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Training and Recruiting

Working for the Sheriff's Office

The Training/Recruiting Division of the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office handles a variety of tasks involving the hiring and training of deputy sheriffs.

  • Recruitment: Hiring Deputy Sheriffs is an involved process. The hiring process for Deputy Sheriff position is made up of a written test, oral interview, extensive background investigation, psychological test and evaluation, and medical examinations. 

    Employment information is available at the St. Louis County Employee Relations  website or by contacting them at telephone 218-726-2422. 

  • Field Training Academy and Field Training Program: The Administrative Division coordinates training for newly hired deputies. Deputy sheriff candidates participate in a 6-week field training academy which focuses on such areas as firearms qualification, use of force, emergency vehicle operations, report writing, accident investigation, defensive tactics, first aid, and specialized investigative techniques. The academy includes a mix of classroom and hands-on practical exercises.

    Following the academy, which is held at various locations within St. Louis County, deputies begin an aggressive 13 week (approximate) field-training program. The new deputies are paired with a field training officer and begin working in a squad car. There the new deputies apply the skills and concepts learned in the field training academy to actual real-world scenarios and must demonstrate an acceptable level of competency before being allowed to work independently.

  • Ongoing Training: Mandatory annual training for deputy sheriffs, as well as special training opportunities are also handled by this division.  Throughout the year deputies have an opportunity to attend job related training to improve their skills and abilities in the law enforcement field.