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Our patrol staff has been recognized as one of the best in the state, and officers receive great pay and benefits in addition to training on the latest technology and tactics used in law enforcement. On April 11, 2015, the Elkhart County Council approved a new Pay Structure changing the starting pay rate for a new Probationary Officer - Patrol to $20.38/hr, effective April 19, 2015. Click here to learn about the physical fitness parameters for selection. We use the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy's Exit Standards for our hiring process.

Our corrections employees have a new facility in which to work, and Elkhart County is using cutting-edge technology and new methods to help inmates turn their lives around. On April 11, 2015, the Elkhart County Council approved a new Pay Structure changing the starting pay rate for a new Probationary Officer - Corrections to $16.00/hr, effective April 19, 2015. Click here to learn about the physical fitness parameters for selection as a Corrections Officer or click here to see a video of an officer demonstrating each aspect of the testing process.

Employment tests are scheduled throughout the year, and dates are available by calling the county's personnel office at (574) 535-6725. Submit your application, background information and authorization for release form, and join our team!

The Elkhart County Sheriff's Department strongly supports equal employment opportunity laws. Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, gender, race, religious beliefs, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or veteran status. This 5-page fact sheet answers frequently asked questions regarding the ADA and its impact on law enforcement officers with disabilities.

Requirements for employment
Patrol officers

  1. The applicant shall have reached their 21st birthday upon appointment.
  2. The applicant must be a United States citizen.
  3. A High School Diploma is required; however, college is preferred.
  4. The applicant shall possess a valid Indiana driver's license upon appointment.
  5. The applicant shall be of good reputation and character.
  6. The applicant shall not have been convicted of a felony or serious misdemeanor.
  7. The applicant shall be given a job-related pre-screen written examination which will include math, grammar, spelling, comprehension, and sentence structure, and the applicant shall achieve a score no less than the minimum acceptable score established for the given test.
  8. A physician with an unlimited license to practice medicine shall examine the applicant to aid in determining that they are physically fit for normal police functions and Indiana Law Enforcement Academy basic training requirements.
  9. An emotional stability and psychological fitness examination shall be required of any person under consideration for a merit position to aid in the determination that they can endure the stress of the working conditions, and are suited to the position of police officer, and to determine if they are fit for duty as a police officer.
  10. The applicant must pass a standard department polygraph exam given by a certified examiner designated by the department.
  11. The applicant must be willing to reside in Elkhart County within 180-days of appointment.
  12. The applicant must pass a drug screen. Applicants currently using illegal drugs will not be hired. Applicants with a history of illegal drug use may be disqualified.
  13. The Sheriff's Department will conduct a physical fitness assessment on the applicant to determine if the applicant has strength, endurance, aerobic, and anaerobic stamina to meet the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy basic training physical fitness standards. The applicant will be required to pass firearms and taser qualifications and handcuffing utilizing both the right and left hands. Click here to learn about the physical fitness parameters for selection.

Requirements for employment
Corrections officers

  1. The applicant shall have reached their 18th birthday upon appointment.
  2. The applicant must be a United States citizen.
  3. The applicant must have a minimum of a high school diploma or G.E.D.
  4. The applicant shall possess a valid Indiana driver's license upon appointment.
  5. The applicant shall be of good reputation and character.
  6. The applicant shall not have been convicted of a felony or serious misdemeanor.
  7. The applicant shall be given a job-related pre-screen written examination which will include math, grammar, spelling, comprehension, and sentence structure, and the applicant shall achieve a score no less than the minimum acceptable score established for the given test.
  8. The applicant must submit to a polygraph test by an examiner designated by the department.
  9. The applicant must pass a drug screen. Applicants currently using illegal drugs will not be hired. Applicants with a history of illegal drug use may be disqualified.
  10. The applicant must pass the Sheriff's Department's physical fitness assessment to determine if the applicant has strength, endurance, aerobic, and anaerobic stamina to meet the basic physical fitness standards. The applicant will be required to pass firearms and taser qualifications and handcuffing utilizing both the right and left hands. Click here to learn about the physical fitness parameters for selection.

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