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CONFINEMENT OFFICER APPLICATION PROCESS

The Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office (VCSO) application process for the position of Confinement Officer begins with a pre-qualifying test administered by the Administration Division. To ensure only the most qualified individuals are hired, the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office will administer a Corrections Officer Selection Test (COST) produced by a professional testing company. The test is designed to measure basic skills (such as reading, problem solving and report writing) which confinement officer must possess.

The Corrections Officer Selection Test is offered throughout the year at Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office headquarters. The next testing dates are: Saturday, May 23, 2020 at 0900 hours and Saturday, May 30, 2020 at 0900. To sign up for the test, contact the Executive Secretary at 812-421-6203. Due to COVID-19 precautions, seating is limited each day to the first 15 applicants that call.

On the day of the test you must provide a valid, government issued identification card (e.g. driver’s license or identification card), a completed application and a signed Requirements and Disqualifiers Form before being allowed to test. The test will start promptly at 9:00AM. If the applicant is late, he or she will not be permitted to test on that date.

Upon successfully passing the test (70% or higher), the applicant will be placed in a pool of eligible candidates to be interviewed by the Sheriff and his Executive Staff. Applicants need only take the written examination once. We will maintain the test scores for five (5) years. Please do not contact us; we will contact you regarding the interviews.  

As Confinement Officer vacancies occur, the Sheriff and his Executive Team (the chief deputy and majors) will select a group of candidates for interviews. Upon completion of the interview, a conditional employement offer may be extended to you. Once a conditional employment has been accepted, the background check process begins. The candidate will be required to undergo a drug screen, physical examination, fitness test, psychological evaluation and a lie-detector examination. If an applicant is not selected for a job interview, the application will be purged after two (2) years.

Candidates who pass all phases of the conditional job offer will be scheduled for a pre-employment meeting in which you will be informed of a hire date. For more information please contact administration division commander Lt. Colonel John Strange by voice at 812-421-6227.

Required Steps to Apply for the Position of Confinement Officer:

Step One: Thoroughly review our list of requirements, disqualifiers and benefits by clicking here.

Step Two: Once you have reviewed and fully understand the disqualifiers, click here to download the application packet.

Step Three: Complete the application and associated paperwork. (You will bring it with you on the testing date.)

Step Four: Call the Executive Secretary at 812-421-6203 to sign up for a testing date.

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