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Deputy Sheriff

The 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.

Listen to a message from OIC Capt. Mike Imprevento:


Salary Information
  • $48,250 after completing Academy
  • $44,342 while in the Academy
  • $5,000 signing incentive when hired
  • 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
  • Additional benefits for eligible veterans.

Additional Annual Pay Incentives:

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

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.

  • Background Check (Criminal History, DMV, Credit)
  • High School Diploma or GED Equivalent
  • U.S. Citizen 18 years or older
  • Valid Driver's License
  • 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:
    • A felony or any offense that would be a felony if committed in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
    • A misdemeanor involving moral turpitude including, but not limited to, Petit Larceny under § 18.2-96 or any offense involving moral turpitude that would be a misdemeanor if committed in the Commonwealth of Virginia. (i.e., larceny, embezzlement, perjury, etc.)
    • Any misdemeanor sex offense in the Commonwealth of Virginia, another State, or the United States.
    • Any domestic assault under § 18.2-57.2 or any other offense that would be a domestic assault under the laws of another state or of the United States Government.

  • Driving Record:
    • Current driver's license suspension.
    • Driver's license suspension within the last 12 months for any moving violations prior to submitting the application and anytime thereafter. (Suspension resulting from insurance monitoring, may be considered, providing the applicant's license is valid and in good standing at the time of their application submission.)
    • Conviction of a misdemeanor hit & run.
    • Extensive traffic violation convictions exceeding minus (-5) DMV demerit points.

  • Drug Usage:
    • Use of any illegal drug other than marijuana or hashish within the past five (5) years.
    • Any use of heroin by injection at any time.

  • Other:
    • Any dishonorable discharge from the armed services.
    • Any other substantial violation of Federal law.

Hiring Process:

  • Step #1

    writtenSubmit application online with required corresponding documents via the Apply Now” button, or call recruiting at (757) 664-4706.

  • Step #2

    agilityAgility Test

  • Step #3

    backgroundBackground / Polygraph

  • Step #4

    interviewOral Board

  • Step #5

    acceptedConditional Offer Letter

  • Step #6

    medicalMedical / Drug Screen


    When is the next academy?
    • The Norfolk Sheriff’s Office holds two academies a year, typically in January and June. When hired applicants will receive on – the – job training, receive pay and benefits while waiting for the academy to start.

    How long is the academy?
    • 15 – 17 weeks

    How do I apply?
    • Submit application online with required corresponding documents via the Apply Now” button, or call recruiting at (757) 664-4706.

    Do you have a tattoo policy and facial hair policy?
    • Tattoos on the ears, head, face, nose, lips, eyebrows, and / or tongue are prohibited

    • Tattoos that are deemed offensive must be covered at all times while in uniform

    • Male Deputies must be clean shaven. Full beards and goatees are prohibited, unless circumstances allow otherwise (physician’s note, no shave chit, fundraiser, etc.)

    Do I get paid while attending the academy?
    • Yes, recruits will receive the starting salary of $43,260 and receive full benefits effective their hire date or start date of the academy

    Do you offer incentives or incentive pay?
    • $5,000 signing incentive

    • Field Training Officer

    • Honor Guard

    • Master Deputy

    Do you have specialty units?
    • Motor Unit

    • Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team (SERT)

    • K-9 Dog Handler

    • Security Threat Unit (STU)

    • Hostage Negotiation Team (HNT)

    • Critical Incident Stress Management Team (CISM)

    • Community Affairs

    • Training Division