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Employment for Deputy Sheriff

Interested in joining our team?  All applicants must be 21 years of age prior to completion of the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Program.  You must be a citizen of the United States and possess a High School Diploma or possess a certificate that certifies an educational development of at least a high school graduation level (GED).  You must pass a T.A.B.E. test.


Applicants are required to possess a valid Driver's License.  You must be of good character, so as to be free of any convictions of any crime punishable by imprisonment in a state or federal penitentiary for a term of one (1) year or more, or any misdemeanor conviction involving moral turpitude, or from which a pardon has not been received. 

Applicants must be able to pass the physical agility test as established by the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center and meet any and all other requirements as specified by the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center.  Must meet requirements as established by the Platte County Sheriff's Office Merit Commission Rules.  

Platte County offers full time Deputies benefits, to include competitive wages, uniform allowance,  retirement, medical insurance (percentage paid for by county), paid vacation, paid holiday leave, sick leave and a take home patrol unit.  


Applications can be obtained at the Platte County Sheriff's Office, 2610 14th St, Columbus, Nebraska or by email at or you can click the link to the right and download an application.  

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Once applications have been reviewed, you will be notified to take a written examination for the position along with a physical test.  If you pass both the written and physical test, you will receive an interview with the Platte County Merit Commission.  

Law Enforcement Academy

Once hired, you would attend an intensive training program, that will last approximately 16 weeks at the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center in Grand Island, Nebraska.  

Tuition and other fees are paid by the Platte County Sheriff's Department.  The Training Center is a live-in academy and therefore housing and meals are provided.  While attending the academy you will receive the starting salary and benefits.  

The Law Enforcement Academy classes are generally Monday through Friday 08:00 to 17:00, however some night classes are required.  

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