To be considered for employment as a Deputy Sheriff* or Detention Officer, an applicant must:
- be 21 years of age prior to hire date
- be a U.S. citizen
- pass a physical fitness test
- not have been convicted of a felony. Not convicted of a Class B Misdemeanor within five years from date of offense. Not convicted of a Class A Misdemeanor within three years, no more than two in a lifetime as mandated by the North Carolina Sheriffs' Education and Training Standards Commission
- not have had a DWI conviction within the past five years. No more than one in a lifetime.
- have a high school diploma or GED certificate
- possess a valid NC driver's license or be able to obtain one
- have no more than four suspensions or revocations of driver's license in lifetime.
- reside within a 50-mile radius of Jail-Central if a Deputy Sheriff
- be in excellent physical health with no condition which might impair performance of duty
- pass a physical examination
- pass an extensive and thorough background investigation including, but not limited to, community, employer and credit checks
- have weight commensurate with height and body frame
- have vision correctable to 20/20 in both eyes with no color blindness
- meet training and testing performance levels mandated by the North Carolina Sheriffs' Education and Training Standards Commission
*Deputy Sheriff applicants must also possess BLET certification.