Deputy Sheriff - Recruit (Sponsorship)

Orlando, Florida
$40,268.80 Annually
Feb 17, 2019
Apr 18, 2019
Government, Security
Law, Security


Candidates with high qualifications may apply to a limited number of paid sponsorships to a law enforcement academy. The ideal candidate possesses related work experience, college, and/or military experience. A strong candidate has favorable work history, driving history, credit ratings, and a low incident rate of substance abuse.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Two years of accredited college (60 credit hours); OR Two years of active military duty or four continuous years of reserve/guard duty; OR Two years of full-time law enforcement officer or related experience (e.g., corrections officer, emergency communications, fire/rescue, security); OR A combination of the above.
  • Accredited high school or GED diploma (will not accept a certificate of completion)
  • At least 21 years of age
  • U.S. Citizen
  • Valid drivers license for the last year and have no more than two moving violations over the past three years. Other driving history will be evaluated on a case by case basis
  • No DUI convictions for the past 5 years. Other driving history will be evaluated on a case by case basis
  • Must not have been convicted of a felony
  • Must not have been convicted of a misdemeanor involving moral character, false statements, perjury or domestic violence
  • Must not have received a dishonorable discharge from the United States Armed Forces
  • No illegal drug usage over the past three years. Other drug usage will be evaluated on a case by case basis
  • Good physical condition
  • Vision of 20/40 corrected or better
  • Applicants with body ornamentation (tattoos) shall not have any visible body ornamentation on the head, face, and neck area, which includes the visible skin while wearing a collared uniform shirt with an unbuttoned top button. Employees shall not have any visible body ornamentation located on the hands which is defined as the area from wrist to fingertips; however, a tattoo simulating a wedding ring on the ring finger of the left hand will not be considered excessive as described herein. Applicants are encouraged to read the agency body ornamentation policy (Download PDF reader)before applying.



All candidates participate in a thorough hiring process, to ensure everyone hired meets our strict standards.

All candidates for sponsorship positions will participate in the following steps:

  • Online application
  • Physical Assessment Test - View Details of Fitness Standards
  • Voice Stress Analysis (truth verification)
  • Panel Interview
  • Ride-along with a deputy may be required
  • Swim Test
  • Complete Background Check
  • Medical exam & drug screen (after conditional job offer)
  • Psychological Evaluation (after conditional job offer)

Once selected for processing, candidates for academy sponsorship must take the Basic Abilities Test (BAT) available at any law enforcement academy in the State of Florida.

Processing time on average is 3-5 months.

Deputy Sheriffs are responsible for the protection of life and property and the enforcement of laws and regulations. This work involves an element of personal danger and frequent contact with the public during routine and emergency situations.


Recruits hired for sponsorship to the law enforcement academy attend the award winning program at the Valencia Criminal Justice Institute. This 20-week course is one of the most challenging in the State, both academically and physically.

Academy graduates are sworn-in as deputy sheriffs and begin Basic Recruit Training (BRT). This extensive 9-week program covers all high liability areas, including driving, shooting, defensive tactics, and agency policies and procedures. After successfully completing Basic Recruit Training, new deputies will complete an additional 14 weeks in the Field Training and Evaluation Program (FTEP). This one-on-one training with a certified Field Training Officer ensures that all new deputies are fully prepared to be a solo deputy.


