Deputy Sheriff I

Fairfax County Government
Fairfax, Virginia
$58,331.94 - $99,767.62 Annually
Closing date
Dec 29, 2023

Job Details

Job Announcement

$15,000 Sign-on BONUS*

The Fairfax County Sheriff's Office is looking for individuals who want to contribute to the outstanding quality of life that Fairfax citizens currently enjoy.
If this is your calling, please apply now.
About the Department: The Fairfax County Sheriff's Office employs some of the County’s most dedicated and professional employees, comprised of nearly 600 sworn members, many of whom carry national reputations as authorities in their field. We are searching for individuals who want to work for a diverse and multi-talented group of law enforcement officers who support the Sheriff's vision of running an innovative, economically efficient, and professionally trained agency.

The Fairfax County Sheriff's Office has provided 280 years of dedicated and professional service to the approximately 1.3 million residents of Fairfax County, the City of Fairfax, and the towns of Herndon and Vienna. We offer a variety of law enforcement opportunities in the areas of:
  • Court Services
  • Issue/ Serve Warrants
  • Civil Process
  • Adult Detention Center
  • Crisis Negotiation Team
  • Emergency Response Team
  • Honor Guard
  • Bike Team
  • Motor Unit
  • Inmate Transport
  • Community Engagement

The duties of a Deputy Sheriff I are mandated by federal, state, county, and agency regulations, and performs a variety of essential deputy sheriff duties in the field of law enforcement, specifically in the areas of correctional services, community corrections, court services, and administration, and any other assigned duties.

Note: The Deputy Sheriff I works a 12.5-hour shift inside the Adult Detention Center, the shift options are:
  • Fixed days; or fixed nights.
  • All shifts work approximately 15 days per month to equal 87.5 hours per two-week pay period, to include evenings, weekends, and holidays.

While working in the Adult Detention Center deputies may receive additional pay, such as night and evening differential, foreign language stipend, field training instructor stipend, holidays, environmental stipend, and/or annual step increases as allowed by the county budget.

Interviews will be conducted on a regular basis throughout the recruitment with candidates whose qualifications best fit our needs. If your application is received later in the recruitment process, it may not be reviewed or considered. The application process may close prior to the currently advertised closing date when the position has been filled.

* This position includes a signing bonus for fully qualified new county employees in the amount of $15,000.

Illustrative Duties

(The illustrative duties listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all- inclusive list. A complete list of position duties and unique physical requirements can be found in the position description.
  • As a member of a squad on an assigned shift, supervises inmate activities, prevents escapes, and maintains order, discipline, and security;
  • Takes appropriate action in emergency situations in accordance with established riot, hostage, fire, and disaster plans;
  • Serves warrants and makes arrests;
  • Maintains order in the assigned courtroom and on the premises of the Judicial Center, and provides security from disruption and violence;
  • Executes and returns civil and criminal process and Department of Motor Vehicle suspension orders, levies, and evictions;
  • Gives testimony in court on actions taken during arrests and investigations in criminal matters;
  • Oversees inmates during periods of recreation outside their assigned living area;
  • Searches, fingerprints, photographs, and assigns quarters to inmates;
  • Interviews inmates and case managers to assess suitability for placement in the work release program;
  • Monitors offenders' performance of community service projects to assure the quality of work performed and the whereabouts of offenders;
  • Searches offenders and grounds for contraband;
  • Transports, by vehicle, inmates, and other individuals in custody;
  • Performs routine law enforcement duties as required (e.g., traffic enforcement, accident response and investigation, criminal investigations, etc.)
  • Maintains complete and accurate records and prepares clear and concise reports.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

