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The McDowell County Sheriff's Office is always looking for Men & Women who are interested in a Law Enforcement career.  With competitive wages, benefits to include Health and Dental Insurance, 401k and Retirement, The McDowell County Sheriff's Office could be the home for you!

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                                   Deputy Sheriff or Detention Officer?
 
 
Definition: 

N.C.G.S. 17E provides:

“Justice Officer” means:

A person who, through the special trust and confidence of the sheriff, has taken the oath of office prescribed by Chapter 11 of these statutes as a peace officer in the office of a sheriff. This term includes “deputy sheriffs,” “reserve deputy sheriffs,” and “special deputy sheriffs” but does not include clerical and support personnel not required to take an oath. The term “special deputy” means a person, who, through appointment by the sheriff becomes an unpaid criminal justice officer to perform a specific act directed to the person by the sheriff; or
A person who, through the special trust and confidence of the sheriff, has been appointed as a detention officer by the sheriff; or
A person who is either the administrator or other custodial personnel of district confinement facilities as defined in G.S. 153A-219. Nothing in this Chapter shall transfer any supervisory or administrative control of employees of district confinement facilities to the office of the sheriff.

12 NCAC 10B .0103 provides:

“Detention Officer” means any person performing responsibilities, either on a full-time, part-time, permanent or temporary basis, which include but are not limited to the control, care and supervision of any inmates incarcerated in a county jail or other confinement facility under the direct supervision and management of the sheriff. “Detention Officer” shall also mean the administrator and other custodial personnel of district confinement facilities as defined in G.S. 153A-219.

“Deputy Sheriff” means any person who has been duly appointed and sworn by the sheriff and who is authorized to exercise the powers of arrest in accordance with the law of North Carolina. 


Minimum Employment Standards

Every Justice Officer employed or certified in North Carolina must meet certain minimum standards under 12 NCAC 10B .0300:

  • Be a citizen of the United States.
  • Be at least 21 years of age.
  • Be a high school graduate, or the equivalent (GED).
  • Have been fingerprinted by the employing agency.
  • Have had a medical examination by a licensed physician.
  • Have produced a negative result on a drug screen.
  • Make full disclosure of criminal charges and Domestic Violence Orders, both upon application and while holding certification.
  • Be of good moral character.
  • Have a thorough background investigation conducted by the employing agency, to include a personal interview prior to employment.
  • Not have a prohibitive criminal history record.