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Employment with the York County Sheriff's Office varies from sworn and non-sworn personnel, especially during the selection process. However, many of the minimum standards are the same.

Minimum Standards
(Non-Sworn Exceptions Noted in Yellow)

  • Possess a high school diploma or GED (College Degree Preferred)
  • Must be at least 21 years of age (18 years of age for non-sworn)
  • Possess a valid South Carolina Driver's License
  • Have not committed or been convicted of any felony or serious misdemeanor (Some exceptions for non-sworn personnel is possible)
  • Have not been convicted of driving under the influence the past 10 years
  • Be in good physical health
  • Be a citizen of the United States and resident of York County
  • Have an Honorable Military Discharge, if applicable

Selection Process (Non-Sworn Exceptions Noted in Yellow)

  • Complete and Submit York County government online application (CLICK HERE)
  • Once approved, complete Sheriff's Office pre-testing questionare. (received via e-mail or postal mail)
  • Complete Part I of York County Sheriff's Office Personal History Statement (receive at testing)
  • Entry-level testing (TABE, spelling, general knowledge and specialized testing)
  • Evaluation of Testing Requirements and Standards (Review of Scores and etc.)
  • Job related physical ability test (Not required for non-sworn personnel)
  • Initial structured interview
  • Extensive background investigation
  • Possible Follow-up Interview
  • Possible Conditional Offer Briefing with the Sheriff
  • Complete Part II of York County Sheriff's Office Personal History Statement
  • Polygraph Examination
  • Psychological examination (Not required for non-sworn personnel)
  • Complete medical examination (Not required for non-sworn personnel)
  • Complete drug screening
  • Final interview with Sheriff and extension to hire

If a candidate is selected as a sworn deputy and not certified as a law enforcement officer in South Carolina the candidate will be required to attend the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy in Columbia, South Carolina for basic training. Successful completion is mandatory and deputy candidates are paid their normal salary while attending. Out of state certified candidates may only be required to attend the legal portion of the training.

Direct any further questions via e-mail to the Office of Professional Standards at

                   Office of Professional Standards
                   Moss Justice Center
                   1675-2A York Highway
                   York, SC 29745-7430

The York County Sheriff's Office has an extensive employment process that ranges from the submission of the Pre-Testing Questionnaire, to thorough testing sessions, and a full background investigation, which will include a polygraph exam. Given the fact that we take pride in seeking out the best candidates to fill our positions, it is not uncommon for this, our sensitive selection process and elements (which are found on your Pre-Testing Questionnaire), to take anywhere from three months to one year.

Click Here for York County Government On-line Job Application