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hereTraining and Recruitment Frequently Asked Questions

What are the requirements for becoming a Detention Officer?
What is the process for employment for Detention Officer?
What is the SOPAT?
Do I have to be a certified Detention Officer to apply for a job?
How long does the Detention Officer Application process usually take?
Where can I get an application for employment for Detention Officer?
When is your next Detention Officer Academy?
How long is the BDOT academy?
What is the pay for Detention Officer?
What are the requirements for becoming a Deputy Sheriff?
Do I have to be a certified law enforcement officer to apply for a job?
What is the employment process for Deputy Sheriff?
How long does the Deputy Sheriff Application process usually take?
Where can I get an application for employment for Deputy Sheriff?
How long is the BLET academy?
What is the pay for Deputy Sheriff?
Do you accept lateral transfers from within North Carolina?
Do you accept lateral transfers from someone from another state?
Do you have a lateral academy for certified officers?

What are the requirements for becoming a Detention Officer?
• Must have a high school diploma or equivalent.
• Must not have been charged or 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’s 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.

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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

For more information see the Detention Officer Information

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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

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Do I have to be a certified Detention Officer to apply for a job?

No, you do not have to be already certified. The Durham County Sheriff's Office conducts our own Basic Detention Officer Training Academy (BDOT). Once an applicant is offered a position with the Sheriff’s Office within one year of starting employment, the applicant will be scheduled to attend BDOT.

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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.

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Where can I get an application for employment for Detention Officer?
You can apply online for the Detention Officer position here.

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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.

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How long is the BDOT academy?

Usually the academy is 8 weeks long. After the academy is completed for state certification the Sheriff’s Office usually adds two weeks of post academy training, to include Departmental policy and procedures, and classes specific to the Sheriff’s Office.

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What is the pay for Detention Officer?

Starting salary for a Detention Officer is $ 32,760.00. After the applicant has completed a BDOT and their probationary status, their pay is $ 34,000.00.

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Do I have to be a certified law enforcement officer to apply for a job?

The Durham County Sheriff's Office has transitioned to a dual certification process. This allows you the opportunity to become certified in both Detention Services and Law Enforcement. Interested candidates must begin employment as a Detention Officer, if you have not obtained your Basic Law Enforcement Training (B.L.E.T.).

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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 equivalent 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.

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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

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How long does the Deputy Sheriff Application process usually take?

On average the application process for a Deputy Sheriff position usually takes approximately 120 days, from the time the completed application is turned in, to the time the final decision is made by the Sheriff.

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Where can I get an application for employment for Deputy Sheriff?

You can apply online for the Deputy Sheriff position here

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How long is the BLET academy?

Usually the academy is 18 weeks long. After the academy is completed for state certification the Sheriff’s Office usually adds two weeks of post academy training, to include Departmental policy and procedures, and classes specific to the Sheriff’s Office.

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What is the pay for Deputy Sheriff?

Starting salary for a Deputy Sheriff is $ 32,210.00. After the applicant has completed a BLET, Field Training and their probationary status their pay is $ 36,000.00.

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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.

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Do you accept lateral transfers from someone from another state?
No.

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Do you have a lateral academy for certified officers?

No.

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