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There are benefits and it offers a retirement plan.  The Twin Falls County Sheriff’s Office is hiring road and jail deputies.  If you would like to know more, check out this post at the Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.

Some weeks ago, a man asked a question on Magic Valley This Morning about how he could become a reserve deputy.  Those openings are also posted at Facebook and the county website.

If you have questions about qualifications, most are fairly standard and are answered online.  The obvious are physical requirements, although.  You don’t have to be 25-years-old and a track star.  Many older men and women are hired as long as they can show they’ve got the agility and are physically fit.

When I was young a neighbor worked in law enforcement and he and my dad used to have a simple rule about the first requirement.  “Keep your nose clean,” is what they would say.  Clearly, a long criminal record or a violent felony conviction are likely going to disqualify.

You’ll also need to realize you’ll work some holidays, weekends and overnights.  You’ll also encounter some people who don’t have very good conflict resolution skills.

Any past drug use would need to be long ago.  We’re talking 5 years before application.  How often drugs were used and the quantity and the type of drugs could also disqualify.  Past use of hallucinogens and you really should consider another career.  A conviction for Driving Under the Influence may well also disqualify you and especially if it was within the last five years.  If you used a prescription drug meant for someone else, it could also disqualify.

The Sheriff's Office also shares these details:

Marijuana. An applicant is ineligible if he used marijuana, cannabis, hashish, hash oil, or THC in synthetic and natural forms, whether charged or not, if such use occurred: (6-30-19)T a. Within one (1) year immediately preceding application; (6-30-19)T b. While employed as a law enforcement officer, in a prosecutorial position, or in a position of public safety, regardless of when the use occurred. (6-30-19)T 04. Violations of Idaho Controlled Substances Act. An applicant is ineligible if he, while eighteen (18) years old or older, violated any provision of the Idaho Uniform Controlled Substances Act, Section 37-2701 et seq., Idaho Code, whether charged or not, that constitutes a felony, or of a comparable statute of another state or country, if the violation occurred: (6-30-19)T a. Within three (3) years immediately preceding application; (6-30-19)T b. While employed as a law enforcement officer, in a prosecutorial position, or in a position of public safety, regardless of when the illegal use occurred. (6-30-19)T 05. Use of Prescription or Other Legally Obtainable Controlled Substance. An applicant is ineligible if he unlawfully used any prescription drug or a legally obtainable controlled substance within the past three (3) years, unless: (6-30-19)T a. The applicant was under the age of eighteen (18) at the time of using the controlled substance; or (6-30-19)T b. An immediate, pressing, or emergency medical circumstance existed to justify the use of a prescription controlled substance not specifically prescribed to the person.