Recruitment

Interested in a challenging and rewarding occupation where you will have the opportunity each and every day to make a positive impact on a dynamic and growing community? If so, then the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office is interested in you.

Career Opportunities

The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office is a professional law enforcement organization dedicated to providing unparalleled service to its community. The Sheriff's Office offers a wide variety of career opportunities in law enforcement, corrections and civilian support positions. A career with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office offers many rewards:

  • Excellent benefits and competitive salaries
  • Amazing variety of work and challenges
  • Opportunities to make significant positive impacts on people in your community
  • Challenging public service career
  • Pride in being a member of one of the best law enforcement agencies in the country
  • Starting Pay with NO experience:  $ 68,094.00
    Lateral Pay up to: $ 76,606.00

Requirements

Lateral Applicant Qualifying Credentials 

  1. U.S. Citizen or U.S. citizenship established by time of appointment
  2. Valid Driver’s License (Valid Indiana License by the time of appointment) and has no more than six (6) active points
  3. No felony convictions or any misdemeanor convictions for domestic violence
  4. Have legal ability to possess a firearm
  5. High School Graduate or high school equivalency diploma
  6. Ability to read and write English
  7. Must be at least 21 years of age by Merit Board Interview
  8. Ability to pass all the components of the selection process.
  9. Merit deputies are required to maintain primary residency within a 20-mile radius of the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, 18100 Cumberland Road, Noblesville, IN 46060.  Newly hired merit deputies who do not live within the 20-mile radius shall have nine (9) months from their date of hire to meet the residency requirement. 
  10. No convictions for Operating While Intoxicated or operating under the influence of drugs within the previous five (5) years
  11. Shall not have been dishonorably discharged from the military
  12. Shall not have used an illegal drug in the last two (2) years
  13. Meet one of the following:
    A) ILEA Tier I graduate 
    B) Graduate from another Indiana academy recognized by the ILETB as equivalent to Tier I
    C) Eligible to receive a waiver from ILEA for Tier I, https://secure.in.gov/ilea
  14. Meet one of the following: 
    A) Currently employed as a Law Enforcement Officer 
    B) Meet the IC 5-2-1-9 Rules
  15. Have a minimum of 2 years of Law Enforcement experience 
  16. Shall not have been suspended by another law enforcement agency in the twelve (12) months prior to the application deadline. Shall not have been decertified as a police officer or "Brady" disqualification. 

Reapplication

The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office allows reapplication, retesting, and re-evaluation of candidates not appointed unless the condition(s) which previously eliminated them from appointment are of a nature that another rejection is assured (e.g. criminal background), or an insufficient amount of time has passed to allow the applicant time to show a pattern of appropriate characteristics for reconsideration. These determinations will be made by the selection review committee. When reapplying, the applicant will restart the screening process from the beginning. There shall be no reference made to the candidate's first testing, and it shall not be held against the candidate in any manner.

Lateral Hiring Process Date Location
Recruiting 11/3/2023 - 11/22/2023 Noon HCSO
Application Due 11/22/2023 HCSO
Formal Interviews 
11/30/2023 or 12/2/2023
RSVP REQUIRED: 
Pre-App (link below) 
e-mail:
bryan.melton@hamiltoncounty.in.gov

Admin Main 
Conference Room
Truth Verification Test  December-January HCSO
Merit Board Interview  1/24/2024 HCSO
Psychological Examination January- February Indiana Public 
Safety Medical
Medical Examination January-February Indiana Public 
Safety Medical
Pre-Employment Drug Screen January-February Indiana Public 
Safety Medical
Open Applicant Qualifying Credentials
  1. U.S. Citizen or U.S. citizenship established by time of appointment
  2. Valid Driver’s License (Valid Indiana License by the time of appointment) and has no more than six (6) active points
  3. No felony convictions or any misdemeanor convictions for domestic violence 
  4. Have legal ability to possess a firearm
  5. High School Graduate or high school equivalency diploma and at least one of the following:
     A) completed at least 60 credit hours or equivalent from an accredited postsecondary  college or university   
     B) two (2) years military experience
     C) two (2) years prior law enforcement experience (to include correctional and law enforcement reserve experience)
  6. Ability to read and write English
  7. Must be at least 21 years of age at the time of the Merit Board
  8. Ability to pass all the components of the selection process including the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy Entrance Physical Standards
  9. Merit deputies are required to maintain primary residency within a 20-mile radius of the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, 18100 Cumberland Road, Noblesville, IN 46060.  Newly hired merit deputies who do not live within the 20-mile radius shall have nine (9) months from their date of hire to meet the residency requirement.
  10. No convictions for Operating While Intoxicated or operating under the influence of drugs within the previous five (5) years
  11. Shall not have been dishonorably discharged from the military
  12. Shall not have used an illegal drug in the last two (2) years
  13. Shall not have been suspended by another law enforcement agency in the twelve (12) months prior to the application deadline. Shall not have been decertified as a police officer or "Brady" disqualification. 

Reapplication

The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office allows reapplication, retesting, and re-evaluation of candidates not appointed unless the condition(s) which previously eliminated them from appointment are of a nature that another rejection is assured (e.g. criminal background), or an insufficient amount of time has passed to allow the applicant time to show a pattern of appropriate characteristics for reconsideration. These determinations will be made by the selection review committee. When reapplying, the applicant will restart the screening process from the beginning. There shall be no reference made to the candidate's first testing, and it shall not be held against the candidate in any manner.
Open Hiring Process Date Location
Recruiting 11/3/2023 HCSO
Application Due 11/22/2023 HCSO
Physical Test 8:00AM 11/30 (Thurs) or 12/2 (Sat) JDC Gym
Written Test 10:30AM 11/30 (Thurs) or 12/2 (Sat) JDC Medium
Training Room
Formal Interview 1:30PM-6:30PM 11/30 (Thurs) or 12/2 (Sat) HCSO
Truth Verification Test December-January  HCSO
Merit Board Interview 1/24/2024 HCSO
Psychological Examination January-February Indiana Public 
Safety Medical
Medical Examination January-February Indiana Public
Safety Medical
Pre-Employment Drug Screen January-February Indiana Public 
Safety Medical

ILEA Entry Standards

Test Standard
Vertical Jump 13.5 Inches
One Minute Sit-Ups 24
300 Meter Run 82 Seconds
Maximum Push-Ups 21
1.5 Mile Run 18 Minutes 56 Seconds

Benefits

  • Beards allowed (may not exceed ½ inch & shall be neatly trimmed)
  • Take-home vehicle
  • Health Insurance
  • Paid Holidays
  • Sick Leave
  • Deferred compensation plan
  • Off-duty detail opportunities
  • Continuous training opportunities
  • Retirement plan (requires no employee contribution)
  • Weapon and Uniform issue
  • Life Insurance 
  • Paid Vacations
  • Military Reserve Leave
  • Paid overtime opportunities
  • Promotional opportunities
  • Educational Assistance Program

Gifted & Committed Individuals

Not everyone can be a member of the Sheriff's Office. The work can be rigorous and even potentially dangerous at times. We are searching for gifted individuals of unquestionable integrity who can demonstrate sound judgment and decision-making skills under all conditions. We seek leaders who possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, and the strength of character to show compassion and charity in the face of adversity. We will demand your commitment to public service and dedication to the betterment of our community.

Hamilton County is an Equal Opportunity Employer and participates in E-Verify.

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