Becoming a county sheriff or deputy sheriff can be an excellent way to serve your county, take on an expanded list of police duties, and develop an intricate understanding of laws and statutes in your county.
Several counties and agencies require sheriff candidates to be licensed or certified police officers. As stated in our guide Police Training 101: How to Become a Police Officer, there are many steps involved.
In order to become a Sheriff or Deputy Sheriff, you will usually need one to two years of training. The training required includes both on the job experience and traditional training methods.
Many Sheriff's offices and agencies offer training programs in partnership with local or regional community colleges, universities, and academies. Additionally, some Sheriff's offices and agencies operate their own training facilities and programs. Sheriff's training programs include classes in areas like case law, safe and defensive driving, firearm and weapon use, and much more.
According to PayScale's research on Deputy Sheriff Salaries, as of June 2018, the median wage for a deputy sheriff was $44,258, and earnings ranged from $30,143 to $73,072 a year. With that being said, pay and salaries for Sheriffs and Sheriff's Deputies, can vary depending on the size of the population served, location, and experience level.
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