What are the requirements for becoming a Detention Officer?' Must have a high school diploma or equivalent.
' Must not have been convicted of a felony or serious misdemeanor.
' Must be a citizen of the United States.
' Must be at least 21 years old.
' Must meet all the applicable standards and qualify for State Detention Officer certification in accordance with the North Carolina Sheriffs Education & Training Standards Commission, as well as the policies of the Office of the Sheriff of Durham County.
' Must have a valid North Carolina Drivers' License in good standing.
What is the process for employment for Detention Officer?
' Successfully complete the Sheriff's Office Physical Abilities Test (SOPAT)
' Take and pass the state-mandated Reading Comprehensive Exam and pass with at least a 10th-grade reading scale.
' Background Investigation
' Review Board Interview
' Final Selection
' Drug Screening
' Psychological Exam
For more information see the Detention Officer Information
What is the SOPAT?The SOPAT is the Sheriff's Office Physical Agility Test. It is utilized during the hiring process to help determine if an applicant is in sufficient physical shape to complete the daily job requirements.
The SOPAT consist of the following steps:
1. Cone 1 to Cone 2 (140 ft).
2. Roll Drill, 3 repetitions (a-d equals 1 repetition);
a. Start on top of the 100 lb. heavy bag with left knee on mat
b. Roll to the right until bag is over body
c. Continue roll in same direction until back on top of heavy bag (complete when right knee touches mat)
d. Perform complete turn to left until left knee touches mat
3. Perform 10 push-ups
4. Drag 165 lb. dummy from Cone 2 to Cone 3 (40 ft.)
5. Go to Step Box and perform 30 Steps (up and down) on step box
6. Roll Drill, 3 repetitions
7. Run from Cone 2 to Cone 1 (140 ft.) / Recite Location to Stop Time
View the Sheriff's Office Abilities Test (SOPAT)
How long does the Detention Officer Application process usually take?On average the application process for a Detention Officer position usually takes approximately 90 days, from the time the completed application is turned in, to the time the final decision is made by the Sheriff.
Where can I get an application for employment for Detention Officer?You can apply online for the Detention Officer position here.
When is your next Detention Officer Academy?The Sheriff's Office does not hire people specifically for a BDOT academy. The Sheriff's Office hires personnel specifically for positions that available. Once a person is hired, they will be scheduled for an academy within one year of their start date.
How long is the BDOT academy?The academy lasts 6 weeks. Upon graduation, the Sheriff's Office adds additional post-academy training, to include departmental policy and procedures, and classes specific to the Sheriff's Office.
What are the requirements for becoming a Deputy Sheriff?' Must be at least 21 years old.
' Must be a citizen of the United States.
' Must have a high school diploma or equivalent. **Training and Standards require a high school equivalency diploma be at least partial classroom.
' Must possess or be able to possess a North Carolina driver's license.
' Must not have been charged or convicted of a felony or serious misdemeanor.
' Must meet all the applicable standards and qualify for State Law Enforcement Certification in accordance with the North Carolina Sheriffs' Training & Standards Commission as well as the policies of the Office of the Sheriff of Durham County.
What is the employment process for Deputy Sheriff?For certified (B.L.E.T.) Applicants only / Not Certified see Detention Officer:
1. Background Investigation
2. Review Board Interview
3. Final Selection
4. Notify Rejected Applicants
For more information see the Deputy Sheriff Information
How long does the Deputy Sheriff Application process usually take?On average the application process for a Deputy Sheriff position usually takes approximately 90 days, from the time the completed application is turned in, to the time the final decision is made by the Sheriff.
Where can I get an application for employment for Deputy Sheriff?You can apply online for the Deputy Sheriff position here
How long is the BLET academy?BLET academy lasts approximately 20 weeks. After the academy is completed the Sheriff's Office usually adds additional post academy training, to include Departmental policy and procedures, and classes specific to the Sheriff's Office.
Do you accept lateral transfers from within North Carolina?Yes we do, as long as you have not been out of Law Enforcement for more than 1 year.
Do you accept lateral transfers from someone from another state?No.
Do you have a lateral academy for certified officers?No.