Deputy Sheriff I

Fairfax, Virginia
$53,189.55 - $86,640.32 Annually
Jan 09, 2021
Jan 01, 2022
Full Time
Job Announcement

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 is committed to providing world-class public safety with honor, courage, and a dedication to service. The Fairfax County Sheriff's Office is one of the largest sheriff's offices in Virginia with over 600 professional men and women, serving one of the most diverse counties in the nation.

We offer a variety of law enforcement opportunities in areas that include:

Court services

Issue warrants

Civil process

Adult detention

Serve on federal task forces

Emergency response team

Inmate transport

Community programs

The duties of a Deputy Sheriff I are mandated by federal, state, county and agency regulations, performs a variety of basic 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.
  • Incumbents are considered emergency essential services personnel requiring that they report on their scheduled day, or may be called back to work, should a manmade or natural disaster or emergency arise.

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 the assignment;
  • Ability to work a shift work schedule which includes rotating shifts, 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 the 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 21 st birthday at the 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 the appointment;
  • Must be a non-smoker at the time of appointment, and be willing to sign a Condition of Employment Agreement to refrain from smoking, both on and off duty.
All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process. New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or religious reasons will still be subject to the weekly testing requirement. Otherwise, vaccinated employees will complete the attestation online in the first day of employment.

Duties performed with or without reasonable accommodation. 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 the assignment; ability to work effectively under stress; ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both oral and written.

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

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 status as a veteran 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.

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