Deputy Road Patrol

Traverse City, MI
Grand Traverse County Sheriff's Office

Salary: $25.15 USD Hourly.

Position Summary:

Primary functions of the job are to enforce laws, respond to emergency calls, patrol highways, inspect for illegal behavior, and assist other law enforcement agencies. Employees work as part of a team and are responsible for ensuring that the team meets its objectives.

Employees must meet the minimum requirements, conditions of employment, and be able to successfully perform all essential duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodations.

This position may require irregular hours. May be required to work on-call in an emergency.

Essential Functions:

  • Protects citizens, fellow officers, and self from injury from violent encounters. Patrols assigned area, enforcing traffic laws, preventing law violations, observing, and inspecting persons and property for potential illegal or hazardous activity or conditions, and responding to complaints, situations, or requests from persons requiring assistance.
  • Responds to calls for service in an assigned area within the County, enforcing applicable laws and ordinances.
  • Issues citations and warnings to violators and apprehends, and arrests persons suspected of violating the law
  • Assists stranded, distressed, or injured motorists.
  • Appears on the scene of accidents, disturbances, or unusual events to direct traffic flow, restrain spectators, collect, and preserve evidence, and remove road hazards.
  • Observes traffic, persons, buildings, and surrounding areas to detect unusual conditions, suspicious persons, and activities, and to identify situations requiring further investigation and action.
  • Operates a variety of items of equipment, such as radar speed measuring devices, weapons, breath testing equipment, computers, radios, cameras, tools, lighting equipment, fire extinguishers, jumper cables, and/or other applicable items.
  • Conducts investigations of alleged or suspected criminal activity in response to complaints received or information developed in the course of activities; interviews complainants, witnesses, suspects, and others who may have knowledge of a crime in order to obtain facts and information; observes and inspects crime scenes to evaluate the crime and collect and preserve physical evidence; makes initial determinations of investigative actions; searches persons, vehicles and properties to locate and collect evidence of crimes; marks, packages, and preserves evidence collected.
  • Effects lawful arrests of suspected criminals by taking them into physical custody, subduing or restraining, searching, explaining reason for arrest, advising them of their constitutional rights, and transporting them to the post or jail for further processing.
  • Appears in court to give evidence and testimony as to the facts surrounding cases being tried.
  • Confers with prosecutors and explains circumstances of crimes, evidence, facts, and conclusions to obtain needed warrants.
  • Provides public relations and educational services to groups of interested parties in areas such as traffic safety, fire prevention, drugs and narcotics, and applicable programs and policies.
  • Prepares daily reports, incident reports, subpoenas, warrants, protection orders, mental pick-up orders, and/or other related documents.
  • Maintains and submits all appropriate records, including the logging of any criminal information.
  • Maintains open communication with fellow officers and supervisors and follows all policies and procedures of the Sheriff’s Office, including the general policing philosophy of the Sheriff.


  • Associate degree in law enforcement, criminal justice, corrections, social sciences, public management or related field (preferred).
  • Additional related experience may substitute for the college requirement if there is demonstrated knowledge, ability, and skills to perform the work.
  • Possess and maintain valid Michigan Driver’s License and must maintain eligibility to drive as per the County’s Vehicle policy.
  • Certified as a Police Officer in MI (MCOLES).
  • CPR Certified (can be attained after hire).
  • Must not have been convicted of a felony or crime that might question the person’s credibility.
  • Must successfully complete the employment screening process, which may include written and oral evaluations, psychological and physical screening, as well as a complete background investigation.
  • Must be in good health and able to perform police duties, free from chronic disease and any physical deformities, and able to pursue, apprehend, restrain, and control potential suspects.
  • May be required to successfully complete a physical readiness test yearly, per contract requirements.
  • In compliance with Michigan Statutory Provision for the office of Sheriff, the Sheriff of Grand Traverse County reserves the right to make the final decision regarding both the application of these requirements and the hiring of an appropriate applicant for this position within the department.
  • May be required to serve in an “on-call” capacity.
  • Must be compliant with Collective Bargaining Agreement and Departmental Policies and Procedures.