Patrol Deputy Lateral

The Benton County Sheriff's Office is currently hiring!

The Benton County Sheriff's Office has 63 commissioned law enforcement positions. All deputies begin their career in the Patrol Division. The Patrol Lieutenant oversees the Patrol Division. The deputies comprise the four patrol squads. Each patrol squad consists of a sergeant, a corporal, and five deputies. Deputies work 12 hours shifts and rotate from days to nights every eight weeks with their squad. The Patrol Division is responsible for 24-hour coverage of all areas within Benton County jurisdiction. 

Lateral Applicants MUST:

  • 21 years of age
  • Be a certified peace officer
  • Must have successfully passed a certified law enforcement academy 
  • Must also have been employed as a full-time law enforcement officer within
    the last two years
  • If not currently employed, the applicant must not have separated for performance
    or disciplinary reasons
  • Meet the Benton County Sheriff's Office Recruitment Standards

To Apply Applications can be obtained through Civil Service

Out of State Applicants MUST:

Questions? Let Us Help.
         Civil Service:     Tammy Dufault, Chief Examiner
                                   Phone: (509) 737-2777

         Recruiters:        Email: 
                                   Phone: (509) 735-6555

    Frequently Asked Questions

Salary & Benefits 14 fire range

      Deputy Sheriff     Months   Salary   Hourly  
Step 1 60 $6,973    $40.22
Step 2 48 $6,610    $38.13
Step 3 36 $6,310    $36.40
Step 4 24 $6,024    $34.75
Step 5B 12 $5,736    $33.09
Step 5A 0 $5,515    $31.81

      Salary amounts as of July 1, 2017 

Service Credit Service credit for experience may apply at time of employment, not to exceed Step 2.

- Employer Monthly Contribution $1,088.51

Plans provided by United Employee Benefit Trust & Group Health Options

Vacation Accrual7 squad

         Years of Service         Hours Per Month
1-5  10
6-10 12
11-15 15
16-19 16.5
20 plus 18

(Up to 20 yrs 240 hrs / 20 plus yrs up to 280 hrs

November vacation cash out option)

Sick Leave Accrual
Employees earn 8 hours of sick time per month
(accrue up to 1040 hrs)

Some additional Benefits 

  • 2.5% matching contribution to Benton County
    deferred compensation 457 plan (as of January 2019)
  • Take Home Patrol Car
  • Equipment - (all uniforms and most equipment)
  • Specialty Pay
  • Longevity Pay
  • Education Incentive
  • 12 Paid Holidays (deferred holiday pay option)
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Bi-Lingual Incentive
  • Long-term and Short-term Disability
  • Legal Defense: Criminal and Civil
  • Member of Fraternal Order of Police (FOP)
  • Dry Cleaning Services
  • Off Duty/Extra-Duty Opportunities

Career Paths 

Specialty Positions 

  • Detective
  • Student Resource Officer
  • Dare/Great
  • Traffic/Motors
  • Gang Enforcement Team (GET)
  • US Marshal Task Force
  • FBI Violent Crimes Task Force
  • Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
  • METRO Drug Task Force
  • Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force
  • Marine Patrol
  • K9 Team
  • Pilot
  • Civil Deputy
  • Tri City Regional SWAT Team
  • Corporal, Sergeant, Lieutenant

Community Information

Benton County is located in Southeastern Washington within a confluence of Columbia, Yakima, and Snake rivers where there is over 300 days of sunshine. We are a mix of urban and rural community with a population of 186,486 and cover an area of 1,722 square miles. The great weather and water make Benton County a great place for water recreation, golf, and hiking, to name a few. Agriculture, over 160 wineries, the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, and numerous food-processing plants are just some of the industries that drive our economy. 

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