Deputy Sheriff - Patrol

Orlando, Florida
$2,500 Signing Allowance - Candidates with 2 years full-time law enforcement officer experience and
Oct 01, 2020
Nov 30, 2020
Government, Security
Law, Security


**$1,500 or $2,500 Signing Allowance** (see Salary info for details)
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.


  • Must be Florida Certified or Currently Attending a Florida Law Enforcement Officer Academy:
    • Florida Certified (vested with authority to bear arms and make arrests): Must have successfully completed the Florida Law Enforcement Officer Certification or Equivalency of Training from a Florida law enforcement academy and a passing score on the Florida law enforcement officer certification exam.
    • Currently Attending an Academy: Must be currently attending a Florida law enforcement officer academy. Must obtain passing score on the state law enforcement officer certification exam prior to receiving a conditional offer.
  • Good verifiable work history.
  • Accredited high school or GED diploma. (Will not accept a certificate of completion.)
  • Must be able to comprehend and communicate fluently in verbal and written English.
  • At least 21 years of age.
  • U.S. Citizen.
  • Valid driver's license for the last year.
  • Must not have been convicted of a DUI (or any reduced charge such as reckless driving) within the past five 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 marijuana use within the last two years. No illegal drug use (scheduled narcotic) within the last three years. All other drug usage will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
  • Good physical condition.

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

  • Online application
  • Voice Stress Analysis (truth verification)
  • Panel Interview
  • Complete Background Check
  • Medical exam & drug screen (after conditional job offer)
  • Psychological Evaluation (after conditional job offer)
Processing time on average is 3-5 months.
Newly hired certified deputy sheriffs (with or without law enforcement officer experience) must participate in Basic Recruit Training (BRT). This 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 complete 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. New hires with prior law enforcement experience may be eligible for an accelerated Field Training and Evaluation Program, but still must complete the 9-week Basic Recruit Training. PHYSICAL DEMANDS & WORK ENVIRONMENT

Physical Demands:

  • 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.
  • 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, 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.

Work Environment:
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.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Orange County Sheriff's Office may provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

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
  • Take home car issued after field training completed

Additional Salary Benefits:

  • $2500 Signing Allowance - Candidates with 2 years full-time law enforcement experience and Florida certified (vested with authority to bear arms and make arrests) will receive a $2,500 signing allowance. Rehired Orange County Sheriff's Office Deputy Sheriff, Reserve Deputy II hired candidates, and current OCSO employees are not eligible for the $2,500 signing allowance.
  • $1500 Signing Allowance - Candidates with less than 2 years of full-time law enforcement officer experience and Florida certified (vested with authority to bear arms and make arrests) will receive a $1500 signing allowance. Rehired Orange County Sheriff's Office Deputy Sheriff, Reserve Deputy II hired candidates, and current OCSO employees are not eligible for the $1,500 signing allowance.
  • Candidates with a 2 year degree from an accredited school will receive $13.85 bi-weekly
  • Candidates with a 4 year degree or higher from an accredited school will receive 36.92 bi-weekly
  • New employees working a midnight shift will receive $50.00 bi-weekly; evening shift $38.47 bi-weekly


Career Opportunities - Many who start their law enforcement careers at the Orange County Sheriff's Office stay with our agency all the way to retirement because the opportunities are endless. There are a variety of experiences to choose from, whether it be a specialty unit or a supervisory track, and our Career Development team is always available to guide you in the right direction as you move toward your career goals. We offer resume reviews, interview feedback, and information about college degrees as just a few resources to help maximize your potential. Listed below are some areas and positions that you may be eligible for in just a few years:

Specialty Units and number of positions:

  • Agricultural Crimes Unit
  • Aviation Unit
  • Community Policing
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Homeland Security
  • Intelligence Section
  • K-9 Unit
  • Marine Unit / Mounted Patrol
  • Motorcycle Unit
  • Youth Services

Part-Time Specialty Units:

  • SWAT Team
  • Hostage Negotiations Team
  • Hazardous Device Team
  • Emergency Response Team
  • Dive Team
  • Crisis Intervention Team

Promotions - Some deputies pursue the supervisory and management track through competitive testing. Once eligible, promotions to the following ranks involve a specific testing process:

  • Corporal (eligible after 4-5 years of service)
  • Sergeant (eligible after 5-6 years of service, with 1 year as a Corporal)
  • Lieutenant (eligible after 8 years of service, with 2 years as a Sergeant)

  • Retirement benefits are provided by the Florida Retirement System
  • Life insurance provided by Sheriff
  • Part-time employees depending on position and hours worked weekly may be eligible for medical coverage