Deputy Sheriff Requirements
Serving as a Deputy Sheriff is a demanding job. A Deputy is often placed in situations that make great demands on his/her physical capacity. In these instances, physical fitness is often the factor that spells the difference between success and failure - even life and death. Therefore, all candidates for the position must be in excellent physical condition with no limitations which would interfere in firearm use, warrant service, or control tactics. All Deputy Sheriff Candidates must be able to pass several exams to gain admittance to the Deputy Sheriff Academy in Penn State, Pennsylvania.
1. Physical Agility Exam
2. Written exam
3. Polygraph exam
4. Medical Exam
5. Psychological Exam
6. Oral Interview
Physical Agility Exam
To ensure that Deputy Sheriffs are fully prepared to meet their responsibilities as leaders in the law enforcement community, applicants must pass a standardized Physical Agility Exam. The exam consists of five mandatory events that are administered in the following order:
1. Vertical Jump
2. Maximum number of sit-ups in one minute
3. Timed 300-meter sprint
4. Maximum number of push-ups in one minute
5. Timed one and one-half mile (1.5 mile) run
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The written exam is a multiple choice format that is designed to exam an individual’s vocabulary and reading comprehension. This standardized exam uses a formula to convert the number of correct responses to a representative exam score. This final exam score indicates a reading level / educational level equivalency according to the standards set forth in this particular exam.
The Applicants will be required to complete the written portion of the Polygraph Screening Booklet either prior to or after the physical Agility Exams. Polygraph Screening Booklets will be utilized during the actual polygraph exam. The Sheriff Department will contact applicants directly to schedule the polygraph examination.
All candidates shall undergo a medical screening conducted by an appointed qualified physician. All candidates must be found physically able, with or without reasonable accommodations, to perform the essential job functions of the Sheriff Department. The physician shall assess each candidate on a case-by-case basis to determine whether the candidate can, perform the essential functions of a Deputy Sheriff.
All candidates shall undergo a psychological exam conducted by an appointed qualified psychologist. The psychologist shall assess each candidate on a case-by-case basis to determine whether the candidate can, perform the essential functions of a Deputy Sheriff. Applicants will spend 3 to 4 hours taking a series of written questionnaires designed to measure a variety of personality and psychological factors related to law enforcement work. The results of these questionnaires will be reviewed and follow-up questions could be asked during the psychological interview.
The Oral Interview board will grade candidates on several topics: Knowledge of the Sheriff Department/Northampton County, Communication Skills, Appearance, Integrity and Situational Reasoning. Applicants will be asked questions related to the reason they are seeking a law enforcement career, as well as skills and traits that they will contribute to the Sheriff Department.
For current open positions please visit the Northampton County Applicant Online System by clicking here.
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