Patrol Deputy

WE'RE HIRING! The Benton County Sheriff's Office (BCSO) is recruiting for multiple full-time patrol deputies.

TO APPLY: Benton County Career Page

What's it like being a BCSO Patrol Deputy?

Patrol Deputies patrol the roads, forests, and rivers of Benton County, Oregon, performing law enforcement and crime prevention activities related to federal, state, and local traffic and criminal laws and ordinances.

As a BCSO Patrol Deputy, you'll be a guardian of the public safety who...

  • Investigates crimes and criminal complaints.
  • Interviews victims, witnesses, and suspects - some of whom will be irrational or combative.
  • Arrests and books suspects and transports prisoners.
  • Documents activity in necessary reports and gives testimony at court proceedings and criminal trials.
  • Responds to public requests for service to determine what resources are needed to resolve the situation.
  • Interacts respectfully with a wide variety of people using your tact, diplomacy, and command presence.

Refer to the job description on the Benton County Career Page for more details about this job.

Am I qualified?

To be considered for this position, you must...

  • Have a valid State issued Driver's License with good driving record.
  • Be 21 years of age at the time of hire.
  • Be a High School Graduate or GED equivalent (Bachelor's Degree Preferred).
  • Be a US Citizen.
  • Complete the ORPAT during hiring process and during Academy.
  • Successfully pass a criminal records check, psych and medical before being hired.
  • Obtain a DPSST Basic Law Enforcement Certification - within 18 months of employment.
  • Become LEDS Certification required within 6 months of hiring.
  • ​Become First Aid and CPR Certifications within 60 days of hiring.

All qualified candidates must complete the NCJOSI written test with a 70% or higher overall score and the ORPAT (Oregon Physical Abilities Test). You may submit previously earned test results (within 6 months for the ORPAT and 1 year for the written test).

We are willing to work with out-of-town applicants to facilitate testing in your area.

No experience is necessary; we will train. Preference will go towards lateral applicants who are currently Law Enforcement Certified and in good standing with their current/most recent agency.  

We are looking for individuals of character who embrace the Sheriff's Office values of Duty, Honor, and Courage.

If hired, what training would I receive?

As a Benton County Sheriff's Office Patrol Deputy, you would get extensive training that includes orientation, attendance at the State Academy, a Field Training Evaluation Program (FTEP) where you would be partnered with an experienced and trained Field Training Deputy, and then regular and on-going professional development to maintain and improve your skills.

What schedule would I work?

The Benton County Sheriff’s Office is a 24/7 operation, 365 days of the year. Shifts and days off rotate every 4 months. Deputies generally work 10-hour days and you might be assigned to work day shift, swing shift, or graveyard shift.

How much does it pay?

Adding to this base pay is a benefits package that includes:

  • Annual salary range of $59,649.39 - $76,129.67. New recruits are usually brought in at the beginning pay step.
  • $5,000 Hiring Bonus on date of employment for lateral Deputy hires with 3 or more years of experience.
  • Rewarding work in a productive, innovative, and creative environment.
  • Colleagues who are passionate about public service.
  • Uniforms, duty weapon, equipment, and uniform cleaning provided.
  • Employer paid PERS, 1.5% employer contribution into Deferred Comp, 5% English-Spanish Bilingual Pay (to be verified at hire), 5% Field Training Deputy Pay when actively being a trainer, K-9 Deputies receive extra 4 hours base pay every week, 2% ORPAT Pay annually-for 4:59 or less, 7.5% Detective Pay, Continued Education Reimbursement, 4% DPSST Intermediate Certification, 4% DPSST Advanced Certification.
  • Generous County-sponsored wellness program and overtime opportunities.
  • Non-offensive tattoos and neatly trimmed facial hair are permitted.  
  • Live, work, and play in Corvallis, Oregon.

There are also opportunities to earn pay incentives for:

  • Laterals
  • Bilingual proficiency
  • Physical fitness proficiency
  • Intermediate and Advanced DPSST certification
  • Special Duty Assignments: detectives, K9, Field Training Deputy, etc.

Additionally, uniforms, duty weapon, equipment, and uniform cleaning is provided. Work shifts include a 1-hour paid workout time and there is a generous County-sponsored wellness program.

What’s involved in the selection process?

Once your application is received and reviewed you’ll be contacted about the rest of the selection process. You must pass the following steps:

  • Initial Criminal History and DMV Screening
  • Written Exam (NCJOSI Test)
  • Physical Abilities Test (ORPAT)
  • Personal History Questionnaire
  • Oral Board (interviews)
  • Background Investigation
  • Medical Examination
  • Psychological Evaluation

I’m interested…how do I apply?

The first step to your new career is to complete and submit a Benton County Application. The application form and more information about this opening is available through Benton County Human Resources. They maintain the online Benton County Career Page.

To apply for this position, go to the Benton County Career Page. Clicking on this will take you to the position description where you can learn more about the job. To apply, click on the “APPLY” box in the upper right-hand corner of your screen and follow the prompts.

More information?

Sgt. Leslie Thilberg, Training & Recruitment Sergeant
Benton County Sheriff's Office
Telephone: (541) 766-6853
leslie.thilberg@co.benton.or.us