How do I apply for a position with the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office?
What are the minimum requirements for Deputy recruits?
For Deputy Recruits, the entry level position for the Pinal County Sheriff’s
Office, applicants must be at least 21 years old at the time of the application
submission. You must be a U.S. citizen and posses at least a high school diploma
or a G.E.D.
What is on the written exam?
The written exam consists of 78 questions and requires an applicant to achieve
a 70% (55 correct) score to pass. You will be allowed 1 hour and 35 minutes
to complete this exam.
What are the requirements for the physical assessment exam?
The physical assessment exam consists of a vertical leap of 16.50 inches ( in
3 attempts); 29 sit-ups in one minute, 25 push-ups in an unlimited amount of
time, and a 1.5 mile run in 15:20 minutes. If you fail any portion of the physical
assessment exam, you will be eliminated from the testing process.
The physical assessment doesn't seem too difficult. Do I need to be in shape to pass?
Many applicants have a misconception that the physical assessment exam is easy.
What many applicants fail to acknowledge is that each event must be completed
in random succession with little time to rest. If you are not in good shape,
you will not have the stamina or strength to complete each event successfully.
What happens if I fail the written or the physical assessment exam?
If you fail the written exam or any portion of the physical assessment exam,
you will be eliminated from the testing process. You will be permitted to reapply
for the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office on a later date. You will have to start
the process over starting from step one.
Do lateral (out-of-state) applicants have to go through the academy again?
If qualified, applicants do not have to attend our academy but will be required
to challenge AZPOST by taking a waiver test. To qualify, lateral (out-of-state)
applicants must be in good standing with a law enforcement agency in the capacity
of a full authority law enforcement officer; must have a minimum of one year
of law enforcement experience.
I only want to be in a specialty position assignment (i.e. Detective, SWAT, K9 etc). Do I have be a patrol officer first?
All deputies initially enter patrol. Deputies who wish to test for any of our
specialty assignments must meet the minimum standards the specific assignment
as posted in the specific announcements. Time requirements may vary depending
on the specialty assignment.
Is the deputy academy a "live in" academy? Do I need to pay for it?
The living arrangements will depend on the location of the academy. Some academies
are live- in. If not the Agency will evaluate whether to allow the recruit to
commute from their residence or if hotel arrangements will need tobe made. Recruits
are paid employees of the department and live where they want to within Pinal
County. They attend the academy Monday through Friday, eight and ½ hours a day
for 18 to 20 weeks. Upon graduating from the academy, they are promoted to Deputy
How long does the hiring process take?
The average length of time to process a successful applicant is two-four months.
However, the hiring process can take up to one year.
Is there a maximum age limit?
How does the process work for out-of-state
An out-of-state applicant will go through the same process as an in-state applicant.
The applicant must make an initial trip to Florence, AZ (approximately 4 to
5 days) for the written and physical assessment exams. If the applicant passes
both of these exams, the applicant may be scheduled for an oral interview, and
background interview (during the same trip). After successful completion of
the initial phases, the applicant will be asked to travel back out (approximately
4 to 5 days) for a command interview after which the applicant may be offered
a conditional hire offer. This will include a complete medical examination,
polygraph examination, U/A, and psychological evaluation. Upon successful completion
of the background investigation, including the medical and psychological exams,
the out of state applicant may be offered a final offer at which time the applicant
will need to make arrangements to relocate to Arizona. Pinal County Sheriff’s
Office will not be responsible for any travel arrangements.
When does the academy start?
Academy start dates will be determined once a final offer has been made. Once
an applicant completes the process, they are usually placed in the next available
I meet all but one of the listed minimum requirements. Does Pinal County Sheriff’s Office allow any latitude to the requirements?
No. All applicants must meet the minimum standards without compromise. The minimum
standards listed are just the minimum standards. In order to insure the integrity,
credibility, and professionalism of the men and women of the Pinal County Sheriff’s
Office, the standards and selection process for Deputy are very high.
Does the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office
offer transition assistance?
We do not offer transition assistance.
I am in the military. Should I apply now? I am in college. Should I apply now?
An applicant should keep in mind that they must be available for the written
exam, physical assessment exam and oral interview. We are able to make some
accommodations on a case by case basis.
If I have a background investigation done with another agency, or have a top secret clearance in the military, will Pinal County Sheriff’s Office still do a background check?
Yes. The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office will conduct their own thorough background
investigation on every applicant who submits a background investigation packet.