The Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office (VCSO) application process for the position of Confinement Officer begins with a pre-qualifying test administered by EMPCO through Ivy Tech Community College. To ensure only the most qualified individuals are hired, the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office contracts with EMPCO to provide a pre-employment written examination. The EMPCO examination is a reading & writing exam based on standards set by the Indiana Sheriff’s Association. Please note there will be a non-refundable fee associated with taking the exam, which the applicant is responsible for paying for.

Upon successfully passing the pre-qualifying test, the applicant will be placed in a pool of eligible candidates maintained by the VCSO. Applicants need only take the written examination once. We will maintain the test scores for five (5) years. Please do not contact us for an update of your eligibility status. If selected for an interview, you will be contacted by our office.

As Confinement Officer vacancies occur, the Sheriff and his Executive Team (the chief deputy and majors) will select a group of candidates for interviews. Before the interview takes place, candidates are asked to complete a written application. Upon completion of the interview you may be given a conditional job offer from the Sheriff. Once a conditional job offer has been extended, the background check process begins. The candidate will be required to undergo a drug screen, physical examination, psychological evaluation and a CVSA (Computer Voice Stress Analysis), which is a lie-detector examination. If an applicant is not selected for a job interview, the application will be purged after two (2) years.

Candidates who pass all phases of the conditional job offer will be scheduled for a pre-employment meeting in which you will be informed of a hire date. For more information please contact administration division commander Major Rick Pace by voice at 421-6223 or by email.

Click Here to sign up for the EMPCO test.

For a complete list of our requirements, disqualifiers and benefits click here.


Send Us A Tip