Entry Level Deputy Sheriff

King County
Full Time $88,670 - $124,155 Per year WA King County Sheriff's Office, 516 3rd Ave, Seattle, WA 98104, United States Apply before 12/31/2024 11:59


Make a Difference as a KCSO Deputy! The King County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) mission is to be a trusted partner in fighting crime and improving the quality of life for our residents and guests. Deputies serve many different communities, including unincorporated King County, 13 contract city police departments, and transit police agencies.

Located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, with a commissioned staff of more than 700, we are among the largest sheriff's departments in the country. We are seeking individuals who share our values: !

Entry Deputy cadets begin their career with a generous salary package and sponsorship to the Basic Law Enforcement Academy (BELA).  KCSO Deputy includes:

  • 100% employer paid premiums for medical, dental and vision for you and your dependents.
  • Take-home car upon completion of training
  • Liberal accrual of compensation time
  • For more information about medical benefits go to the Deputy Sheriff Benefits Group -  
$7,500 for entries; receive $2,500 when you pass the academy and $5,000 when you pass probation, with a three-year commitment.

Job Duties

All deputies begin their career on patrol (no jail service required). Our deputies gain a strong sense of ownership in their communities by interacting with the residents, business owners, and visitors in the area. Job duties include but are not limited to:

  • Patrol a designated area of the county, assisting persons in trouble and rendering other public safety services as needed. Deputies must be able to follow maps and familiarize themselves in an assigned patrol area.
  • Respond to calls of service and act as the situation requires, such as securing the scene, interviewing victims and witnesses, securing, and gathering evidence, completing incident and arrest reports, investigating persons suspected of being engaged in crime.
  • Investigate family disputes, reports of maltreatment of children, and complaints about persons with social or behavioral problems. Required action includes taking principals into custody or referring them to appropriate agencies, such as juvenile and medical authorities.
  • Complete administrative tasks, such as report writing, on time and with attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Deputies serve as a resource to the community and seek opportunities to participate in community activates. 
  • Testify in court including presenting facts and observations accurately and objectively and attesting to chain-of-custody in evidence handling.
  • Participate in community policing activities and serve as a resource to the community.
  • Perform related work as required, including assignments in administrative, investigative and special operations units.
  • Work schedule: This is a 24/7 position, shift of day, swing, or graveyard are determined on need and assigned location. 

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills


  • You must be a United States citizen or
  • You must have the ability to read, speak and write in the English language fluently.
  • You must be at least 20.5 years of age at the time of application.
  • Pass with a 70% or above the Law Enforcement Officer written exam with , as well as the physical testing. Once both of those exams are successfully completed those scores must be sent to KCSO in order to move forward in the process.
  • Pass the Physical Ability test (PAT) with
  • You must have a high school degree or a GED.
  • Verify that you do not meet any of the requirements. To avoid a delay in the application process with our agency, you must complete your personal history statement (PHS) within 10 days of completing your written/physical exams.

  • Demonstrated ability to write clearly, using correct grammar, spelling and punctuation.
  • Ability to observe, remember and relate detailed information.
  • Demonstrated ability to relate to people and communities from diverse racial, cultural and economic backgrounds.
  • Skilled in working with individuals with vulnerable populations, including those with chemical dependency and/or behavioral health challenges.
  • Ability to maintain effective and positive working relations with co-workers and community members.
  • Ability to follow maps well and familiarize self in assigned patrol area.
  • Excellent physical fitness.
  • Basic computer skills

  • Before submitting an application complete the written Law Enforcement Officer Written Exam (70% or above is passing), Physical Ability Test (PAT) and Personal History Statement (PHS) with . Both tests and the PHS must be successfully completed to be considered. Select KCSO at testing time so we will receive your scores.
  • The background of each applicant will be evaluated at each step of the recruitment process. Be thorough and honest at each phase, including in your response to the PHS and KCSO Automatic Disqualifier questions.  
  • Complete a detailed application through governmentjobs.com. Include your job history. Incomplete applications, not up to date applications or answering "see resume" will not be considered.
  • Review the before answering the supplemental questions.
  • Candidates who have submitted all required application materials and meet the basic requirements for the position will be invited to self-schedule for an oral board interview. This oral board is a scored examination and will be used to establish candidate's rank on the Eligibility List.
  • Candidates who pass the oral board are placed on the Eligibility List may advance to the KCSO Background Investigation, which includes a thorough background investigation, polygraph, medical and psychological examination. This process may take 4 to 12 weeks to complete.

  • Upon a contingent offer of employment, meet King County Sheriff's Office medical standards, as determined by a medical and psychological examination.
  • Obtain a Washington State Driver's License

Supplemental Information

Forbes named King County as one of Washington State's best employers.

Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference?  dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play.

Guided by our , we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles - we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.

King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer

No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

To Apply

If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions, please contact the recruiter listed on this job announcement.
 Any questions regarding the position and its duties, please reach out to the KCSO Recruiter at .
Direct questions about the application and recruitment process to Civil Service Human Resource Analyst, Marc Alvarado, at .