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Career Paths at HCSO

  • Detention Officer

    Detention Officer


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    Detention Officer Careers


    Detention Officers are a vital part of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office as they are charged with the care, custody, and control of the thousands of inmates at the Harris County Jail.

    Detention Officers report to and receive assignments, instructions, and direction from Sergeants, Lieutenants, and Captains.

    The duties of a detention officer include, but are not limited to, monitoring and documenting jail inmate activities, and controlling and directing inmates while out of jail cell areas (e.g. transfers, work assignments, meals, recreation, etc.).

    Detention Officers may also qualify to attend the basic peace officer course at our academy after one year of service if they meet the criteria to become a Texas Peace Officer and wish to become a Deputy Sheriff.

    Detention Officer Applicants are no longer required to run a mile and half as part of the physical ability testing.

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  • Deputy Entry

    Deputy Entry


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    Entry Deputies


    The Harris County Sheriff’s Office is looking for entry and lateral deputies to work in divisions ranging from patrol, criminal investigations, homeland security, and the criminal and civil courtrooms. The duties of an HCSO deputy include but are not limited to assisting and protecting the Citizens of Harris County by enforcing laws, investigating traffic accidents, responding to and investigating reports of criminal activities and making arrests when required.

    The Harris County Sheriff’s Office is a pro-active organization with unlimited growth opportunities for its employees to include TCOLE training and rank advancement. If you’re looking for an exciting career and wish to make a difference by serving your community, we welcome you to join our HCSO family.

    Please note that Entry level Deputies will be paid at the Cadet scale of $34,049.60 until all required training has been completed.

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  • Deputy Lateral

    Deputy Lateral


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    Lateral Deputies

    Lateral Deputies


    The Harris County Sheriff’s Office is looking for experienced deputies to work in divisions ranging from patrol, criminal investigations, homeland security, and the criminal and civil courtrooms.

    The duties of an HCSO deputy include but are not limited to assisting and protecting the Citizens of Harris County by enforcing laws, investigating traffic accidents, responding to and investigating reports of criminal activities and making arrests when required.

    The Harris County Sheriff’s Office is a pro-active organization with unlimited growth opportunities for its employees to include TCOLE training and rank advancement. If you’re looking for an exciting career and wish to make a difference by serving your community, we welcome you to join our HCSO family.

    For a limited time, Lateral Deputy Applicants meeting the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Lateral Employment requirements may be exempted from having to complete the pre-employment Physical Ability Test. Please contact HCSO Recruiting for more information.

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  • Communication Officer

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    Communications Officer / Telecommunicator


    Communication Officers are specially trained and certified staff serving as front line contacts for all 9 1 1 emergency and nonemergency calls from residents within the unincorporated areas of Harris County.

    They are also responsible for dispatching and directing deputies once calls are received.

    Because communication officers often deal with life and death situations, it is critical that the candidate for this position possess the ability to stay calm while reassuring the caller that help is on the way.

    Telecommunicators also work and train in mobile command post environments using the Incident Command Structure in active crisis sitations, assume on-scene communications, documentation and resource accountability support.

    If you are looking for a challenging and rewarding experience, and have the ability to multitask, mediate, and lead, we are looking for you.

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  • Clerical / Civilian


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    Clerical / Civilian Career Opportunities


    Performs general clerical duties by answering telephones and taking messages. Responsible for data entry of confidential information. File letters, documents and other material as directed. Photocopying and Faxing.

    May be required to review, validate and process a wide variety of confidential documents. Maintain manuals and computerized records and files.

    Performs other assignments and duties as required and/or necessary. Reports to a designated supervisor. Types reports and documents for approval and complies with Civil Service, Department Bureau and Division Rules, Regulations and Standard Operating Procedures.

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  • Medical


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    Medical Staff Duties


    Renders general nursing care to patients in accordance with approved nursing techniques, assigned delegated responsibility, and exercises varying levels of professional discretionary authority with frequent supervision and instruction. Has access to confidential information.

    May function as shift supervisor, who will direct, control and coordinate all clinical activity on an assigned shift in compliance with policies and procedures.

    Also maintains assignment schedules of medical personnel to include timekeeping functions.

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  • Professional Opportunities

    Professional Opportunities

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    Professional Career Fields

    Professional Career Fields


    The Harris County Sheriff's Office offers a wide variety of professional employment opportunities to include but not limited to the list on the right.

    Professional minimum requirements:

    • U.S. Citizen (Born/Naturalized) or show eligibility to work and reside in the U.S.
    • Must possess appropriate license/certificate or education
    • Must meet minimum experience when applicable

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    • Management
    • Information Technology
    • Computer Forensics
    • Media Relations
    • Legal Services
    • Executive Administration
    • Data Analysts
    • Food Services
    • Project Managers
    • ...and many more...
    To see a list of current job postings, click here.
  • Hiring Process


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    Application Process


    As you begin the process of joining Harris County Sheriff’s Office, please remember our employees are exposed to confidential and law enforcement sensitive information.

    A thorough background investigation is required to properly evaluate the suitability of applicants for employment.

    The process will end for applicants who fail to provide truthful information.

    Sequence of Steps


    • Pre-Employment Screening
    • Job Testing
    • Polygraph Phase
    • Background Investigation
    • Review Process
    • Medical Examination
    • Job Offer
  • Benefits


    Benefits Package

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    Employee Benefits

    Benefit Details


    Each employee is provided basic life, medical, dental, and vision insurance coverage at no cost. Dependents can be added at an additional cost.

    Vacation time is accrued in accordance with Harris county policy. Sick Leave is accrued in accordance with Harris County Regulations.

    Each employee can accumulate a total of 240 hours of compensatory time. Overtime will be paid for any hours worked over 240 hours.

Career Paths at HCSO

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2223 West Loop South Suite 400, Houston Texas 77027

Mailing Address


Harris County Sheriff's Office Background and Recruiting Division 1200 Baker St., Houston, TX 77002

Contact Information


Hours: M - F, 8: A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
Phone: 713-877-5250  Fax: 713-877-5295 
Email: recruit@sheriff.hctx.net
To apply for any positions go to HCSO JOBS.
For more information Click Here to review the brochure.

About Us

The Harris County Sheriff's Office, founded in 1837, is the largest sheriff's office in Texas and the third largest in the United States. The HCSO has over 4600 employees and 200 reservists dedicated to ensuring the safety of over 4.1 million residents who call Harris County home. Harris County encompasses 1788 square miles (1729 land) and includes forty-one incorporated municipalities.

Core Values

Merit and maintain the public’s trust.
Embrace and deliver professional service.
Protect our citizens with honor and courage.
Exemplify ethical conduct at all times.
Develop, encourage, and care for our Sheriff’s Office family.

Contact Us

1200 Baker Street
Houston, TX 77002
Emergency: 911
Non Emergency: (713) 221-6000
Inmate Information: (713) 755-5300
Information Line: (713) 755-6044
webmaster@sheriff.hctx.net

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