Below is a compiled list of our most common questions regarding deputy sheriff or correctional officer careers with us. You can search questions by selecting the magnifying glass below in the upper right corner. If you have additional questions, please contact

Ms. Jillian Hershberger at 301-600-2833 or at

How long does it take to get hired as a deputy sheriff or correctional officer?

Law Enforcement Bureau: From the time a person applies to become a deputy sheriff it takes approximately 5 to 6 months to get hired.

Corrections: Generally between 2-6 months.

What are the physical requirements to be hired as a deputy sheriff or correctional officer?

Law Enforcement Bureau: Physical agility testing takes about an hour and includes the following; 28 sit-ups in one minute, 24 push-ups in one minute, vertical jump, 300 meter dash in 70.1 seconds and 1.5 mile run in 15:55 seconds. Applicants must pass all components to move forward in the hiring process. Candidates who pass physical agility testing will be given a conditional offer of employment and be invited to participate in the next step, which is an interview.

Corrections: You must be able to complete a 300 meter dash in 75.3 seconds, 19 push-ups in a minute, and 25 sit-ups in a minute.

What police academy will I attend and how long is it?

Typically, a police academy is 6-7 months long. We use the Frederick Police, Howard County Police, Washington County, and Carroll County Sheriff’s Office police academies. The dates they begin and the number of student spots we are able to obtain determine when the recruits are hired.

Do I have to live at the academy?

No. Recruits attend the academy during the week and are off on the weekends. The sheriff’s office partners with several different academies in the local area.

Do I have to attend an academy to be a correctional officer?

Yes. The Corrections Bureau has its own academy located in the Frederick County Public Safety Training Facility. Successful completion of the academy must be completed within 1 year of employment.

How long is your Field Training Program?

Law Enforcement: 12 weeks

Corrections: 5 weeks

How long do I have to be on probation?

Law Enforcement: 18 months from date of becoming sworn.

Corrections: 18 months.

When am I eligible for promotion?

Law Enforcement: Newly-sworn deputies will receive an automatic promotion to Deputy First Class (DFC) after 30 months of consecutive, satisfactory employment calculated from the date of hire. After that, a deputy must be in-grade for at least a year to be eligible for the next rank.

Corrections: After successfully completing your eighteen months’ probation you will be promoted to Correctional Officer First Class. After that, you must have twelve months at your current rank before you can test for promotion to the next rank.

What is your drug policy?

Our specific drug policy is not posted publicly for a number of reasons. Generally speaking, the applicant’s age, type of drug, number of uses, and the length of time that has passed since last usage is all considered in determining suitability for all positions in the Frederick County Sheriff's Office.

What is your tattoo policy?

Tattoos on the face, neck, head or hands (excluding a single-band ring tattoo/brand on the left ring finger), are prohibited. Tattoos elsewhere on the body are authorized, however they are not to be extremist, indecent, sexist, or racist as defined by policy and societal norms. Intentional dental ornamentation, body mutilation, art, piercings, branding, or intentional scarring that would be visible to the general public while representing the office in any capacity, is prohibited.

Do I have to live in the county to be employed with the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office?

No, you do not have to reside in Frederick County.

Do I have to be a resident of Maryland to become a Frederick County Sheriff’s Office deputy or correctional officer?

No, you do not have to be a resident of Maryland.

What is your take home car policy?

All sworn deputies will be issued a cruiser. Only deputies residing within Frederick County or 15 air miles from the county line (within Maryland) will be able to take their cruiser home. Deputies living more than 15 air miles from the Frederick County line or out of state will be able to park their cruiser at the LEC or at an approved, off-site secure facility.

What is the Patrol/Corrections schedule rotation, hours, and are the shifts permanent?

