Sheriff Charles E. Jett
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Dear applicant,

If you are interested in a career in law enforcement and want to make a difference in the lives of others, then I encourage you to seek employment with our agency.

I believe if you read and understand the spirited challenge of our Mission Statement and are familiar with Stafford County, you will want to be a part of this family oriented community.

The men and women of Stafford County Sheriff's Office work together as a team to accomplish the daily mission.  Becoming a part of our agency will guarantee you the satisfaction and fulfillment you are seeking in a law enforcement career.

We are looking for good leaders who are personable and professional, and who are accountable to the highest ethical and moral standards.

If you are highly motivated and dedicated to making a difference, then we want to hear from you!


Sheriff Charles E. Jett

 Career Opportunities:



 Current Career Opportunities with the Stafford Sheriff's Office

Position Title Position # FT/PT Click to Apply
Deputy Sheriff I - Field Ops #1888 Continuous APPLY
Human Resource Technician #02065 04/10/2014 APPLY
CAD/RMS/MDT Programer Analyst   Continuous APPLY

 To apply for any of the above listed Careers,
visit the Stafford County Virginia webpage

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Deputy Sheriff I Field Operations


Performs responsible protective services work including enforcing laws, investigating criminal activity, serving civil papers, ensuring the safety of the public, testifying in court, maintaining records and files, preparing reports, and performing other duties as assigned.

 Examples of Duties:
Enforcing laws; investigating criminal activity; serving civil papers; ensuring the safety of the public; testifying in court; maintaining records and files; preparing reports. 
On an assigned shift, operates a patrol vehicle to observe for violations of traffic laws, suspicious activities or persons and disturbances of law and order; 
Responds to radio dispatches and answers calls and complaints; 
Makes arrests, forcibly if necessary, using handcuffs and other restraints; 
Subdues resisting suspects using weapons, maneuvers, and other approved self-defense methods; 
Enforces traffic laws; issues citations for traffic violations; 
Fills out arrest records; takes fingerprints and photographs; performs prisoner security functions; investigates traffic accidents; 
Interviews victims and witnesses; secures property and evidence; 
Prepares detailed reports on activities and assignments; 
Serves civil process and criminal arrest warrants; 
Performs related tasks as required. 

This is heavy work requiring the exertion of 100 pounds of force occasionally, up to 50 pounds of force frequently, and up to 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects; and some work requiring the lifting or dragging, for short distances, of 165 pounds of weight occasionally; work requires climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, fingering, grasping, feeling, and repetitive motions; vocal communication is required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word, and conveying detailed or important instructions to others accurately, loudly, or quickly; hearing is required to perceive information at normal spoken word levels, and to receive detailed information through oral communications and/or to make fine distinctions in sound; visual acuity is required for depth perception, color perception, night vision, peripheral vision, preparing and analyzing written or computer data, visual inspection involving small defects and/or small parts, use of measuring devices, operation of machines, operation of motor vehicles or equipment, determining the accuracy and thoroughness of work, and observing general surroundings and activities; the worker is subject to inside and outside environmental conditions, extreme cold, extreme heat, noise, vibration, hazards, atmospheric conditions, and wearing a respirator. The worker may be exposed to bloodborne pathogens and may be required to wear specialized personal protective equipment.
 Typical Qualifications:

High school diploma or equivalent; possession of valid Virginia driver's license; knowledge of police methods, practices, and procedures; ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions and to prepare clear, comprehensive reports; ability to deal courteously, firmly, and tactfully with the public; ability to analyze situations and to adopt quick, effective, and reasonable courses of action with due regard to surrounding hazards and circumstances; possession of physical agility and endurance; skill in the use of firearms and the operation of a motor vehicle; possession of all qualifications as required by the Code of Virginia, the Department of Criminal Justice Services, and the Stafford County Sheriff's Office. Must also be 21 years of age and a U.S. citizen. Preference will be given to applicants with (in order): DCJS Law Enforcement Basic Certification, related work experience, good knowledge of Stafford County's geography, and advanced training or college course work in law enforcement.


 Supplemental Information:
Candidate selected will be required to complete a seven-step hiring process including written, oral, and medical examinations; polygraph and physical agility tests; psychological evaluation; and background investigation. 


WRITTEN TEST - Everyone submitting an application will be required to participate in a written examination. The test will be graded on site and the candidate will be advised of his/her score. A score of seventy-percent (70%) or above is required to advance in the process. The Sheriff may waive this portion of the selection process in the event of prior police experience or other factors as determined by the Sheriff. Applicants should be prepared to commit approximately 3 hours for this examination. 

** Valid picture identification is required** 

PHYSICAL AGILITY - Upon receiving a passing score on the written examination, the applicant will be required to complete a series of physical tests to continue in the selection process. The applicant must achieve a score of 384 or above to pass the Physical Agility portion of the selection process. 

