Become a Deputy Sheriff

The Sheriff's Office will be accepting applications for the position of Deputy Sheriff beginning April 2, 2016, through April 29, 2016. If interested, you must apply through Fairfax County's online job application system. Although the position will only be listed during the active recruiting period listed above, you may create an account and build your application for future use.

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

To view Fairfax County job listings and apply for a job, you must use the online job application system (powered by NEOGOV). The position of Deputy Sheriff will only be listed in the job application system during an active recruiting period. If the Sheriff's Office is not actively recruiting, you may still create an account and build your application for future use.


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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