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Confinement Officer Employment Requirements, Disqualifiers, Physical Standards and Benefits

Requirements and Disqualifiers

  • Be at least 19 years of age at the time of testing.
  • Possess a valid driver’s license or be able to obtain an Indiana driver’s license prior to employment.
  • No felony convictions.
  • High school diploma or GED
  • No convictions* for hate crimes.
  • No convictions* for domestic violence.
  • No dishonorable discharges from any branch of military service.
  • Applicants who have tattoos on their arms that would be visible when wearing a short sleeve shirt or uniform shirt SHALL be required to wear a long sleeve shirt or uniform shirt, if hired. Other coverings, including those coverings designed specifically for tattoos, shall not be permitted. Tattoos on the exposed areas of the neck, face/head or hands shall be a disqualifier for employment. It is also understood that certain tattoos may be related to hate speech, gang activity or subversive groups. It shall always be the policy of the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office that any conduct or affiliations that would otherwise disqualify a person from employment or continued employment shall remain in full force and effect.

NOTE: The tattoo exception for civilian employment shall not extend to the position of deputy sheriff. This includes civilian employees of the VCSO who wish to apply for deputy sheriff but who have a visible tattoo in a short sleeve uniform. Such visible tattoos shall remain as a disqualifier for the position of deputy sheriff: NO EXCEPTIONS.

  • No more than five (5) traffic violations in the past five (5) years (does not include parking tickets).
  • No marijuana use within the past one (1) year.
  • No illegal/unlawful use of drugs (excluding marijuana) within the past two (2) years.
  • Permanently disqualified from employment if ever engaged in the sale, dealing, or manufacture of controlled substances.
  • May not have a conviction* for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in the past two (2) years and no more than one (1) conviction* in a lifetime.
  • Must reside within 125 miles of the Sheriff's Office (or agree to relocate within 125 miles within six (6) months of beginning employment).
  • Confinement Officer Applicants: Must provide proof of registration for selective service (applicable under Federal law to males under the age of 26 years of age).
  • Confinement Officer Applicants: Pass a post-offer of employment medical examination (including vision and hearing exams), drug screen, and psychological interview.
  • Confinement Officer Applicants (and other positions as required): Pass a post-offer of employment background investigation, which includes: fingerprinting; photographing; criminal records checks; interviews with family, references, neighbors and past and present employers; credit history check and a lie detector examination.
  • Confinement Officer Applicants: Meet and successfully pass all academic, practical, physical training and retention requirements of the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office and the Indiana Law Enforcement Training Board. Other positions may also require specific training standards.
  • Possess the skills, knowledge and abilities required of the position for which you applied, which includes, but is not limited to, a positive attitude, good communication skills, respect for the law, respect for your fellow citizens and respect for your colleagues.

NOTE: Where indicated with an “*”, the term “conviction” shall include the amendment of a criminal charge to a lesser offense resulting from a negotiated plea. Compliance with the above listed disqualifiers and requirements will be verified through a background investigation, which includes a lie-detector exam, for those applicants that advance to the conditional offer stage of the selection process.

For more information about the testing process, please click here.

Physical Standards

Confinement Officer candidates will be required to successfully complete a cardiovascular capacity test consisting of a treadmill in a graduated sequence. Once the testing protocol begins, the speed of the treadmill is set to a consistent speed of 3.3 miles per hour. Each minute, the incline of the treadmill will increase by 1%. The test will proceed for a total of 10 minutes. If at any time the candidate cannot safely continue for any reason at the discretion of the evaluator, the test is terminated. The test can also be terminated at any time by the candidate if they do not wish to continue. A screen of the candidate's range of motion, muscle strength, coordination, heart rate and blood pressure are done to assess the candidate's appropriateness for testing prior to starting the test. You will not be able to advance to your test if your blood pressure is in excess of 180/100, your resting heart rate is in excess of 110 beats per minute, muscle strength or your range of motion is not within functional limits to safely complete the test.

Benefit Package


The benefits provided to employees include, but are not limited to:

  • Opportunity to serve in a professional, career-oriented organization
  • 2021 base wage of $17.08 per hour with an increase to $19.01 after one year.
  • Pay increases every 5 years up to 20 years of service.
  • Annual clothing allowance of $1000
  • Shift differential of 3.5% of gross pay for second and third shifts.
  • Paid leave including vacation days, personal days and sick days.
  • Teamster provided health care (including medical, dental and vision insurance at no cost).
  • Paid life insurance
  • P.E.R.F. (Public Employees Retirement Fund)
  • Option to participate in a deferred compensation savings program
  • Access to a fully equipped agency-owned fitness center
  • Corporate membership rates at the Y.M.C.A. and Bob's Gym
  • Collective bargaining by Teamsters Local 215


Click here to download the application.

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