Physical Requirements

  • Cardiovascular strength and stamina including the ability to chase subjects on foot through various terrains (i.e. up/down stairs, around buildings, on city streets, through or in between natural barriers such as water, trees, bushes, etc., or a combination of these, etc.)
  • Must be able to engage in violent and physical confrontations including physical fighting with subjects and/or re-directing them to the ground.
  • Must be able to physically secure a resisting subject with the appropriate restraints after a physical confrontation.
  • Visual depth, distance, and color perception, night and peripheral vision.
  • Must be able to meet the agency's hearing standard established by the agency's Occupational Medical Physicians.
  • Must meet visual requirements of at least correctable to 20/40 in each eye.
  • Communicate verbally in English with ability to enunciate.
  • Must be able to use both hands simultaneously and have manual and finger dexterity.
  • Flexibility of upper body and limbs and ability to reach with hands and arms.
  • Strength in upper and lower body, legs, back, arms, and hands.
  • Must be able to wear a utility equipment belt capable of carrying multiple pieces of required equipment for extended periods of time (on average, weighing approximately 20 pounds).
  • Coordination in legs, arms, hands, eye-hand; steadiness of hand/arm.
  • Physical speed; quick reflexes; balance/equilibrium; able to stand for long periods of time.
  • Ability to run, jump, climb, walk, sit, swim, bend/lean over, twist/turn, and maneuver into and out of small spaces and vehicles. Ability to stoop, kneel, crouch, and crawl.
  • Ability to operate a motor vehicle safely and appropriately.
  • Ability to coordinate rhythm of compression and breaths during CPR.
  • Ability to accept acute pain

Working Conditions
While performing the duties of this job, the employee may encounter the following: chemicals, fumes, toxic substances, dogs/animals, insects, noise, vibrations, slippery surfaces, lightning, explosives, oil, tobacco smoke, radiation, radar, allergenic substances, electrical hazards, possible burns, confined or cramped body position for extended periods, irregular or extended work hours, irregular eating and sleeping schedules, bodily injury, contact with blood, bodily fluids, infectious or contagious diseases. Ability to work and function in a variety of weather conditions that can quickly change. Weather conditions may include but are not limited to any combination of the following: humidity, low temperatures, high temperatures, heavy rain, exposure to sun, sudden temperature changes, hail, high winds, tornadoes, flooding, and hurricanes, etc. Ability to walk and run in various terrains that can quickly change. Various terrains may be encountered including high grass, woods, ditches, muck, sand, and small hills, as well as water sources such as lakes, rivers, and streams. Depending on assignment the employee may be required to work evening, midnight and/or weekend shifts. Shift times may vary.

All full-time employees of the Orange County Sheriff's Office receive an excellent benefits and compensation package.

  • Sheriff contributes majority of cost for medical coverage
  • Life insurance and long term disability insurance is provided by Sheriff; employees may elect to purchase additional coverage
  • Retirement benefits are provided by the Florida Retirement System
  • Uniforms, weapons, and other equipment furnished
  • Education incentive and reimbursement programs
  • 12 vacation days per year/accrues at 3.69 hours bi-weekly
  • Sick time accrues at 3.69 hours bi-weekly
  • 12 paid holidays per year
  • Gym facilities in many agency buildings


You must be at least 21 years of age to work as a Law Enforcement Officer. If applying for a law enforcement position, are you at least 21 years of age?

  • Yes
  • No


Are you a United States citizen?

  • Yes
  • No


Do you have any tattoos or body ornamentation on the hands, head, neck, or face?

  • Yes
  • No


Please provide the description(s) and location(s) of ALL tattoos / body ornamentation(s)?


Do you possess a high school diploma or general equivalency diploma (GED)?

  • Yes
  • No


How many college credits do you have?


Are you able to read, write and fluently speak English?

  • Yes
  • No


Are there any languages other than English that you can read, write, or speak fluently?

  • Yes
  • No


Please provide the other languages you can read, write, or speak fluently. Enter each language on a separate line and beside each enter whether you read, write, or speak the language fluently.


If you have a driver's license, what is your driver's license # and the state of issuance? Enter N/A if you have no driver's license.


Have you had a driver's license for at least one (1) year as of this application date?

  • Yes
  • No


Have you received MORE THAN two (2) moving traffic violations /citations in the past three (3) years from the date of this application?

  • Yes
  • No
  • I do not drive and/or have a driver's license


Please provide details of your moving traffic violations/citations in the past three (3) years from the date of this application?


Have you ever had your driver's license suspended or revoked?

  • Yes
  • No, or I do not have a driver's license


Please provide details of your driver's license suspension(s) / revocations(s), date(s), state(s) issued and explanation(s).


Have you ever been convicted of a felony?