The following information describes the tests, which are part of the physical agility portion of the screening process: 
99 Yard Obstacle Course - This test simulates a short distance foot pursuit such as might occur in the parking lot of a shopping center. The test requires you to make frequent changes in direction while running as fast as possible. 

Body Drag - This test simulates dragging someone who is physically incapacitated. The test requires that you lift and drag a 165 pound dummy that is face up on the floor. The dummy must be dragged 32 feet. 

Fence Climbs - Two tests of your ability to climb over fences will be administered. Both fences are 6 feet high. One fence is solid wood and the other is chain link. These are the two most common fences encountered by deputy sheriffs. For each test you are to run up to the fence, scale the fence, and continue running to the finish line. 

500 Yard Run - This test simulates a long distance foot pursuit and requires you to run 500 yards. 

Trigger Pull - This tests your ability to operate and fire a .40 Cal semiautomatic pistol issued by this office. This test will require that you simulate shooting the handgun by successfully squeezing the trigger five times with your weak hand within five seconds. This test will be done while holding the weapon inside a ring 2½" in diameter without touching the sides. We will give you three opportunities to successfully complete this test. This test also requires that you successfully pull the slide of the weapon back to the locked position. This test will be done holding the weapons grip with the strong hand and pulling the slide back with the weak hand. Do not bring any weapons to this examination. 

There is a facility at the testing site to change clothes for the Physical Abilities Test. Please wear appropriate attire (I.E., PTs, sweats, workout clothes, etc.) and shoes for the physical portion of the testing. 

**Should inclement weather cause cancellation, applicants will be notified of the next scheduled testing date."

CAD/RMS/MDT Programmer/Analyst

Primary function is to support and maintain the CAD/RMS/MDT system. Secondary function supports public safety IT systems in general. Performs duties and responsibilities under the direct supervision of the Emergency Communications Center Manager. 

This is sedentary work requiring the exertion of up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to move objects; work requires reaching, fingering, grasping, feeling, and repetitive motions; dexterity of hands and fingers to operate computers, computer boards, computer keyboards, and wiring; bending, kneeling and crawling to reach computer electrical or wiring connections; vocal communication is required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word, and conveying detailed or important instructions to others accurately, loudly, or quickly; hearing is required to perceive information at normal spoken word levels, and to receive detailed information through oral communications; vision, specifically to include up close, distance, color and peripheral; depth perception and ability to adjust focus; visual acuity is required for preparing and analyzing written or computer data, determining the accuracy and thoroughness of work, and observing general surroundings and activities; the worker is not subject to adverse environmental conditions.
 Examples of Duties:
Primarily serves as CAD/IT System Administrator. CAD/IT System Administrator supports, as directed, the CAD/RMS/MDT system to insure an efficient and operational ready system at all times. 

Supporting efforts in administration of system configurations, including, but not limited to: 
System code tables and related system functions; 
System security authorization and assignment; 
System workflow management; 
Monitoring and management of system audit logging; 
Maintain supporting system software, including mapping sub-system database; 
Supporting establishment of formalized policies and procedures; 
Supporting system-wide development of training curriculums and training; and 
Performs related work as required. 

Coordinating efforts to insure a consistent level of operational readiness and security protocols are maintained, as appropriate, with the Division's Radio and Systems Technologist. These efforts include, but are not limited to: 

Maintains system performance by performing system monitoring and analysis, and performance tuning; troubleshooting system hardware, software, networks and operating and system management systems; training and managing system "error" reports; designing and running system load/stress testing; escalating application problems to vendor; 

Secures system by developing system access, monitoring, control, and evaluation; establishing and testing disaster recovery policies and procedures; completing back-ups; maintaining documentation; 

Coordinate disaster recovery plan and related preventative activities; manage infrastructure outage of any kind with Disaster Recovery preparedness, including daily onsite and offsite backup and recovery routines; 

Identify system components (including new hardware, software, systems, policy and procedures) to mitigate Departmental inefficiencies; and 

Coordinating efforts with CAD vendor, County IT and end users to insure routine maintenance, repairs, system feature enhancements, and upgrades, etc. are performed as recommended. 

Coordinating efforts with County Information Technology and Geographical Information Systems in support of all mapping applications associated with CAD, mobile data, records management and other applicable systems. 

Participating in associated user groups and professional organizations. 

It is crucial that the individual administering and supporting critical CAD/RMS/MDT functions, has and maintains an extensive knowledge of law enforcement, fire/rescue, and emergency communications operational procedures.
 Typical Qualifications:
Thorough knowledge of the methods of operating the communications system; 

Ability to type at a reasonable rate of speed; 

Ability to speak distinctly and clearly; 

Ability to solve problems within scope of responsibility; 

Ability to deal courteously with the public under stressful conditions; 

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates and the general public; ability to work effectively with staff under stressful conditions is critical; 

Solve problems within scope of responsibility; 

Work independently with minimal supervision; 

High-level communication (oral & written) skills are critical; 

Effectively support the operation of the Center's computer aided dispatch, RMS and MDT technical/computerized systems; 

Coordinate multiple priorities and competing demands on time; 

Work collaboratively and cooperatively with co-workers and personnel; 

Present ideas and recommendations in a clear and concise manner; 

Be reliable, dependable and report for work on a consistent basis; 

Ability to gather, organizes, translate and process information from various sources; and 

Plan and supervise the work of others. 

Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school supplemented by a comprehensive knowledge of public safety operational parameters and their translation into an efficient and effective CAD, Mobile Data, RMS, and Mapping System to enhance the County's response to emergencies. 

Experience in an operational public safety environment preferred.

HUMAN RESOURCE TECHNICIAN  Back to Career Opportunities

Performs difficult technical and responsible administrative work involving a variety of assignments in public human resources administration; does related work as required. Work is performed under general supervision.
 Examples of Duties:
Assisting in the administration of the Stafford County Sheriff's Office programs and services; preparing, maintaining and coordinating personnel files and databases; receptionist's duties; researching and preparing technical data; preparing and maintaining other files and records. 
Schedules interviews and polygraphs and notifies participants; 
Assists with LiveScan and background checks; 
Assists new hires by scheduling psychological and physical exams and orientation programs; 
Prepares documents based on data obtained from records and other sources and processes them in accordance with prescribed procedures; 
Maintains confidential personnel files; 
Prepares testing materials and helps with the administration of required tests for potential employees; 
Assists with the development and preparation of job postings and announcements; 
Composes correspondence and prepares reports independently or from oral instructions; 
Responsible for letters of commendation to employees; 
Performs related tasks as required. 

General knowledge of principles and practices of public human resource administration; general knowledge of governmental organization and administration; skill in the use of personal computer and data processing equipment and programs; ability to present ideas effectively, both orally and in writing; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all County officials, supervisors, and employees; ability to conduct studies and to prepare related reports and recommendations.
 Typical Qualifications:
Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school, supplemented by course work in public personnel administration, business, or related field and experience in confidential records management.
 Supplemental Information:
Possession of a valid driver's license issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia. 
Required to take a polygraph and pass an extensive background.


CADET PROGRAM  Back to Career Opportunities

The Stafford Sheriff’s Office Cadet Program is designed specifically for young men and women between the ages of 14 and 20, who may be interested in a career in law enforcement.  The goal of the program is to help interested individuals cultivate a better understanding of the profession and enable them to make an informed decision about pursuing a law enforcement career. Click here to learn about the Stafford County Cadet program.

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The Citizen Assistance and Volunteer Services offices provides a central point where citizens can get information about County or consumer issues, coordinates volunteer recruitment of Citizen Assistance Teams (CAT), trains and places volunteers, and provides an in-house resource for departments with customer service needs.

The Stafford County Sheriff's Office also has a group of volunteers that are part of the Stafford Volunteer Ground Search and Rescue team (Stafford VGSAR).  To learn more about the volunteer opportunities available with VGSAR, click here.

To learn more about the programs that related to the Sheriff's Office, click here.

Click here to open the Volunteer Application (word document)

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  • Competitive Salary
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Flexible Benefits Program - Medical Independent Care Flexible Spending Account
  • Health Insurance Coverage includes major medical, dental, vision and prescription services
  • Annual Leave based on years of service
    • Less than 4 years: 8 hours per month 
    • 4-14 years: 12 hours per month
    • 14+ years: 16 hours per month
  • Sick Leave based on years of service
    • Less than 5 years: 8 hours per month
    • 5 or more years: 12 hours per month
  • Take home vehicle for full-time sworn members in patrol and C.I.D. Divisions, and selected positions in Courts (County residents only)
  • 10 Paid Holidays per year and 2 Floater days per year
  • Life Insurance
  • Paid Retirement under Virginia Supplemental Retirement System
  • Paid Early Retirement through Law Enforcement Officers (LEO) Retirement program for Sworn employees
  • 457 Deferred Compensation Programs
  • Direct Deposit
  • Virginia Credit Union
  • Marine Federal Credit Union
  • Equipment and uniforms provided
  • "Health-Choice" - Wellness Program - Educational workshops and recreational activities promoting improved health
  • Employee Assistance Plan
  • Exercise/Workout facility
  • Voluntary Insurance Programs

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The Stafford County Sheriff's Office Policy and Procedural Manual includes the following excerpts concerning hiring procedures and criteria:

  • "The Stafford County Sheriff's Office defines tattooing/body art as any adornment or alteration implemented through the following techniques, which include but are not limited to, body piercing, tattooing, branding, and mutilation..."
  • "Individuals undergoing the hiring process, who possess tattoos visible beyond the clothes line, will be evaluated to determine, if the tattoo is gaudy, inflammatory, displays antisocial or provocative messages.  If these conditions exist the applicant will be disqualified."
  • "The department does not accept any applicant with body art on the head, face, neck, ears, scalp, hands, or fingers."
  • "Individuals undergoing the hiring process, who possess body-facial piercings which are visible, to include tongue piercing will be disqualified."
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