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We Are an Equal Opportunity Employer

The Frederick County Sheriff's Office does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age and/or disability in employment or in the provision of services. Sign language interpreters and/or special accommodations for individuals with disabilities will be provided upon request.

current openings

Correctional Officer - Lateral

This is a continuous opening with no closing date.

Correctional Officer - New Recruit

These positions close on July 20, 2023, at 4 p.m. eastern.

Current Openings
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Application Process
Agility Test Requirements
Selection Process

When you see an advertised Frederick County Sheriff's Office job that interests you, follow the appropriate links provided to prepare your electronic application. Please do not send unsolicited applications or resumes. For assistance with the Corrections application process, contact Background Investigator Schurr at or call 301-600-3246

During the application process, the Division of Human Resources will review all applications received with a member of the Sheriff's Office. This review will ensure all necessary qualifications and information is documented on the application. The Division of Human Resources may notify you if you are rejected for not meeting the necessary qualifications to continue the application process, including reason(s) for the rejection.

Application Process
Complete the Frederick County Government NEO-GOV Online Application. Application links can be found above under the “Current Openings” section on this page. If the application is closed or not posted, we recommend you visit to sign up for our mailing list to be notified when the next hiring process is open.
This pre-screening form is REQUIRED before you attend the Testing & Interview Day. Pre-screening forms will be emailed to you directly when the hiring process is open. Completed forms must be emailed to or
Click Here to Download the Physician’s Authorization Form. This form must be completed by any licensed Physician to authorize you to participate in the Physical Agility Testing. Applicants MUST bring this completed form on your Testing & Interview Day in order to complete the Physical Agility Test. (Lateral Applicants are exempt from physical agility testing). If you are attending our one day hiring event, a doctor will be onsite conducting free physicals. 
Physical Agility Test Requirements

Part of the pre-employment evaluation includes a competitive Physical Agility Test. Testing consists of 3 individual parts, ensuring all applicants are physically fit for employment consideration. Applicants must pass ALL segments of this testing to be considered for employment. The test consists of sit-ups, push-ups, and a 300 meter dash, in that order.


Lie on your back with your knees bent so that your feet are flat on the floor. Your partner will hold your feet and count the number of correct repetitions. Arms should be kept behind your head or folded across your chest to perform sit-ups. This test measures muscular endurance. (Core Body)

Minimum requirement: 15 repetitions in one minute


From the prone position, place hands palms down slightly wider than shoulder width apart with fingers pointing forward. Push your body upward until arms are straight, do not lock elbows! From this position when told to start, you will lower your body until your chest touches your partner’s fist, keeping your back straight at all times. The rest position is in the up position only! This test measures muscular endurance. (Upper Body).

Minimum requirement: 15 repetitions in one minute


300 Meter Dash

The 300-meter run will be on a hard flat surface. This test measures anaerobic power (Sprinting Ability)

Minimum Requirement: 90.0 seconds

Testing & Interview Days are scheduled throughout the year. We highly recommend you complete our recruitment form at  to be notified of these dates. Once you complete the Online Application (Step 1) you will have a pre-scheduled date to attend. If you are unable to make the pre-scheduled date, please contact Background Investigator Schurr at or call 301-600-3246 for alternative scheduling.
On your Testing & Interview Day you will complete:
  • ·Physical Agility Testing (Authorization Form Signed by Physician Required)
  • ·Oral Interview(s)
  • - Written Examination- (Visit for the Online NCST Study Guide).

Lateral Applicants are EXEMPT from the written examination and physical agility testing.

Upon successful completion of the physical agility test, panel board interview(s) and written examination, you will be notified of your eligibility status. The eligibility list generally remains active for a period of 1 year. Candidates are selected from the list as position vacancies arise. If you are not selected during the eligibility period, you may reapply for the next active recruitment period. 
The Sheriff will make conditional offers of employment based on each candidate’s eligibility and the number of vacancies that are available. Conditional offers are contingent on successful completion of all remaining selection requirements, and are not a guarantee of employment.

Background Investigation -After receiving a conditional offer of employment, candidates will undergo a background investigation by a member of the Sheriff's Office.
All Sheriff's Office candidates will be scheduled for a polygraph examination. Inquiries will be made into areas such as criminal history, credit, drug use, and personal history.
Psychological Exam-
All Correctional Officer candidates will be scheduled for a psychological evaluation during the background investigation process.
Medical Examination & Drug Screening
- During the background investigation process, you will be scheduled for a medical examination and drug screening. All medical examinations are conducted by a county contracted physician at no cost to the candidate.

Step 8 |PROBATIONARY APPOINTMENT  Once hired, you will begin an orientation and training period under guidance of the Sheriff's Office Training Coordinator and your assigned Field Training Officers.

Selection Process

Completion of a recruitment examination and selection process can take three to four months. Candidates found eligible, but not immediately selected, may be contacted for subsequent placement during the eligibility period. Reapplication will be required if you are not selected within the active eligibility period. Candidates permanently disqualified from any process will be prohibited from re-application.


An employment agreement is required for all Correctional Officer candidates. Selected Correctional Officer recruits must enter into an agreement to reimburse the Sheriff's Office for costs incurred for training, uniforms, and equipment if the candidate leaves employment within three years of completing a recruit academy and accepts employment with another corrections agency within one year of termination. 


The Sheriff's Office does NOT require Correctional Officer employees to reside within Frederick County or within a required distance of the county as a condition of employment.

The Sheriff's Office provides non-competitive advancement opportunities for employees at the Deputy Recruit, Deputy, Deputy First Class, and Correctional Officer I and II levels. A promotional process is in place for supervisory positions at the Corporal, Sergeant, and Command levels.

All Sheriff's Office positions are subject to random drug testing.

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