Confinement Officer Application Process

Requirements and Disqualifiers include:

  • Be at least 21 years of age.
  • Posses a valid drivers license or be able to obtain an Indiana driver's license prior to employment.
  • No felony convictions.
  • High school diploma or G.E.D.
  • At least 60 college hours, OR at least two (2) years of full time work experience (the work does not have to be in law enforcement), OR military experience.
  • No convictions* for hate crimes.
  • No convictions* for domestic violence.
  • No dishonorable discharges from any branch of military service.
  • No visible tattoos while wearing any of the required uniforms of the Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office, including a short sleeve shirt; long sleeve shirts during summer uniform season are not permitted.
  • No more than five (5) traffic violations in the past five (5) years. (Does not include parking tickets).
  • No illegal / unlawful use of drugs within the past two (2) years.
  • Permanently disqualified from employment if ever engaged in the sale, dealing, manufacture of controlled substances.
  • May not have a conviction* for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in the past two (2) years and no more ant one (1) conviction* in a lifetime.
  • Must provide proof of registration for selective service (applicable under Federal law to males under the age of 26).
  • Pass a post-offer of employment medical examination (including vision and hearing exams), drug screen and psychological interview.
  • Pass a post-offer of employment background investigation, which includes: fingerprinting; photographing; criminal records checks; interviews with family, references, neighbors and past and present employers; credit history check and a lie detector examination.
  • Must live in Vanderburgh County Indiana or a contiguous Indiana County. If not, must agree to relocate to Vanderburgh County Indiana or a contiguous Indiana county within six (6) months after employment.
  • Attend and successfully complete all training prescribed by the Indiana Law Enforcement Training Board and the Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office.
  • Meet and successfully pass all academic, practical, physical training and retention requirements of the Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office and the Indiana Law Enforcement Training Board.
  • Possess the skills, knowledge and abilities required of all Vanderburgh County Confinement Officers, which includes, but is not limited to, a positive attitude, good communication skills, respect for the law, respect for your fellow citizens and respect for your fellow law enforcement colleagues.

NOTE: where indicated with an (*), the term "conviction" shall include the amendment of a criminal charge (diving under the influence - DUI, etc.) to some of other offenses as a result of the completion of any type of deferral program.

NOTE: Compliance with the above listed disqualifiers and requirements will be verified through a background investigation, which includes a lie-detector exam, for those applicants that advance to the conditional offer stage of the selection process.

For more information about the testing process, you may call the Sheriff's Administrative Division at 421-6203, Monday through Friday between 8AM and 4PM.

Benefit Package

The benefits provided to employees include, but are not limited to:

  • Opportunity to serve in a professional, career-oriented organization
  • 2011 base salary of $35,337
  • Longevity pay ($500 for every 3 years of service)
  • Annual clothing allowance of $1000
  • Shift differential of 3.5% of gross pay
  • Paid leaves
  • Choice of health insurance plans
  • Paid life insurance
  • P.E.R.F. (Public Employees Retirement Fund)
  • Option to participate in a deferred compensation savings program
  • Access to a fully equipped agency-owned fitness center
  • Corporate membership rates at the Y.M.C.A. and Bob's Gym
  • Collective bargaining by Teamsters Local 215

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