Deputy Sheriff - Entry Level

Sworn US Law Enforcement
Spokane County Sheriff's Office - Spokane Valley, Washington

Jan 20, 2021

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Application Deadline:
Jan 1, 2024

Salary Information

Entry Level:
$$48,164.40 annual
Top Pay:
$$78,102.48 annual

Job Description

SPOKANE COUNTY invites applications for the position of:

Deputy Sheriff - Entry Level (Civil Service)

SALARY: $23.16 - $37.55 Hourly $4,013.70 - $6,508.54 Monthly $48,164.40 - $78,102.48 Annually

OPENING DATE: 09/14/20

CLOSING DATE: Continuous



The Deputy performs varied first-level law enforcement duties involving the protection of life and property; the enforcement of laws and ordinances; the maintenance of order and the investigation of crime.

Employees of the Spokane County Sheriff's Office hold positions of high public trust. It is imperative all employees conduct themselves both on and off-duty in such a manner which does not bring disrepute on this office, or the professional image of law enforcement. *************************************************************************************************************** TOTAL COMPENSATION: $61,650.43 - $99,971.17 annually. Total compensation is an estimate based upon base compensation, median retirement fund contributions, and current employer-paid health and related benefit contribution rates (including medical, dental, life insurance, long term disability, and leave). The actual total will vary depending upon each employee's enrollment choices. *************************************************************************************************************** PLEASE NOTE: Do not apply to this posting unless you have completed initial testing through Public Safety Testing. See below for more information.

All applicants must take initial written exam & physical ability test (PAT) through Public Safety Testing (PST) before submitting a Spokane County application. PST scores are valid for one year from the date of the written exam.

The next local Public Safety Testing dates will be held: Saturday, November 14, 2020

For up-to-date information regarding their testing schedule, or to register for an

examination, please visit their website at

To register for a Public Safety Test near you, please click here: **Out-of-state applicants, please visit to schedule a written exam in your state. Any questions regarding Public Safety Test may be directed to: 1-866-447-3911

After Civil Service receives your scores from Public Safety testing, you will be sent an email with instructions to submit your Spokane County NEOGOV Application and the Public Safety Testing Personal History Statement form (PHS can be filled out in advance). See below for a list of the required documents that must be submitted with your Spokane County application.

Complete Spokane County NEOGOV applications received by December 4, 2020 before NOON will be included in the next round of processing.


Copy of valid driver's license (front side only) Copy of DD-214, Member Form 4 (if applicable; See RCW 41.04.010 as to how Veteran's Preference is applied.) Copy of Permanent Resident Card AKA "Green Card" (if applicable; front side only) Sealed official transcripts from the school of your highest level of education. All transcripts must be sealed official copies. They cannot be uploaded with your application. Please mail sealed-official copies to: Spokane County Civil Service, 6011 N Chase Rd., Newman Lake, WA 99025. If your school only distributes electronic transcripts, have the registrar email the official transcripts directly. Electronic transcripts will only be accepted if sent directly by the school. If you have already submitted official transcripts to Civil Service, please do not resubmit. Do make sure to verify Civil Service has your transcripts on file.

_DO NOT SUBMIT RESUME_ _ _ _**IF ALL ADDITIONAL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS ARE NOT UPLOADED WITH APPLICATION OR SUBMITTED TO CIVIL SERVICE BY EACH CLOSING DATE, APPLICATION WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. NO EXCEPTIONS. **_ _ _************************************************************************************************************* Spokane County Sheriff's Office Incentives:

Education Incentive: The Spokane County Sheriff's Office offers an education incentive. This incentive is paid in addition to the monthly salary.

AA or AAS Degree - 3.5% Bachelor's Degree - 7% Master's Degree - 9%

Residency: The Spokane County Sheriff's Office has no residency requirements. Employees are not required to live within Spokane County limits.


Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

Perform the following work with minimal supervision:

Patrol a designated area of the county in a patrol car, bicycle, or boat and/or on foot to deter and discover crime, conduct on-scene investigations at crime scenes, aid persons in trouble and render other public services as needed.

Enforce traffic and parking ordinances and investigate accidents; operate a radar unit to discover speed violations; issue citations to violators; serve warrants of arrest, arrest persons and secure their custody; complete necessary reports concerning alleged crimes, circumstances of arrest and available evidence and witnesses.

Serve civil processes, including writs of attachment, writs of restitution, and writs of execution. Conduct address checks on registered sex offenders. Document attempts and other pertinent information.

Respond to reports of possible crime and take action as the situation requires to secure the scene; interview victims, witnesses and suspects; gather evidence, locate, interview and arrest suspects; investigate persons suspected of being engaged in crime; locate and secure evidence pertaining to alleged crime, and arrest suspects based on probable cause.

