S.O.T. Sheriff's Orientation Training
Our Sheriff’s Orientation Training, or SOT, has proven a legitimate and tactical assessment tool of recruits. We launched SOT in 2007, constructing a camp at our Walter C. Heinrich Practical Training Site with billets, showers and physical fitness areas. It is a two-week, in-your-face program that covers Sheriff’s Office culture, procedures, expectations and standard operating procedures. Recruits live on-site for the two weeks, immersing them in the Sheriff’s Office experience while allowing our instructors the watch and gauge how they perform.
We conduct SOT for both law enforcement and detention applicants, with each SOT being identical in core requirements of fitness and Sheriff’s Office culture/procedures. SOT is mandatory for a recruit to advance to cadet, thus embarking on the extended training regimen tailored toward law enforcement or detention.
Most recruits will make it. Some will not.