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Posted on: August 3, 2023

Chester County Sheriff’s Office Changes Certification Requirements for New Deputy Sheriff Hires

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The Chester County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) announces a change in qualification requirements for its Deputy Sheriff I positions. Effective immediately, Act 120 or Act 2 certification is not required in advance of a career as a Chester County Deputy Sheriff. The County will now offer paid-for certification training from the hiring start date. 

Those seeking to be hired at the entry-level Deputy Sheriff position with Chester County government will receive a Deputy Sheriff I salary and benefits and must complete the Act 120 or Act 2 certification within one year of employment. The County will cover the cost of training alongside the salary.  

The move to offer paid-for training as a Chester County Deputy Sheriff follows the recent extensive review of salaries for all positions in the CCSO. Combined with valuable County benefits, the paid-for training offers good career opportunities for those seeking to work in law enforcement.

Chester County Sheriff Fredda Maddox said, “For applicants desiring a career in law enforcement, the out-of-pocket expense of Act 120 training can be cost-prohibitive.  With the County offering to pay for training, along with a full compensation package in exchange for a commitment to serve with the Sheriff’s Office, I see that as a game-changer that should increase our ability to attract and recruit new deputies.”  

Law enforcement recruits must complete 919 hours of coursework and training, typically over nine months, to become Act 120 certified. Act 2 certification requires recruits to complete 760 hours in a six-month residential program.

Find out more about the Chester County Deputy Sheriff I job requirement and apply at

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