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Job Opportunities

Career Opportunities with Catawba County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriffs must complete BLET (Basic Law Enforcement Training). It is offered as a 6-month course at most community colleges; See details below.

Detention Officers do not have to complete BLET, however, the Detention Officer must successfully complete Detention Officer Certification Course within twelve months of employment.

Applications are available online at the link below only. Applicants must:

  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Be a high school graduate or equivalent (GED)
  • Be a United States Citizen
  • Hold a valid North Carolina driver's license
  • Have a background free from criminal offenses

Deputies start at $40,214.74 annually (+2.5% after a successful six month review)

Detention Officers start at $36,476.45 annually (+2.5% after successful completion of Jail School)

The Sheriff's Office also offers extra pay for those who are bi-lingual (pending a testing procedure and budget availability), Education Compensation (i.e. Associates, Bachelors, Masters Degree), Law Enforcement Intermediate Certificate, Advanced Certificate, as well as an Annual Performance salary increase.

https://www.catawbacountync.gov/county-services/human-resources/employment-opportunities/

For more information, contact our Recruiting Officer at (828) 465-9605


Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) Sponsorship

When to apply
Sponsorship is provided in accordance with the local school schedules and will be accepted no later than 30 days prior to your BLET school deadline.

Who can apply
In order to be eligible for sponsorship to a BLET program, you must:

  • Be at least 20 years of age (must be 21 to be an Officer)
  • Be a high school graduate or equivalent (GED)
  • Be a United States Citizen
  • Hold a valid North Carolina driver's license
  • Have a background free from criminal offenses
  • Complete an application packet with a local BLET program

BLET Sponsorship Process

In order to apply for BLET sponsorship, an individual may obtain a sponsorship packet from Catawba County Sheriff’s Office by calling 828-465-8321. A letter with our recommendation will be provided to the applicant upon completion of a background investigation. Our agency will not be responsible for any cost incurred during your school.

In order to apply for the Basic Law Enforcement Training program, an individual may obtain an application packet from a local BLET program: