Law Enforcement Officer Position

Island County Sheriff's Office - Entry Level



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Island County Sheriff's Office - Entry Level

Last updated on March 01, 2024
PST Partner Agency since December 17, 2014

Vacancies: 6

Important Information

Island County currently has openings for 6 Patrol Deputies.  When you test be sure to submit your PST scores to Island County  (and complete your Personal History Statement).  

Feel free to contact Nicole Wheat, Chief Examiner, by email ( or telephone (360-679-7374) if you have any questions about the process, the positions or our community. 

Community Information

Island County is located in the beautiful waters of Puget Sound surrounded by the Olympics and Cascades Mountains. Island County consists of two larger populated islands, Whidbey and Camano Islands, and seven smaller islands.  Whidbey and Camano are accessible by bridge, ferry, or aircraft. Deception Pass State Park, located on the northern tip of Whidbey Island is the most visited park in the state. Geographically the Islands are two hours north of Seattle and one hour south of Vancouver B.C.  Island County is below San Juan County.

Island County is also home to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island which is just north of the largest city of Oak Harbor.  Both the City of Langley and the Town of Coupeville boast historic downtowns featuring charming bed & breakfasts, quaint shops, local restaurants, and an abundance of beach and park recreational areas. Life as an "Islander" is very good. It's a great place to raise a family, be involved in the community, and enjoy outdoor recreation. You'll find the people are warm, accepting, and genuinely supportive of the Sheriff's Office and its mission. Employment in this jewel of the Northwest is a great place you'll be proud to call home.

Department Information

The Island County Sheriff’s Office is comprised of 135 employees and volunters. The criminal division holds 45 fully commissioned sworn deputies who serve three precincts on two islands, the Town of Coupeville, and a major crimes unit. The corrections division is made up of 26 corrections deputies that operate a 58-bed jail. Both divisions are supported by a robust civil division. Collateral duty units include the Critical Response Unit and Marine Safety Unit. Patrol deputies work a 4-day 10-hour shift. Shifts are determined by bidding within the precinct which ensures a variety of available shifts to less senior deputies.

Specialty duty assignments include; the Critical Response Unit, Marine Safety Unit, Crisis Negotiations Unit, Field Training Officer, Specialty instructors, investigations, and more.

It is the mission of the Island County Sheriff’s Office to provide unbiased, community-oriented police services in order to maintain and enhance Island County’s reputation as a safe, thriving community where residents and visitors can safely live, work and visit. The mission is supported by our core values of; Service, Professionalism, and Accountability.

Area Information

County: Island
Population: 85,000
# of Staff: 135

Hiring Status

Island County Sheriff's Office - Entry Level has 6 vacancies.

Island County currently has openings for 6 Patrol Deputies.  The position announcement can be found at   Submit your PST scores to Island County (and finish your Personal History Statement) to apply. 

Contact Nicole Wheat, Chief Examiner, by email ( or telephone 360-679-7374 if you have any questions.

Salary Information

Salary starts at $5,518/monthly, with annual step increases to $6,768/monthly during the sixth year.  Longevity increases of 1.5% to 2.5% for every three years of service thereafter.  Special Assignment Pay for those assigned as Detectives, Reserve Liaison Deputy, Field Training Officer, Emergency Vehicle Operation Course Instructor, Defensive Tactics Instructor, and Firearms Instructor- Range master.

Benefit Information

Health, Dental, Vision and Life Insurance Paid vacations, sick leave and holidays. Uniforms and duty gear provided on initial hire and annual clothing allowance, 4 day work week, LEOFF 2 Retirement.

Island County Sheriff's Office - Entry Level Requirements

Category Requirement Required at time of...
    Test Hire
Written Examination Yes, required
LEO/CO Physical Ability Test (PAT) Yes, required

Your physical ability test must be completed 180 days (~6 months) before or after your passing written exam.

Minimum Age 21
Citizenship 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 None.
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 Must meet LEOFF II minimum medical and health standards.
College Requirement No
Basic Law Enforcement Academy Certification Basic law enforcement training must be completed within one year of hire date.
Prior Experience Requirement No
Current Hiring Status
Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We only consider the most recent score
Request/Access Scores On an as-needed basis as vacancies occur

Island County Sheriff's Office - Entry Level 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 5 years (DWI, Suspended, Reckless, etc).
Automatic Suspension of driver's license within past 5 years.
Automatic 4 or more moving violations in past 3 years.
Automatic 2 or more at-fault accidents in past 3 years.
Automatic Has been involved in more than one motor vehicle accident within the preceding 3 years for which the applicant received a traffic or criminal citation and was convicted, forfeited bail, or entered a plea of "guilty" or "no contest".
Drug Usage
Automatic Illegal use of ANY controlled substance while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
Automatic Illegal opiate use.
Potential Other drug use outside these standards will be considered on case by case basis.
Automatic No illegal sale of ANY drug, including marijuana.
Automatic Pattern of illegal use of prescription medication.
Automatic Any use of L.S.D.
Automatic Used (tried) illegally any narcotic or dangerous drug.
Automatic Had a pattern of abusing prescription medication.
Potential Illegal drug usage or exposure within the last 7 years.
Criminal Activity
Automatic Any adult felony conviction.
Automatic Any misdemeanor, or felony conviction while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
Potential Juvenile felony conviction will be carefully reviewed.
Automatic Been convicted of any crime under a domestic violence statue.
Automatic Unlawful sexual misconduct.
Automatic Have a criminal proceeding pending or is under investigation for a crime.
Automatic Committed any serious violation of Federal, State, City or County Laws.
Automatic Has a validated history of criminal physical violence, or has been convicted of a crime of domestic violence as defined by 18.U.S.C. 921 (A) (33) (A).
Automatic Maintains an on-going relationship with individual(s) who have been convicted of felony crimes and who are reputed to be involved in recent or current felonious activity.
Automatic Any affiliations with, and/or support of any organization or group which advocates the violent overthrow of the State or of the United States Government, or whose professional goals are contrary to the interest of public safety and welfare.
Automatic 3 or more terminations, or leaving employer in lieu of termination.
Automatic Withdrawn from consideration for any (law enforcement/fire/corrections/dispatch) employment because of the following reasons: Dishonesty.
Automatic Been dishonorably discharged from the United States armed forces.
Automatic Lied during any stage of the hiring process.
Automatic Falsified his or her application, personal history questionnaire, or any other forms during hiring process.
Automatic Previous revocation or denial of (CJTC/POST) certified status, or suspension of current (CJTC/POST) certified status.
Automatic Failure to pay income tax or child support.
Potential Current credit accounts, or unresolved accounts in collection will be carefully reviewed.
Automatic A demonstrated unwillingness to honor fiscal contracts or just debts.
Automatic The following may, upon review by the Island County Sheriff's Office, make you ineligible to become an Island County  Deputy Sheriff: -Alcohol or substance misuse and or abuse. -Commission of a misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor. -Any other conduct or pattern of conduct that would tend to disrupt, diminish, or otherwise jeopardize public trust in the law enforcement profession and the Island County Sheriff's Office. -An inability to perform the essential functions of a Deputy Sheriff.
Automatic PLEASE NOTE: If you have any questions or concerns regarding the disqualifiers, please contact the Island County Sheriff's Department at 360-678-4422 and ask to speak to Chief Criminal Deputy Evan Tingstad or Chief Jail Administrator Jose Briones.

Contact Information

Island County Sheriff's Office - Entry Level

P.O BOX 5000
Coupeville, WA 98239-5000 Island County


Agency Test Requirements
Written Examination: Yes, required
PAT: Yes, required

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