Law Enforcement Officer Position

Benton County Sheriff's Office - Deputy Sheriff



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Benton County Sheriff's Office - Deputy Sheriff

Last updated on February 19, 2020

Vacancy: 1

Important Information

Examples of Duties:

Patrols an assigned area to aid in preventing crime and to enforce federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Responds to a wide variety of calls and complaints including burglaries, homicides, accidents, and other misdemeanors and felonies.

Observes, reports, and acts on conditions conducive to crime and danger such as checking buildings for security, stopping/warning city traffic violators, and checking suspicious persons and vehicles.

Enforces traffic laws, reports traffic hazards, and directs traffic flow when necessary.

Responds to radio calls, determines nature of call, and investigates the circumstances. Performs necessary action such as making arrests and transporting prisoners.

Provides assistance to the public in emergency and non-emergency situations.

Administers first aid and requests medical service. Provides general information to the public on laws and ordinances. Assists individuals with complaints and inquiries or makes referrals to the appropriate authority or agency.

Prepares a variety of records and reports regarding property impounded, accidents, offenses, and damage to property.

Prepares and maintains activity logs and other related similar types of information as a personal reference record of incidents and details.

Performs investigative assignments; conducts interviews of victims, witnesses, and suspects; photographs crime scene; collects and documents evidence; may arrest suspects.

Participates in crime prevention efforts by giving lectures and maintaining a high degree of visibility. Makes presentations of civic organizations to encourage public support for department programs.

Appears in court and testifies as necessary.

Maintains proficiency in the use of police related equipment.

May assist in the training of new officers.

Performs other related duties as assigned.

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 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

County: Benton
Population: 177,900
# of Staff:

Hiring Status

Benton County Sheriff's Office - Deputy Sheriff has 1 vacancy.

Benton County currently has ONE opening in our Deputy Patrol 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 Sheriff’s Office! 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

Salary Information

Salary range $5,515 to $6,973 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.

Benton County Sheriff's Office - Deputy Sheriff Requirements

Category Requirement Required at time of...
    Test Hire
Minimum Age 21
US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident.
High School Grad/ GED Yes
Driver's License Required Yes
Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult None
Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile Will be carefully reviewed
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes
Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We only consider the most recent score

Benton County Sheriff's Office - 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.

Category Disqualifier
Automatic 1 or more traffic crime convictions in last 2 years (Suspended, Reckless, etc).
Automatic Suspension of driver's license within past 2 years.
Automatic 5 or more moving violations in past 2 years.
Automatic 2 or more at-fault accidents in past 2 years.
Drug Usage
Automatic Marijuana - use/possession within 3 years of application.
Automatic Illegal Drugs (all others) - illegal use/possession within 7 years of application, or while employed as LEO (including military).
Automatic Steroids - illegal; use/possession within 3 years of application.
Automatic Manufacture/Cultivation/Sales/Transportation - of any illegal drug as an adult - no time limit.
Automatic Applicant tests positive for drugs.
Criminal Activity
Automatic Felony - as adult within 5 years of application, admission(s) of committing or while employed as LEO.
Automatic Felony - conviction of any felony under WA law.
Automatic DV Convictions - (any) or related crime that bars applicant from firearm possession.
Automatic Conviction of a Crime of Moral Turpitude as an adult.
Automatic Crimes against children - admission(s) of any.
Automatic False Swearing - conviction of any crime involving false swearing.
Automatic Arrest Warrant - at time of application.
Automatic Assault under color of authority or any other violation of state of federal Civil Rights Laws, admission(s) of administrative or criminal convictions for.
Automatic Failure to report witnessed criminal conduct by another law enforcement officer, admission(s) of admin or criminal convictions.
Automatic Fired or resigned in lieu of termination - from 2 or more jobs in the last 5 years.
Automatic Alcoholic beverages on the job - unauthorized use in last 3 years.
Automatic Racial, ethnic or sexual harassment or discrimination - disciplined for.
Automatic DUI - within 2 years of application or two DUI convictions in the past 10 years. Includes diversion, sentence reduction, plea bargains.
Automatic False statements - making any during application process. Includes discrepancies between our background investigation and those of other agencies.
Automatic Forgery - alteration or intentional omission of facts on application forms (Cheating/dishonesty).
Automatic Dishonorable Discharge - from armed forces.
Automatic Missing any appointment during the application process (without permission).

Contact Information

Benton County Sheriff's Office - Deputy Sheriff

7122 West Okanogan Place
Kennewick, WA 99336 Benton County


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