Date: Sep 16, 2023

Location: Durham, NC, US, 27701

Company: Durham County

Durham County Government employs approximately 1,900 employees that work towards providing needed services throughout the community. With a wide array of services, Durham County Government is at the heart of a rapidly growing and diverse area offering residents, employees and visitors exciting opportunities to live, work, grow and play. For more information about Durham County Government, visit




Sheriff Department/Jail 

DATE POSTED:            

March 3, 2017

CLOSING DATE:           

June 30, 2025





POSITION NUMBER:            





The Durham County Sheriff’s Office is seeking qualified candidates that embody the values and diversity of the Durham County community. 



We are now accepting applications for Deputy Sheriff from individuals that are both non-certified and North Carolina Basic Law Enforcement Certified (BLET). If you are interested in becoming a member of the Durham County Sheriff's Office, we also offer a dual certification process. This allows you the opportunity to first be certified as a detention officer before becoming a deputy.  




A Deputy Sheriff is responsible for the general law enforcement work required by the Office of the Sheriff. This law enforcement work includes keeping the peace, serving the public, protecting the lives, rights and property of all those within the County of Durham. A Deputy Sheriff’s duties include taking calls from the public, serving the public, investigating complaints and criminal activity, traffic enforcement, serving civil and criminal process as well as other papers as required by the courts, developing suspects, arresting perpetrators, providing security for the courts, transporting prisoners, and any other special assignments upon request. A Deputy Sheriff is expected to exercise good, sound judgment, make decisions in both normal and emergency situations and use discretion while carrying out the details of each task. Work is performed under the direct supervision of the assigned Lieutenant and Sergeant. The applicant must be willing to work 12-hour rotating shifts which includes holidays and weekends.




  • Patrols an assigned area within Durham County, checks property, answers call for service, investigates crimes and disturbances as well as arrest violators of the law.
  • Enforces the federal, state and local laws.
  • Provides security for the courts of the State of North Carolina.
  • Transports prisoners, mental patients and inebriates.
  • Serves both civil and criminal process as directed by the courts.
  • Assist other local, state and federal agencies in their law enforcement functions.
  • Investigates crimes through assignment or develops cases to investigate.
  • Gives public presentations.
  • Works as a School Resource Officer.
  • Prevents crime.
  • Performs special assignments or tasks, including under-cover and clerical.
  • Prepares reports as required by Office policy.
  • Performs other duties as required by the Sheriff.




  • Physical ability to meet and cope with all demands of law enforcement training and work.
  • Ability to learn and maintain a working knowledge of modern law enforcement practices and procedures.       
  • Ability to obtain a working knowledge of federal, state and local laws.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with other employees, officials and the general public.
  • Ability to learn new procedures.
  • Ability to qualify and re-qualify with all mandated Office weapons in accordance with State laws as well as the policies and procedures of the Office of the Sheriff.
  • Ability to get along with co-workers, the public and others.
  • Ability to follow directions, learn policies and procedures as well as act independently, using sound judgment in both normal and emergency situations.
  • Ability to maintain full law enforcement certification.




  • Must be at least 20 years old.
  • Must be a citizen of the United States.
  • Must have a high school diploma or equivalent. **Training and Standards require a high school equivalency diploma be at least partial classroom.
  • Must possess or be able to possess a North Carolina driver’s license.
  • Must not have been convicted of a felony or serious misdemeanor.
  • Must meet all the applicable standards and qualify for State Law Enforcement Certification in accordance with the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Training & Standards Commission as well as the policies of the Office of the Sheriff of Durham County.
  • You live within 35 miles of downtown Durham (or are willing to relocate upon being hired).





Salary & Benefits


$6,000 Sign on Bonus


  • Starting salary  - $50,004 (BLET Cadet) plus incentives
    •                       $52,504 (BLET Certified/Lateral) plus incentives
  • Incentives     
    • 2.5% for AA Degree
    • 5% for BA Degree
    • 2.5% for Fluency in any Foreign Language
    • 2.5% for military service     
    • 2.5% - 5% for prior law enforcement experience
  • Vacation / Sick Time
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid on the job training
  • Take-Home Vehicle post BLET completion
  • Employee Health Insurance
  • Employee Dental Insurance
  • Employee Vision Insurance
  • County Retirement
  • Paid Parental Leave (12 weeks)
  • 401k Retirement


Our employees also enjoy:

  • Unrivaled benefits at affordable rates for the whole family
  • An onsite Wellness Clinic
  • Three well-equipped employee gyms
  • 30 minutes of paid leave each day for exercise


If you have any questions please contact the Durham County Sheriff’s Office Training and Recruitment Division at (919) 560-0930 or (919) 560-0934.


This is a continual posting for CERTIFIED (Basic Law Enforcement Training / BLET) candidates  and does not necessarily reflect vacancies. 



Durham County Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer


Nearest Major Market: Durham
Nearest Secondary Market: Raleigh