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Benton County Sheriff's Office - CORRECTIONS

  • Contact Information

    Benton County Sheriff's Office - CORRECTIONS
    7122 West Okanogan Place
    Kennewick, Washington 99336
    Phone: 509-737-2777
    Department Website

Agency Added: 11/07/2011 | Last updated: 10/18/2018

Community Information

Benton County is located in Southeastern Washington within a confluence of Columbia, Yakima, and Snake rivers where there is over 300 days of sunshine. We are a mix of urban and rural community with a population of 177,900 and cover an area of 1,722 square miles. The great weather and water make Benton County a great place for water recreation, golf, and hiking, to name a few. Agriculture, over 160 wineries, the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, and numerous food-processing plants are just some of the industries that drive our economy. Benton County was established in 1905 with Prosser chosen as the county seat. The Prosser Courthouse was built in 1926 and as the population expanded, the Benton County Justice Center in Kennewick opened up in 1984. The Courthouse, Justice Center, and Sheriff’s Office serve the needs of the population from both ends of the county and unincorporated areas.

Department Information

Vision Statement

We, the Benton County Sheriff’s Office, are committed to providing the highest quality law enforcement services to the people who live, work and visit our County. Our citizens will recognize the Benton County Sheriff’s Office as a progressive leader and trusted community partner with a solid reputation for respecting and protecting individual rights while aggressively pursuing criminals and enforcing the law. 

Mission Statement

The Mission of the Benton County Sheriff’s Office is to safeguard life and property, preserve the peace, prevent and detect crime, enforce the law, and protect the rights of all citizens. All members of the Benton County Sheriff’s Office are committed to working in partnership with our community, to identify and resolve issues that impact public safety.

The sheriff's office is located in the Benton County Justice Center at 7122 W. Okanogan Place, Bldg. B, Kennewick, Washington 99336. The sheriff's office also maintains a business office in the Prosser courthouse and unmanned substations in Prosser and Benton City.

The current population of Benton County is approximately 177,900 with about 35,495 people residing in unincorporated areas. The county covers 1722 square miles, which includes the 420 square miles encompassing the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

The sheriff's office is comprised of 217 full time employees, of which 210 are civil service positions and 6 appointed staff positions.  The sheriff's office also maintains a force of 11 volunteer reserve deputies.

In addition to providing services to the residents of Benton County, the sheriff's office provides basic law enforcement services to Benton City and the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

Area Information

  • Population Size: 177,900
  • County: Benton

Agency Requirements:

Category Requirement Required at time of..
Test Hire
Minimum Age 21 X  
US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident. X  
High School Grad/ GED Yes X  
Driver's License Required Yes X  
Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult None X  
Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile Will be carefully reviewed X  
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes X  
Other Candidates must successfully pass the Physical Fitness and Abilities Test for this agency.

Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We only consider the most recent score    

Agency Disqualifiers:


Category Disqualifier
Automatic1 or more traffic crime convictions in last 2 years (Suspended, Reckless, etc).
AutomaticSuspension of driver's license within past 2 years.
Automatic5 or more moving violations in past 2 years.
Automatic2 or more at-fault accidents in past 2 years.
Drug Usage
AutomaticIllegal use of illegal drugs within the last 7 years, or while employed as LEO (including military).
AutomaticIllegal use of ANY controlled substance while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
AutomaticIllegal opiate use.
AutomaticHallucinogen use within past 7 years. No more than 1 uses total.
AutomaticNo illegal sale of ANY drug, including marijuana.
AutomaticIllegal use of prescription medication.
PotentialOther drug use outside these standards will be considered on case by case basis.
AutomaticMarijuana use/possession within the past 3 years.
Criminal Activity
AutomaticAny adult felony conviction.
AutomaticAny misdemeanor, or felony conviction while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
PotentialAdult misdemeanor convictions will be carefully reviewed.
PotentialJuvenile felony conviction will be carefully reviewed.
AutomaticBeen convicted of any crime under a domestic violence statue.
AutomaticUnlawful sexual misconduct.
Automatic2 or more terminations, or leaving employer in lieu of termination.
AutomaticWithdrawn from consideration for any (law enforcement/fire/corrections/dispatch) employment because of the following reasons: .
AutomaticBeen dishonorably discharged from the United States armed forces.
AutomaticLied during any stage of the hiring process.
AutomaticFalsified his or her application, personal history questionnaire, or any other forms during hiring process.
AutomaticPrevious revocation or denial of (CJTC/POST) certified status, or suspension of current (CJTC/POST) certified status.
PotentialCurrent credit accounts, or unresolved accounts in collection will be carefully reviewed.
AutomaticDUI - within 2 years of application or two DUI convictions in the past 10 years. Includes diversion, sentence reduction, plea bargains.
AutomaticFalse statements - making any during application process. Includes discrepancies between our background investigation and those of other agencies.
AutomaticForgery - alteration or intentional omission of facts on application forms (Cheating/dishonesty).
AutomaticDishonorable Discharge - from armed forces.
AutomaticFelony - as adult within 5 years of application, admission(s) of committing or while employed as LEO.
Felony - conviction of any felony under WA law.
AutomaticDV Convictions - (any) or related crime that bars applicant from firearm possession.
AutomaticConviction of a Crime of Moral Turpitude as an adult.
AutomaticCrimes against children - admission(s) of any.
AutomaticFalse Swearing - conviction of any crime involving false swearing.
AutomaticMissing any appointment during the application process (without permission).
AutomaticArrest Warrant - at time of application.
AutomaticFired or resigned in lieu of termination - from 2 or more jobs in the last 5 years.
AutomaticAlcoholic beverages on the job - unauthorized use in last 3 years.
AutomaticRacial, ethnic or sexual harassment or discrimination - disciplined for.
AutomaticAssault under color of authority or any other violation of state of federal Civil Rights Laws, admission(s) of administrative or criminal convictions for.
AutomaticFailure to report witnessed criminal conduct by another law enforcement officer, admission(s) of admin or criminal convictions.
AutomaticMarijuana - use/possession within 3 years of application.
AutomaticIllegal Drugs (all others) - illegal use/possession within 7 years of application, or while employed as LEO (including military).
AutomaticSteroids - illegal; use/possession within 3 years of application.
AutomaticManufacture/Cultivation/Sales/Transportation - of any illegal drug as an adult - no time limit.
AutomaticApplicant tests positive for drugs.

Current Hiring Status

Benton County currently has SEVEN openings in our Corrections Division. This number can change at any time. We highly encourage all interested individuals to apply and test with Public Safety Testing as soon as possible, so when our agency is ready to schedule oral board interviews, your application, Personal History Statement (PHS), and test scores have already been received and you can be considered to participate.

Thank you for your interest in Benton County Corrections!  If you have any questions regarding the testing, Personal History Statement (PHS), background, polygraph, or hiring process for this position, please contact Tammy Dufault, Civil Service Chief Examiner at (509) 737-2777 or email her at tammy.dufault@co.benton.wa.us.


Salary Information

Correction Officer salary range:  $4,069 TO $5,277 per month, plus benefits.

Benefit Information

Medical, dental, vision, life insurance, retirement, education bonus, service pay, specialty pay, uniform allowance and equipment provisions. Additional benefits include EAP, AFLAC, time loss and deferred compensation plans.