Employment - ANSWER THE CALL


Pay and Incentives


Starting base pay for recruits for patrol and detention deputies, who have no experience:


Top out pay for a deputy sheriff is $81,390

Recruits must first start as a detention deputy unless hired during the "Straight to the Street" testing session, which is completed every May. We also accept laterals straight to the street for patrol.  

Starting pay for laterals who have experience in patrol or detention/corrections:

LCSO will interview and test lateral applicants at a time that is convenient for the applicant.  Lateral applicants are not required to take the written or physical agility tests.  Teleconference interviews are available for those who are out of town.

1 to 2 years' experience - $60,372

2 to 3 years' experience - $62,608

3 to 4 years' experience - $64,844

4 to 5 years' experience - $67,080

6 or more years' experience - $69,763

In addition to salary, here are some other incentives we offer:

 *****Detention deputy hiring bonus of $8,000*****

 *****Lateral patrol hiring bonus of $5,000*****

  • Laramie County contributes 14.12% of the employee's salary into retirement; the employee only has to pay 3.08%.  Most other counties and cities require the employee to contribute over 8% of their salary into retirement, which means less money goes to the employee 
  • 20-year retirement pension plan

Laramie County hires the retired.  If you are a retired peace officer/correctional officer from Wyoming, we will pay 100% of your retirement contribution so you can receive your salary and continue to collect your pension.   

  • No state income tax
  • Low cost of living 



  • Incentive pay for field training officers
  • On call pay for detectives and detention deputies 
  • Overtime compensation will be paid at one and one-half (1-1/2) times the employee's regular rate of pay, which counts toward retirement benefits
  • Uniform and equipment provided
  • Patrol deputies are issued a take-home car, which can be used for personal use within the County (ready to respond to an emergency)
  • On-duty physical fitness program and new, modern gym

  • Work in a conservative community, which has a strong partnership with law enforcement and the military.  Adventure awaits you in the Rocky Mountains or the bustling City of Denver, each within an hour's drive. 

You get to work with us!


Equipment, Specialty Teams & Promotional Opportunities


LCSO provides the best equipment available

  • Modern fleet of F150s, Durangos, and Interceptor SUVs
  • Mobile data dispatch terminals in each vehicle
  • Axon body and vehicle camera systems
  • Suppressed Daniel Defense Rifles with Holosun optics issued to each patrol deputy
  • Glock model 45 with Holosun optics and Surefire lights issued to each detention and patrol deputy
  • Axon Taser 10
  • Stab/ballistic proof outer vests issued to each detention and patrol deputy
  • Uniforms, gun belts, and ALL equipment issued to each deputy; we even issue the cowboy hat!

Specialty Teams

  • SWAT 
  • EOD (bomb)
  • Hostage Negotiation
  • US Marshals Task Force
  • DEA Task Force
  • Jail Sheriff's Emergency Response Team (SERT)
  • Detectives
  • Traffic Unit
  • Mounted Horse Patrol
  • K-9 
  • FTO

Promotional Opportunities

  • Corporal $64,531 - $89,053
  • Sergeant $80,018 - $94,422
  • Lieutenant $90,101 - $106,319
  • Chief Deputy $107,760 - $117,450
  • Undersheriff $117,459 - $124,506
  • Sheriff $90,000 

No state income tax and low cost of living

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Minimum Requirements


  • Must be a US citizen
  • 21 years of age for patrol and juvenile detention deputies
  • 18 years of age for detention deputy
    • There is no age limit as long as you can pass the physical requirements
  • High school diploma, GED
  • No felony convictions or offenses
  • No dishonorable military discharge
  • No suspension of driver's license within the previous 36 months
  • No convictions or deferred prosecution within the previous 36 months for serious traffic offenses, such as; DUI, leaving the scene, and reckless driving
  • No more than two moving violations in the previous 36 months
  • No use of any illegal drug while employed as a law enforcement officer
  • No use of marijuana at any point after you decided you wanted to be a law enforcement officer
  • No use of illegal inhalants or injected drugs
  • No use of illegal dangerous drugs in the last six years or since 18th birthday
  • Great communication skills
  • Excellent character
  • Desire to suit up and step up to your full potential!!!!

