Report on Lateral Deputy (Jail And Patrol Divisions)

Lateral Deputy (Jail And Patrol Divisions)


Conserving the Peace Through Values Driven Service


We envision Washington County as the safest urban county in Oregon by building strong community partnerships, providing excellent customer service, practicing prudent fiscal operations, and embracing excellence.


JOB #2020-202 
There are specific instructions for applying with the Washington County Sheriff's Office and you could be disqualified from consideration if you do not follow these instructions.

Refer to the Supplemental Questions section for all required documents that MUST be attached to this application.

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Washington County's Sheriff's Office!!

  • Higher Salary
  • Additional Vacation; and
  • Outstanding Benefits

This application is for individuals who are currently Oregon State DPSST CERTIFIED and actively working as a Patrol Deputy, or Police Officer, or with inmates as a Jail or Corrections Officer in the State of Oregon.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office is actively recruiting to create a pool of candidates eligible for current and future Lateral Deputy vacancies in our Enforcement and Jail Divisions.
Jail Deputies supervise inmates and maintain jail security; admit, transport, and control the movement of inmates; handle jail emergencies and unusual situations as they arise; maintain the inmate classification system; and tend to inmates' needs.
Patrol Deputies respond to calls for service; patrol county roads, residential, and business areas; investigate traffic accidents; and enforce traffic and criminal laws.

To learn more, visit: Sheriff's Office Employment

If you do not meet the above criteria, please apply for the Recruit Deputy (Jail and Patrol Divisions) positions JOB #2020-201 when open on June 6, 2020. 
Applications are open continuous for all Lateral Deputies. 


  • Complete your application in NEOGOV. All applicants are processed through NEOGOV which means you must be registered within the system. Once you are registered, you must complete an application for this recruitment.
  • Personal History Questionnaire (PHQ) - You will receive an e-mail from Guardian Alliance Technologies on behalf of the Washington County Sheriff's Office Background Investigation Unit. You will need to follow the instructions provided in the e-mail.  If you have not received the e-mail from Guardian Alliance Technologies, please check your Spam/Junk mail folders. If you do not receive an e-mail from the Background Unit or Guardian Alliance Technologies within 3 business days from the date of your official invitation to apply email, call the Background Unit at 503-846-2303.
  • Physical Ability Test (PAT) - SUBMIT a valid PAT Score Certification by email to as soon as possible.



The Washington County Sheriff's Office offers employees a collaborative culture, work-life balance, and a comprehensive benefits package. Working within Washington County provides daily opportunities to serve and build communities now and into the future. We are an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to a diverse and inclusive workforce. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Please refer to the Deputy Classification Specification for the official job description and required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

You must meet all the following qualifications, and the recruitment and examination process will evaluate if you meet the following criteria:

Current Certification: MUST CURRENTLY possess DPSST certification as a Corrections Officer, Police Officer, or Deputy Sheriff by the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST).

Education: High school graduate or possess GED certificate of high school equivalency.

Criminal Record: No felony convictions; misdemeanor convictions will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Physical Ability Test (PAT): In order to meet Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) physical standards, applicants must be able to pass one of the following physical ability tests:

  • National Testing Network's PAT or ORPAT; OR
  • The Washington County Sheriff's Office PAT; OR
  • PAT taken through another law enforcement agency, including the military.

Physical Ability: Applicants must pass a physical fitness test and a medical examination prior to appointment.
Vision: Not less than 20/200 in one eye or both eyes, corrected to 20/20 in both eyes combined.
Subject Matter Expert (SME) Portfolio Review: Applicants must pass the SME Review.

Pre-Offer Suitability Test: Applicants must be able to pass the Pre-Offer Suitability Test, which evaluates an applicant's characteristics and match for the certified law enforcement profession and WCSO.

Background Investigation: Must be able to pass a thorough background investigation, and meet the standards set by the State of Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST).

Driver's License: Must possess a driver's license valid in the State of Oregon and have an acceptable driving record per Washington County's policy.

Required Certifications: 

  • Must be certified as a Corrections Officer, Police Officer, or Deputy Sheriff by the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST), or be certifiable upon transfer. 
  • If you have NOT been a certified Corrections Officer, Police Officer, or Sheriff's Deputy within the last one (1) year, please apply for the Recruit Deputy (Jail and Patrol Divisions) - Job Posting 2020-201 when open June 6, 2020.
  • Must be eligible for certification in first aid and CPR.
  • DPSST requires U.S. Citizenship.

Desirable Qualifications:
  • Two (2) years of college-level course work at an accredited institution of higher learning in the liberal arts, social science, or related field desirable, but not required.

