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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 test will be given every quarter at the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office Headquarters Training Room. In 2019, the test will be given at 9:00AM on the following Saturdays: March 02, May 18, July 13, September 07 and November 09. To sign up for the test, contact the Executive Secretary at 812-421-6203. Seating is limited to the first 30 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 you may be given a conditional job offer from the Sheriff. Once a conditional job offer has been extended, the background check process begins. The candidate will be required to undergo a drug screen, physical examination, 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 Major Noah Robinson by voice at 421-6222 or by email.

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.

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

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