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How Do I Apply?

Your Hard Work and Dedication Have Led You Here: 

Let's Get Started!  ANSWER THE CALL

Contact the LCSO Hiring Unit:


(307) 633-4735

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*****Hiring bonus for detention deputy is now $8,000*****

Hiring Process


The process from application to job offer averages 4-6 weeks

Long distance applicants will be tested in one - two days.  Advise our hiring team that you are long distance, and they will schedule your testing to make your trip as convenient as possible.  

Written Exam (Patrol Deputy)

A valid picture ID is required to take the exam.

This is a general knowledge test designed for people with no prior law enforcement experience or law enforcement background. The exam consists of 4 parts:

Math - Calculators not permitted. Questions are in the form of story problems:

Example- You make a traffic stop on a vehicle that was traveling 17 miles per hour over the speed limit. If the fine for speeding is $120.00 plus $4.00 for each mile an hour over the speed limit, what is the total fine? A) $120.00 B) $140.00 C) $188.00 D) $178.00

Spelling - Select the misspelled word:

Example- A) barricade B) alcohol C) misdemeanor D) corenor

Grammar - Make the correct grammar correction.

Example “At approximately 0800 hours the suspects returned to there car.”

Reading Comprehension - After reading a report you’ll pick the best option to complete the sentence:

Example “Protect yourself by wearing, A) gloves B) sunglasses C) lotion, when you grab a bloody rag.”

Physical Assessment

Applicants who have successfully completed the written exam must also pass a physical training (PT) test. Applicants need to bring a photo ID, water, and wear appropriate attire for physical activities/current weather conditions.

The PT test consists of three activities:

1. One Minute Sit-Up Test: The score is calculated by the number of bent leg sit-ups performed in 1 minute.

2. One Minute Push-Up Test: The score is calculated by the number of push-ups performed in 1 minute.

3. 1.5-mile run: This is a timed run.

For more details on the fitness standards, go to: https://www.wleacademy.com/fitness-standards

LCSO may hire candidates who are close to meeting the physical agility requirements.  We will allow on-duty time to train prior to the academy start date. 

Lateral applicants are not required to take the physical assessment.

Oral Board

For applicants who successfully complete the written exam and PT assessment, oral boards will be scheduled at the Laramie County Sheriff’s Office that afternoon.

Background Investigation

Once you pass the oral board, LCSO Hiring Unit will send you an email invitation to start your background investigation using a program called, "Guardian".  You have 30 days to complete the questionnaire and supply the required documents, such as; education transcripts, military discharge form, credit report, and other forms as requested.  The faster you complete the questionnaire, the faster you background investigation will be completed. 

Fingerprints and Drug Screen

LCSO will fingerprint all applicants and require a drug screen.

Pre-Employment Polygraph Examination

The examination is used to verify information provided during the background investigation.  This is the easiest test you will ever take - just tell the truth.  We are looking for people with life experience and have learned from previous mistakes.  

Medical Examination

A medical exam will confirm your ability to perform the duties of a deputy.

Psychological Examination

LCSO uses Smith Psychological Services to determine the suitability of the candidate for the position.  

Sheriff's Interview

The final step in the process is to meet the boss, Sheriff Kozak.  

Sheriff Deputies are required to attend the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy, at the department's expense, for the WLEA basic course for officer certification within one year of being hired. This course is 8 weeks long for detention and 12 weeks for patrol. Persons currently certified, either in Wyoming or other states, may not need to attend all the basic academy courses. This depends on the length and type of academy attended, dates of law enforcement employment and other factors. However, Wyoming Peace Officer's Standards and Training (POST) will require certified out-of-state applicants to pass a challenge exam and/or other requirements to achieve Wyoming Certification, as well as attendance at specified courses at a minimum.

The Laramie County Sheriffs' Office has no requirement or obligation to hire any individual. Disqualification for employment consideration may occur at any phase of the hiring process. Laramie County is a drug-free and equal opportunity employer.

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