Deputy Sheriff Applicant Information

Effective 8-1-2022, ALL Spokane County Deputy Sheriff applicants are required to pass the Spokane County Civil Service/Sheriff’s Office Internal Physical Ability Test (PAT). You can hear instructions and see the course by watching the video below:


*Attention Deputy Sheriff-Lateral & Intermediate Lateral Applicants*

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office (SCSO) is proud to offer up to a $25,000 sign-on bonus (conditions apply) to newly hired Deputy Sheriff-Laterals and Deputy Sheriff-Intermediate Laterals. This bonus is paid out in two payments: 50% of the bonus will be paid on the first regularly scheduled payday after your first day of employment with Spokane County Sheriff's Office; the remaining 50% of the bonus will be paid after one year of service as a Spokane County Sheriff's Deputy and successful completion of probationary period.

Lateral & Intermediate Lateral Application Process

Upon receipt and confirmation of completed Spokane County NEOGOV application, applicant will be sent a Personal History Statement (PHS) form and Training & Experience form with a due date. Applicants who submit their completed paperwork on time and have no automatic disqualifiers (per Sheriff's Office Policy 1000, viewable at: Sheriff's Office Policy Manual) listed on their PHS will be invited for a Physical Ability Test and Oral Board Interview directly through Spokane County Civil Service and the Spokane County Sheriff's Office. See the above video for an example of the SCSO Internal PAT. Physical Ability Tests given by Public Safety Testing are not accepted for Lateral or Intermediate Lateral applicants . 

*Attention Deputy Sheriff-Entry Level Applicants*

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office is proud to offer up to a $10,000 sign-on bonus (conditions apply) to newly hired Deputy Sheriff-Entry Level applicants (not applicable for current Spokane County employees transferring to the Sheriff’s Office). This bonus is paid out in two payments: 50% of the bonus will be paid on the first regularly scheduled payday after your first day of employment with Spokane County Sheriff's Office; the remaining 50% of the bonus will be paid after one year of service as a Spokane County Sheriff's Deputy and successful completion of probationary period.

Entry Level Application Process

All applicants must pass the initial written exam through Public Safety Testing (PST) and have their scores sent to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office prior to applying for the position on Government Jobs. Please visit: Public Safety Testing for more information.

Applicants must also pass the Washington CJTC Physical Ability Test (PAT). Applicants can view more information on the CJTC PAT by visiting: https://www.publicsafetytesting.com/information-center/test-requirements-law-enforcement-officer-physical-wa.

Effective 8-1-2022, applicants who are invited for further processing will have a second PAT administered by the Spokane County Civil Service office and Spokane County Sheriff’s Office. This PAT is obstacle-based and a video of the internal PAT can be viewed above. Applicants will have two attempts at passing this PAT; both attempts must be made on the same day. A failing score will remove applicants from the eligibility list.

Contact Civil Service at 509-477-4711, Option 2 for questions regarding the application and testing process.

Visit our Recruiting page at https://spokanesheriff.info or contact a member of our Recruitment Team at: Recruiting@SpokaneSheriff.org for questions regarding our Deputy Sheriff positions!