Is the deputy academy a "live in" academy? Do I need to pay for it?

The living arrangements will depend on the location of the academy. Some academies are live- in. If not the Agency will evaluate whether to allow the recruit to commute from their residence or if hotel arrangements will need to be made. Recruits are paid employees of the department and live where they want to within Pinal County. They attend the academy Monday through Friday, eight and ½ hours a day for 18 to 20 weeks. Upon graduating from the academy, they are promoted to Deputy Sheriff.

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1. How do I apply for a position with the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office?
2. What are the required qualifications for Deputy recruits?
3. What are the required qualifications for an out of state applicant wanting to apply for Deputy Sheriff/Reserve Deputy?
4. What are the required qualifications for Lateral Deputy?
5. Are there any automatic disqualifiers?
6. What is on the written exam?
7. What are the requirements for the physical assessment exam?
8. The physical assessment doesn't seem too difficult. Do I need to be in shape?
9. What happens if I fail the written or the physical assessment exam?
10. Do lateral (out-of-state) applicants have to go through the academy again?
11. I only want to be in a specialty position assignment (i.e. Detective, SWAT, K9 etc). Do I have be a patrol officer first?
12. Is the deputy academy a "live in" academy? Do I need to pay for it?
13. How long does the hiring process take?
14. Is there a maximum age limit?
15. How does the process work for out-of-state applicants?
16. When does the academy start?
17. I meet all but one of the listed minimum requirements. Does Pinal County Sheriff’s Office allow any latitude to the requirements?
18. Does the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office offer transition assistance?
19. I am in the military. Should I apply now? I am in college. Should I apply now?
20. If I have a background investigation done with another agency, or have a top secret clearance in the military, will Pinal County Sheriff’s Office still do a background check?