The Sheriff's Office is law enforcement work involving criminal, traffic and civil laws. Deputies possess all of the powers normally conferred upon police officers of the state of Maryland, and use these powers to enforce laws affecting the criminal, traffic and civil laws of Wicomico County, the State of Maryland, and the United States. This work involves extensive contact with the public, and considerable time is spent in gathering evidence, presenting evidence in court, and in testifying for the prosecution of apprehended violators. Deputies may be faced with various situations such as working in inclement weather, pursuing fleeing subjects and physical arrest. Deputies must possess the ability to work effectively with the public and other law enforcement personnel in accomplishing their assigned duties.
The lead Wicomico County Law Enforcement Agency is the Sheriff's Office. This Office is always interested in speaking with men and women interested in a law enforcement career. Applications are available at the Sheriff's Office and are held for one year. If you wish to keep your file active past the one year mark, you should call the officer in charge of training/recruiting to request that your application be updated.
Sworn Deputy Positions
Deputies are responsible for maintaining law and order within Wicomico County. Applicants for the position of Deputy must have reached the age of 21 years by the time they complete their mandatory 21 weeks of Police Academy Training.
The entry level salary for the position of Deputy Sheriff is currently at $42,520 annually.
Requirements: Written exam, physical agility test, oral interview, background check, polygraph, psychological tests, medical exam, drug screen, completion of all other levels of application process, successful police academy completion, successful completion of field training, successful completion of probationary period required
For a lateral transfer, the starting salary is based on law enforcement experience. MPTC Certified with at least 2 years experience is $42,520 to $45,430 annually.
Requirements: Written exam waived. Physical agility test, oral interview, background check, polygraph, psychological tests, medical exam, drug screen, completion of all other levels of application process, successful completion of field training, successful completion of probationary period required.
Police Communications Officer (PCO) Positions
PCOs are responsible for taking calls from the public and ensuring the efficient response to calls for service. The education required is a high school diploma or GED. Experience in law enforcement is not required, however, experience and/or education in the area of law enforcement and/or communication is considered a plus. Applicants for Dispatcher positions must be at least 18 years of age and can apply at the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office when positions are available.