Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Celebrates Inaugural Police Academy Class in Partnership with Great Oaks

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We are so grateful for all of the amazing support our graduates received as they completed the first EVER Police Academy conducted through a new partnership between the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office and Great Oaks Academy.

Sheriff McGuffey’s vision for the department includes investing in valuable talent, experience, and passion for serving the community – and this class is the first of many to come.

A perfect example of the importance of this vision and leadership can be found in the WLWT Investigative piece that aired in early March, reported by Jatara McGee. We thank Jatara for her hard work and diligence in telling the broader story about the challenges that many Law Enforcement agencies are facing, and how we are tackling those challenges head on.

We especially enjoyed the insight into one of our recent graduates, Mariah Colbert, and her personal calling to the profession.

From WLWT:

A group of 18 Hamilton County corrections officers celebrated receiving their police certifications during a graduation on March 7th in Sharonville.

The ceremony marked the end of a five-month training program at Great Oaks police academy. It is the first time the sheriff’s office has sponsored a class at a police academy.

“It’s beyond worth the investment. We are getting back what we put in tenfold,” Sheriff Charmaine McGuffey said.

At last check, the sheriff’s office had 50 openings for deputies. The new partnership with Great Oaks is one of the department’s solutions to its ongoing recruitment challenge that departments are facing around the country.

Watch WLWT’s previous coverage of the program and the police recruitment shortage many Hamilton County departments are facing here.

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.