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Fairfax County Sheriff's Office Deputy Sheriff I in Fairfax, Virginia

Deputy Sheriff I

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Deputy Sheriff I


$58,331.94 - $99,767.62 Annually



Job Type

FT Hourly W BN

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Opening Date


Closing Date

12/28/2024 11:59 PM Eastern

Pay Grade


Posting Type

Open to General Public

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Job Announcement

$15,000 Sign-on BONUS*

The Fairfax County Sheriff's Office is looking for individuals who want to contribute to the outstanding quality of life that Fairfax citizens currently enjoy.

If this is your calling, please apply now.

About the Department

The Fairfax County Sheriff's Office is committed to providing world-class public safety with honor, courage, and a dedication to service. The Fairfax County Sheriff's Office is one of the largest sheriff's offices in Virginia with over 600 professional men and women, serving one of the most diverse counties in the nation.

We offer a variety of law enforcement opportunities in areas that include:

Court services

Issue warrants

Civil process

Adult detention

Emergency response team

Inmate transport

Community programs

The duties of a Deputy Sheriff I are mandated by federal, state, county and agency regulations, performs a variety of basic deputy sheriff duties in the field of law enforcement; specifically in the areas of correctional services, community corrections, court services, and administration, and any other assigned duties.

Note: The Deputy Sheriff I works a 12.5-hour shift inside the Adult Detention Center, the shift options are:

  • Day Shift: 6:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.;

  • Night Shift: 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 a.m.

  • Workdays alternating weekly (1st week, Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, & Sunday; 2nd week Wednesday, Thursday)

  • All shifts work approximately 15 days per month to equal 87.5 hours per two-week pay period, to include evenings, weekends, and holidays.

  • While working in the Adult Detention Center deputies may receive additional pay, such as night and evening differential, foreign language stipend, field training instructor stipend, holidays, environmental stipend, and/or annual step increases as allowed by the county budget.

  • Incumbents are considered emergency essential services personnel requiring that they report on their scheduled day, or may be called back to work, should a manmade or natural disaster or emergency arise.

Note:Academy Training hours are primarily Monday – Friday 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

  • Salary will be determined within pay grade based upon relevant qualifications such as:

  • Prior law enforcement experience, college degree, military experience, foreign language proficiency

  • This position includes a signing bonus for fully qualified new county employees in the amount of $15,000.

Illustrative Duties

(The illustrative duties listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all inclusive list. A complete list of position duties and unique physical requirements can be found in the position description.)

  • As a member of a squad on an assigned shift, supervises inmate activities, prevents escapes and maintains order, discipline and security;

  • Takes appropriate action in emergency situations in accordance with established riot, hostage, fire and disaster plans;

  • Serves warrants and makes arrests;

  • Maintains order in the assigned courtroom and on the premises of the Judicial Center, and provides security from disruption and violence;

  • Executes and returns civil and criminal process and Department of Motor Vehicle suspension orders, levies and evictions;

  • Gives testimony in court on actions taken during arrests and investigations in criminal matters;

  • Oversees inmates during periods of recreation outside their assigned living area;

  • Searches, fingerprints, photographs and assigns quarters to inmates;

  • Interviews inmates and case managers to assess suitability for placement in the work release program;

  • Monitors offenders' performance of community service projects to assure the quality of work performed and the whereabouts of offenders;

  • Searches offenders and grounds for contraband;

  • Transports, by vehicle, inmates and other individuals in custody;

  • Performs routine law enforcement duties as required (e.g. traffic enforcement, accident response and investigation, criminal investigations, etc.)

  • Maintains complete and accurate records and prepares clear and concise reports.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

(The knowledge, skills and abilities listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list.)

  • Knowledge of the policies, procedures and practices of the functional area to which assigned;

  • Knowledge of federal, state, and County laws and ordinances affecting assigned duties;

  • Knowledge of standard operating procedures and guidelines as well as riot, hostage, fire and disaster plans;

  • Knowledge of the agency's information technology system (e.g. PC's);

  • Demonstrated skill in the use of firearms, defensive tactics and non-lethal weapons;

  • Ability to operate vehicles, emergency equipment, radio and CAD;

  • Ability to affect a physical arrest;

  • Ability to maintain a level of physical fitness appropriate to assignment;

  • Ability to work a shift work schedule which includes evenings, weekends, and holidays;

  • Ability to work effectively under stress;

  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with fellow staff members, inmates, and other departments and agencies;

  • Ability to effectively handle situations requiring tact, diplomacy, fairness and good judgment;

  • Ability to make accurate observations and remember names, faces and details;

  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Employment Standards


Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to the following: high school diploma or a GED issued by a state department of education.


Possession of a valid motor vehicle driver's license at the time of appointment.

The following must be obtained from the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services within one year of appointment:

  • Certification as a Law Enforcement Officer;

  • Certification as a Jailor;

  • Certification in Court Security/Civil Process;

  • Certification in firearms proficiency.


  • Must be a U.S. citizen;

  • Must be twenty-one years old or within 180 days of 21st birthday at the time of application;

  • Must successfully complete a criminal background investigation, polygraph examination, and a psychological examination;

  • Must have never committed, been involved in, or been convicted of a felony offense; must not have been convicted of or pled guilty or no contest to a felony or any offense that would be a felony in the Commonwealth of Virginia or misdemeanor involving moral turpitude, misdemeanor sex offense or domestic assault;

  • Must be able to obtain a Class "A" medical rating in the assigned medical group before the appointment;

  • Must be a non-smoker at the time of appointment and be willing to sign a Condition of Employment Agreement to refrain from smoking, both on and off duty.


Duties performed with or without reasonable accommodation. Skills in the use of firearms, defensive tactics & non-lethal weapons; ability to operate vehicles, emergency equipment, radio, and CAD; ability to maintain a level of physical fitness appropriate to the assignment; ability to work effectively under stress; ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both oral and written.


Applicant must successfully complete a background investigation to include a polygraph, psychological and medical exam, and shall serve an initial probationary period of twelve months commencing upon graduation from the appropriate training academy.

The population of Fairfax County is very diverse where 39.8% of residents speak a language other than English at home ( Spanish, Asian/Pacific Islander, Indo-European, and others (https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/demographics/community-profiles) ) and we encourage candidates bilingual in English and a foreign language to apply to this opportunity.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or military status in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. DHREmployment@fairfaxcounty.gov EEO/AA/TTY.