What Does a Background Investigation Involve?

A thorough background investigation will be conducted on each person on the eligibility list by members of the Office of the Sheriff, Background Investigation Unit. Candidates must complete and submit a background questionnaire and they will be fingerprinted and photographed. The background investigation will include, but not be limited to, investigation into the candidate’s residence, family, education, military background, previous employment history, social contacts, physical and emotional health, credit history, organizations and affiliations and motor vehicle and criminal history inquiries. 

Candidates successfully completing the recruitment process and background investigation will be required to take part in an oral interview conducted by the Sheriff and/or his designees. The candidate will be given a physical examination by a licensed physician in accordance with the current standards prescribed by the Municipal Police Training Council. The candidate will also submit to a test to determine substance use/abuse, and a polygraph exam. Also a psychological exam is required for Deputy Sheriff, Corrections Deputy and Dispatcher positions

The Office of the Sheriff also engages in recruitment procedures in an effort to attain and maintain a ratio of minority group employees in approximate proportion to the makeup of Ontario County and aggressively recruits women and minority members to become Deputy Sheriff's, Corrections Deputies, Dispatchers and clerical support staff.