How to Apply

Thank you for inquiring about employment opportunities as a corrections officer with the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO). We offer both sworn (Deputy) and non-sworn (Civilian) positions.

For more specifics for Corrections Officer opportunities, please call the Sheriff’s Human Resource Office at (508) 563-4316. The Human Resource Office is located at the Barnstable County Correctional Facility in Bourne, MA.

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*Please include a copy of your driver's license and birth certificate*

Corrections Officer Requirements
Once you have successfully passed both the written examination and a physical agility test, you will undergo an intensive background investigation, oral interview and medical review. Because we are committed to providing the highest quality officers, you will undergo a screening with a thorough background investigation. You must cooperate truthfully and completely in all aspects of the investigation; falsified or omitted information may cause you to be disqualified.

Physical Fitness Testing
Your physical fitness will be evaluated to ensure that you are able to perform the duties of a corrections officer. Please be aware that an offer of employment is contingent upon the passing of all phases of the process. Physical fitness testing consists of sit-ups, push-ups and a 1.5 mile run. Minimum acceptable times and amounts for completing these tests vary depending on age and gender.

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Minimum Qualifications for All Positions
All candidates must:

  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent, a college degree is preferred
  • Be a United States Citizen
  • Possess a valid MA Driver’s License
  • Meet physical and medical standards
  • Pass a complete background check
  • Meet the requirements necessary to obtain a pistol permit
  • Pass drug testing
  • Tattoos on the face, neck, and hands, facial piercings, body art, brands, and/or scarifications of any type shall not be allowed.

Minimum Age Qualifications
Age at time of application: 19 years of age

Additional Requirements
All five of the Sheriff’s Office divisions have separate requirements.

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