Thank you for your interest in a career with the Frederick County Sheriff's Office. As the primary law enforcement agency in the county, we are responsible for not only law enforcement; but also corrections, court security, and civil process service - all of which offer a remarkable variety of career opportunities. The Frederick County Sheriff's Office is an outstanding agency in which to work, and Frederick County offers a great quality of life for working in the field of law enforcement.


- Sheriff Chuck Jenkins

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.

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 We will be accepting applications indefinitely for this position.

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Application 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 form. Please do not send unsolicited applications or resumes. For assistance with the application process, contact the Frederick County Division of Human Resources at 301-600-1070.

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.

Agility Test Requirements

Part of the pre-employment evaluation includes a competitive Physical Agility Test. Testing consists of 5 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, a vertical jump, a 300 meter dash, and a mile-and-a-half run, in that order.


Lie on your back with knees bent so that your feet are flat on the floor, with hands cupped behind your head and fingers laced. The buttocks must remain on the floor with no thrusting of the hips. In the up position, the individual should touch elbows to knees and then return until the shoulder blades touch the floor. Any resting should be done in the up position. Your partner will hold your feet and count the number of correct repetitions. This test measures muscular endurance for use of force situations, restraining holds, carrying, and running at full speed. 

Minimum requirement: 28 repetitions in one minute


From the prone position, place your hands palms down under your shoulders, 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 for use of force, lifting/carrying persons, and restraining struggling individuals. 

Minimum requirement: 24 repetitions in one minute

300 Meter Dash

This test will be conducted on a measured course. This test measures the applicant's anaerobic power. Upon test completion, a mandatory cool-down period is enforced. This test will demonstrate an applicant’s ability to chase subjects on foot. 

Minimum Requirement: 70.1 seconds

Mile-And-A-Half Run

The mile and a half (1.5) mile run will be on a measured course. This is the best cardiovascular test available. Upon test completion, a mandatory cool-down period is enforced. This test measures use of force beyond 2 minutes. 

Minimum Requirement: 15 minutes, 55 seconds (15:55)

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.

The Sheriff's Office does not require employees to reside within Frederick County or within a required distance of the county as a condition of employment. Sworn Deputies will be provided a county assigned vehicle and be permitted to park the vehicle at their residence in Frederick County, or at an approved off-site location within Frederick County nearest their residence if residing outside of Frederick County. 

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.

For an overview of each step in the selection process, view the slider below.


Written Examination

The Sheriff's Office will schedule and notify you of your written test date, time, and location. All tests are based on valid, useful, and non-discriminatory methods. The Division of Human Resources will notify you as soon as the scores are tabulated.


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