Deputy Sheriff Detective Jobs in Philadelphia, PA at City of Philadelphia

Title: Deputy Sheriff Detective

Company: City of Philadelphia

Location: Philadelphia, PA

This is court enforcement work servicing legal documents and executing a wide variety of civil and criminal court orders and conducting investigations relative to work assignments. Work differs from that of the Deputy Sheriff in that the incumbents are responsible for making and completing civil investigations. Employees in this class are frequently required to work irregular hours to serve legal papers, make arrests, and perform extraditions. The ability to deal firmly and courteously with hostile members of the public is of major significance to the work.

Work is performed under the supervision of a higher level deputy sheriff.

Assignments require evaluative thinking and are carried out in accordance with standard departmental practices and general work instructions. Employees in this class have controlling responsibility for serving and executing court orders in an assigned sector of a district. Work involves environmental conditions, which can be only partially controlled and light physical effort.

Union Code

B. Deputy Sheriff Classes



Minimum Requirements

Minimum Training, Education & Experience

The following statement represents the minimum training and experience standards which will be used to admit or reject applicants for tests. Candidates must meet requirements by the date of the written examination: May 13, 2023.



-Presently employed by the City of Philadelphia with permanent Civil Service status in the Sheriff’s Office with a performance rating of Satisfactory or higher;


– Education equivalent to completion of the twelfth school grade.


-Two years of experience as a Deputy Sheriff (5H41/6K02)

Physical & Medical Requirements

Ability to perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required of a position in this class.

Required Licenses & Certifications

Possession of a valid proper class motor vehicle operator’s license as issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania prior to appointment and during tenure of appointment as a Deputy Sheriff.

Possession of an active Deputy Sheriff Training Act II-1 14 certification prior to appointment.


Ability to obtain, or possession of, an automobile in good operating condition if required by job assignment.

Other Requirements

Equivalency Statement(s)

Any equivalent combination of acceptable education and experience.

Application Details

Application Procedures




Thank you for your interest in employment with the City of Philadelphia. Please refer to the important information below regarding this job opportunity.

1. You must complete the entire application process, provide accurate and up to date contact information, and submit all certifications, required licenses, and relevant documentation with each application or email the documents as an attachment to the Human Resources Representative listed below prior to the date of the exam.

2. The analyst responsible for reviewing applications and additional documentation for this job opportunity is

David Ross

City of Philadelphia – Office of Human Resources

1401 JFK Blvd., Room 1530

Philadelphia, PA 19102-1675

Phone: 215-686-2359

Fax: 215-686-0861

Email: [email protected]

: This analyst may be intermittently working remotely. Please forward questions and documentation via email to avoid delays.

3. For all other inquiries please contact Customer Service at 215-686-0880 or email
[email protected]

Notes to Applicants

The City of Philadelphia is a Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program qualified employer.

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The City of Philadelphia is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not permit discrimination based on race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, source of income, familial status, genetic information or domestic or sexual violence victim status. If you believe you were discriminated against, call the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations at 215-686-4670 or send an email to
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The City of Philadelphia is committed to ensuring access to Civil Service examinations by providing appropriate accommodations for candidates with documented medical or religious reasons. Candidates may request an accommodation for a Civil Service examination by contacting the Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action Unit of the Mayor’s Office of Labor Relations at 215-683-5085. The accommodation process is interactive and requires cooperation and communication between the applicant requesting a test accommodation and the EEO Unit. Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis using the required documentation that is submitted. Requests are to be made in a timely manner prior to the scheduled date of the Civil Service examination.

Only an on-line application will be accepted for this exam. Paper applications will not be accepted.

Computers are available in the 3-1-1 Walk-In Center located in Room 167 of City Hall (Weekdays from 9 AM to 5 PM) and at your local Philadelphia Free Library branch.

For inquiries regarding City employment, contact the Office of Human Resources Monday through Friday between 8 AM and 4 PM by telephone at 215-686-0880 or by email at
[email protected]

ALL Applications must be received by the end of business on
February 3, 2023.

