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How to Become A Deputy


The Henrico County Sheriff’s Office seeks men and women who desire to build a career in corrections/law enforcement. A Henrico Deputy Sheriff performs a variety of assignments which include jail security, court services, civil process, community services, inmate transportation, training, personnel, internal affairs and other specialty positions.

Henrico County is a suburban county that serves over 300,000 citizens, bordering the City of Richmond and several counties including Chesterfield and Hanover. The Henrico County Sheriff’s Office traces its roots back over 400 years and today, is one of the largest Sheriff’s Offices in the Commonwealth with over 300 sworn staff.

The entry level salary for Deputy Sheriff I is $53,688 and Deputy Sheriff II is $56,265. Positions are eligible for cost of living and merit increases, based on job performance.  There is also the opportunity for other advancements through a career development program. Other benefits available include health insurance, dental insurance, life insurance, workers compensation insurance, short and long-term disability insurance, paid sick and annual leave, retirement with law enforcement officer’s supplement (Virginia Retirement System,) tuition reimbursement, uniforms and equipment, and the Employee Assistance Program.

  • If you would like to become a Deputy Sheriff I, you must be 18 years of age by your hire date.
  • If you would like to become a Deputy Sheriff II, you must be 21 years of age by your hire date.

Accepting Applications for  Certified Jail Deputies/Jailors

If you are currently a Jail Deputy or Jailor in the State of Virginia, we are accepting applications from certified applicants. Once employment with the Henrico Sheriff’s Office is confirmed, pre-certified applicants attend a modified academy or in-service training to become familiar with the Henrico County Sheriff’s office operations and policies.

Minimum Qualifications

The following are automatic dis-qualifiers from the application process for the Henrico Deputy Sheriff position:

  • Illegal us of any Schedule I, II, or III drugs (i.e. hash, cocaine, crack, heroin, opiates, LSD, PCP, Mushrooms, barbiturates, ecstasy, steroids, amphetamines, etc.)
  • Criminal activity which is of a serious nature, reflects moral turpitude, or indicates a tendency to disregard the law (theft, perjury, fraud.)
  • Conviction of a domestic assault
  • Traffic violations with an accumulation of six penalty points within the past 12 months
  • Applicant is not 21 years of age by date of hire
  • Applicant is not a high school graduate or has not completed a GED program by date of hire
  • Applicant does not possess a valid Virginia operator’s license by date of hire
  • Any conviction or plea of guilty or no contest to a felony or any offense that would be a felony if committed in the Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Any conviction or plea of guilty or no contest to any misdemeanor sex offense in the Commonwealth of Virginia, another state, or the United States, including but not limited to sexual battery under Section 18.2-67.4 of the Code of Virginia or consensual sexual intercourse with a minor 15 or older under clause (ii) of Section 18.2-371 of the Code of Virginia
  • Any conviction that requires the registration in the Virginia Sex Offender Registry
  • Illegal sale of any drug or narcotic
  • For former military, not having received an honorable discharge or general discharge under honorable conditions
  • Applicant is not a U.S. citizen by time of hire

Please note – Marijuana use will be reviewed during the hiring process.

How To Apply

Once you have reviewed the above dis-qualifiers and believe you are eligible to apply for the position of Deputy Sheriff, you must first apply through on the website  to be considered for the position.  There are no exceptions.

Apply for Deputy Sheriff

Once you have submitted a complete application on, you must return to this web page and complete the additional documents below, following the specific directions provided:

Personal History Statement

Download Personal Reference Form

Hiring Process

Once you have submitted you application electronically and completed the above Personal History Statement and reference forms, if selected to continue in the process, you will be submitted to a thorough background investigation, a polygraph examination, a physical examination (including drug screening,) and a psychological screening, a board interview, and a interview with the Sheriff.


If you have further questions after reviewing the above information carefully, please email The Henrico County Sheriff’s Office Human Resources Section at  [email protected] or call (804)501-5558 for assistance.

Contact Us

Sheriff’s Office

Delivery Address
4317 E. Parham Rd.
Henrico, VA 23228

(804) 501-5860

Fax - Sheriff
(804) 501-4770
Fax - Protective Orders and Civil Services
(804) 501-5443

[email protected]

Mailing Address
P. O. Box 90775
Henrico, VA 23273-0775


ADA Coordinator
Major R. Roane
804-727-8788 - ADA Message Line

[email protected]






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