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The Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office is a full service sheriff’s office and the largest in the State of Nebraska, employing 127 sworn deputies and 100 non-sworn personnel.  There are many divisions which allow for a variety of diverse duties including road patrol, jail, courts services, civil process, investigations, DARE/GREAT, student resource officers, narcotics, transportation, work release/house arrest, and more about our county and our sheriff's office.

The Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office offers excellent pay, vacation leave, sick leave, insurance, specialty unit pay, uniform reimbursement, longevity pay, training opportunities, college tuition reimbursement, retirement, promotional opportunities, and the satisfaction of serving your community as a respected member in the law enforcement field.

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Sworn deputies who work for the Sarpy County Sheriff's Office are assigned to work assignments which can include the road patrol, jail, court security, crime investigations, drug investigations, warrants, civil process, emergency services unit, search and rescue, bike patrol, and emergency response unit.


What are the employment requirements for the position of Deputy Sheriff?
What happens in the testing process?
When is the next entrance examination and how do I apply?

What are the Employment Requirements for Deputy Sheriff?    

Age:  As mandated by Nebraska State Statute 81-1410, an applicant must be at least 21 years of age prior to the start of training. Proof of age must be furnished at the time of application.

Driver's License: An applicant must possess a valid current driver's license. The applicant must not have been convicted of driving while intoxicated in the two (2) years immediately preceding admission to the training academy.

Education: As mandated by Nebraska State Statute 81-1410, a qualified applicant must have graduated from high school, or must possess certification of an educational development of at least a high school graduation level (G.E.D.). An applicant must also be able to read and comprehend at the 11th grade level.

Health: An applicant must be able to perform the physical requirements of the position. Mental and physical fitness will be determined by examination.

Vision: An applicant must have correctable to 20/30 and have no evidence of irreversible disease, which will affect the person's sight.

Citizenship: By mandate of Nebraska State Statute 81-1410, an applicant must be a citizen of the United States.

Conviction Record: By mandate of Nebraska State Statute 81-1410, the applicant must be free of any conviction by any state of the United States for a crime punishable by imprisonment in a penitentiary for a term of one (1) year, or more, or by any foreign government for a crime which is punishable for a term of one (1) year, or more, if committed in Nebraska, or has been pardoned for such offense, or has had a conviction for such offense overturned or reversed by a court of competent jurisdiction. 

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What happens in the testing process?

In order to be appointed as a deputy with the Sarpy County Sheriff's Office, a candidate must successfully pass the SELECT (Sarpy Exclusive Law Enforcement Combined Test) examination (not necessarily in the order listed).

Written Examination: All eligible candidates will be given a written test designed to measure the candidate's ability to successfully fulfill the duties of a deputy.  Candidates are not tested for knowledge of State Statutes or theories of law enforcement.  Candidates scoring below the minimum pass/fail point will NOT be eligible to continue with the selection process for the position of deputy.

General Test List/Ranking: Candidates passing the written examination will be placed on the eligibility list.   Ranking on the eligibility list is based on the written examination, with preference points added for Veterans, Nebraska Law Enforcement Certification, Sarpy County employees, successful internship with the Sheriff's Office and disability.  Depending on the number of vacancies, candidates may then be eligible to advance through the additional hiring steps.

Physical Agility Examination: The nature of deputy work calls for strenuous physical activity. A physical agility test is required as part of the SELECT (Sarpy Exclusive Law Enforcement Combined Test) examination for the position of Deputy Sheriff.  This test measures physical strength, endurance, and agility. This examination is graded on a pass/fail basis.

Preliminary Interview: Candidates are interviewed by a panel of deputies.  Each candidate is asked a series of questions.   The interview is designed to measure the skills required of a deputy, such as oral communication, dependability, situational reasoning, initiative, and interpersonal skills.

Background Investigation: An in-depth background investigation will be completed on each candidate who progresses to the final phase of the selection process.  This investigation will include gathering information on financial, military, educational, employment, traffic, and criminal histories.  Listed below are some of the items that may disqualify a candidate, and is not all inclusive.

a) History of financial problems, i.e., continuous garnishment of wages, non-payment of bills, recent filing of bankruptcy, chronic history of debt, problems with collection agencies.  Civil lawsuits where the candidate was named as a defendant will be investigated.
b) Felony convictions.  Candidates with a felony conviction will be automatically disqualified (as outlined in Nebraska State Statute 81-1410).
c) Criminal and traffic records will be checked.  This includes items such as driving while under the influence (DWI) or driving during suspension of license.
d) Poor employment history, to include being fired from several jobs, excessive absences/tardiness, long-term unemployment; unexplained gaps in employment record, and history of unexplained accidents.
e) Lack of high school diploma or G.E.D.
f) History of drug and/or alcohol abuse.  A drug screen test will be administered to all candidates by Sheriff's Office personnel.
g) A dishonorable discharge from the military will automatically disqualify the candidate.

Polygraph test - A polygraph examination will be conducted as part of the pre-employment screening process.

Drug Screening - Candidates will be required to participate in pre-employment drug screening, as well as random drug screening for all employees while employed by the Sarpy County Sheriff's Office.

Home Visit - A Command Officer will visit the applicant's residence.

Personal Interview - The Sheriff and his staff (or designees) will conduct a personal interview with the candidates who are referred to the final phase of the selection process

 Psychological and Medical - After a conditional offer  of employment is made, the candidate will be required to take a psychological evaluation and a medical examination.

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When is the next entrance examination and how do I apply?

The SELECT (Sarpy Exclusive Law Enforcement Combined Test) examination for the position of Deputy Sheriff is conducted by the human resource consulting firm of Morrow and Associates. For more information on how to apply and take the SELECT entrance exam, visit the web site at
Morrow and Associates.

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Civilian Staff

Civilian opportunities include juvenile services staff, administrative support staff, jail nursing staff, booking clerks, civil process, technical and systems support, court security officers, corrections officers, vehicle inspection, tow lot staff, evidence and property technicians. Benefits include health and dental insurance, paid vacation, paid sick leave, paid holidays, and educational reimbursement.

To view possible current job openings, visit the Sarpy County Jobs web site.

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