Deputy Sheriff

Thurston County Sheriff's Office - Olympia, Washington

Jan 18, 2022

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Application Deadline:
Dec 31, 2026

Salary Information

Entry Level:
$5,733-7,317 monthly
Top Pay:
$7,317 monthly

Job Description

  • Patrols a designated area of the county in a patrol car and/or on foot to deter and discover the crime, do on-the-scene investigations at crime scenes, aid persons in trouble, and render other public services as needed.
  • Patrols a designated area of the county in a patrol car, boat, or on a motorcycle to enforce traffic and parking ordinances and investigate accidents; operates a radar unit to discover speed violations; routinely checks vehicle identification against the current list of stolen vehicles and identification of violator drivers against the list of outstanding arrest warrants.
  • Issues citations to violators of state laws and county ordinances; serves warrants of arrest; arrests persons on misdemeanors and felony charges; handcuffs and searches arrested persons and secures their custody; completes necessary reports concerning alleged crimes, circumstances of the arrest, and available evidence and witnesses.
  • Executes on writs of attachment, writs of restitution, and writs of execution.
  • Responds to reports of possible crime and takes action as the situation requires to secure the scene; interviews victims and witnesses gather evidence and arrests suspects; completes incident and arrest reports; investigates persons suspected of being engaged in crime, ascertains and secures evidence pertaining to the alleged crime, and arrests suspects for probable cause.
  • Reports to scenes of accidents; administer emergency first aid and summons aid cars in other patrol units for assistance in treating the injured and controlling the scene; interviews principals and witnesses, makes general drawings of accident scenes noting details, and completes a standard accident report; issues citations or makes arrests as the situation warrants.
  • Investigates and assists drivers installed vehicles and pedestrians who appear to be hurt or in trouble; interviews persons with complaints or inquiries gives information on laws and ordinances and attempts to resolve the problem or to direct them to proper authorities.
  • When assigned to the jail, has responsibility for the care and custody of inmates incarcerated therein and maintains security of the jail as prescribed by standard operating procedures; performs guard duty at hospitals and in court; transfers prisoners to and from jails and courts.
  • Does thorough investigations of reported crimes appropriate to their assignments; interviews victims and witnesses; locates, arrests, and interviews suspects; arranges line-up for the victim and witness identification; gathers evidence and conducts necessary searches; prepares case file detailing all aspects of an investigation and presents it through the chain of command to a prosecuting attorney.

Additional Information


  • Must have a High School Diploma or G.E.D.
  • Must be a US Citizen with the ability to read, write, and speak the English language as required by RCW 41.14.100.
  • Minimum age of 21 years at the time of appointment.
  • Must hold or obtain a valid Washington State Driver's license.
  • Must meet Thurston County Civil Service ++Pre-Employment Screening Standards++.
  • Acceptable scores on Civil Service skills examinations.
  • Must participate in and pass an oral board.
  • Must meet the Sheriff's Office ++Employment Standards++ and be willing to submit to and pass a thorough background investigation to include a polygraph examination and psychological evaluation.
  • Must meet the current physical standards adopted by the Sheriff's Office.


Contact Person: Wayne Jones, Assistant Chief Examiner, (360) 786-5249. Email: Recruiter: Yvonne Edwards, (360) 490-7248. Email:

This position is:

  • Represented by a Union
  • Eligible for benefits
  • Eligible for overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

HOW TO APPLY: In order to be considered for employment, interested individuals must first take and pass a written examination and physical ability test. All initial written and physical ability testing for entry-level candidates is conducted by Public Safety Testing, Inc. (PST). Visit their website at for instructions on how to get started. Test dates are available on a continuous basis; check the PST website for test schedules and locations, or call 1-866-447-3911 if you don't have access to the Internet. Applications will not be accepted from individuals who have not successfully passed both the written examination and physical ability test.

Qualified applicants will be contacted by Thurston County Civil Service with further instructions as needed.


Job Requirements

  • Age: 21 and over
  • Education: High School/ GED
  • Experience: None Required

Contact Information

Yvonne Edwards

Thurston County Sheriff's Office
2000 Lakeridge Drive SW
Olympia, Washington 98502
phone: 13607095959

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