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Sheriff Department Hiring Process

The Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department has an extensive process that assists in the selection of the best applicants. It is our goal to select the applicants with the highest degree of honesty and integrity.

Because of the background investigation, the application process can take up to several months to complete. After an application is received in the Human Resources Department, it is screened and then sent to the Sheriff's Department. The Sheriff's Department starts to schedule applicants for the various steps in Phase I.

The first phase will consist of, but is not limited to, the following:

  1. Preliminary Orientation - This step is to provide the applicant with some basic information about the Sheriff's Department. Personal information is also gathered. Some of the information will include, but is not limited to, a comprehensive background process including criminal, controlled substance, credit, driving, education, personal and professional references, and employment history.
  2. Oral Interview

Once the applicant successfully completes Phase I, they are placed on an applicant register. If the applicant is selected, they are given a conditional job offer. The final job offer is based on the successful completion of Phase II.

The second phase will consist of, but is not limited to, the following:

  • 1. Polygraph examination
  • 2. Physical examination / drug screening
  • 3. Psychological testing
  • 4. Firearm Qualifications (Deputy Sheriff Sr Only)
  • 5. P.O.S.T. Entrance Exam

If the applicant successfully passes all the steps in Phase II, they are given a final job offer. Applicants are hired after a final job offer has been given.


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