Salary: $27.76 – $37.05 Hourly.
The Deputy Sheriff ensures the protection of the citizens of Mille Lacs County by providing law enforcement services. Duties include protecting life and property, preventing crime, apprehending criminals, and enforcing laws, rules, and regulations in Mille Lacs County.
- Works to prevent crimes and preserve public safety. Patrols County roads and enforces traffic laws, rules and regulations; issues warnings or citations. Reports road conditions or hazards to dispatch for communication with the responsible department or jurisdiction. Observes condition of signs, signals, road surfaces, and severe weather conditions.
- Performs various administrative duties. Attends in-service training and meetings. Writes clear and concise reports. Accounts for activities during a shift. Reports hours worked. Assumes responsibility for the care of department vehicles and property, including assigned patrol unit and issued equipment.
- Performs traffic control to allow emergency responders to work safely while at the scene of a fire or medical emergency; provides assistance to other law enforcement agencies on request.
- Performs initial investigations and determines whether the case needs to be handed off to an Investigator for further work. Preserves evidence at the scene of petty misdemeanor to felony level crimes. Interviews suspects, victims, and witnesses of crimes to obtain statements and gather evidence. Investigates natural deaths within the County and prepares a report; files the report with the Medical Examiner’s Office. Watches for and investigates to find wanted or missing persons or property. Transfers cases to an Investigator when the nature of the case indicates a need to transfer based on Sheriff’s Office guidelines. Testifies in court as needed. Secures major crime scenes until investigation personnel arrive.
- Responds personally to emergency calls per established Sheriff’s Office procedures. Evaluates each situation upon arrival to determine whether additional assistance is needed; conducts a preliminary investigation and brings the event to a conclusion; depending on the situation, requests deployment of the Special Emergency Response Team (S.E.R.T.), K-9, or Search and Rescue.
- Administers first aid until the situation is stabilized or there is relief provided by paramedics or ambulance personnel. Makes arrests when justified by the circumstances. Participates in searches and rescue for lost, missing, or drowned persons.
- Participates in special assignments as delegated or as a volunteer. Serves as Court Security Officer to maintain an orderly courtroom and provide for the safety of judges, attorneys, court personnel, witnesses, defendants, and the public; maintains rapport with all parties; schedules and provides work direction to civilian bailiffs. Serves as Boat and Water Patrol Officer; enforces laws while on the water; operates watercraft; inspects watercraft and checks operators for equipment or safety violations; issues warnings or citations. Serves as School Liaison Officer. Responds to requests for help from school officials, families and students; promotes a safe school environment; interacts and maintains rapport with all parties; participates in school committees. Serves on the Special Emergency Response Team (S.E.R.T.) as a volunteer; receives special training and equipment to resolve critical and high risk situations.
- Communicates professionally with the public in order to build rapport and solicit public cooperation with law enforcement activities. Develops materials and provides presentations oriented toward the public to inform them about safety or security matters.
- May transport prisoners to the jail or medical facility.
- Performs other job-related duties as assigned.
- The job requires eligibility for licensing by the Minnesota Peace Officers Standards and Training Board (P.O.S.T.).
- Eligibility is usually based on two years of post-secondary education with a law enforcement focus, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Candidates must have or be able to obtain a First Responder Certification within six months of hire.
- Required to successfully complete pre-employment physical, physical agility testing, psychological examination, and criminal history background check, and all required periodic on-going examinations of the same.
- License holders are required to earn 48 CLE credits every three years to maintain P.O.S.T. license.
- A valid driver’s license is required.