(The knowledge, skills and abilities listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all- inclusive list.)
  • Knowledge of the policies, procedures, and practices of the functional area to which assigned;
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and County laws and ordinances affecting assigned duties;
  • Knowledge of standard operating procedures and guidelines as well as riot, hostage, fire, and disaster plans;
  • Knowledge of the agency's information technology system (e.g., PC's);
  • Demonstrated skill in the use of firearms, defensive tactics, and non-lethal weapons;
  • Ability to operate vehicles, emergency equipment, radio, and CAD;
  • Ability to affect a physical arrest;
  • Ability to maintain a level of physical fitness appropriate to assignment;
  • Ability to work a shift work schedule which includes evenings, weekends, and holidays;
  • Ability to work effectively under stress;
  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with fellow staff members, inmates, and other departments and agencies;
  • Ability to effectively handle situations requiring tact, diplomacy, fairness, and good judgment;
  • Ability to make accurate observations and remember names, faces and details;
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Employment Standards

Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to the following: high school diploma or a GED issued by a state department of education.

  • Possession of a valid motor vehicle driver's license at time of appointment.
  • The following must be obtained from the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services within one year of appointment:
  • Certification as a Law Enforcement Officer;
  • Certification as a Jailor;
  • Certification in Court Security/Civil Process;
  • Certification in firearms proficiency.

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen;
  • Must be twenty-one years old or within 180 days of 21st birthday at time of application;
  • Must successfully complete a criminal background investigation, polygraph examination, and a psychological examination;
  • Must have never committed, been involved in, or been convicted of a felony offense; must not have been convicted of or pled guilty or no contest to a felony or any offense that would be a felony in the Commonwealth of Virginia or misdemeanor involving moral turpitude, misdemeanor sex offense or domestic assault;
  • Must be able to obtain a Class "A" medical rating in the assigned medical group before appointment;
  • Must be a non-smoker at time of appointment, and be willing to sign a Condition of Employment Agreement to refrain from smoking, both on and off duty;
  • Must be able to work a shift work schedule which includes evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays.

Skills in the use of firearms, defensive tactics & non-lethal weapons; ability to operate vehicles, emergency equipment, radio, and CAD; ability to maintain a level of physical fitness appropriate to assignment; ability to work effectively under stress; ability to communicate clearly & concisely, both oral & written. All duties may be performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Applicant must successfully complete a background investigation to include a driver's license check, tuberculosis test polygraph, psychological and medical exam and shall serve an initial probationary period of twelve months commencing upon graduation from the appropriate training academy.

The population of Fairfax County is very diverse where 39.8% of residents speak a language other than English at home (Spanish, Asian/Pacific Islander, Indo-European, and others) and we encourage candidates bilingual in English and a foreign language to apply to this opportunity.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or military status in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.


Fairfax County, Virginia is a diverse and thriving urban county. As the most populous jurisdiction in both Virginia and the Washington metropolitan area, the County's population exceeds that of seven states. The median household income of Fairfax County is one of the highest in the nation and over half of its adult residents have four-year college degrees or more educational attainment. Fairfax County also is home to an extensive commercial office market and is a major employment center.

Fairfax County Government is a great place to work, with a variety of jobs in different fields, great benefits, and an enjoyable working environment. We serve nearly one million residents in one of the largest counties in the country. Our talented employees have established Fairfax County as a leader in nearly every facet of public service and have won national recognition as innovators in local government.The size of Fairfax County government and the diversity of services it provides to citizens allows opportunities for personal growth and development, without ever having to change employers. In addition to pay, Fairfax County Government provides an employee benefits package worth approximately 25% of your salary in additional compensation. This package of benefits consists of programs designed to protect you and your family during your employment with the county and into your retirement years.

Health Insurance
Dental Insurance
Group Term Life Insurance
Contributory Retirement Plan
Deferred Compensation
Flexible Spending Account Programs
Long Term Disability Insurance
Long Term Care Plan
Tuition Assistance Program
Employees' Child Care Center
Virginia College Savings Plans

Fairfax County's Application Process: Fairfax County uses an online application process called NEOGOV at nearly all positions.

Applicants who need assistance with the online application process are welcome to come to the Application Center at Fairfax County's HR Central where staff will be happy to work with you to establish an account and get your resume into the system. HR Central is located in the Government Center at 12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 270, Fairfax, VA, and is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Or call 703-222-5872 for more information.

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12000 Government Center Parkway
Suite 270

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