Agility Test Requirements
Legal & Courts
Sheriff / Adult Detention
Adult Detention Center
1. Written Examination (when applicable)
The Division of Human Resources will administer your written exam. All tests are based on valid, useful, and non-discriminatory methods.
2. Physical Agility Screening
You will receive a fitness waiver requiring a signature of your personal physician to assure your safe participation in the agility screening. Only those applicants that pass the written test will be allowed to participate in the physical agility screening.
Agility Test Requirements
3. Oral Interview
Upon successful completion of all previous phases, you will proceed to the oral interview. The interview is routinely comprised of three Sheriff's Office members, representing various levels of the Office’s organizational structure. This initial interview is then usually followed by an Executive Board interview.
Upon successful completion of the oral interview(s), you will be notified of your eligibility status. The eligibility list generally remains active for a period of one year. Candidates are selected from the list as position vacancies arise. If you are not selected during the eligibility period, you may reapply with the Division of Human Resources for the next active recruitment period.
5.Conditional Offer of Employment
The Sheriff will make conditional offers of employment based on each candidate’s eligibility standing and the number of vacancies that are available. Conditional offers are contingent on successful completion of all remaining selection requirements.
After receiving a conditional offer of employment, candidates will undergo a background investigation conducted 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.
8.Medical Examination and 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.
All Correctional Officer candidates will be scheduled for a psychological evaluation during the background investigation process.
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. Probationary periods are determined by the position classifications: Correctional Officer, Corrections Support Staff (18 months); Civilian personnel (6 months).
11. Duration of Selection Process
Completion of a recruitment examination and selection process can take 60-120 days. Candidates found eligible, but not immediately selected, may be contacted for subsequent placement during the eligibility period. Reapplication will be required if not selected within the active eligibility period.
An employment agreement is required for all correctional officer candidates. Basically, 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. Additional details are available from the Sheriff's Office.
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. However, the Sheriff's Office will only permit use of county assigned vehicles to and from places of residence outside of Frederick County when the residence is located within established guidelines.
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 and Sergeant levels.
All Sheriff's Office positions are subject to random drug testing.
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