Your application will be rejected, and you will be disqualified from competing in this examination if you:
1) Do not provide your complete and accurate social security number.
2) Attempt to practice fraud or deception in the preparation of this application

All correspondence and notifications will be sent to your e-mail address or postal address listed in the contact information (address, phone #, e-mail) of your account profile. Your contact information will be automatically updated each time you submit an application for employment. It is your responsibility to change your contact information and to ensure that it is correct.

If you provide an e-mail address, all correspondence regarding this examination will be sent to you by e-mail. You should add
[email protected] to your address book or list of trusted contacts to prevent notices from being marked as spam by your e-mail provider.

Please call the Office of Human Resources at 215-686-0880 or email
[email protected] if you have any questions.

Information concerning employment with the City of Philadelphia may be found at:



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DEPARTMENTAL-ONLY PROMOTIONAL – Only a departmental promotional eligible list for the Sheriff’s Office will be established as a result of the examination.

Candidates who pass the exam and are placed on the civil service list will be retained on the list for a minimum of one year and a maximum of two years after the establishment of the Eligible List.




Candidates who have maintained a bona fide residence in Philadelphia for at least one year prior to the date of the civil service examination shall have priority over all other persons receiving an identical test score. If you have maintained a bona fide residence in Philadelphia for at least one year immediately preceding
May 13, 2023, you are eligible to claim residency preference.

To receive such preference, candidates must respond to the question regarding residence later in this form.

The response on this application will be used to determine eligibility for preference for residents. Documentation of residence may be required if there is any question as to whether you meet the residency preference requirements.

If an applicant does not respond to the appropriate residence question, it will be assumed that the applicant does not qualify for residence preference. Eligibility for residence preference must be determined by the date of the test administration. No requests for residence preference will be granted after the test administration.

– The following list of publications will be used as a reference for questions that will appear in the written test.

Crimes Code of Pennsylvania, 2022 Edition, LexisNexis, ISBN: 9781663338280; Order by calling 1-877-394-8826 or on-line at: https://store.lexisnexis.com/

Criminal Investigation – The Art and The Science, 9th Edition, by Michael D Lyman, Pearson Prentice Hall Publishing; ISBN-10: ‎0135186218; Order by calling 1-800-947-7700 or on-line at: www.mypearsonstore.com

I Know You Are Lying, by Mark McClish; ISBN-10: 978-0-9679998-2-1

Philadelphia Sheriff’s Office Directives

Philadelphia Sheriff’s Office Manual


– Any candidate, who intends to make a request to take the test on a date other than the scheduled test date because of military duty on that date, must file a written request and send proof of military duties (i.e. official orders) to David Ross at [email protected] or to

City of Philadelphia Office of Human Resources

Public Safety Team

Phone: 215.686.2359

Fax: 215.686.2347

1401 JFK Boulevard Suite 1530, Philadelphia, PA

Attn: David Ross

Projected Exam Date

This computer-based multiple-choice examination is scheduled for May 13, 2023. Please note that this examination date is subject to change.

Candidates will need access to a desktop computer or laptop with a webcam and internet access to take the written examination. Candidates will need to be able to operate computerized software proficiently and independently.

If you do not have access to a desktop computer or laptop with a webcam and internet access, or cannot operate computerized software proficiently and independently, please contact the analyst listed on this announcement and alternative arrangements will be made for you to take this examination.

An Eligible List will be established the week of June 12, 2023. Please note that this date may change.

Test Review

In accordance with Civil Service Regulation 9.091C, the review of test items will be restricted to the review by a panel of subject matter experts who have been selected according to a method determined by the Human Resources Director. This panel will review the test items prior to scoring and will make any required corrections to the items. After the test has been scored, candidates may review their answer sheets to determine if they have been scored correctly, and appeal will be restricted to scoring. Candidates will have 30 days after the results have been mailed to review. Call 215-686-0880 if you wish to schedule a Test Review.

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