Patrol Deputy Entry Level

The Benton County Sheriff's Office is currently hiring!

The Benton County Sheriff's Office is currently accepting entry level applications.  All entry level applicants must apply by registering through
Public Safety Testing.

The Benton County Sheriff's Office Law Enforcement Bureau is made of the Patrol Division, the Detective Division, and the Records Division. There are 63 commissioned deputy positions within the Law Enforcement Bureau. All new deputies will begin their career in the Patrol Division assigned to one of four patrol squads. Each patrol squad consists of a sergeant, a corporal, and five deputies. Deputies work 12 hours shifts and rotate from days to nights every eight weeks with their squad. The Patrol Division is responsible for 24-hour coverage of all areas within Benton County jurisdiction.

Entry Level Applicants MUST:

  • Be a US Citizen
  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Have a valid driver License
  • Be a high school graduate/GED
  • Have the ability to read and speak the English language
  • Benton County Sheriff's Office Recruitment Standards
  • Vision Requirement: Must be able to meet the minimum standards for Membership in LEOFF retirement system. (Refer to WAC 415-104-510 and WAC 415-104-595

To Apply

  • All entry level candidates must apply with
  • Written and physical fitness tests conducted by Public Safety Testing. (See Public Safety Testing website for test dates and standards.)
  • Structured oral board
  • Certification of eligibility list
  • Background investigation
  • Polygraph, psychological, and medical examination
  • Upon successful completion of the hiring process, the candidate will be provided a start date.

Let Us Help
         Civil Service:     Tammy Dufault, Chief Examiner
                                   Phone: (509) 737-2777

         Recruiters:        Email: 
                                   Phone: (509) 735-6555

  Frequently Asked Questions

Salary & Benefits 9 MC

Deputy Sheriff        Months   Salary      Hourly  
Step 1 60 $6,973    $40.22
Step 2 48 $6,610    $38.13
Step 3 36 $6,310    $36.40
Step 4 24 $6,024    $34.75
Step 5B 12 $5,736    $33.09
Step 5A 0 $5,515   $31.81

               Salary amounts as of August 1, 2018 


Medical/Dental/Vision - Employer Monthly Contribution $1,088.51

Plans provided by United Employee Benefit Trust & Group Health Options

Vacation Accrual15 justice center

       Years of Service         Hours Per Month
1-5  10
6-10 12
11-15 15
16-19 16.5
20 plus 18

(Up to 20 yrs 240 hrs / 20 plus yrs up to 280 hrs

November vacation cash out option)

Sick Leave Accrual
Employees earn 8 hours of sick time per month 
ccrue up to 1040 hrs)

Washington DRS LEOFF Plan 2 

Some additional Benefits
  • 2.5% matching contribution to Benton County
    deferred compensation 457 plan (as of January 2019) 
  • Take Home Patrol Car
  • Equipment - (uniforms and equipment)
  • Specialty Pay
  • Longevity Pay
  • Education Incentive
  • 12 Paid Holidays (deferred holiday pay option)
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Bi-Lingual Incentive
  • Long-term and Short-term Disability
  • Legal Defense: Criminal and Civil
  • Member of Fraternal Order of Police (FOP)
  • Dry Cleaning Services
  • Off Duty/Extra-Duty Opportunities

Career Paths

Specialty Positions 

  • Detective
  • School Resource Officer
  • Dare/Great
  • Traffic/Motors
  • Gang Enforcement Team (GET)
  • US Marshal Task Force
  • FBI Violent Crimes Task Force
  • Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
  • METRO Drug Task Force
  • Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force
  • Marine Patrol
  • K9 Team
  • Civil Deputy
  • Pilot
  • Tri City Regional SWAT Team
  • Corporal, Sergeant, Lieutenant


Community Information

Benton County is located in Southeastern Washington within a confluence of Columbia, Yakima, and Snake rivers where there is over 300 days of sunshine. We are a mix of urban and rural community with a population of 186,486 and cover an area of 1,722 square miles. The great weather and water make Benton County a great place for water recreation, golf, and hiking, to name a few. Agriculture, over 160 wineries, the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, and numerous food-processing plants are just some of the industries that drive our economy.

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