All applicants who meet the minimum qualifications for the position will be invited to take the written examination. The written examination is usually conducted at Anne Arundel County's Office of Personnel on Riva Road, Annapolis. All applicants must achieve a score of 70% to pass the examination. Scores are valid for one year. Applicants who do not pass the exam may re-test in four months.
Panel Interview and Preliminary Personal History Statement
Candidates who pass the written exam will be invited by the HR Coordinator of the Sheriff's Office to a panel interview. The panel will consist of three members of the Sheriff's Office and will be conducted at the Circuit Courthouse in Annapolis. A valid driver's license and social security card must be presented at the time of the interview.
Candidates who pass the panel interview are expected to complete the Physical Agility Test.
Physical Agility Test
The Physical Agility Test (PAT) was developed to measure candidates' physical readiness for training and for performing the duties of a public safety officer. It measures a candidate's endurance, strength, flexibility and cardiovascular capacity. The Physical Agility Tests are administered monthly at the Anne Arundel County Police Department's Training Academy in Davidsonville. Information on the PAT is given out after the panel interview and can also be found on the Sheriff's Office Employment page.
Personal History Statement
Upon completion of the panel interview, candidates will be provided with a lengthy Personal History Statement (PHS) that must be completed thoroughly and honestly by the candidate. The PHS must be notarized and returned to the Sheriff's Office HR Coordinator by the designated date (usually five working days after the panel interview).
After the PHS is received by the HR Coordinator, the candidate will be scheduled for a polygraph examination. The polygraph examinations are conducted by Maryland Institute of Criminal Justice in Millersville, Maryland www.micj.com
A background investigation is performed on candidates who pass all of the abovementioned components of the entry process. Background investigators will contact the candidates for an interview with the investigator and discuss all disclosures in the polygraph examination and Personal History Statement. A comprehensive background investigation involves fingerprint checks, agency checks, credit checks, MVA checks, criminal history checks, employment references and neighborhood checks.
Reasons for disqualification may include but are not limited to: poor work history, poor driving record, felony conviction, falsification of application or other documents, failure to meet physical standards, inability to competitively complete any of the component parts of the selection process, or any other disqualifying causes determined by the Sheriff and/or the Office of Personnel.
Medical and Psychological Evaluations
Candidates who successfully pass all components of the process will be called to interview with the Sheriff and Chief Deputy for consideration of a conditional offer of employment. If a conditional offer of employment is made, candidates must then successfully undergo a psychological evaluation and pass a comprehensive medical examination.
Candidates must achieve a sufficient standing in relation to other applicants and the number of vacancies in order to remain under consideration.
This is a highly competitive process. We generally receive a large number of applications for a limited number of vacancies. It is our obligation to select those candidates best qualified to meet the needs of the Anne Arundel County Sheriff's Office. Your success in the selection process depends not only on your performance on the written examination and interview, but also on your experience, education, skill and ability.
If hired as an Entry-Level Deputy, the Anne Arundel County Sheriff's Office will challenge you academically and physically in a paid 6-month training program, including benefits.