Career FAQs

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FAQs for the Law Enforcement Deputy Sheriff and Corrections Deputy Sheriff Positions

What are the requirements to apply for the positions?

  1. Be 21 years of age
  2. Be a U.S. citizen
  3. Have no felony convictions; or misdemeanor convictions
  4. Have a high school diploma or equivalent
  5. Possession of/or ability to obtain a valid Oregon Driver's License within 30 days of hire.
  6. Acceptable driving history.

​What are the physical requirements for the position?

You must pass ORPAT (Oregon Physical Abilities Test). It is an "obstacle course" designed to replicate critical and essential physical tasks and demands faced by Law Enforcement Officers in the performance of their duties. You may view the course on-line.

What is the application procedure?

Applicants are required to meet certain standards in order to be considered for hire. Applicants must successfully pass the following recruitment phases:

  1. Application screening.
  2. P.O.S.T. and written examination.
  3. Physical abilities test (ORPAT).
  4. Extensive background, physical examinations, psychological evaluations and drug screening.
  5. Certification through the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training within eighteen (18) months. (Corrections Deputy Sheriff certification is within twelve (12) months.)

What is the selection procedure?

The selection procedure includes the applicant's ability to follow application directions and instructions. Testing includes, but is not limited to:

  1. National Police Officers Selection Test (P.O.S.T.).
  2. Written test (reading comprehension, math, grammar and sentence structure).
  3. Physical abilities test.
  4. A scored oral board.

Applicants who are successful will then be invited back to complete a thorough background. investigation, physical examination, and a psychological evaluation.

Deschutes County Sheriff 2016

Adult Jail

(541) 388-6661

Main Office

63333 West Hwy 20
Bend, OR. 97703

(541) 388-6655
(541) 693-6911 (Non-emergency after hours)

Monday - Friday 8-5pm

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