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Interested in a challenging and rewarding occupation where you will have the opportunity each and every day to make a positive impact on a dynamic and growing community? If so, then the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office is interested in you.

Career Opportunities

The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office is a professional law enforcement organization dedicated to providing unparalleled service to its community. The Sheriff's Office offers a wide variety of career opportunities in law enforcement, corrections and civilian support positions. A career with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office offers many rewards:
  • Excellent benefits and competitive salaries
  • Amazing variety of work and challenges
  • Opportunities to make significant positive impacts on people in your community
  • Challenging public service career
  • Pride in being a member of one of the best law enforcement agencies in the country

Gifted & Committed Individuals

Not everyone can be a member of the Sheriff's Office. The work can be rigorous and even potentially dangerous at times. We are searching for gifted individuals of unquestionable integrity who can demonstrate sound judgment and decision-making skills under all conditions. We seek leaders who possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, and the strength of character to show compassion and charity in the face of adversity. We will demand your commitment to public service and dedication to the betterment of our community.

Hamilton County is an Equal Opportunity Employer and participates in E-Verify.
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Merit Deputy Sheriff - Minimum Qualifications

  • U.S. Citizen or U.S. citizenship by time of appointment
  • Valid Driver’s License with not more than 6 active points
  • No felony convictions or domestic violence convictions
  • Legal ability to possess firearm
  • High School or equivalency diploma plus at least one of the following:
    60 college credit hours from an accredited college or university
    2 years military experience
    2 years law enforcement experience (including Corrections and Reserve experience)
  • Ability to read and write English
  • No Operating While Intoxicated convictions in last 5 years
  • No dishonorable or undesirable discharge from military
  • No illegal drug use in last 3 years
  • Pass all portions of the selection process, including a physical fitness assessment
  • Establish Hamilton County residency within 6 months of employment
  • Must be at least 21 years of age (no upper age limit)

Testing Information

Candidates for Merit Deputy must be able to pass the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy's Physical Fitness Exit Standards as part of the selection process. Do not postpone getting into good physical condition and do not wait until a selection process is initiated to train. Additional information on physical agility standards including testing protocols and training tips can be found online.

Merit Sheriff Deputy Minimum Physical Fitness Standards

  • Vertical Jump - 16 inches
  • 1 Minute Sit-ups - 29
  • 300 Meter Run - 71 seconds
  • Pushups - 25
  • 1.5 Mile Run - 16 minutes 28 seconds

Merit Deputy Sheriff Benefits

  • Take-home vehicle
  • Health Insurance
  • Paid Holidays
  • Sick Leave
  • Deferred compensation plan
  • Off-duty detail opportunities
  • Continuous training opportunities
  • Retirement plan (requires no employee contribution)
  • Weapon and Uniform issue
  • Life Insurance
  • Paid Vacations
  • Military Reserve Leave
  • Paid overtime opportunities
  • Promotional opportunities
  • Educational Assistance Program


To apply for a Merit position, complete the Pre-Application found on the right column and verify you meet the minimum requirements.  Once a selection process is initiated, more information will be sent to those with pre-applications on file.