Deputy Sheriff I
Deputy Sheriff I
The Alexandria Sheriff’s Office is recruiting qualified applicants for a career as a Deputy Sheriff. We are seeking candidates dedicated to serving the community with honor and courage. You must have unquestioned integrity and the commitment to serve others as well as the ability to work either day or night shifts, holidays and weekends in this rewarding profession. We are accepting applications on a continual basis and will notify candidates of the opportunity to attend the first component of our selection process when it is scheduled.
Deputy Sheriffs primarily work in a direct supervision adult detention center, housing approximately 350 adult inmates. Deputies manage inmate living units, handle inmate discipline, respond to inmate requests, supervise inmates, and resolve problems. Other responsibilities of a Deputy Sheriff outside of the Detention Center include service of court papers; warrant execution, courthouse/courtroom security, prisoner transportation, community engagement and general law enforcement duties.
All newly hired Deputy Sheriff’s will begin their career working in the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center. Deputies work a 12.5-hour shift of either days or nights. All shifts work approximately 15 days per month which equals 87.5 hours every two-week pay period.
A newly hired deputy will earn a starting salary of $54,287.48. This is based on an 80 hour pay period. The detention center schedule is 87.5 hours per pay period which equals a salary of over $59,000.00 annually.
Application Review Schedule
This position is advertised on a continuous basis. Applications for this position will be reviewed on a bi-weekly schedule.
What You Should Bring
Integrity - The Alexandria Sheriff's Office believes that integrity is central to everything we do and is key to maintaining the trust of our citizens, colleagues and criminal justice partners.
Respect - We protect the dignity of others and value human life above all else.
Excellence - We strive to do the best we can in everything we do.
Accountability - We are accountable to the citizens we serve, those committed to the care of the Sheriff and our colleagues.
Deputies work a 12.5-hour shift, during daytime or nighttime hours and during weekdays, weekends and holidays. You should be physically fit. Applicants will be scheduled for a complete medical exam before being cleared by a physician to perform the duties required of a Deputy Sheriff. You will need to be flexible. There are occasions when you may be called in to report for work early or stay after your normal shift has ended. Newly hired deputies will be assigned to work inside the jail supervising male and female inmates who are committed to the jail for a variety of criminal offenses and for varying lengths of time. You will need to be a team player and have excellent communication and problem-solving skills. You will need to be able to adapt to rapidly changing situations and may need to use physical force to protect inmates or other staff from injury or death.
The Ideal Candidate
To qualify for this position, candidates must possess a High School Diploma or GED, be a United States Citizen, 21 years old at the time of appointment, have some experience involving meeting and dealing with people under varying circumstances. Candidates for positions in this class are required to meet age, vision, and standards of the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services and Sheriff's Office training requirements. Good character is necessary, and deputies must be able to have a valid driver's license.
To be considered an ideal candidate, one must also possess the ability to deal courteously with others and exercise sound judgment and common sense. You must be able to understand and carry out oral and written instructions and prepare clear and concise written reports. A deputy will have to be able to physically perform the required tasks of the position, act quickly, calmly and effectively in stressful situations.
Candidates who are currently certified by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justices Services (DCJS) as a Deputy Sheriff, Law Enforcement Officer or both are highly sought after. Current DCJS certifications and previous years of service as a deputy or law enforcement officer will be considered for starting salary determination. Prior years of relevant Virginia law enforcement experience will be reviewed and can result in additional salary increases.
Expanded Candidate Evaluation Information
This position requires an orientation to the Office, a writing sample, and a background investigation which will include the search for any criminal history, your driving record and a credit report. We also require candidates to attend a physical fitness assessment to gauge their ability to perform the duties of a Deputy Sheriff. Previous employers and personal references will be contacted. Candidates are required to have a polygraph examination, psychological examination, and medical examination.
Failure at any step listed below may result in elimination from the process:
Current alcohol abuse is prohibited. Alcohol abuse is excessive drinking which impairs personal and work performance. Current or recent use of illegal drugs or abuse of any legal drugs is prohibited. Any pattern of illegal drug used that indicates an ongoing, regular or recreational illegal use of a controlled substance. Legal drug use is medically prescribed drugs or drugs bought over the counter. Illegal drug use is non-medically prescribed use of any drug.
1. Any conviction of a felony. Commission of a serious detected or undetected felony (murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, auto theft, weapons charge, drug sales, illegal sex crimes, arson, etc...)
2. Conviction for possession or manufacturing of controlled substance(s) with intent to distribute.
3. Conviction of crime involving domestic violence.
1. Any reason why the applicant cannot be insured to drive a motor vehicle.
2. Any reason why the applicant cannot be licensed to drive a motor vehicle.
1. Membership or participation in any organization advocating the violent overthrow of the government of the United States.
2. Discrepancy of information or misinformation given on the background questionnaire or in reference to employment. Information on these forms will be verified through the polygraph examination and the background investigation.
3. Failure to keep an appointment at any step of the hiring process, without prior approval of the Sheriff's Office.
4. Failure to pass any part of the selection process.
5. Failure to meet the minimum standards described in this announcement.
6. Failure to notify the Office of a change in current address and/or telephone number.
7. Behavior(s) which do not necessarily reach the level of severity of the disqualifying information listed above but may still be a basis for rejection after consideration of each case on its individual merits.
The Deputy Sheriff candidate is required to pass a thorough medical examination. This examination includes a stress test. Some of the components of the test are:
Weight (Body Fat Composition)
Males equal to or less than 20%
Females equal to or less than 26%
20/100 Uncorrected, with correction to 20/20 in each eye
Normal (No use of a hearing aid
Resting Blood Pressure
These are only a few of the physical requirements. Additional information will be provided upon request.
The selection process for Deputy Sheriff is highly competitive. Persons who have engaged in any activity that would support a felony conviction are unlikely to receive favorable consideration.
If you have any questions, or need to request an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact me by email at Chris.Whelan@alexandriava.gov or by telephone at 703-746-5009, weekdays between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. We welcome you to explore the City of Alexandria's excellent benefits and programs!
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