Deputy Sheriff Job Description
The job description of a deputy sheriff involves assisting the sheriff, who is an elected official, with maintaining order in the jurisdiction. A deputy sheriff works directly with the public in both a law enforcement and protection capacity.
The tasks performed by a deputy sheriff generally revolve around enforcing the law in a rural or unincorporated area, escorting defendants to and from court, serving legal documents to individuals and providing security in courtrooms.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities of a Deputy Sheriff
•Places suspects in protective custody.
•Transports defendants to and from jails, courtrooms, attorneys’ offices, medical offices, hospitals and other places.
•Patrols specific areas in order to detect law violators.
•Issues various types of citations and makes arrests.
•Executes arrest warrants issued by judges and other law enforcement officials and locates and transports individuals into custody.
•Assists in managing jail operations.
•Questions individuals entering a courthouse or courtroom to determine their business in the building.
•Investigates suspicious or illegal behavior and activities.
•Notifies patrol units to pick up and transport law violators into custody.
•Directs traffic during rush hour or before and after special community events.
•Provides assistance or medical aid to individuals in trouble.
•Keeps daily activity logs and submits them to proper authorities.
•Serves summons, subpoenas and other court orders to individuals.
•Takes charge of accident scenes to control traffic flow, help accident victims and assist in determining the cause of the accident.
•Provides security in courtrooms and grand jury rooms.
•Locates and confiscates property as the court directs.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
•Demonstrates exceptional judgment and decision making skills.
•Shows the ability to be an active listener.
•Has strong written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills.
•Exhibits superior critical thinking skills and has strong social perceptiveness abilities.
•Possesses excellent reading comprehension skills.
•Displays strong organizational and reasoning abilities.
•Has good near vision and exceptional hand-eye coordination.
•Possesses knowledge of laws and government regulations in the area.
•Demonstrates excellent technological skills and is mechanically inclined.
•Has knowledge of how to operate, clean and properly maintain a firearm.
•Displays the ability to operate equipment associated with the job.
•Exhibits excellent conflict resolution skills.
•Possesses a valid driver’s license.
Education and Experience
•High School Diploma.
•Associate’s degree in criminal justice.
•Bachelor’s degree in psychology or criminal justice.
•Training required by the local Sheriff’s Department.
•Certification required by state, county or local jurisdiction.
•Works varying shifts.
•Spends a considerable amount of time in a vehicle.
•Carries a firearm and may have to discharge it in the line of duty.
•Processes a large amount of paperwork each day.
•Works with the general public on a regular basis.
•Faces dangerous situations from time to time when apprehending suspects.
•Spends part of most days at the local jail.
•Wears uniform at all times during work hours.
•Works in extremely hot or extremely cold conditions at times.
•Spends time standing and walking around.
•The salary of a deputy sheriff can range from $30,000 to $90,000 depending on years of experience, education, daily responsibilities and location of the department.