Deputy Sheriff Applicant Disqualifiers
All deputy sheriff positions are filled, so the Sheriff's Office is not hiring at this time. We are not accepting applications nor maintaining any applications on file; therefore, please do not submit an application until this notice is removed.
The Fairfax County Sheriff's Office has determined that there are some past and present behavior(s) that make some applicants not desirable for employment because they do not meet the high standards of the office. Applicants who have any of the past or current behavior(s) listed below will not be considered for employment.
- Alcohol Use: Current alcohol abuse is prohibited. Alcohol abuse is excessive drinking which impairs personal and work performance.
- Drug Use: Current or recent use of illegal drugs or abuse of any legal drugs is prohibited. Legal drug use is medically prescribed drugs or drugs bought over the counter. Illegal drug use is non-medically prescribed use of any drugs, including, but not limited to narcotics, stimulants, cannabis, hallucinogens, amphetamines, depressants, steroids, designer drugs and inhalants. Illegal drug use will be reviewed with respect to recency, type of drug and frequency of use.
- Felony Criminal Activity: Any conviction of a felony or engaging in any activity that would support a felony conviction (undetected crimes).
- Domestic Violence: Engaged in any activity that would support a domestic violence conviction or any prior convictions.
- Controlled Substance: Conviction for possession or manufacturing of controlled substance(s) with the intent to distribute.
- Traffic/Driving: Inability to be insured to drive a motor vehicle, failure to possess a valid driver’s license, and inability to be licensed to drive a motor vehicle. Virginia drivers must not have a negative point balance.
- Credit: Must be up-to-date with payments.
- Government: Membership or participation in any organization advocating the violent overthrow of the government of the United States.
- Discrepancies: Misrepresentation, misinformation, misleading, inaccurate, untruthful or distorted information provided on the Personal History Statement or during any part of the selection process.
- Appointments: Failure to keep an appointment at any step of the hiring process without the prior approval of the Sheriff's Office.
- Change of locator information: Failure to notify the Office of a change in current address and/or telephone number.
- Other: Behavior(s) that do not necessarily reach the level of severity of the disqualifiers listed above, but may still be a basis for rejection after consideration of each case on its individual merits.
Academy Minimum Requirements
- Pass all training objectives (tests and practical assessments) within three attempts and maintain a grade point average of 75 percent.
- Complete a half-mile run in less than four minutes. In addition, complete an obstacle course within one minute and 22 seconds.
Minimum Qualifications for Deputy Sheriff I Trainee
- Education: Must have graduated from high school or possess a GED equivalent.
- Minimum Age: Must be 21 years of age at time of appointment or within 180 days of the 21st birthday at the time of application.
- Physical Condition: Must be in excellent physical condition and pass a medical examination.
- Citizenship: Must be a U.S. citizen at time of application.
- Valid Driver's License: Have an excellent driving record and possess a valid driver's license from your place of residence.
- Vision: Uncorrected vision up to 20/200 is allowed, provided that there has been at least three months' success wearing soft contact lenses. Without soft contact lenses, uncorrected vision cannot be worse than 20/100. In any case, vision must be correctable to 20/20. Must not be colorblind.
- Hearing: Hearing must comply with medical standards. Must pass a hearing exam.
- Crimes: Must not have been convicted of any felonies or serious misdemeanors.
- Rotating Shift: Must be able to work rotating/permanent 12.5-hour shifts.
- Special Requirements: The position requires that the employee be available for emergency calls, standby duty, 12.5-hour shifts, overtime and assignments outside the facility. It will include work on days, nights, weekends, holidays and rotating/permanent shifts. Employees must successfully complete the Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy. Successful completion includes passing all phases of academic, physical, driver and firearms training. In-service maintenance training and annual firearms qualifications are ongoing training criteria.
- Tobacco Use: All new-uniformed (sworn) Sheriff's Office employees must be non-smokers and will be required to sign an agreement that they will not smoke on or off the job during their tenure of employment. Sheriff's Office employees (sworn and civilian) are prohibited from smoking or using tobacco products in any form within areas under the control of the Sheriff unless the area has been specifically approved by the Sheriff for smoking.