Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office


The Sheriff’s office is here to provide reliable, accessible services for all citizens of Hamilton County.

Our various Divisions work together to keep you safe, improve our justice system, maintain records and manage our multifaceted court system. Here, you can learn more about the unique ways that each part of our office exists to serve you well.


The Sheriff’s Office employs over 900 staff and officers, and is committed to maintaining a professional organization. The Sheriff’s administration includes sections dedicated to internal and external relations—from managing our social media efforts to regular inspections of all facilities and personnel.

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Court Services

Hamilton County’s Courts serve a diverse group of people; and, frequently, address issues that generate intense emotions. At Court Services, our various Units work together to provide a safe, secure atmosphere so your Courts can serve you.

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Our Patrol, Narcotics, and Criminal Investigation Sections provide primary police services, a multi-jurisdictional drug task force, and investigations of both personal and property crimes. We do so with one all-encompassing goal: Making sure that all residents of Hamilton County feel safe.

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Jail Services

From accredited health services to adult education opportunities, recovery units, religious services, and more, we’re continually investing in programs to reduce recidivism, provide for the general welfare of inmates, and care for the members of our ‘city within a city’.

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Community Affairs

We’re dedicated to improving how we engage with Hamilton County—so Sheriff McGuffey has created this new division specifically to build a trusting, reliable, mutually-beneficial relationship with you. Here, we’ll listen to your concerns, respond to your queries, and work with you to build a stronger community.

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Professional Standards

Curious about the high bar we set for ourselves? Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office and each of our officers and staff work hard to protect the trust and confidence of the citizens we serve.

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Jail Services

Corrections Officers play a critical role in the custody, security, and treatment of inmates or detainees while learning and developing the interpersonal skills required to perform a range of corrections officer assignments. Working in the jail provides valuable experience, knowledge, and communication to prepare Deputies to move into various roles within the Sheriff’s Office.

Our employment process is rigorous, and we only select those few who are passionate about engaging with their community and serving those around them. Due to the significance of the sworn position, applicants must always be truthful in their application responses and during the entire certification/hiring process. Failure to be truthful during the certification/employment process may disqualify an applicant. Truthfulness and candor in this application process are important requirements for becoming a Correctional Officer.

Corrections Academy

Corrections Officers are hired into our 10-week, paid Corrections Academy, where they learn Teamwork, Inmate communication/de-escalation tactics, Teamwork, physical conditioning, defensive tactics, first aid, and laws/regulations. Students must meet the testing, attendance, and physical conditioning requirements to complete the Academy successfully. Recruits learn a sense of community and Accountability the HCSO way:

Minimum Requirements:

  • Candidate must have a High School Diplo9ma or GED equivalence
  • Candidate must possess a valid driver’s license and a clean driving history
  • Candidate must be able to pass a drug screening, medical examination by a licensed physician, and a CVSA (lie detector)
  • Candidate must be 18 years of age prior to the hire date
  • Candidate must be a U.S. citizen or Naturalization Certified
  • Candidate must have a clean criminal record, including no felony convictions
  • Candidate must not have had a DUI conviction within the past five years and no more than two in a lifetime
  • Candidate must have an Honorable Military Discharge, if applicable

Applicants may be disqualified from consideration for certification/employment as a Correctional Officer if it is determined that the applicant:

  • Was untruthful, deliberately omitted, concealed, or falsified relevant facts during the certification/employment consideration process;
  • Been convicted of a felony;
  • Committed serious employment-related crimes;
  • Sold illegal drugs;
  • Used illegal drugs within a specific period of time; OR
  • Acquired extensive debt or evidence of extreme financial negligence


Corrections Officers work 12-hour shifts: 7 am – 7 pm or 7 pm to 7 am. There is occasionally mandatory overtime in 4-hour increments. There is also a mandatory shift that is worked once every 30 days.

Please note:  If you apply for a corrections officer position, most communication(s) from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office will be via email. It is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to ensure your email address is current in your online profile and that you check your email, including “Spam” and “Junk” folders, to ensure you do not miss any notifications. In addition to checking your personal email account, you may also check for notifications by logging in to the online application system and utilizing your login and password.