Pierce County Sheriff’s Department - Deputy Sheriff
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Pierce County Sheriff’s Department - Deputy Sheriff
Last updated on December 03, 2023
PST Partner Agency since September 29, 2022
Testing Deadline: November 28, 2023.
Now Offering a $10,000 Hiring Incentive for Entry Level Deputy Sheriff!
**Lateral Candidates DO NOT need to take a written exam. If you are a commissioned law enforcement officer and are interested in a lateral opportunity, please contact Pierce County Civil Service at pccivilservice@piercecountywa.
New lateral hires will also receive 80 hours of sick leave available immediately and 80 hours of vacation leave available for use after six months of employment.
The Pierce County Sheriff's Department will pay applicant test fees for the written exam as follows:
- In-person written exam administered at a PST test site throughout the Pacific Northwest (may include free, same-day PAT)
- Virtual written exam administered via PST’s online in-home testing program
- If you passed the LEO written exam and PAT within the past six months, you may add Pierce County Sheriff's Department under certain conditions. Check your PST account under “New Positions”.
Pierce County boasts tremendous outdoor opportunities with miles of Puget Sound waterfront, Mt. Rainier National Park, 361 fresh-water lakes, alpine and cross-country skiing a short drive away and nationally ranked year-round golf courses in the vicinity, while also offering all the urban amenities. Major industries include health care, technology, agriculture, timber products and military installations. Pierce County is home to the City of Tacoma, Joint Base Lewis- McChord, several suburban cities, small towns and rural communities as well as forests and farmland. Pierce County's moderate climate combined with a contrasting geography of water and mountains encourage a wealth of year round outdoor activities such as sailing, kayaking, fishing, skiing and hiking.
The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department prides itself on upholding our Core Values: Courage, Compassion, Integrity, Respect and Responsibility. Pierce County Sheriff’s deputies are dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of professionalism to serve citizens and help make Pierce County one of the best places to live and work in the beautiful Great Northwest.
As the second largest sheriff’s department in Washington State, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department has 336 commissioned staff who serve a rural and urban landscape covering 1,806 square miles. Additionally, 302 corrections staff maintain the safety of the community by supervising approximately 1100 inmates in two facilities as well as providing for the movement between the Pierce County Corrections Detention Center and the courts.
With Mt. Rainier and multiple lakes and rivers within our boundaries, additional duty assignments for patrol deputies are available in Search and Rescue, Marine Services, and the Dive Team. PCSD also offers opportunities for Patrol Deputies in such areas as the SWAT Team, Hazardous Device Team, Special Investigations Unit, Community Support Team, and Gang Unit.
This is responsible, general duty and investigatory law enforcement work involving the protection of life/property and the preservation of the peace for the Pierce County Sheriff's Department. Work is performed in accordance with the mission, goals and objectives of the Sheriff’s Department, and in compliance with governing federal, state, and local laws. Click Deputy Sheriff for a classification description with a more detailed list of essential functions, competencies, physical demands and working conditions/environment.
# of Staff: 760
Pierce County Sheriff’s Department - Deputy Sheriff has 43 vacancies.
The deadline to test for the next hiring cycle is November 28, 2023.
Over 45 vacancies. Registers are established monthly.
$39.21 - $51.89 Per Hour
$81,556.80 - $107,931.20 Annually
Vacation leave: Upon completion of 13 pay cycles (approximately six months) employees receive six days of vacation leave. Vacation accrues at the rate of 12 days per year initially, up to a maximum of 30 days per year.
Sick leave: Employees receive six days of sick leave upon completion of 13 pay cycles (approximately six months). Sick leave is accrued at the rate of one day per month.
Holidays: Pierce County employees enjoy twelve paid holidays.
Medical: Excellent choices of medical plans which include vision and prescription drug coverage are available for the employee and dependents.
Dental: Choice of dental programs which include orthodontic coverage for the employee and dependents.
Life insurance: County paid life insurance for all full time/full benefit employees is effective the first day of employment. Additional life insurance is available at the employee's expense.
Retirement: Pierce County employees participate in one of the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems plans. Employees and the County contribute jointly to the plan.
Social Security and Industrial Insurance: Employees are covered by Social Security and the State Industrial Insurance Act.
In Addition: Pierce County offers its employees an Employee Assistance Program which includes legal service access, Deferred Compensation, a Wellness Program, access to a credit union, commute assistance including transit subsidies, a variety of on-going training programs, direct payroll deposit, access to long term disability insurance, and flexible spending accounts.
NOTE: The provisions of the bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provisions contained herein may be modified and/or revoked without notice.
Pierce County Sheriff’s Department - Deputy Sheriff Requirements
|Category||Requirement||Required at time of...|
If you score less than 70% on the written exam, Pierce County is accepting scores of 65% or better for Corrections Deputy.
|LEO/CO Physical Ability Test (PAT)||
Your physical ability test must be completed 90 days (~3 months) before or after your passing written exam.
|US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident||US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident|
|High School Grad/ GED||Yes|
|Driver's License Required||Valid Washington State Driver's License|
|Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult||No adult felony convictions at any time.|
|Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile||Will be carefully reviewed on a case by case basis|
|Ability to Read & Write the English Language||Yes|
|Vision Requirements||Distance: Correctable to 20/20 in the better eye and not less than 20/40 in the worst eye|
No tattoos on the face, head, wrists, neck, ears, or hands except for a small inconspicuous band tattoo on a single finger. Visible tattoos are prohibited if they are obscene, offensive, sexually suggestive, profane or discriminatory in any way.
|Multiple Scores from Same Applicant||We consider the highest score received within the past one year|
|Request/Access Scores||On an as-needed basis as vacancies occur|
Pierce County Sheriff’s Department - Deputy Sheriff Disqualifiers
The following are automatic and potential disqualifiers. Applicants should not apply to our agency if they indicate any of the automatic disqualifiers. Potential disqualifiers will be considered on a case by case basis.
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