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Employment

Accepting Applications for Merit Deputies

Employment Information

Employment Applications

Please download the application HERE. This is a fillable Microsoft Word document and it is preferred that you type directly onto the form and print it out. You may also hand-write the application as long as it is neat and legible. When you open the document, switch to Print Layout and enable editing.

If you do not have access to Microsoft Word, you may download the PDF version HERE. Please note that the application requires a Release of Information for the background check which must be notarized.

Applicants for Merit and Reserve Deputy must also include the Waiver of liability / Physician’s Release.

Applications for Merit, Reserve, and Courthouse Security deputies are only accepted during a hiring process. Applications received any other time will be discarded.

The basic eligibility requirements for Merit, Reserve, Courthouse Security, and Correctional Deputies are:

  1. Must be a United States Citizen.
  2. Must be at least 21 years old.
  3. Vision must be correctable to 20/50.
  4. Must possess a valid drivers license.
  5. Must be a graduate of an accredited High School or possess a GED.
  6. For Merit Deputy positions, must be willing to reside in Johnson County, Indiana.

The application will require the following:

  1. Copy of your birth certificate.
  2. High School & college transcripts.
  3. Military DD214 (if applicable).
  4. Recent photograph.
  5. Waiver of liability / Physician’s Release (Required for Merit and Reserve Deputy applicants)

Nondiscrimination Policy

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetic information. Each applicant and employee will be limited by his/her own abilities and qualifications, and the department will endeavor to select, hire, and maintain in its employ only the best-qualified persons available for any particular position.

Additional Information on the Merit Deputy Hiring Process

The hiring process for Merit Deputies includes the following:

  1. Application during listed dates.
  2. Physical Agility testing to Indiana Law Enforcement Academy standards:
    1. 1.5 mile run in 16 minutes, 28 seconds or better.
    2. 300 meter run in 71 seconds or better.
    3. 25 or more push-ups.
    4. 29 or more sit-ups in one minute.
    5. 16″ standing vertical jump.
  3. Written examination.
  4. Thorough background investigation.
  5. Merit Board interview.
  6. Law Enforcement Panel interview.

After these examinations, the sheriff and the board shall jointly prepare a list naming only those applicants who, in the opinion of both the sheriff and the board, best meet the prescribed standards and prerequisites. The sheriff appoints county police officers but only from among the persons whose names appear on this list. All county police officers appointed to the department under this chapter are on probation for a period of one (1) year from the date of appointment (IC 36-8-10-10(b)).

IC 36-8-10-10.4: County police force; preference for employment

Sec. 10.4. (a) Subject to subsection (c), the board shall give a preference for employment according to the following priority:
(1) A war veteran who has been honorably discharged from the United States armed forces.
(2) A person whose mother or father was a:
(A) firefighter of a unit;
(B) municipal police officer; or
(C) county police officer;
who died in the line of duty (as defined in IC 5-10-10-2).

(b) Subject to subsection (c), the board may give a preference for employment to any of the following:
(1) A member of another department laid off under section 11.1 of this chapter.
(2) A police officer laid off by a city under IC 36-8-4-11.

(c) A person described in subsection (a) or (b) may not receive a preference for employment unless the person:
(1) applies; and
(2) meets all employment requirements prescribed:
(A) by law, including physical and age requirements; and
(B) by the department.