Walton County Sheriff's Office - Deputy Sheriff - Florida Certified / Out-of-State Certification

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Department Walton County Sheriff's Office
Job TitleDeputy Sheriff - Florida Certified / Out-of-State Certification
Salary $48,228- $53,248 annually (Based on Experience +$5,000 Sign on Bonus)
Location Defuniak Springs , FL

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Brief Position Description

Applicants must have completed the Basic Recruit Training Course for Law Enforcement Officers and possess a current employment certificate of compliance for Law Enforcement issued by the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission.  Certified applicants who are selected for employment will be hired at a minimum rate of $43,911 per year.  The salary of applicants with previous law enforcement experience will be commensurate based on the previous experience.  A Deputy Sheriff is a sworn member who is eligible for high-risk retirement benefits as well as education incentive payments.


Minimum Qualifications (Florida Certified Law Enforcement Officers)

To be eligible for consideration, applicants must possess the following qualifications:

Be at least 21 years of age

Be a United States Citizen

Possess a high school diploma or equivalent

Possess a valid FL driver’s license with a good driving history

Have a good moral character and be drug-free, in accordance with agency policy

Pass a background investigation which includes all items described on the agency’s automatic disqualification list, such as no felony convictions, no misdemeanor involving perjury or false statement, no convictions or injunctions for domestic violence, no dishonorable discharge from any branch of the of the United States Armed Forces, etc.

Certified applicants must have completed the Basic Recruit Training Course for Law Enforcement Officers and possess a current employment certificate of compliance for Law Enforcement issued by the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission.


Minimum Qualifications (Out-of-State Law Enforcement Officers)

Must meet the above qualifications for in-state law enforcement officer with ability to attend Exemption from Training (EOT):

 You may be eligible for an exemption from the basic training requirements if you were an officer in another state or with the federal government and meet the following requirements:

You worked at least one year, full-time as a sworn officer in the discipline you are seeking exemption and;

You received training in that discipline which is comparable to Florida's full basic recruit curriculum or previously completed Florida’s full basic recruit training program and were certified in Florida.

You have no more than an eight year break-in-service since your latest separation from a sworn position.

You may be eligible for an exemption from the full basic training requirements if you were a member of the special operations forces and meet the following requirements:

You worked at least five years as a member of the special operations forces and;

You have no more than a four year break-in-service since your separation from the special operations forces.


Job Benefits:

Special Risk Retirement plan under the Florida Retirement System.

Health, Dental Vision, Life and Disability Insurance.

Annual Leave, sick leave, and 12 paid holidays per year.

Deferred Compensation Plans are available.

Tuition Reimbursement.

Employee Assistance Program.

24 hour gym access, with 2 locations.

Agency Wellness and Fitness Program (employees may earn a salary incentive up to $540.00 each quarter for participating in and passing a series of fitness tests


Failure to complete required paperwork correctly will cause a delay in the application process and applications to potentially be placed in an "on-hold" status. Applicants will be required to successfully complete:

  • Background investigation which includes, but is not limited to: criminal history, driving history, credit check, previous employment verification. The background waiver MUST BE SIGNED AND NOTARIZED.
  • Polygraph Examination
  • Panel Interview
  • Pre-employment Drug Screen (including nicotine panel)
  • Physical Abilities Testing and a Swimming Assessment is also required for this position.
  • Applicants who are selected to fill the positions will be required to complete an FDLE physical, drug screen, and psychological evaluation.

Applicants must list a valid telephone number and email address.  Applicants are responsible for contacting WCSO-HR to update any information.  Failure to respond to future emails requesting  additional information, or fail to submit a complete application and required documents as indicated above may result in disqualification.

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Drug-Free Workplace. If you need an accommodation because of a disability in order to participate in the application/ selection process, please notify the Hiring Authority or Human Resources in advance. 

Veterans are encouraged to apply. Pursuant to applicable state and federal law, preference and priority shall be given to certain service members and veterans (including spouses and family members of such service members and veterans), and certain service members may be eligible for waiver of post secondary educational requirements as provided in Chapter 295, Florida Statutes. 

Applicants may contact the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Human Resources Division by emailing hr@waltonso.org for assistance.

Please direct questions regarding this position to hr@waltonso.org

Jobs close at 11:59 PM (Eastern) on the deadline date specified, or when the position capacity has been met, or unless otherwise specified in the announcement. If the deadline date is not specified in the announcement, the agency has sole discretion on setting the deadline and jobs may close without notice. It is the applicant's responsibility to thoroughly read and understand the deadline requirements and capacity limits as outlined by the agency.

Applicants are responsible for checking their email and logging into their PoliceApp, PublicSafetyApp, FireFighterApp or EmployementApp account to monitor for emails, scheduling and process updates.

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