The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office offers exciting employment opportunities for those seeking a career in Law enforcement as a Deputy Sheriff. All applicants must go through a rigorous process to become a sworn law enforcement officer. This includes attending the 19-week training academy in State College, PA (unless already certified Act 2 or Act 120). All applicants for the position of deputy sheriff will be assigned to the Court Division of the Sheriff’s Office upon completion of their basic training. After completion of a deputy’s probationary period, the Sheriff’s Office offers opportunities for re-assignment to the Civil or Criminal Divisions based upon availability, experience, and job performance. Opportunities also exist for non-sworn clerical positions. Those job postings can be found at the link below as well.  

Follow the link to the LancasterCounty Human Resources job postings:

DeputySheriff Requirements:

·        21 years of age upon graduation from academy

·        Valid PA driver’s license at the time of employment

·        High School diploma (or equivalent)

·        Pass PT test, oral board, polygraph, psychological evaluation, drug screen, and background investigation

·        Take up residency in Lancaster County within 1 year of hire date

·        Complete Act 2 training academy or Act 120 waiver course within 1 year of hire date

·        Successfully complete field training program and probationary period

·        Qualify annually with department issued weapons

·        Maintain clean driving record and criminal history

DeputySheriff Pay and Benefits:

·        Starting pay: $18.26 per hour

·        2 weeks of vacation per year (sick leave and military leave are accrued in addition to vacation)

·        Qualified high deductible health care plan with a health savings account

·        Pension that employees are 100% vested in after 5 years of service (or age 60, whichever comes first)

·        Dental and vision plans are available

·        Duty equipment provided

·        Uniform cleaning provided

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Sergeant Travis Schmalhofer

Recruitment Supervisor