Standards of Employment

The selection process utilized by the Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office provides the Sheriff and his Command Staff with sufficient information on a candidate to ensure that only the most qualified individuals are selected to serve our citizens. Given the nature of the law enforcement profession and the high standards of the Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office, some prior actions would preclude employment with our agency.



Deputy Sheriff Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be US citizen
  • Must be at least 21 years of age (prior to completion of the training academy)
  • Must either possess or obtain a Virginia driver’s license by time of appointment
  • Must reside in Virginia (prior to the completion of the training academy)
  • Must have a minimum of a high school diploma or GED
  • Must pass an extensive background investigation, drug screening and medical exam


Automatic Employment Disqualifiers

  • Non-US citizenship
  • Felony conviction
  • Misdemeanor conviction of any crime involving sex offenses, domestic assault or crime of moral turpitude (e.g. petit larceny)
  • Conviction of DUI or DUI related offense within the last five years
  • Illegal use of any schedule I, II, III, or IV drug within the last five years
  • Illegal use of marijuana within the last two years

Potential Employment Disqualifiers

  • Evaluated on a case by case basis, an applicant may be eliminated from the process for any of the following:
  • Substance abuse (legal or illegal)
  • Poor credit history
  • Poor driving record
  • Commission of undetected crimes
  • Any behavior that brings discredit to the Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office.