Arlington County, Virginia
$57,595.20 - $97,260.80 Annually
Jun 21, 2022
Dec 31, 2022
Full Time
Position Information
The pay range listed above is effective June 19, 2022.

Arlington County Sheriff's Office , nationally recognized for Excellence and awarded re-accreditation by the American Correctional Association Commission (ACA), is now accepting applications for testing for Deputy Sheriff positions. In order to participate in testing, candidates will need to apply through this system (click on the word APPLY at the right margin of this job announcement to enter the application system). Applications will be reviewed daily and those who meet the selection criteria will receive email notifications inviting them to one of the testing sessions. A valid email address is required in order to receive correspondence regarding testing and the hiring process.

Employees in these positions work in all areas of the Sheriff's Office and may be assigned to any unit with daily interaction with inmates. New employees are initially assigned to our state of the art direct supervision Detention Facility. Deputies may rotate to other areas based on the needs of the Sheriff's Office. The majority of positions are assigned to the detention facility so the ability to transfer to other areas is minimal. Most employees work 12-hour fixed shifts (including days, nights, weekends and holidays) and 15 days per month. Deputies earn full salary and benefits while training at the Academy. The Detention Facility is accredited by the American Correctional Association (achieved by less than 4% of jails nationwide).

Specific duties include:

  • Supervising and monitoring the daily activities of inmates to include security within housing units, inmate visits, booking/processing, program activities, food service, recreation and general work assignments;
  • Managing inmate behavior and using appropriate force as necessary;
  • Supervising inmates assigned to Inmate Work Programs;
  • Receiving and screening the public seeking admittance to the facility; and
  • Processing inmates' personal property and money.
Other duties and assignments include:

Court Security - secure courtrooms; monitor courts in session; escort prisoners to and from courts and the Detention Facility; perform security checks within the Courthouse; respond to security check problems and Courthouse incidents.

Warrant Process - serve legal papers; execute criminal warrants issued by the Court; take individuals into custody; and schedule and execute Court ordered evictions.

Transportation - transport inmates and other individuals in custody to/from other correctional facilities, hearings, medical facilities, doctor's appointments.

All assignments include writing reports and documenting incidents. The nature of the work necessitates an element of danger and requires physical exertion and the ability to make decisions under stress. Work is performed according to departmental policies and procedures and involves the potential for personal danger. The employee must be able to communicate effectively, solve problems, write concise reports, maintain good physical conditioning, and be able to act quickly and calmly as part of a team under potentially stressful conditions.

Selection Criteria

  • High school diploma or GED equivalent;
  • At least 21 years of age at the time of appointment or within 6 months of the 21st-birthday on the date of application;
  • Excellent physical condition;
  • U.S. citizen at the time of application;
  • Bondable for handling Commonwealth funds;
  • Possession of a valid driver's license from the applicant's place of residence;
  • Available for emergency calls and standby duty, overtime, and details outside the facility; and
  • Willing to work days, evenings, nights, weekends, holidays, and fixed 12-hour shifts.

Special Requirements
Employees must successfully complete the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy (NVCJTA) within the first 12 months of employment. Successful completion includes passing all phases of academic, physical (e.g. running, defensive tactics), driving and firearms training. In-service training and firearms qualifications are job requirements throughout employment.

The Sheriff's Office incurs considerable financial investment in training a Deputy Sheriff. In return, the Sheriff's Office requires a 24-month commitment from its employees. This 24-month commitment begins after an employee has successfully completed the NVCJTA. If the employee terminates employment within one (1) year after the completion of the NVCJTA, unless such termination is the result of circumstances beyond one's control, the total cost of this training shall be due and payable to Arlington County Sheriff's Office. If the employee terminates employment after one (1) year and before two (2) years after completion of the NVCJTA, a prorated amount of the training costs will be due and payable to the Arlington County Sheriff's Office.

All new uniformed (sworn) Sheriff's Office employees must be non-smokers and are required to sign an agreement that they will not smoke on or off the job during their tenure of employment.

All new uniformed (sworn) Sheriff's Office employees may not have any tattoos visible (on head, neck or hands etc.) when wearing the long-sleeved shirt uniform.

Basic computer/data entry skills are required for the purposes of report writing and other documentation.

Most employees work 12-hour fixed shifts (including days, nights, weekends and holidays) and 15 days per month.

Arlington County Government is committed to the health, safety and wellness for all staff. In support of that commitment, all current and newly hired employees are required to provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination. For those qualified employees with a disability or sincerely held religious belief which prohibits them from receiving a vaccine, you will be able to contact the Office of Human Rights to request a reasonable accommodation. Adherence to this policy is a condition of employment.

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