NTN). The minimum passing score in each of the three categories is 70% and testing is open year-round.
    • 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.
  1. Apply with Washington County – Washington County Human Resources (HR) emails invitations to submit an application through the county’s employment opportunities page.
  2. Preliminary Background Check – The Sheriff’s Office completes a preliminary background check.
  3. Sheriff’s Office Orientation and Physical Abilities Test (PAT) – Applicants attend an agency orientation and take the PAT. The PAT is an obstacle course that must be completed in less than 6 minutes. Washington County does not require applicants to complete the “Push/Pull” test.

Phase Two: Video Session, Pre-Suitability Evaluation

  1. Video Session – During an independent video session, applicants answer four questions related to decisions making.
  2. Pre-Suitability Evaluation – Applicants complete a 434-questionnaire evaluating long-term suitability.

Phase Three: Background Investigation, Job Shadow, Portfolio Review

  1. Comprehensive Background Investigation – Investigators complete a thorough background to determine applicant eligibility.
  2. Job Shadow – During the background investigation, applicants complete a jail job shadow and patrol ride along.
  3. Portfolio Review – A panel of subject-matter-experts score each applicant’s portfolio (background summary report, full application and video session).  Applicants with scores above 70 continue to phase four.

Phase Four: Interviews and Evaluation

  1. Panel Interview – Applicants complete a panel interview, those with scores above 70 are placed on an eligibility list.
  2. Command Staff Interview – Candidates interview with Command Staff.
  3. Sheriff’s Interview and Conditional Job Offer – The Sheriff conducts final interview. Select candidates may receive conditional job offers.
  4. Full Physical and Psychological Evaluation – Candidates must successfully pass a physical and psychological evaluation completed by licensed third parties.

Incentives / Benefits

We believe in offering state-of-the-art training and fully equipping our deputies with top-of-the-line gear. Deputies receive an annual footwear allowance and complete uniform with all duty gear included.

We are invested in the well-being of our deputies. Extensive benefits include:

  • Veteran’s Preference
  • Incentive and premium pay for education and special teams
  • Bilingual pay
  • Medical, dental and vision coverage
  • Life Insurance, occupational, life, and long-term disability
  • Retirement benefits – PERS/OPSRP and deferred compensation
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Relocation assistance up to $7,000

For a complete list of premium pays and other benefits, refer to the Washington County Police Officers’ Association (WCPOA) collective bargaining agreement located at Labor Agreements. To explore additional benefits offered, visit Employee Benefits.

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