Washington County is committed to using a Merit Based System in which recruiting, selecting, and advancing employees is based on their relative knowledge, skills, and abilities.

To be considered for a Lateral Deputy you MUST BE in an Oregon DPSST Certified position. All applicants must successfully complete the following:
STEP 1: Complete Your Application in NEOGOV – All applicants are processed through NEOGOV which means you must be registered within the system. Once you are registered, you must complete an application for this recruitment. Please go to the following link: and apply for the "NEW" Lateral Deputy (Jail and Patrol Divisions) position. If you are not currently registered in NEOGOV the system will prompt you on how to do so. 
STEP 2: Physical Abilities Test (PAT) - Applicants will be invited to take the PAT. The PAT is an obstacle course simulating a foot pursuit which tests endurance and must be completed in 6 minutes or less. 
PLEASE NOTE: The remaining steps are coordinated through the Washington County Sheriff's Office. If you have additional questions, please contact the Washington County Recruitment Team in the Sheriff's Office at: or (503) 846-6369.
STEP 3: Personal History Questionnaire (PHQ) – All candidates MUST complete the online PHQ in its' entirety, through the link sent to you from Guardian Alliance Technologies for Washington County Sheriff's Office not more than 10 days from issuance of the link.

STEP 4: Sheriff's Office Orientation –Applicants will be invited to attend an agency orientation. 
STEP 5:  Pre-Offer Suitability Test / Video Interview – Applicants will be invited to complete the Pre-Offer Suitability Test, which evaluates an applicant's characteristics and match for the certified law enforcement profession and WCSO. Applicants will also be asked to answer several questions on video, to be used during the SME Portfolio Review. Those who pass this portion will begin the full Background Investigation process.

STEP 6: Ride Along and Jail Job Shadow – Candidates are required to complete both enforcement ride along and jail job shadow.

STEP 7: SME Portfolio Review –Applicants who pass the Background Investigation will have their information submitted for a SME Portfolio Review.  The SME Portfolio Review will assess the candidates' life and work experience in ten key character-based competencies. Candidates who successfully pass the SME Portfolio review will be invited to a panel interview with Washington County Sheriff's Office.

STEP 8:  Panel Interview - Applicants will complete a panel interview as a final step before they are considered for an Eligible List. 

STEP 9: Command Staff Interview – Top candidates are invited to interview with the Division Command Staff.

STEP 10: Commander Interview and Conditional Job Offer – Final interview for selected candidates with the Commander.

STEP 11: Post Offer Physical and Psychological Evaluation – The evaluations are completed by third parties; a licensed medical doctor and a licensed psychologist. If a conditional job is offered, candidates must successfully pass a full physical and psychological evaluation.
Have questions? Read through this entire job announcement, especially the supplemental questions which include information about steps in the Hiring Process, Transferring Test Scores, Out-of-Area Candidates, and MORE. Still can't find an answer? Visit our WCSO Employment website.

If your name is placed on the Eligible List, you will be notified and informed of the dates the list will be in effect. It will be in effect for six (6) months from the list date, and may be renewed for another six (6) months at the discretion of the Washington County Human Resources Division.
If you are unsuccessful at any phase in the hiring process, you will be notified by mail or e-mail within two (2) weeks. You will be eligible to reapply whenever we are recruiting, unless you failed one of the following:

  • FrontLine National Test – you must wait three (3) months to re-test.
  • Pre-offer Suitability Test – you must wait six (6) months to reapply.
  • Background Investigation – you must wait twelve (12) months to reapply.
  • SME Portfolio Review – you must wait six (6) months to reapply.
  • Panel Interview – you must wait six (6) months to reapply.
  • Post-offer Psychological Exam – you must wait twelve (12) months to reapply.

Veterans' Preference: 
If you are a veteran and would like to be considered for a veterans' preference for this recruitment, please review instructions by clicking here

Accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act:
Reasonable accommodation is available to anyone whose specific disability prevents them from completing this application or participating in the selection process for this recruitment. To obtain confidential assistance please contact Human Resources at 503-846-8606, or e-mail at: at least 48 hours before any step in the recruitment and selection process for which you feel you need accommodation.

Status of Your Application:
You will be advised by e-mail of your status at each step in the application process, from initial application to final employment disposition. Please note that Washington County communicates with all candidates via e-mail. If you "opt out" or "unsubscribe" from e-mail notifications from NeoGov it will impact our ability to communicate with you about job postings.

Questions (?) Regarding This Recruitment
Rebecca Tabra, Talent Acquisition Business Partner

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