Deputy Sheriff

deputy badgeThe Norfolk Sheriff's Office is now accepting applications for Deputy Sheriff positions. New employees are initially assigned to the jail. Most employees work 12-hour, rotating shifts (including days, nights, weekends and holidays) approximately 14 days per month.

Join a Team with a Sense of Purpose:

The Norfolk Sheriff’s Office is a values-driven team committed to public safety, public service, and public trust. Our motto is to serve in the spirit of the Golden Rule: treat others the way we wish to be treated. Our team strives to have integrity in all things, respect for others, duty without prejudice, pride without ego, and team before self.


 Salary and Benefits:

  • $43,724 after completing Academy
  • $4,000 signing incentive
  • Benefits: Medical, dental, vision, and life insurance
  • Virginia Retirement System basic benefits and LEO Supplement.
  • Paid vacation and sick leave (additional leave for birthday and holidays)
  • Tuition Assistance
  • Eligible veterans can earn up to $22,000 for one year in additional pay, through the VA OJT apprenticeship program

 Additional Annual Pay Incentives: 

  • Education pay for all college degrees, $504 
  • Bilingual specialist, $360 
  • Field Training Officer, $960 
  • Sheriff's Emergency Response Team (SERT), $1,800 
  • K-9 dog handler, $960 
  • Honor Guard pay, $600

Why NSO?

  • We’re a diverse and inclusive employer, with opportunities for leadership
  • Voted “Best Places to Work in Hampton Roads,” by Inside Business Publication
  • Shift schedules allow days off during the week, while working only 14 days a month
  • Professional development through training and educational programs 

Specific duties include:

  • Supervising and monitoring the daily activities of inmates to include security within housing units, inmate visits, booking/processing, program activities, food service, recreation and general work assignments;
  • Managing inmate behavior and using appropriate force as necessary;
  • Supervising inmates assigned to Inmate Work Programs

Other duties and assignments include:

  • Court Security- secure courtrooms; monitor courts in session; escort prisoners to and from courts and the Detention Facility; perform security checks within the Courthouse; respond to security check problems and Courthouse incidents.
  • Warrant Process- serve legal paper and schedule and execute Court ordered evictions.
  • Transportation- transport inmates and other individuals in custody to/from other correctional facilities, hearings, medical facilities, doctor's appointments.

All assignments include writing reports and documenting incidents. The nature of the work necessitates an element of danger and requires physical exertion and the ability to make decisions under stress. Work is performed according to departmental policies and procedures and involves the potential for personal danger. The employee must be able to communicate effectively, solve problems, write concise reports, maintain good physical conditioning, and be able to act quickly and calmly as part of a team under potentially stressful conditions.

The Norfolk Sheriff’s Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


  • Background Check (Criminal History, DMV, Credit)
  • High School Diploma or GED Equivalent
  • U.S. Citizen 18 years or older
  • Valid Virginia or North Carolina Driver's License
  • Written Test for Language and Mathematics (Learn more about the written test by clicking HERE)
  • Physical Agility Test (Learn more about the physical agility test by clicking HERE)
  • Polygraph Examination
  • Oral Board Examination
  • Medical Examination
  • Applicant must be willing to work days, evenings, nights, weekends, holidays, and rotating 12-hour shifts
  • All new employees may not have any tattoos visible on head or neck when wearing the long-sleeved shirt uniform. (effective 3/20/19) 

* Automatic Disqualifiers: The following will cause the processing of the applicant to be immediately discontinued:

  • Criminal Record:
    • Conviction of any felony.
    • Conviction of driving while intoxicated or under the influence of a controlled substance (within 3 years).
    • Conviction of any charge of domestic assault or violence against a family member.
    • Conviction of a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude (i.e., larceny, embezzlement, perjury, etc.).

  • Driving Record:
    • Current driver’s license suspension.
    • Driver’s license suspension within the last 12 months.
    • Conviction of a misdemeanor hit and run.
    • Extensive traffic violation convictions exceeding minus five (-5) DMV demerit points.

  • Drug Usage:
    • Use of heroin, cocaine, or illegal hallucinogen within the past 5 years
    • Use of heroin by injection at any time.
    • Any substantiated illegal act, other than use (i.e., sale, manufacture, etc.) of any narcotic, controlled substance, or dangerous drug, as defined by State and Federal Law, except marijuana.

If you’re interested in joining our team, you can:

Apply online by clicking HERE


If you don't see the document in the viewer below, you can download it directly by clicking HERE

NOTE: This application template is a sample provided only for personal review.

All applications must be completed online,
or at our office at 140 East St. Norfolk, VA 23510.


After you submit your application, our Human Resources team will determine if you can take the next step, which is completing your written and physical agility tests.

School Test 512About the Written Test

If you're wondering what to expect on the written portion of our test to become a Norfolk Sheriff's Deputy, please read the document below.

(If you don't see the document in the viewer below, you can download it directly by clicking HERE)

In Touch

811 E. City Hall Avenue
Norfolk, VA 23510

(757) 664-4700

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