Deputy Sheriff-entry

Thurston County
Full Time $6,480 - $8,270 Per year WA 2000 Lakeridge Dr SW building 3, Olympia, WA 98502, United States


***Those who have successfully passed the written and physical ability tests will be contacted by Thurston County Civil Service with further instructions as needed***

All initial written and physical ability testing for entry-level candidates is conducted by Public Safety Testing, Inc. (PST). Visit their website at for instructions on how to get started. Test dates are available on a continuous basis; check the PST website for test schedule and locations, or call 1-866-447-3911.

Applications are not accepted from individuals who have not successfully passed both the written examination and physical ability test.

  • Patrols a designated area of the county in a patrol car and/or on foot to deter and discover crime, do on-the-scene investigations at crime scenes, aid persons in trouble and render other public services as needed.
  • Patrols a designated area of the county in a patrol car, boat, or on a motorcycle to enforce traffic and parking ordinances and investigate accidents; operates a radar unit to discover speed violations; routinely checks vehicle identification against current list of stolen vehicles and identification of violator drivers against list of outstanding arrest warrants.
  • Issues citations to violators of state laws and county ordinances; serves warrants of arrest; arrests persons on misdemeanors and felony charges; handcuffs and searches arrested persons and secures their custody; completes necessary reports concerning alleged crimes, circumstances of arrest, and available evidence and witnesses.
  • Executes on writs of attachment, writs of restitution, and writs of execution.
  • Responds to reports of possible crime and takes action as the situation requires to secure the scene; interviews victims and witnesses, gathers evidence and arrests suspects; completes incident and arrest reports; investigates persons suspected of being engaged in crime, ascertains and secures evidence pertaining to alleged crime, and arrests suspects for probable cause.
  • Reports to scenes of accidents; administers emergency first aid and summons aid cars in other patrol units for assistance in treating the injured and controlling the scene; interviews principals and witnesses, makes general drawings of accident scenes noting details, and completes a standard accident report; issues citations or makes arrests as the situation warrants.
  • Investigates and assists drivers in stalled vehicles and pedestrians who appear to be hurt or in trouble; interviews persons with complaints or inquiries, gives information on laws and ordinances, and attempts to resolve the problem or to direct them to proper authorities.
  • When assigned to the jail, has responsibility for the care and custody of inmates incarcerated therein and maintains security of the jail as prescribed by standard operating procedures; performs guard duty at hospitals and in court; transfers prisoners to and from jails and courts.
  • Does thorough investigations of reported crimes appropriate to their assignments; interviews victims and witnesses; locates, arrests, and interviews suspects; arranges line-up for victim and witness identification; gathers evidence and conducts necessary searches; prepares case file detailing all aspects of an investigation and presents it through the chain of command to a prosecuting attorney.
  • Develops street contacts to obtain information about crimes; maintains contact with paroled criminals and suspects at large; does undercover and decoy work; and checks known and possible stolen property outlets, such as pawn shops and junkyards.
  • Testifies in court.
  • May perform specialized duties depending on individual officer's background and ability and the needs of the department.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Must have a High School Diploma or G.E.D.
  • Must be a US Citizen or lawful permanent resident or lawful permanent resident with the ability to read, write, and speak the English language as required by RCW 41.14.100.
  • Minimum age of 21 years at time of appointment.
  • Must hold or obtain valid Washington State Driver's license.
  • Must meet Thurston County Civil Service .
  • Acceptable scores on Civil Service skills examinations.
  • Must participate in and pass an oral board.
  • Must meet the Sheriff's Office and be willing to submit to and pass a thorough background investigation to include a polygraph examination and psychological evaluation.
  • Must meet the current physical standards adopted by the Sheriff's Office.
  • If you are claiming Veterans' Scoring Criteria status (Veterans' Preference), provide a copy of your DD Form 214 or NGB Form 22 that indicates character of service as Honorable with your materials as well as a completed . If you do not have your DD-Form 214, please provide a copy of your separation orders and a letter from your commander or S1 that indicates character of service as Honorable with your materials as well as a completed Veterans Scoring Criteria Declaration.