  • Yes
  • No


Have you ever been arrested or charged with a felony and/or misdemeanor crime? Pursuant to F.S.S. 943.059, arrests that have been sealed or expunged must be disclosed.

  • Yes
  • No


Please provide the felony and/or misdemeanor arrest(s) or charge information and date(s). If applicable, please note whether the arrest was sealed or expunged.


Have you ever been convicted of any misdemeanor crime involving false statements, perjury, or domestic violence?

  • Yes
  • No


Please provide all misdemeanor conviction charge(s) involving false statements, perjury, or domestic violence and date(s).


Have you ever been a suspect or a defendant in any criminal investigation?

  • Yes
  • No


Please provide an explanation of all your criminal investigation(s) and associated dates.


Have you ever been involved in any criminal activity?

  • Yes
  • No


Please provide an explanation of all your criminal activity and associated dates.


Do you have regular or continuous associations or dealings with anyone under criminal investigation or indictment, or who is involved in criminal behavior?

  • Yes
  • No


Please provide an explanation of your associations with the individual(s) under criminal investigation or indictment and the criminal activity that is involved.


Are you now, or have you ever been, a member of a gang or any association that engages in criminal activity?

  • Yes
  • No


Please provide the gang and/or association name, location(s) and the dates of involvement.


Have you been or known anyone who has been associated with any organization, past or present that would place the integrity of the Sheriff's Office in question? (e.g. KKK, Nazi organization, organized crime, etc.)

  • Yes
  • No


Please provide an explanation of these associations or dealings you have with these individuals that would place the integrity of the Sheriff's Office in question;. (e.g. KKK, Nazi organization, organized crime, etc.)


Have you ever used, possessed, or cultivated an illegal controlled substance?

  • Yes
  • No


Please provide an explanation of your drug use, and/or possession, and/or cultivation of an illegal controlled substance along with associated dates of last use/involvement.


Within the last three (3) years from the date of this application, have you used any illegal drug(s) or illegal controlled substance(s)? (e.g. - marijuana, heroin, cocaine, LSD, etc.)

  • Yes
  • No


Please provide the type(s) of illegal drug(s) used within the last three (3) years, location(s), and the dates last used.


Have you ever been involved in the sale/purchase of illegal drugs either directly or indirectly?

  • Yes
  • No


Please provide details of your illegal drug sale(s)/purchase involvement, location(s) and date(s).


Have you ever served in the armed forces (Military), and if so, what type of discharge did you receive?

  • I did not serve in the military
  • Honorable Discharge
  • Honorable Discharge under General Conditions
  • Dishonorable Discharge
  • Other
  • I am still an Active Reserve


What military branch(es), including any state National Guard, did you serve or are you currently serving in?


Please provide the dates of service to include Active and/or Reserve service.


Were you ever formally disciplined while in the military to include any Article 15's?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Not Applicable


Please provide type of military discipline(s), reasons for the discipline, and dates.


Have you received your Florida Law Enforcement certification or are you currently attending an academy?

  • No
  • Yes, I have my Florida law enforcement certification
  • Yes, I am currently attending a law enforcement academy


What academy did you attend (are attending) and what was/is your graduation date?


Are you currently employed by a law enforcement or corrections agency and if so, are you currently under internal investigation?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Not Applicable


If you have prior law enforcement or corrections experience, have you ever been under internal investigation?

  • No, I have never been under internal investigation at a prior law enforcement or corrections agency
  • Yes, I have been under internal investigation at a prior law enforcement or corrections agency
  • Not Applicable


Please provide the employer's name where you were under internal investigation, to include each incident, date(s), and outcome.


Have you ever been disciplined by any past or current employer?

  • Yes
  • No


Please provide the employer's name where you were disciplined, type of discipline(s) and date(s).


Have you ever been terminated or asked to resign from a job?

  • Yes
  • No


Please provide the employer name(s) where your were terminated or asked to resign, reason for departure(s), and date(s) of termination(s)/resignation(s).


Have you applied with any other law enforcement agencies?

  • Yes
  • No


What agency, city/state and date(s) of application?

Required Question

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