Wayne County, IN Sheriff's Office

Merit Officer (Patrolman) Hiring Process

Basic Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a United States citizen.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age at time of appointment.
  • Must have eyesight correctable to 20/50.
  • Must possess or be able to obtain a valid Indiana driver’s license at time of appointment.
  • Must be a resident of Wayne County within 90 days of appointment.
  • Must never have been convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.
  • Must have no involvement with illegal drugs & pass a drug screen.
  • Must be able to meet the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy basic physical exit standards during the agility test phase of the selection process.
  • Must have a High School Diploma or GED
  • Must have one of the following:
    • Completed at least 60 semester or 90 quarter hours of credit from an accredited college or university and have a minimum grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 grading scale.
    • At least three years previous full-time paid, successful (sworn) law enforcement experience having graduated from a state accredited police academy (entry level law enforcement basic training curriculum) in which the essential job functions were performed at a satisfactory or above level, as witnessed by the employer or documented by employee evaluations.
    • At least three years previous full time paid, successful corrections/jail experience in which the essential job functions were performed at a satisfactory or above level, as witnessed by the employer or documented by employee evaluations.
    • At least two years of active military duty with an honorable discharge or currently serving at a minimum rank of E-4 (or its equivalent) in the US Military service.

Application Process

  • Online application
  • Written test
  • Agility test - (Exit Standards)
  • Oral interview
  • Background investigation
  • Polygraph examination
  • Psychological examination
  • Physical exam

Written Test

  • The timed written multiple choice test is a position-specific test.

Interview

  • The interview is a structured oral interview with procedures that evaluate the interpersonal and reasoning skills of applicants using standardized methods, developed and directed by an Indianapolis based management consulting firm.
  • The interview will be conducted at the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office using officers of various ranks as members of the interview team.


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