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Working for the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office is more than just a job. It is a commitment to doing 'whatever it takes' to serve and protect the people and their property in Tangipahoa Parish.

Being an employee of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office is answering a call that is greater than one’s self. It is a commitment to protect and serve. Leadership, honor, respect, teamwork and accountability are at the core of our daily mission.

“The men and women of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office do more than make a living; we make a difference!”…Sheriff Edwards ."Every day is an opportunity to make an impact and directly affect the residents of Tangipahoa Parish."

Benefits

From outstanding health insurance plans and competitive pay and retirement programs to benefits that encourage work/life balance, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office offers a benefits package that will protect and improve your future, finances, and emotional well-being. This includes:

  • Competitive base salary
  • Annual Wellness Programs Great Health and Prescription Benefits - Paid by Employer
  • Vision, & Dental Plan Options
  • Additional Benefits include: Paid Vacation, Sick & Personal Leave, Life Insurance, Employee Assistance Program, Deferred Compensation Plan, Flexible Spending Accounts, and participation in the Sheriff's Office Pension Fund

What are you waiting for? What will your legacy be?

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The Application Process

Applications submitted to the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office by:

  • Completing the on-line application offered on our website, www.tpso.org.
  • Downloading an application from our website and hand delivering to the Sheriff’s Office’s Hammond Substation located at 15475 W. Club Deluxe Rd. Hammond, LA. 70403.

Please allow two weeks for receiving and processing.

Questions regarding the application process should be directed to the department’s Recruiting Officer at recruiting@tpso.org.

Phases of the Application Process

The entire pre-employment process is based on the most qualified applicant(s) being processed first; therefore, the length of the process may vary with each applicant. The application process is valid for one year from the date of the Preliminary Interview. Those eliminated in the process will remain ineligible for six months from the date of elimination.

Personal History Statement (Application)

Applicants are encouraged to download the application from the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office “Join Our Team” page at www.tpso.org. The Personal History Statement and short questionnaire can also be given or mailed to all qualified applicants upon request. All applicants will be evaluated on the professional appearance and completeness of their Personal History Statement. The completed Personal History Statement should be submitted to the Personnel and Recruiting Unit as soon as possible to ensure prompt processing. The Recruiting Officer will contact you after your application has been reviewed, to speak with you about your application.

Applicants must:

  • Possess a valid Driver’s License
  • Not have more than one (1) accident per each three (3) years of driving experience for positions that will regularly drive a department vehicle.
  • Not have been convicted or pled to LA R.S. 14:98 - Operating a vehicle while intoxicated, during the sixty (60) months prior to date of application, nor more than one time total.
  • Not have been convicted or pled to LA R.S. 14:108.1 - Flight from an officer; aggravated flight from an officer, during the sixty (60) months prior to date of application, nor more than one time total.
  • Not have been convicted of any criminal traffic offenses as defined by LA R.S. 14:96 through 14:100, during the sixty (60) months prior to date of application, nor more than one time total.

Preliminary Background Investigation and Phone Interview

Background investigations will begin on all qualified at this time as well as a short preliminary phone interview. Once conducted, the Recruiting Officer will complete a review your application, questionnaire, and phone interview.

Oral Interview Board

  • The Recruiting Officer will schedule qualified applicants for a panel oral interview with are senior command staff members and supervisors.
  • The applicant will be questioned about their background, other information provided to the panel, and information as it relates to dependability, command presence, situational reasoning ability, interpersonal skills, oral / written communication skills and integrity.
  • Applicants will be informed after the interview whether they passed or failed the interview. Those passing the Oral Interview will proceed to the next interview phase.

Extensive Background Investigation and Command Staff Review

The Department will conduct an extensive background investigation. The areas of concern include, but will not be limited to, current employment, any previous law enforcement experience, any criminal history, any thefts, any drug usage, financial or credit history and driving/accident history.

Medical Examination - A licensed physician, provided by the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, will give the applicant a complete medical examination.

Psychological Examination - The applicant is assessed for his / her psychological suitability for the law enforcement profession through a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist, provided by the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Conditional Job Offers - Selected applicants are given a conditional job ofer contingent upon passing the following:

  • Medical Exam / Drug Screen
  • Psychological Exam (Full and Part Time Sworn Positions)

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office is An Equal Opportunity Employer.

Disqualifiers

Applicants for employment of the Sheriff's Office in any job classification shall be required to meet the following standards:

  • Shall not have used, tried, tasted, experimented with, or possessed any illegal controlled substance within the twelve (12) months prior to application
  • Shall not have used, tried, tasted, experimented with, or possessed any illegal controlled substance classified as a Schedule I substance (except cannabis) or Schedule II substance as enumerated in LA Revised Statutes Title 40 within the sixty (60) months prior to application.
  • Shall not have sold or delivered any illegal controlled substance at any time. TPSO # 114 Title: Application and Selection
  • Shall not have had a felony conviction in the past five (5) years for which one could have received a sentence of greater than ten (10) years in prison.
  • Shall have no pending misdemeanor charges for criminal offenses.
  • Shall have no hit and run convictions.
  • Shall have no convictions of battery on police officer.
  • Shall have not more than one (1) accident per each three (3) years of driving experience for positions that will regularly drive a department vehicle.
  • Shall have no military discharge for less than honorable reasons.
  • Shall have no false statements/omission of material fact.
  • Shall have no unexplained gaps in employment history.
  • Shall have no unstable employment history.

Any employee who resigned, in lieu of termination, for criminal and/or policy violations shall not be eligible for reappointment.

Applicants for employment of the Sheriff's Office in job classifications of deputy sheriff, corrections deputy or any other classification that requires operation of an agency motor vehicle to regularly and routinely perform the essential functions of the position shall be required to meet the following standards for appointment to the job classification:

  • Possess a current valid Louisiana driver's license.
  • Not more than one (1) accident per each three (3) years of driving experience for positions that will regularly drive a department vehicle.
  • Not have been convicted or pled to LA R.S. 14:98 - Operating a vehicle while intoxicated, during the sixty (60) months prior to date of application, nor more than one time total.
  • Not have been convicted or pled to LA R.S. 14:108.1 - Flight from an officer; aggravated flight from an officer, during the sixty (60) months prior to date of application, nor more than one time total.
  • Not have been convicted of any criminal traffic offenses as defined by LA R.S. 14:96 through 14:100, during the sixty (60) months prior to date of application, nor more than one time total.

Reserve Deputies

Reserve Deputy: Volunteer/Non-Paying Position. All training costs are borne by the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office.

Reserve Deputies must complete the same training as a deputy, which is 360 hours. This reserve officer has the same duties and responsibilities and authority as a full-time deputy. He/She must comply with all TPSO rules and regulations, must go through annual evaluation, and must go through annual re-certification.


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