All applicants who meet the minimum qualifications for the position will be invited to take the written examination. Minimum qualifications for lateral and comparative compliance applicants can be found on the Sheriff's Office Employment page
. 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 80% to pass the examination. Scores are valid for one year. Applicants who do not pass the exam may re-test in four months.
Written examinations for Lateral and Comparative Compliance Deputy Sheriff's are scored immediately and candidates are informed if they passed or failed. Candidates who pass the written examination will be scheduled for a panel interview and will be given a Personal History Statement (PHS) that must be completed and brought with them to their panel interview.
Panel Interview and Personal History Statement
The panel interview 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, as well as the completed PHS. The PHS is a lengthy application that requires very detailed information regarding the applicant's work and personal history. The PHS must be completed honestly and notarized before submitting it to the Sheriff's Office.
Candidates who successfully pass their panel interview and submit their completed and notarized PHS will be scheduled for a polygraph examination. The polygraph examinations are conducted by Maryland Institute of Criminal Justice in Millersville, Maryland. See MICJ website for more information visit www.micj.com
A background investigation is performed on candidates who pass all of the abovementioned components of the lateral/comparative compliance 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 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; which includes a body mass weight test.
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 a Comparative Compliance Deputy, you must complete a 5-week comparative compliance training academy at an agency that will be designated by the Anne Arundel County Sheriff's Office Training Coordinator. You will be paid during this training program, including benefits.