Become a Deputy Sheriff

The Fairfax County Sheriff's Office is NOT ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS at this time for the position of Deputy Sheriff. The next recruiting period will be open from December 9, 2017 through January 5, 2018. If interested, you must apply through Fairfax County's online job application system. The position will only be listed during the recruiting period.

Application Process

To view Fairfax County job listings and apply for a job, you must create an account and build your application using the ONLINE JOB APPLICATION SYSTEM. To find the official job listing for Deputy Sheriff during the active recruiting period referenced above, please select "sheriff" under "department" and click "go." A link to the position description will appear at the bottom of the page. You may start building your application before the job is listed.

Once the Sheriff's Office receives your online application, 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.

Please do not send a resume via email. You will only be considered for employment through your submission in the online job application system.

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 working fixed nights. All shifts work about 15 days per month for a total of 87.5 hours per two-week pay period, including 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


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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