Sworn Positions - Become a Deputy Sheriff!

Public safety and community service are the core missions of the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office, a constitutional office with more than 500 sworn and civilian appointees. In your career with the VBSO, you will serve in the distinguished field of law enforcement, becoming a leader in your community while growing as a professional and forging lifelong relationships. Whether you’re just starting out, looking for a positive change or seeking your next profession after retiring from the military, you will find a rewarding career and a family at the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office.

You also will have extensive opportunities to serve and make a difference in the community.

VBSO Pay Information


The Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office offers a competitive starting salary of $45,656 with annual increases and career progression increases. Benefits include (but aren't limited to):

  • Virginia Retirement System
  • Law Enforcement Officer Supplemental Retirement
  • City health, vision and dental benefits
  • Life insurance
  • Paid annual and sick leave
  • 14 paid holidays
  • Military leave
  • Paid parental leave (six weeks)
  • Continuing education opportunities, including possible tuition assistance
  • Opportunities for advancement
  • Training and professional development
  • Volunteer opportunities within the community
  • Being a part of a team of hard-working professionals who strive for the best on a daily basis


Additional pay and benefits information, including the pay ranges for each rank, is listed in our Pay & Benefits document.

Minimum standards:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Be a U.S. Citizen with a good employment, credit and police record
  • Produce original high school diploma or GED or high school transcripts
  • Produce original Social Security Card, birth certificate and, if applicable, an original DD-214 (member copy 4)
  • Possess a valid driver’s license


*Please be sure to review the list of automatic disqualifiers.*

The first step in our hiring process is to apply online at vbgovcareers.com and then participate in the physical and written testing. The written test will cover four key areas: reading comprehension, counting accuracy, inductive reasoning and deductive reasoning. The Physical Ability Test is measured as a pass/fail test (each component of the test must be passed). The minimum scores are as follows:

  • Push-ups: 11 completed using proper form
  • Sit & Reach: 5.33 centimeters
  • Trunk Pull: 72 pounds of pressure
  • 300 Meter Run: 112 seconds


Apply now at vbgovcareers.com! The application deadline is Nov. 30, 2021, for the next testing date on Jan. 15, 2022.

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We are also hiring for a Deputy I - Lateral Hire with the following qualifications:

• Minimum of 12 months full-time certified deputy sheriff experience (following academy training);
• Active Virginia Department of Criminal Justices Services (DCJS) certification in jailor, courts, and civil;
• High school diploma or GED equivalent;
• Possession of a valid appropriate driver's license issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia or the State of North Carolina;
• Be a U.S. citizen at the time of application;
• Successful completion of the selection process, including written test, Physical Ability Test, full background investigation, face-to-face interview and polygraph;
• Upon receiving a conditional offer of employment, successful completion of medical and psychological exams (provided at the Virginia Beach Sheriff's Office expense); Note: The pre-employment medical exam includes drug testing for a variety of substances, including marijuana;
• Must refrain from using tobacco products on the job.

Starting salary will be $47,964.80-$70,283.20 depending on qualifications

Apply by Dec. 9, 2021, at vbgovcareers.com. Additional information is available in the attached job advertisement.

The Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office is an equal opportunity employer. The VBSO is also Virginia Values Veterans (V3) certified and fully accredited by the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission.

Additional documentation is attached.

Questions? Contact us at 757-385-8808, employment@vbso.net or 757-385-4389 (fax).

*Please be sure to review the list of automatic disqualifiers.*

Frequently Asked Questions