Entry Level Deputy Sheriff, King County, WA

King County Sheriff's Office

Located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with a commissioned staff of more than 700, we are one of the largest Sheriff’s Offices in the country.  Our deputies have opportunities to serve in many different communities, including unincorporated King County, numerous contract city police departments, transit police agencies, and so many more.

We offer countless unique assignments that range from school or community-based positions to drug enforcement and bomb disposal.  All deputies begin their career on patrol (no jail service requirement), providing service to the people of a specific district.  Deputies are assigned to single-person patrol cars, and gain a strong sense of ownership in their communities by interacting with the residents, business owners, and visitors in the area.


  • Ability to speak clearly and listen well.
  • Ability to write reports with grammatically correct English.
  • Excellent memory recall.
  • Ability to follow maps well and familiarize self in assigned patrol area.
  • Excellent physical fitness.
  • Basic computer skills.


  • You must be a United States citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident;
  • 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;
  • You must have a Washington State’s Driver’s License or be able to obtain one;
  • You must have a high school degree or a GED;
  • You must meet King County Sheriff’s Office medical standards, as determined by a medical exam following an offer of employment; and
  • You must be able to pass the background investigation.

Application and Testing Process:  

1. Register and complete an application for testing at www.PublicSafetyTesting.com and schedule a date to take the written test and the Physical Agility Test (PAT).  Following the test you will receive a printed copy of your results.  This is for you to keep.  The test you take will be validated and the results will be sent to us directly.

2. Once King County Civil Service has received your test scores from Public Safety Testing, you will be invited to complete an online application along with all required materials (mentioned in the supplemental questions) by clicking on the “Apply” link towards the top of this job announcement on the right. A complete application is required for processing – do not type “see resume”.
***Military applicants requesting Veterans’ Scoring preference must attach their DD-214 to the application***

3. Oral Boards – Upon receipt of your satisfactory scores, we will contact you to schedule an oral board interview, as they become available.  This is a formal interview in front of a panel of King County deputies, detectives and/or sergeants.  The panel will evaluate you on the following criteria: communication skills, background, community involvement, experience, integrity, motivation, interpersonal skills, and problem solving.

4. Civil Service Eligibility List – Upon successfully passing your oral board examination, a final score will be given based on the combined results from your written test and the oral board interview, as well as any one of the approved preference points listed below, if applicable.  Qualified candidates will be merged onto the existing entry-level or lateral eligibility lists.  This list determines the order in which background investigations are conducted.


  • Veteran’s Preference: a valid copy of your DD-214 must be provided with your application materials online to be valid.
  • Foreign Language Proficiency: if you speak a foreign language and wish to receive additional consideration, please indicate this on the applicable supplemental question.  You must successfully pass the pre-set requirements in an assessment before additional points are added.

You may not use more than one preference.

5. Background Investigation – Our thorough background investigation includes a look at your driving, criminal, credit and employment history. KCSO detectives will conduct the investigation. Personal references and current and previous employers will be contacted. Once the background investigation is complete, you will take a polygraph test, have an interview with the hiring Chief and undergo psychological and medical evaluations.

You can expect the time from the point your background investigation begins to the time you are offered a job to take at least six weeks.  Some background investigations may take longer.  The start date of the background investigation will depend on the hiring needs of the department and your ranking on the eligibility list.

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 your recruiter listed on this job announcement.

Register and complete an application for testing at www.PublicSafetyTesting.com