Learn How to Become a Sheriff Officer

A Deputy Sheriff or Sheriff's Officer protects life and property through enforcement of local, state, and federal criminal laws, traffic laws, administrative rules, and county ordinances.  A sheriff also provides deterrence, detection and investigation of crimes and apprehension of criminal suspects. 

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Requirements to Become a Deputy Sheriff or Sheriff Officer

You must be a U.S. Citizen, 21 years of age, have completed the GED or equivalent, and most departments ask that you have at least an associate’s degree.  A bachelor’s degree in criminal justice may set you apart from the rest of the applicants at any sheriff’s department.

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Sheriff Education

After the application process is successfully completed, you'll be sent to one of the many Sheriff’s academies.  At the Sheriff’s Academy you learn the basics of law enforcement duties, investigating crimes and apprehending law violators.  Once your time at the Sheriff’s training academy is completed you may continue to learn the many facets of law enforcement at the sheriff’s department and through your mentor. 

Sheriff Officer Salaries

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' 2014-15 Occupational Outlook Handbook, the median national annual salary for sheriff's patrol officers is is $55,270. Actual salaries may vary greatly based on specialization within the field, location, years of experience and a variety of other factors. National long-term projections of employment growth may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth. As would be expected, sheriff jobs in affluent areas are much more competitive and the need to set yourself apart is even more important.  Learn more about a sheriff’s career from a criminal justice school near you by requesting free information today.

California Criminal Justice Schools

Campuses: Reseda, Gardena, Santa Ana, La Puente

Degrees Offered:

  • Diploma - Criminal Justice - Private & Homeland Security

Missouri Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Kansas City

Degrees Offered:

  • Diploma - Criminal Justice - Private & Homeland Security

Florida Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Orlando

Degrees Offered:

  • Diploma - Criminal Justice - Private & Homeland Security

Online Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • BSCJ - Law Enforcement
  • MSCJ - Law

Ontario Criminal Justice Schools

Campuses: Kingston, Burlington, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Oshawa

Degrees Offered:

  • Diploma in Police Foundations

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Program outcomes vary according to each institution's specific curriculum and employment opportunities are not guaranteed.
Earning a degree may not qualify you for specialized careers that require more education or experience in the field.