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What are the age requirements to join?

All applicants must be at least 18 years of age for civilian positions, and 21 years of age for deputy sheriff positions. Virginia has a mandatory retirement age of 70 for full-time sworn positions. Applicants may and have applied into their 60s!

How long is the hiring process?

Typically, the hiring process is four to six months.

What is the starting salary?

The starting salary range for deputies is $53,500 – $70,429 and is determined based on your educational background, prior military and law enforcement experience, and Spanish language proficiency.

Will I be compensated for my college degree(s)?

Yes! Applicants receive a higher starting salary for associates, bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees.

Will I be compensated for my prior military experience?

Yes! Applicants with prior military experience are credited for each year of service up to nine years.

I am a current Police Officer/Deputy Sheriff. Will I be compensated for my prior law enforcement experience?

Yes! Applicants with prior law enforcement experience are credited for each year of service up to nine years.

I am a DCJS certified Officer/Deputy. Will I have to complete a background investigation?

Yes, we require all applicants to complete a thorough background investigation to ensure we maintain our high standards. Officers who are certified in Virginia are not required to perform the Physical Abilities Assessment or Panel Interview portions of our background process.

I am a DCJS certified Officer/Deputy. Will I have to complete an academy and full Field Training Officer Program/Corrections Training Officer Program?

No, applicants who are certified in Virginia do not need to complete an academy. These applicants are placed in a condensed Field Training Officer Program/Corrections Training Officer Program.

As an out-of-state applicant, how many trips to Loudoun County will I be expected to make during the hiring process?

We can consolidate the hiring process into two trips to Loudoun County for applicants coming from a significant distance. We also offer a $4,000 relocation bonus!

What are the steps in the hiring process?
What are the steps in the hiring process for civilian positions?

Hiring process for civilian positions:

  • Online application submission
  • Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Screening Questionnaire
  • Panel Interview
  • Personal History Statement
  • Conditional Offer of Employment
  • Polygraph Examination
  • Background Interview/Investigation
What academy will I attend?

Field Deputies and Court Deputies attend the six-month Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy in Ashburn, Virginia. Correctional Deputies attend the three-month Skyline Regional Criminal Justice Academy in Middletown, Virginia . Both academies run four days a week. No live-in academy! You will also receive full salary and benefits while attending the academy.

How long is the Field Training Officer Program & Correctional Training Officer Program?

Our FTO Program for patrol deputies is 14 weeks long. Our CTO Program for corrections deputies is 12 weeks long.

What shifts will I work?

We have permanent, non-rotating shifts.

Corrections/Patrol: 12-hour shifts. Two days on, two days off, three days on, two days off, two days on, three days off, and repeat. Our day shift works from 0600-1800 hours, evening shift works from 1630-0430 hours, and our midnight shift works from 1900-0700 hours.

Courthouse: Monday-Friday, approximately 8:30 am – 5 pm with the potential of some later nights depending on court cases, trials, etc. Off on holidays and weekends.

What type of retirement do you have?

The LCSO participates in the Virginia Retirement System (VRS) with full retirement after 20 years of service and 50 years of age for deputies. 30 years of service and 50 years of age for civilians.

Do I have to pay for my equipment or training?

No, the LCSO provides all needed equipment, gear, vehicles, and training!

When can I put in for a specialty unit?

Typically, deputies are eligible to put in for specialty units after three years with the agency.

Do I get a take-home cruiser?

Deputies in the Operations career path are issued their own cruiser. Deputies who live in Loudoun County are permitted to take their cruiser home at the end of every shift.

What are your residency requirements?

Deputies are required to live within 50 driving miles of our Headquarters building which is located at 803 Sycolin Road SE., Leesburg, Virginia 20175. Applicants who need to move to comply by this requirement are given a one time, $4,000 relocation bonus!

Do you have tuition assistance?

Yes! We encourage all our employees to seek further education. Our staff are provided $3,000 of tuition assistance per year.

Can I work overtime?

Yes! Deputies are provided opportunities to work a variety of overtime assignments. Most of our overtime assignments are posted in an online portal, and are available on a first come, first served basis.

What about mandatory overtime?

Deputies are occasionally required to work late, come in on days off for court, or required to work additional shifts in cases of emergency or to address staffing needs. Outside of emergency circumstances, deputies are not permitted to work more than 16 hours a day and 120 hours every two weeks. In practice, most deputies don’t work more than a few hours of overtime each week, unless they elect to work additional assignments.

What are the steps in the hiring process?

Hiring process for deputy positions:

Online application submission

Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Screening Questionnaire

Physical Abilities Assessment & Panel Interview (waived for Virginia DCJS certified applicants)

Personal History Statement

Conditional Offer of Employment

Polygraph Examination

Background Interview/Investigation

Psychological Examination

Medical Examination

Ride-a-long/jail tour/court tour

Interview with the Sheriff

We can consolidate the hiring process into two trips to Loudoun County for applicants coming from a significant distance.

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