Deputy Sheriff - Lateral Entry $7500 Signing Bonus

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:
$70,678 annual
Top Pay:
$78,102 annual

Job Description

SPOKANE COUNTY invites applications for the position of:

Deputy Sheriff-Lateral (Civil Service)

$7500 signing bonus!

SALARY: $33.98 - $37.55 Hourly $5,889.86 - $6,508.54 Monthly $70,678.32 - $78,102.48 Annually

OPENING DATE: 02/07/20

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: $90,468.25 - $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. ***************************************************************************************************************** Upon receipt and confirmation of completed Spokane County NEOGOV application, applicant will be sent a Personal History Statement and Training & Experience form to be due within 10 days. Applicants who submit their completed paperwork and have no automatic disqualifiers (per Sheriff's Policy 1000) listed on their PHS will be invited for a Physical Ability Test and Oral Board Interview.


Copy of valid driver's license (front side only) Copy of your CJTC/POST Basic academy certificate Copies of all training records applicable to position Copy of DD214, 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) 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 or hand-deliver 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.

***************************************************************************************************************** Spokane County Sheriff's Office Incentives:

Deputy Sheriff- Lateral SIGN-ON BONUS The Spokane County Sheriff's Office is proud to offer a $7500 sign-on bonus to newly hired Deputy Sheriff-Laterals. This bonus is paid out in two payments: 50% of the bonus will be paid on the next regularly scheduled pay date after your first day of employment with Spokane County; the remaining 50% of the bonus will be paid after one year of County service and successful completion of probationary period.

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 citizen of the United States of America 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; hearing standards based upon the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine standards ( Threshold Testing); see, 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 entry requirements, lateral applicants must have successfully completed the Washington State Criminal Justice Basic Law Enforcement Academy or the Basic Equivalency Academy or have the ability to obtain an equivalency certificate prior to completion of one year's probation with the Spokane County Sheriff's Office; must have successfully completed probation and have a minimum of TWO years sworn, non-military patrol officer experience with a single agency; If not currently working in law enforcement, applicant must have been separated from previous agency for less than TWO years.


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, 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


TM 824 N Adams Spokane, WA 99260 509-477-5750

Human Resources Civil Service (509) 477-5750 (509) 477-4711

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $70,678.00 - $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

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: Lateral Entry requirements (see above)

Contact Information

Civil Service

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

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