As part of our hiring process, all new members will be screened and a thorough background investigation will be completed using various resources. The Harbor County Sheriff's Office Patch features an image of "Lady Justice", with her iconic blindfold and scales; a symbolic representation of fair, impartial justice. She serves as an incorruptible symbol of all that law enforcement stands for, and at Harbor County, Lady Justice is representative of some of our Core Values.
Our community holds several "Core Values" as essential traits that all members must exhibit. Among these core values are Honesty,Integrity, Accountability, and Respect. These are explained in detail below, and a full list of our core values can be found in our Community Operations Manual by clicking here.
- Integrity Faithful performance of our duties and always doing the right thing for the right reason
- Honesty Incorruptible character and truthfulness
- Accountability Demonstrating responsibility in all activities
- Respect Treating others as we would like to be treated
These core values are some of the things we look for in all applicants. When completing our application, please be aware that falsifying or intentionally omitting any information on the HCDPS application, or any history of disciplinary problems will result in automatic disqualification of your application, or termination of your membership. If you are unsure if something in your past will reflect negatively on your application, disclose it voluntarily in the spaces provided on the application. When we discover whatever it is you wanted to hide during our background investigation, if you failed to disclose it voluntarily, you will be denied membership as a result of failing to display the core values listed above.
Like any real world public safety position, we understand that mistakes can be made, and mistakes can be forgiven. But, being intentionally dishonest is not a mistake.
Please read the following information regarding our application process.
Background Investigation Phase
-Once you submit an application, it will be reviewed by our Personnel Division staff and all information will be verified by our background investigators. This process usually takes between 24-72 hours. You will receive an email when your application is processed and assigned to a background investigator. Falsifying or intentionally omitting any information on the HCDPS application, or any history of disciplinary problems will result in automatic disqualification of your application, or termination of your membership.
-If your background investigation is passed, you will be contacted within 72 hours and invited for a personal interview. The interviews are conducted on our Teamspeak server, so you must have Teamspeak 3 installed and have a functional microphone or headset in order to conduct the interview and become a member. Our Teamspeak information will be provided when you are invited for an interview. The interviews are usually fairly brief (less than 15 minutes) and will be fairly generic, and the goal is simply to provide an opportunity for our staff to get to know you and for you to get to know our staff and ensure that Harbor County is the community for you. The interview also gives you a chance to provide more detail about your application, as well as clarify any potentially negative items.
Hiring Review Board and Final Decision
-Once your interview is complete, our Personnel Division staff will review your application, background investigation, and the notes from your interview and will make a final decision, usually within 24 to 4 8 hours following your interview. Depending on the results of the Hiring Review Board, you may be asked to return for a follow up interview, or will be notified via email of your acceptance or denial. If your application is accepted, you will complete basic orientation and training. If your application is not accepted, you will be notified and in most cases you may re-apply in 90 days.