NOTE: ALL LAW ENFORCEMENT DEPUTY TRAINEES AND DETENTION DEPUTY TRAINEES WILL ATTEND BOTH SHERIFF’S ORIENTATION TRAINING (SOT) AND THE LAW ENFORCEMENT OR DETENTION DEPUTY ACADEMY.
The training consists of a two week Sheriff’s Orientation Training (S.O.T.), a six month academy at Hillsborough Community College (HCC) and eight to 10 weeks of module training. The Sheriff's Office will provide all books, materials, and uniforms (excluding footwear) and weapons for law enforcement. Those selected for hire will receive $17.23 per hour (40 hour work week) and full benefits during this training period. After this training is completed the recruit is sworn in and their salary increases to Law Enforcement Deputy-$44,881.20 Detention Deputy-$44,335.20 per year as a certified law enforcement deputy.
Sheriff’s Orientation Training
Sheriff’s Orientation Training (S.O.T.) is an intense two (2) week pre-academy orientation and training session all new recruits must successfully complete. S.O.T. introduces the recruit to a high level of discipline, and intense physical conditioning needed to successfully complete the rigors of the academy. S.O.T. is conducted at the Walter C. Heinrich Practical Training Facility in Lithia. It is a residential program. Recruits will live at the facility during the week and have the weekend off.
Prospective recruits should begin now to prepare physically and mentally if they to are to succeed at S.O.T. The experience at S.O.T. will be the most difficult physical and mental challenge the recruit may face during his or her career. This cannot be overstated.
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, themselves in the Sheriff’s Office experience while allowing our instructors to observe and assess how they perform during stressful situations.
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.