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Fairfax County Deputy Sheriff - Military Veterans

at Fairfax County Sheriff's Office

The Fairfax County Sheriff's Office is committed to providing world-class public safety with honor, courage, and a dedication to service. The Fairfax County Sheriff's Office is one of the largest sheriff's offices in Virginia with over 400 professional men and women, serving one of the most diverse counties in the nation.
We offer a variety of law enforcement opportunities in areas that include:
Court services
Issue warrants
Civil process
Adult detention
Serve on federal task forces
Emergency response team
Inmate transport
Community programs
The duties of a Deputy Sheriff I are mandated by federal, state, county and agency regulations, performs a variety of basic deputy sheriff duties in the field of law enforcement; specifically in the areas of correctional services, community corrections, court services, and administration, and any other assigned duties.

Note: The Deputy Sheriff I works a 12.5 hour shift inside the Adult Detention Center, the shift options are:

  • Fixed days or fixed nights.
  • All shifts work approximately 15 days per month to equal 87.5 hours per two-week pay period, to include evenings, weekends, and holidays.
  • While working in the Adult Detention Center deputies may receive additional pay, such as night and evening differential, foreign language stipend, field training instructor stipend, holidays, environmental stipend, and/or annual step increases as allowed by the county budget.

Incumbents are considered emergency essential services personnel requiring that they report on their scheduled day, or may be called back to work, should a manmade or natural disaster or emergency arise.

Illustrative Duties

(The illustrative duties listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all inclusive list. A complete list of position duties and unique physical requirements can be found in the position description.) 

  • As a member of a squad on an assigned shift, supervises inmate activities, prevents escapes and maintains order, discipline and security;
  • Takes appropriate action in emergency situations in accordance with established riot, hostage, fire and disaster plans;
  • Serves warrants and makes arrests;
  • Maintains order in the assigned courtroom and on the premises of the Judicial Center, and provides security from disruption and violence;
  • Executes and returns civil and criminal process and Department of Motor Vehicle suspension orders, levies and evictions;
  • Gives testimony in court on actions taken during arrests and investigations in criminal matters;
  • Oversees inmates during periods of recreation outside their assigned living area;
  • Searches, fingerprints, photographs and assigns quarters to inmates;
  • Interviews inmates and case managers to assess suitability for placement in the work release program;
  • Monitors offenders' performance of community service projects to assure the quality of work performed and the whereabouts of offenders;
  • Searches offenders and grounds for contraband;
  • Transports, by vehicle, inmates and other individuals in custody;
  • Performs routine law enforcement duties as required (e.g. traffic enforcement, accident response and investigation, criminal investigations, etc.)
  • Maintains complete and accurate records and prepares clear and concise reports.

Fairfax, VA

Contact Information
David Barr
Salary Range
$50,000 to $80,000
Fairfax County Sheriff's Office


The Sheriff’s Office was created in 1742, at the same time Fairfax County was formed, and is now one of three public safety agencies responsible for the safety and well-being of the 1.1 million residents of Fairfax County. Sheriff Stacey A. Kincaid and her deputies also serve the City of Fairfax and the towns of Herndon and Vienna. 

The position of Sheriff is established by the Constitution of Virginia. At best count, there have been 77 Sheriffs in Fairfax County since 1742, including Sheriff Stacey A. Kincaid. Though early sheriffs served for terms of two years, the people elect the current position every four years.

Core functions of the Sheriff’s Office are: operate the Adult Detention Center; provide security for the courtrooms, courthouse and surrounding complex; and serve/execute civil law process on behalf of the courts.

In addition, the Sheriff's Office has an active community engagement program.

Sheriff Kincaid helped launch Diversion First so that incarceration would no longer be the default solution for individuals experiencing a mental health crisis.

The Sheriff’s Office is accredited by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care, American Correctional Association, Virginia Department of Corrections and Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission. The Sheriff’s Office also participates in several state, county and internal audits throughout the year.

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