Sheriff Charles E. Jett
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 #02176 Continuous APPLY
Telecommunicator  #02182 09/07/2015 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:
Ensuring courtroom security; serving civil process legal papers; supervising and transporting prisoners; preparing and maintaining files and records; assisting with other legal services.
Serves summons, notices, court orders, notices, attachments, claims and deliveries, ejections, executions, capias and other legal papers;
Transports prisoners and mental cases;
Makes arrests, forcibly if necessary, using handcuffs and other restraints;
Subdues resisting suspects using weapons and maneuvers and other approved self-defense methods;
Inventories personal property, holds Sheriff's sales;
Testifies in court;
Ensures the security and order of courtrooms prior to and during court sessions;
Transports and supervises the movements of prisoners to and from court;
Removes unruly individuals from the courtroom;
Responds and carries out all orders of the judge;
Checks court calendar, ensures availability of witnesses, jurors, plaintiffs and defendants;
Escorts jurors to and from the courtroom;
Searches courtroom and prisoners for contraband;
Receives and processes civil papers and maintains appropriate records;
Assists patrol deputies as required;
Prepares periodic reports;
Performs related tasks as required.
 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.

Physical Requirements: 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; some work requiring lifting, 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, hearing, visual acuity are required; the worker is subject to inside and outside environmental conditions, extreme cold, extreme heat, noise, vibration, hazards, atmospheric conditions, and wearing a respirator; worker may be exposed to bloodborne pathogens and may be required to wear specialized personal protective equipment.
 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. Further details regarding this process will be provided to each applicant once the employment application is received.

EXAMINATION SCHEDULE AND NOTIFICATION TO ATTEND WRITTEN TEST 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**


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.

Please wear appropriate attire (I.E., PTs, sweats, workout clothes, etc.) and shoes. There is a facility at the testing site to change clothes should you need to do so.

**Should inclement weather cause cancellation, testing will resume at the next regularly scheduled date.**


Performs intermediate technical work dispatching law enforcement, fire, rescue and other equipment and personnel usually in response to emergency situations; does related work as required. Work is performed under the regular supervision of a Senior Telecommunicator or Telecommunications 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; 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; 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:
Receiving, classifying, processing and dispatching emergency service calls utilizing E-911 and computer aided dispatch systems; receiving, recording and forwarding non-emergency service calls; preparing and maintaining computerized and other records and files. 
Receives law enforcement, medical, fire, rescue and related service requests and calls; 
Operates radios, telephone switchboard, alarm systems, recording devices and computer terminals; 
Dispatches emergency equipment and personnel where and when needed; 
Receives and forwards service requests, complaints and other calls for County departments and other agencies; 
Receives and transmits messages by radio and maintains radio log; 
Operates telecomputer terminals on NCIC/VCIN Networks; 
Prepares and maintains public safety computer records; 
Maintains familiarity with operating procedures of agencies served; 
Performs a variety of clerical tasks as directed; 
Keeps in telephone contact with caller when situation dictates; 
Maintains required certifications related to performance of duties; 
Performs related tasks as required. 

General knowledge of the methods of operating the communications system; general knowledge of radio and teletype procedures; general knowledge of the geography of the County and location of important buildings; ability to type and enter data at a reasonable rate of speed; ability to speak distinctly; 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.
 Typical Qualifications:
Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school.
 Supplemental Information:
Possession of state certification in Emergency Medical Dispatching and Virginia Criminal Information Network (VCIN) Certification. The Commonwealth of Virginia requires a VCIN Certification for this position. To obtain the VCIN Certification, you must be a United States citizen or have been a legal resident of the United States for the past 10 consecutive years.

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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 
    • 4-15 years: 12 hours per month
    • 15+ 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 sworn members in patrol and C.I.D. Divisions (county resident 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 uniform 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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