Become a Deputy Sheriff

Join our team of highly trained, professional men and women!

The application period for the position of deputy sheriff closed on December 27, 2014. The Sheriff's Office is no longer accepting applications. When a new application period opens later in 2015, the Sheriff's Office will update this page with the new application deadline.

Job Description

  • Carry out the core duties of the Sheriff’s Office, including managing the Adult Detention Center, providing security in the Courthouse and serving civil law process. All Sheriff's deputies are certified law enforcement officers.
  • Work a 12.5 hour shift while assigned to the Adult Detention Center, either rotating one month of days and one month of nights OR working fixed days OR fixed nights. All shifts work about 15 days per month for a total of 87.5 hours per two-week pay period, include evenings, weekends and holidays.

Minimum Qualifications

  • At least 21 years of age at date of Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy graduation and at least 20 years of age at date of application
  • U.S. citizen
  • High school diploma or successful completion of a U.S. Department of Education recognized G.E.D. testing program

Special Requirements

  • Must never have been convicted of a felony, serious misdemeanor or crime of moral turpitude
  • Must be able to obtain a Class "A" medical rating in the assigned medical group before appointment
  • Must be a non-smoker at time of appointment and willing to sign a Condition of Employment Agreement to refrain from smoking both on and off duty
  • Must possess a valid motor vehicle driver's license without a negative point balance at the time of appointment
  • Must successfully complete a field training program (on-the-job-training) upon graduation from the Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy
  • Must obtain the following 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 and civil process
    • Certification in firearms proficiency

Application Process

Complete the application online through Fairfax County's NEOGOV system. To find the official job listing in NEOGOV, click here. Then check "sheriff" under "department" and click "go." A link to the position description will appear at the bottom of the page.

Once the Sheriff's Office receives your application through NEOGOV, we will contact you with a letter of denial or a conditional job offer. If we issue a conditional job offer, you will be required to complete and submit a more detailed personal history form. Then the Sheriff's Office will conduct a background investigation.

If hired, you will serve a 12-month probationary period commencing on the date of graduation from the Criminal Justice Academy.


Email the applicant recruiting office or leave a message with your contact information at 703-246-4105 [TTY 711 for hearing impaired].

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