Report to scenes of accidents; administer first aid and summon aid and other patrol units for assistance in treating injured persons and controlling the scene; make general drawings of accident scenes; complete standard accident reports; or make arrests as the situation warrants.

Provide information to the public concerning laws and ordinances.

Conduct thorough investigations of reported crimes appropriate to their assignments; use photo montages for victim and/or witness identification; conduct necessary searches and follow up investigations as necessary; prepare cases for prosecution.

Develop contacts to obtain information about crimes; maintain contact with paroled criminals and suspects at large; do undercover and decoy work; check known and possible stolen property outlets such as pawn shops and second-hand stores.

Report for duty on time and work overtime as directed. Attend training and roll calls as directed. Apply job-related knowledge, skills and abilities on duty.

Maintain a neat, clean and professional appearance.

Promote the community policing philosophy within the Sheriff's Office.

Check voicemail and e-mail, as necessary, at beginning of shift to stay in contact with department communications.

Testify in court.

Perform specialized duties depending on an individual officer's background, ability and the needs of the agency, or as required or assigned.

Performs other work as required.


Must be a United States citizen or a lawful permanent resident who can read and write the English language; minimum age of 21 at the time of appointment, however, may test at age 20, as long as applicant turns 21 during the life of the eligibility list; high school graduate or GED; no felony convictions as an adult; must hold a valid driver’s license at time of appointment and during employment; good health; see, hear, feel, smell, touch, speak and move about (with or without corrective devices) to perform the duties, responsibilities, tasks and essential functions required or assigned to this position.

In addition to the above requirements, applicants must have at least 60 semester credit hours or 90 quarter hours from an accredited college institution or an A.A. degree or higher from an accredited college institution or an equivalent to at least 2-years full-time work experience. Military experience qualifies as professional work experience.


Knowledge of: County geography. Criminal statutes, constitutional and civil law requirements and restraints for their enforcement. Policies and procedure manuals for the Sheriff's Office. Basic first aid and CPR principles and skill in their application.

Ability to: Perform all necessary physical activities in performance of the job. Analyze and react correctly to situations. Communicate clearly, effectively and coherently over the radio. Compose and complete reports using correct grammar and punctuation. Cope with situations firmly and tactfully with respect to individual rights. Communicate effectively with diverse groups of all people. Meet agency standards relative to appearance and dress code. Satisfactorily complete prescribed courses of training. Effect and arrest, forcibly if necessary, using handcuffs and other restraints; subdue resisting suspects using defensive tactics, techniques and/or weapons. Learn and use investigative tools, techniques and procedures. Keep materials and information confidential and exercise caution to keep within the rights of privacy laws. Ability to maintain composure in hostile situations. Exercise emotional stability, self-assurance, and a high degree of initiative and good judgment. Keyboard in an efficient and accurate manner to complete agency reports.

Skilled in: Safely operating motor vehicles during both the night and day. Observation and remembering details. Gathering information and interviewing techniques. Search techniques of people, vehicles, buildings, and large outdoor areas. Exercising independent judgment. Effective use of rapidly changing technology.


DEPUTY SHERIFF - ENTRY LEVEL (CIVIL SERVICE) Spokane, WA 99260 509-477-5750 Human Resources Civil Service (509) 477-5750 (509) 477-4711

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $48,164.00 - $78,102.00 per year


  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Professional development assistance
  • Referral program
  • Vision insurance


  • 12 hour shift
  • Day shift
  • Holidays
  • Monday to Friday
  • Night shift
  • Overtime
  • Weekends

Supplemental Pay:

  • Signing bonus

Ability to Commute/Relocate:

  • Spokane, WA 99260 (Required)


  • High school or equivalent (Preferred)


  • Driver's License (Required)

Shift Availability:

  • Day Shift (Required)
  • Night Shift (Required)

This Job Is Ideal for Someone Who Is:

  • Dependable -- more reliable than spontaneous
  • People-oriented -- enjoys interacting with people and working on group projects
  • Adaptable/flexible -- enjoys doing work that requires frequent shifts in direction
  • Achievement-oriented -- enjoys taking on challenges, even if they might fail
  • Autonomous/Independent -- enjoys working with little direction
  • Innovative -- prefers working in unconventional ways or on tasks that require creativity
  • High stress tolerance -- thrives in a high-pressure environment

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Benefit Conditions:

  • Only full-time employees eligible

Work Remotely:

  • No

Job Requirements

  • Age: 21
  • Education: High School
  • Experience: None Needed

Contact Information

Civil Service

Spokane County Sheriff's Office
12710 E Sprague
Spokane Valley, Washington 99216
phone: 509-477-5750

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