Law Enforcement: Patrol deputies and supervisors shall work a basic 2on-2off, 3on-2off, 2on-3off schedule, eleven and one half (11.5) hour shifts, except Wednesdays, which are eleven (11.0) hours. Patrol Deputies rotate bi-weekly Day, Evening, and Midnight Shifts. Patrol Deputies work 7 days in a 14 day pay period and have off every other weekend (Friday, Saturday, Sunday). Day shift is 0630-1700, Evening shift is 1500-0230, and Night Shift is 1930-0700.

Corrections: Twelve hour shifts, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and 8 p.m. to 8 a.m., Correctional Officers First Class and Corporals may submit a shift preference. Submitting a shift preference does not guarantee you will be assigned to the shift you requested.

Can I start on day work or can I pick my shift?

Law Enforcement: Newly sworn deputies will be assigned directly to a particular patrol team and Field Training Officer to begin 12 weeks of field-training. This shift may be days, evenings or midnights, and will rotate accordingly.

Corrections: Field Training will be for five weeks and will be primarily 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (though there will be several evening shifts during that time). After Field Training, a Security Commander will determine which shift you will be assigned during your probationary period. After you have completed your probation, you may submit a shift preference. Shift assignments are reviewed every six months, and submitting a shift preference does not guarantee you will be assigned to the shift you requested.

I have a military clearance. Do I need a full background check?

Yes, all applicants must complete a full background investigation to be hired by the Sheriff’s Office.

Does Frederick County Government provide any benefits for current or prior military experience?

Frederick County Government allows up to 5 years of military service to be applied towards the 25-year retirement for both law enforcement and corrections. Currently, this benefit must be officially requested after the 10-year service mark.

Additional for Corrections: If a high volume of applicants apply and we need to separate testing dates, then preference can/will be given to former/active military personnel. There is a specific question on the application for applicants to list military experience for this purpose.

What are the qualifications for deputy sheriff?

You must be 21 years of age upon completion of an academy

You must be a U.S. citizen

You must be a high school graduate or the equivalent

You must be eligible for certification by the Maryland Police Training Commission (MPTC) and able to become certified within 1 year of hire - OR - eligible for comparative compliance* (conversion of prior police service to MPTC Standards)

You must possess a valid automobile operator's license with the ability to obtain and maintain a Frederick County employee driving permit

What are the qualifications for correctional officer?

Must be 18 years of age. High School diploma or equivalent. Must be a US Citizen. Must possess a valid driver’s license.

Is there an age limit to apply and become a deputy Sheriff or correctional officer?

For a deputy Sheriff, you must be a minimum of 21 years of age upon completion of an academy, but there is no maximum age of who can apply. The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office is seeking qualified candidates of all ages.

For a corrections officer, you must be a minimum of 18 years of age, but there is no maximum age of who can apply. The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office Adult Detention Center is seeking qualified candidates of all ages.

If I’m hired as a deputy, how long before I can go into a specialized unit?

Generally, a deputy needs to be off probation (30 months from hire) to be selected for a specialized unit. However, rare exceptions can be made if the deputy has similar specialized training and experience from another police agency prior to becoming a deputy (i.e specialized military tactical training related to the SWAT Team or other specialty).

What is the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office benefit package?

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office is a part of the Frederick County Government. A list of full county benefits can be found here.

Does the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office have a pay scale?

Yes. Both the Law Enforcement and Corrections Bureaus each have a specific payscale agreed upon through collective bargaining contracts. The current ones are available on our careers page.

How many years do I have to work until I can retire?

The Frederick County Sheriff Office offers deputies and corrections officers a 25-year retirement. Up to 5 years military time may be awarded towards retirement.

What is the starting salary for a deputy sheriff recruit?


What is the starting salary for a deputy sheriff lateral (individuals who are already certified police officers)?


What is the starting salary for a correctional officer recruit?

$44,263 and beginning July 1, 2021 it will be $46,255

What is the starting salary for a correctional officer lateral (individuals who are already certified correctional officers)?

$48,688 and effective, July 1, 2021 it will be $50,880

What things do you consider when hiring?

For all jobs within the Sheriff’s Office, honesty, integrity, commitment, demeanor and professionalism are considered, as well as criminal, drug and work history.

