Deputy Sheriff Trainee/Deputy Sheriff

*Deputy Sheriff at $39,456/year

Recruitment #19-CO0430-01

Nature of Work

The fundamental reason that the Deputy Sheriff classification exists is to perform general duty police work in the protection of life and property through crime prevention and the enforcement of laws and ordinances.  Trainees who have not yet been through the Alabama Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) Commissions training are appointed provisionally.  They work on a desk assignment until sent to the academy.  Upon completion of the academy, Trainees may be appointed by the Sheriff to the Deputy Sheriff classification.  Alabama POST certified individuals are not required to attend the academy.  A six-month probationary period begins when trainees are appointed by the Sheriff to the rank of Deputy Sheriff.  A Deputy Sheriffs duties range from periods of physical inactivity to situations requiring extreme physical exertion and may involve an element of danger. Employees must be able to act without immediate supervision and exercise independent judgment in meeting emergencies. Specific work assignments are made by a Deputy Sheriff Sergeant or other supervisor and performance is checked through personal inspections, and review of oral and written reports.  Deputies are usually appointed to patrol upon entry to the job.  After gaining experience, Deputies may be assigned to one of the following areas: patrol, K-9, investigations, SOP, civil service, warrant service, probate, or court security.  Major job responsibilities for Deputy Sheriffs are based upon assignment which may include all or some of the following: interviewing witnesses; serving warrants and/or arresting and taking individuals into custody; completing forms, reports and other paperwork; maintaining equipment; preparing for and testifying in court; performing outreach and public relations activities; engaging in self-development and training; patrolling County roads and neighborhoods; responding to vehicle code violations; responding to traffic accidents; responding to reports of criminal activity; responding to incidents involving juveniles or minors; responding to life-threatening or disaster-level emergencies; investigating traffic accidents; securing crime scenes; collecting, maintaining and evaluating evidence; investigating crimes; conducting covert investigations; maintaining the security of the courthouse and/or probate court; training probationary deputies; serving civil papers; transporting mental patients, juveniles and prisoners; and performing station desk duties.

Minimum Qualifications

For the Deputy Sheriff Trainee, a high school diploma or G.E.D. certificate is required.  
*For Deputy Sheriff, a high school diploma or G. E. D. certificate and completion of Alabama Peace Officers Standards and Training Commissions minimum standards training.

Special Requirements

According to the APOST Commission, an applicant must have graduated and received a regular or advanced high school diploma as approved or recognized by the Alabama State Department of Education (see Alabama Administrative Code Rule 290-3-1-02). Correspondence or mail order high school diplomas or certificates are not acceptable.  

Trainees will be required to complete the Alabama Minimum Standards Training for law enforcement officers.  Applicants who are eligible for lateral entry equivalency training or with lapsed law enforcement APOST certification would be hired in trainee status until the APOST refresher course was completed. 

Upon completion of the Alabama Minimum Standards Training for law enforcement officers, candidates must be at least 21 years of age.  A six-month probationary period begins when trainees are appointed by the Sheriff to the rank of Deputy Sheriff.  Applicants who are offered employment will be required to undergo a medical examination by a physician designated by the appointing authority and successfully complete a physical agility test, drug test, and thorough background investigation prior to being employed.  Applicants must be available to work shifts, weekends, and holidays.  New hires may reside outside of Montgomery County but are required to live within a response time of thirty (30) minutes of the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office before the end of the six month probationary period.  This response time is an average time of thirty (30) minutes, obeying all traffic laws.   Address must be approved by the Chief Deputy or the Assistant Chief Deputy.  Employees must have and maintain a valid Alabama driver's license.

Kind of Examination

Applicants will be pre-screened using the application and an applicant’s responses to a qualification/willingness questionnaire.

Individuals who meet the pre-screening criteria will be referred to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO). MCSO will contact individuals to begin the next phase of the screening process. This process includes the following steps:

  1. Physical agility test
  2. Background investigation
  3. APOST required entrance exam (Basic Ability Test)
  4. Interview with staff
  5. Polygraph
  6. Medical examination
  7. Drug screening
  8. Interview with Sheriff


Complete an online application by visiting Montgomery City-County Personnel's Online Employment Center. Paper applications are no longer accepted. Completed applications will be accepted online until 5:00 p.m. on the closing date. If there is no closing date, the announcement may be closed at any time without prior notice.

Additional Information

BENEFITS: Employees are offered a competitive benefits package which includes health, dental, and life insurance, paid annual and sick leave, paid holidays, and a retirement program. The Sheriff’s Office also has an educational incentive program for individuals with college degrees and provides financial assistance for those in pursuit of college education.

DRUG TEST: Employment is conditional upon the potential employee passing a preemployment drug test. (The drug test may require the submission of a sample of hair, finger nails, and/or urine that will verify illegal drug use).

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: Discrimination against any person in recruitment, examination, appointment, training, promotion, retention, discipline, or any other aspect of personnel administration because of political or religious opinions or affiliations or because of race, national origin, or any other non merit factors is prohibited. Discrimination on the basis of age, sex, or physical disability is prohibited except where specific age, sex, or physical requirements constitute a bona fide occupational qualification necessary to proper and efficient administration.

REQUEST FOR ACCOMMODATION: Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, it is the responsibility of the applicant with a disability to request accommodation which he/she requires in order to participate in the application or examination process. The Personnel Department reserves the right to require documentation of the need for accommodation under the ADA. In order to request accommodation in the application or testing process, contact the Personnel Director at (334) 625-2675.

I9: Prior to your employment, you will be required to provide to your employer documentation of your identity and employment eligibility in order to comply with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

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