Frequently Asked Questions

You will receive a notification if you are moving on to the next part of the process about a week after the closing date on the job classification.

The majority of our communications will be through email. Please email

The State’s Department of Public Safety Standards & Training (DPSST) reviews previous training and determines if additional or abbreviated training must be completed to be certified in Oregon. Many out-of-state lateral hires attend an abbreviated two week DPSST academy to attain their Oregon Certification. Please contact DPSST for additional questions.

There are four phases in the hiring process:

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.
  2. Apply with Washington County – Washington County Human Resources (HR) emails invitations to submit an application through the county’s employment opportunities page.
  3. Preliminary Background Check – The Sheriff’s Office completes a preliminary background check.
  4. 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 5 minutes and 30 seconds. 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.

Washington County conducts four hiring cycles per year; each cycle takes approximately six months.

An obstacle course simulating a foot pursuit which tests endurance and must be completed in less than 5 minutes and 30 seconds.

Your background investigator may contact any past associates.

Primarily through email. To expedite process, please advise your references to expect contact from Sheriff’s Office.

Recruits will attend a Sheriff’s Office in-house academy, and then the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) academy. Following academy graduation, recruits will work with Field Training Officers (FTOs) during the Field Training and Evaluation Program (FTEP) until completing all phases of training. During this time, you will be serving on an 18-month new-employee probationary period.

It varies depending on when DPSST holds an academy. You begin with an in-house pre-academy and will then be scheduled to attend the DPSST academy. All training (including the DPSST academy) is paid.

Seniority determines shift, days off and vacation. Shift bids occur every six months.

You must complete your probationary period and have three years of service prior to being eligible. Each team has unique selection criteria.

Yes, per policy, tattoos are allowed with the following guideline;

  • One wedding ring tattoo on the ring finger is allowed.
  • Tattooed make-up giving the appearance of natural color and style is allowed.
  • No other visible tattoos are permitted on the head, face, neck, or hands. Hands are considered to be the area below the wrist bone.
    • Tattoos depicting racist, indecent, extremist, lawless, or offensive themes are prohibited. A tattoo is considered “offensive” if it is sexist, sexual, racist, vulgar, anti-social, violent, or discriminates against any person by virtue of words, symbols, or pictures in the tattoo or body art.
    •  Tattoos or body art associated with any organization or group that advocates intolerance or discrimination, that bring discredit upon the agency, or that violate common standards of decency or morality are prohibited.


  • Hair shall be neatly trimmed, clean, and of a color that naturally occurs in human hair.  Stripes, spots, and dying of colors other than natural tones are prohibited.
  • If hair length extends below the bottom of the collar and interferes with daily work or presents a safety issue, it must be pulled back away from the face, such as in a braid or ponytail, tied with bands of a neutral color.
  • Hair over 1” long may not be spiked or sprayed to stand up on top of the head.

Facial Hair

  • Staff must be clean-shaven or wear facial hair that is well-groomed and closely trimmed, not exceeding 1 inch in length.
  •  Beards, including goatees, must not extend to the neck. Goatees may be worn with or without a mustache attached. Soul patches are not allowed.
  • Facial hair may be worn in any color that could naturally occur in human hair.
  • Patterns will not be cut into facial hair.


  • Any jewelry shall be moderate and project a professional image, save staff from distraction, and avoid creating a safety hazard.
  • Staff may wear earrings.
  • No other body piercings are allowed, to include eyebrows, tongue, or other visible body parts; this includes jewelry that appears to require piercing.
  • Piercing holes larger than those used for a small post earring must be closed or covered while at work or on duty.

Yes, you can transfer if was taken in the last six months.

Yes. If you are a veteran and would like to be considered for Veteran’s Preference Points, please review these instructions.

  1. United States citizenship or permanent resident
  2. 21 years of age
  3. High School diploma or its equivalent
  4. A valid driver’s license
  5. No felony convictions; no misdemeanor convictions in the last five years
  1. Recruit Salary Range: $54,239 – $62,068
  2. Deputy Salary Range: $65,848 – $80,073

This does not include:

  • Bilingual Pay
  • Incentive Pay
  • Premium Pay
  • Overtime