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School Resource Officer – Deputy Sheriff

Washington County Sheriff's Office

Community Services Division

High School Resource Officer – Deputy Sheriff

GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES: Serves as a sworn law enforcement deputy of the Sheriff’s Office; specifically provides law enforcement and safety in the school system on behalf of the Sheriff; performs all related work as required.

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE POSITION: As a deputy sheriff assigned to the Community Services Division of the Office, incumbent directs, supervises, and manages all code enforcement and safety procedures of a School Resource Officer. The incumbent is directly responsible in the chain of command to the Sergeant of the SRO/D.A.R.E. Section.


  • Extensive working knowledge of federal, state and local laws that may pertain to a given assignment.
  • Extensive working knowledge of Sheriff’s Office policy, procedures and methods.
  • A working knowledge of Washington County public schools parent/student handbook.
  • Ability to work with administration, faculty, staff, and students in the school system by providing a safe school environment.
  • Ability to work with parents of students within the school system.
  • Ability to observe and record events impressions, identities and other observations.
  • Ability to distinguish hazardous and/or criminal activity in a school setting using acquired training and experience to act appropriately.
  • Ability to impartially exercise independent judgment in the performance of duties.
  • Ability to take notes and to completely and accurately describe factual information regarding an incident.
  • Ability to compose routine correspondence.
  • Ability to manage time and set schedules.
  • Ability to successfully complete all required training.
  • Ability to endure verbal and mental abuse when confronted by hostile individuals without responding inappropriately.
  • Ability to detect and collect evidence of criminal activity.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with superiors, coworkers, other criminal justice personnel and the community.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with members of county, state and federal government agencies. Ability to research information law, court decisions, methods, and techniques relevant to the operations of the Sheriff’s Office.
  • Assists with school functions such as dances, ball games, etc.
  • Ability to perform any other duties as assigned.
  • Endorse and support the mission statement of the Sheriff’s Office.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: Extensive knowledge of state and county laws and ordinances relating to the criminal code; demonstrated ability to command the respect of subordinates and co-workers; ability to deal firmly, fairly and courteously with the public; ability to communicate effectively via voice, telephone, radio, intercom or in writing with staff, school officials or the public; ability to keep accurate records and prepare reports; demonstrate skill in the use of firearms; physical condition that permits the activities necessary in, and inherent to law enforcement and the Community Services Division.

MINIMUM EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Must be at least 21 years of age. Must possess a high school diploma or GED-an associated degree from an accredited community or junior college preferred; must be a citizen of the United States; have no background or record of any criminal conviction; must be of exemplary ethical reputation; must possess a valid Virginia operators license with no major convictions within the preceding five year period; must be able to satisfactorily pass a thorough background investigation; must be in a physical condition which does not limit, in any way, activities necessary and/or inherent to law enforcement operations.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTSMust have completed the required state law enforcement certification by the Department of Criminal Justice Services.  Must have 2 years certification.

Pay: TBD


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Washington County, Virginia is an Equal Opportunity Employer