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​Frequently Asked Questions 


What hours will I have to work? 
Patrol deptuties work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week year round. Patrol officers work on a rotating schedule that includes weekends and holidays. Deputies work 4 days in a row, and then have 3 days off. Extra hours are tracked and then paid out as overtime or scheduled as additional paid time off throughout the year, similar to paid vacation. 

How long is the training process before I'm on patrol? 
The Basic Law Enforcement Academy (BLEA) is approximately 5-months (720 hours). Recruits are typically housed at the academy. After completing advanced training, you will enter a highly structured 12 week Field Training Program with an experienced officer who will evaluate your performance in the patrol division followed by direct monitoring once a month for the following 12 months. 

I was in the military/military police. Will that speed up my training process? 
No. You will probably find that some of your skills from prior careers are useful when working as a Sheriff's Deputy, however, the only career that is applicable to this job is as a current certified law enforcement officer with a different agency. 

Will I have control over which precinct and shift I'm assigned to? 
Maybe. Deputies bid for shifts/precincts based on seniority and are altered periodically as needed. 

What are my options in patrol work? 
Most patrol deputies work in one-person patrol cars with periodical reserve riders. Bike patrols are utilized for special events. As a patrol deputy you may work with the Critical Response Unit, Marine Unit or undercover. 

Do patrol deputies just respond to dispatched calls? 
As first responders, a big part of patrol is responding to 9-1-1 calls, which can range from the mundane to the truly extraordinary. Patrol deputies also respond to "on-view" incidents, or a situation they see occurring, patrol is encouraged to participate in self-initiated activity. In addition, patrol deputies get to know the area they are assigned to and the community members they serve within their beat. When not responding directly to calls, or providing backup to other deputies, patrol deputies use proactive time to combat on-going crime problems in specific neighborhoods. 

Is there any way to skip patrol and go directly into a specialty unit? 
No. Assignments to specialty units are earned through dedication and hard work.