What are the steps in the application process?

Law Enforcement Bureau:

Applicants must pass a written exam with at least a 70%.

Applicants must pass a physical agility test.

Applicants must participate in a command interview.

Applicants must pass a polygraph, psychological test and medical exam.

Applicants must pass a background investigation.

Applicants who pass all components will be considered eligible for employment, but it is not a guarantee of employment.


Applicants must pass a physical agility test.

Applicants must pass an oral and executive interview board.

Applicants must pass a written test with at least a 70%.

How can I be notified when the next hiring process opens for deputy sheriff or correctional officer?

Frederick County Division of Human Resources uses an online hiring system called NEOGOV which works in conjunction with Go here and click on the current job opportunities link that will provide you access to the County’s Career Pages site. On the left-side of the Career Pages site you will find a drop-down Menu option. This provide options to review current job openings and to submit a Job Interest Card, which will alert you by email when a job is posted.

Can I reapply again if I am eliminated during any part of the hiring process?

Law Enforcement: Applicants are eligible to reapply if they were not permanently disqualified from previous processes. If the previous disqualification required a time limit to be met before reapplication, then the applicant would need to wait until that time limit was passed.

Corrections: If an applicant fails an agility test, oral board interview, written exam or Executive Board Interview, the applicant may reapply immediately or the next time the posting is open. If the applicant fails part of the background investigation but is not permanently disqualified, they must wait 6 months before they can reapply.

What does the polygraph and psychological exam include?

Polygraph: Pretest interview, drug and criminal series examination, posttest interview (if needed).

Psychological: This test is performed over two separate days. Day 1 is the written test, and Day 2 is a review of the test results and a full exam by a licensed professional.

Both of these steps are required by Maryland Law, and must be successfully completed to be hired.

Do you offer college reimbursement?

Frederick County Government offers education reimbursement for current employees up to 75% of the cost of tuition, books and registration fees of courses that improve the job-related knowledge or skills required for their current job or promotion. Or, 50% of the aforementioned costs for non job-related courses that are required as part of a degree program, certificate or professional/technical accreditation program related to their job or promotional opportunity. Reimbursement is limited to two courses per semester and up to a maximum benefit of $3,000 per fiscal year.

Is there a hiring contract?

Yes, there is a hiring contract for deputy sheriff and correctional officer positions. It is a 3-year contract that is prorated over a three-year period beginning from date of hire. Additionally, correctional officers wanting to become a sworn deputy must be satisfactorily employed at least three years as a correctional officer prior to applying for a deputy sheriff position.

I have a current police certification from another state and want to be a deputy.  How does that work?

Individuals with police certifications outside of Maryland must meet Maryland Police Training Commission (MPTC) standards to be hired as a police officer. These applicants will be required to furnish their out-of-state training records to us during the background process so they can be forwarded to MPTC for review. MPTC will determine if the applicant’s prior training will be accepted, or if the applicant will need to attend a full police academy or just a four-week Comparative Compliance (conversion) class.

I have a current police certification from the State of Maryland and want to be a deputy.  How does that work?

Applicants with current Maryland police certification approved by MPCTC can start immediately after the background is completed. In general, there is a couple week in-house training program, followed by an approximate 4-week field training for any lateral who is already certified by MPCTC, prior to solo patrol.

I have prior law enforcement/corrections experience. Do I need to go through the full hiring process, field training and probationary period?

Law Enforcement: Yes, unless you have a current police certification approved by MPCTC. If so, then the written test will be waived, the Field Training Period may be shorter (depending on the level of proficiency), and the deputy would receive an automatic promotion to Deputy First Class at the conclusion of a successful 18-month probationary period. (Rather than 30 months for other deputies).

Corrections: Yes.

Can you transfer years of service from another law enforcement agency?

Maybe. It depends on the type of retirement system used by the previous employer. Please contact the Frederick County Government Division of Human Resources for full information.