Hiring process and deputy information sessions
To find out about our hiring process and what you need to do to prepare for it, we encourage you to attend a Deputy Information Session (DIS). The sessions a great opportunity to learn about the entire deputy testing and hiring process. DIS workshops are informal, and free to attend. Bring nothing but note-taking materials, if you wish.
Upcoming session are:
- Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 - 06:30pm to 09:00pm
- Saturday, March 18th, 2017 - 09:00am to Noon
- Thursday, April 13th, 2017 - 06:30pm to 09:00pm
These info sessions also include a voluntary opportunity to practice the physical test with us!
Locations for the DIS (but subject to change):
Washington State Criminal Justice Center (WSCJTC)
19010 1st Avenue South
Burien, WA 98148
Directions to WSCJTC:
From North or Southbound I-5:
Take SR 518 West to 1st Avenue South
Turn Left onto SW190th Street
The Academy will be on the left (19010 1st Avenue South)
Email our recruiter, Detective Loi Dawkins at: email@example.com to find out more information about the DIS and let her know which session you'd like to attend.
If you can't attend a DIS in person, you can view a copy of the presentation which is packed with information by clicking here
We have a commissioned staff of more than 675 and are among the largest sheriff’s departments in the country. Our deputies have opportunities to serve in many different communities, including unincorporated King County, numerous city police departments, and two transit police agencies, among others.
We offer countless unique assignments that range from school or community-based positions to drug enforcement and bomb disposal. Some deputies stay in a specialized career assignment, while others move between assignment types as they advance or expand their expertise. Regardless of your assignment, you’ll serve the citizens of local communities and work with them and your peers to solve crime problems. Applying to become a KCSO deputy sheriff is your first step towards an exciting and rewarding law enforcement career serving your community.
The King County Sheriff's Office actively recruits qualified new and lateral-entry (previous experience) applicants throughout the year. We have currently met our hiring goals, but still anticipate hiring as vacancies become available. Applying and testing now is encouraged in order to be eligible for an oral board interview.
We strive to recruit candidates who represent the diversity of the communities we serve. We welcome men and women of every culture and ethnic background, and believe that the internal environment of the KCSO supports and respects the differences that exist between us. If you can embrace our mission, vision, goals and core values, then we are interested in you.
If you don't have experience as a commissioned officer, you should apply as an entry-level deputy. Lateral-entry deputies must have one or more years of experience as a commissioned law enforcement officer post-probation. Our wage package allows for advanced step wage placement, using a sliding scale based on your experience, training and education.
Asking yourself "Do I have what it takes?" Here are a few qualifications and disqualifiers you can quickly check out. These qualifications are absolute musts. Note that there are some additional qualifications for lateral entry applicants. You can also use the self-screening tool to see if you are the candidate we are looking for.
To learn more, we invite you to attend a free Deputy Information Session (DIS workshop). The workshop is led by our recruiter, who will provide you with a complete overview of what to expect during the testing and hiring process. Our recruiter is an experienced deputy who will also give you an idea of what the job is really like and how to reach your goal. Workshop dates are listed on this page and are usually held from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.