Recruitment

The Rhode Island Division of Sheriffs application submission period will be open from March 5th – April 15, 2017. All interested applicants must apply through the state recruitment website at www.apply.ri.gov.

The stages of the recruitment and selection are as follows:

  • Recruitment & Application period
  • Written examinations
  • Physical agility testing
  • Oral board interview
  • Complete background investigation
  • Psychological evaluation
  • Medical/Physical evaluation
  • Division of Sheriffs Recruit Training Academy

For specific information with respect to qualifications and the selection / training process, you may call (401) 275-2924 for additional details.

NOTE: If you submitted an application and any of your contact information has changed since, please notify us at (401) 275-2924.

About the Academy

The Rhode Island Sheriffs Academy is located in Cranston, Rhode Island. It is a six (6) week, unpaid academy, which runs from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM, Monday thru Friday. It is designed to challenge each recruit to determine if one possesses the necessary intelligence, emotional stability, physical stamina, and other criteria necessary to meet training objectives and active duty requirements.

Recruits report to the Training Academy Monday through Friday at 5:00 PM and are dismissed at 10:00 PM. The schedule consists of classes, lectures, demonstrations, and one (1) physical fitness training period each day. Attendance is mandatory for all thirty (30) training days.

Recruit Regulations and Duties

  1. The Rhode Island Division of Sheriffs is a paramilitary organization in which military courtesy and discipline is demanded and expected.
  2. All recruits will be informed of the Division and Training Academy rules and regulations which govern member's actions during training and employment.
  3. Recruits are subject to dismissal from the Academy by the Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety for incompetence, poor attitude, inefficiency, failure to meet physical fitness standards, and other training objectives, or violations of rules and regulations without the action of a hearing board.
  4. Recruits must maintain proper discipline and meet attendance requirements.
  5. Recruits are required to properly maintain, in accordance with the established Training Academy rules and regulations, their personal appearance, issued equipment, and personal belongings - all of which are subject to periodic inspections by the Training Academy Staff.

Training Requirements

  1. Recruits must successfully complete all academic courses.
  2. After instruction on the care and use of the Division-issued service weapon, all recruits must qualify with this weapon in accordance with Rhode Island State Law.
  3. Recruits must demonstrate a high level of proficiency in their physical abilities and skills.
  4. A rigorous program of physical conditioning, including calisthenics, hand-to-hand combat and defensive tactics is conducted during the training process.

Miscellaneous Information

Upon successful completion of the training program, a recruit is sworn in as a member of the Division of Sheriffs, or a recruit is placed on a reserve list. After being sworn in as a member of the Division, a six (6) month probationary period begins. Assignments are based on the needs of the Division.

Salary and Benefits

  1. During the six (6) week Training Academy, recruits do not receive a salary.
  2. A recruit's medical expenses, for injuries incurred during training, are paid for by the Division.
  3. Upon appointment as member of the Division, recruits are eligible for additional benefits (i.e. Health Insurance, Delta Dental, Prescription Service, and Vision Care, etc.). Health care coverage is contributory in nature. A health insurance co-share of the medical premium is required for participation in coverage. A State group life insurance plan is also available. Also, upon retirement, Division members are eligible for health insurance benefits with a required co-share equal to the premium co-share percentage applicable as of the date of retirement.
  4. Upon appointment, uniforms and equipment are furnished by the Division. Upon appointment, deputy sheriffs receive an annual clothing allowance of $800.
  5. The starting salary for a deputy sheriff, upon graduation and hiring (excluding overtime and incentive pay), is $42,833 with fifteen increments (over 25 years) to $59,832.
  6. The average work week consists of thirty-five (35) hours. Deputies normally work Monday thru Friday (9:00 AM to 4:30 PM) with an unpaid lunch break.
  7. To ensure the proper performance of professional duties and obligations, the Division may direct and authorize overtime.
  8. There are ten (10) official State holidays per year.
  9. Annual vacation for deputies is listed below:
    • 6 months to 5 years of service (10 working days);
    • 5 to 10 years of service (15 working days);
    • 10 to 15 years of service (18 working days);
    • 15 to 20 years of service (20 working days);
    • 20 to 25 years of service (26 working days);
    • 25+ years of service (28 working days).