Are you a certified law enforcement officer in the Commonwealth of Virginia looking for an opportunity to advance your career and join a dynamic team dedicated to serving the community? Our Lateral Entry Program provides experienced law enforcement professionals with the opportunity to join one of the area’s finest law enforcement agencies. If you have excelled in your law enforcement career and are ready to meet the high standards of the Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office, we encourage you to apply for our true lateral entry program.

Minimum Requirements:

To be eligible for the Lateral Entry Program, applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Currently certified as a law enforcement officer through the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services
  • 21 years of age or older
  • U.S. citizen
  • Possess a high school diploma or equivalent (some college coursework preferred)
  • Possess a valid Virginia driver’s license
  • Successfully pass all phases of a highly competitive selection process, including:
    • Oral review board
    • Comprehensive background investigation (including credit, criminal history and driving record checks)
    • Interview with the Sheriff
    • Medical exam
    • Psychological Evaluation
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work rotating shifts, including nights, weekends, and holidays


  • Competitive Salary: Enjoy a competitive salary commensurate with your training and experience.

In addition to competitive pay, the Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office offers a comprehensive benefits package, including:

  • Health Insurance: Choose from two plans with Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield, with a portion of the cost covered by the county.
  • Life Insurance: Fully paid by the county for both sworn and civilian employees.
  • Dental Insurance: Included in health insurance.
  • Supplemental Insurance: Optional plans for accidental/cancer/intensive care coverage available for employee purchase.
  • Retirement: County pays 95% of Virginia Retirement System (VRS) contribution, with retirement eligibility after 25 years of service at age 50. Law Enforcement Officers Retirement (LEO) Supplement available for sworn employees.
  • Deferred Compensation: Investment opportunities for retirement planning.
  • Educational Tuition Assistance: Must be job-related, approved by the Sheriff, and may be limited to a maximum dollar amount.
  • Take-Home Vehicle: Mileage restrictions apply in accordance with agency guidelines.
  • Uniforms and Equipment: All uniforms and equipment provided by the Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office.
  • Military Veterans/Reservists Benefits: Full pay and benefits while in the academy, paid military leave, and a Prior Service Purchase Program for Virginia Retirement System credit.

Join Our Team

If you are a dedicated law enforcement professional looking for a rewarding career opportunity, we invite you to join the Westmoreland County Sheriff's Office as a Deputy Sheriff through our Lateral Entry Program.