Employment

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Washington County Sheriff's Deputy. The Sheriff's Office is hiring for entry level and lateral transfers in both the patrol and jail divisions. The Sheriff's Office uses the National Testing Network, Frontline National Test, to administer the written exam for patrol and jail deputies.

The Sheriff's Office seeks individuals who are great communicators, are of strong moral character, are creative problem solvers, maintain positive attitudes and thrive working in a team environment. If you are ready for a career that allows you to give back to your community and make a difference everyday, consider a career at the Sheriff's Office.

Steps in the Hiring Process

Test with NTN - The Sheriff’s Office offers open continuous testing through NTN. Interested applicants must complete the NTN Frontline National Test and Personal History Questionnaire (PHQ).

Apply with Washington County Washington County Human Resources (HR) will notify applicants who meet the minimum passing score to submit an application through the county's Employment Opportunities page.

Initial Criminal and Background Check - The Sheriff's Office begins an initial criminal and background check for applicants who successfully applied.  

Sheriff's Office Orientation and Physical Abilities Test (PAT) -Applicants will be invited to attend an agency orientation and take the PAT. The PAT is an obstacle course simulating a foot pursuit which tests endurance and must be completed in less than 5 minutes and 30 seconds. Please note Washington County does not require applicants to complete the “Push/Pull” test.

  • View a video of the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) ORPAT.
  • Read description of the ORPAT.

Panel Interview - Three-person panel interviews.  

Pre-Suitability Evaluation - Evaluates an applicants' long-term suitability to perform as a jail or patrol deputy. If applicant is suitable for a deputy position, the Sheriff's Office conducts a thorough background investigation.   

Ride Along and Jail Job Shadow - Candidates are required to complete both patrol ride along and jail job shadow.

Command Staff Interview - Top candidates are invited to interview with the Division Command Staff.

Sheriff's Interview and Conditional Job Offer - Final interview for selected candidates with the Sheriff.

Full Physical and Psychological Evaluation - If conditional job offered, candidates must successfully pass a full physical and psychological evaluation. The evaluations are completed by third parties; a licensed medical doctor and a licensed psychologist.


For more information, contact Washington County Human Resources by email or call 503-846-8606 or the Sheriff's Office by email or call 503-846-2760.

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