Deputy Recruit – Law Enforcement

Largo, FL
Pinellas County Sheriff's Office

Under general supervision of a Sergeant, or designee, performs general law enforcement work of average difficulty and responsibility in the preservation and protection of life and property, the prevention of crime, the maintenance of good public order, the enforcement of civil and criminal law, and other related duties as required by direction or assignment. All assignments involve responsibility for recognizing the social importance of the law enforcement function and for conscientious and effective performance of duties without immediate supervision. Incumbent exercises judgment and individual initiative in the performance of routine duties and in emergency situations. Positions require the member to work on rotating shifts, including nights, weekends and holidays. Duties are generally performed on an assigned shift, but the deputy may be called upon to continue assigned duties or special work assignments on other shifts and/or at such times as directed to best fill the efficient and effective operations of the Sheriff’s Office. Work is reviewed through personal observation, inspections and by discussion and review of daily reports for adherence to prescribed methods and procedures.

PAY RANGE: $48,758 – $75,679


  • Pursuit, apprehension, and arrest of law violators or suspected law violators.
  • Patrols assigned areas of the County to preserve public order and tranquility, and to prevent and/or discover the commission of crimes against person or property;
  • Makes arrests and testifies in the prosecution of law violators; conducts preliminary and/or detailed investigations of the commission of crime or law violations.
  • Protects the crime scene, gathers and preserves matters of evidence, takes and records testimony; directs and coordinates activities on-site until relieved by a superior officer; assists detectives in specialized investigations;
  • Transports arrested individuals to jail, and prepares offense and case reports and investigative information for evidence for court.
  • Serves warrants, capias, court orders and other legal processes; locates and arrests persons wanted on warrants or court orders;
  • Enforces the traffic laws and arrests or issues summons to traffic law violators; reports unsafe road  conditions; directs the flow of traffic when required; investigates traffic accidents;


  • High school graduation or equivalent diploma from an institution accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U. S. Dept. of Education or licensed as a degree granting institution by the Commission for Independent Education.
  • Certification of completion of law enforcement training as required by the State of Florida.
  • Meet requirements and standards of the Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission as authorized by F.S.S. 943.13.
  • Requires that the member be at least 21 years of age.
  • Must possess a valid Florida Driver’s License.