Deputy Sheriff

Gainesville, FL
Alachua County Sheriff's Office

Salary: $50,000.08 – $79,931.90 Annually.

Position Summary:
Responsible work of a general law enforcement nature with primary emphasis on the protection of life and property and the routine enforcement of federal, state, and local laws. Work involves an element of personal danger. Employees must be able to act effectively without direct supervision and to exercise discretion, caution, common sense, reasonable calmness, and self-control under adverse conditions while maintaining control of a particular situation or emergency.

Essential Functions:

  • Pursue and effect the immediate apprehension and arrest of persons suspected of committing criminal violations directed to his/her attention.
  • Investigate all complaints which are assigned or brought to his/her attention and report or take law enforcement action in those cases under the jurisdiction of ACSO.
  • Provide citizens with general information, advice, etc., whenever possible.
  • Prevent the commission of crimes, suppress all forms of commercialized vice, and detain and apprehend criminals.
  • Under no circumstances make public any information that may jeopardize the successful completion of an investigation or the apprehension of a perpetrator.
  • Observe all persons who arouse suspicion and investigate any person whose appearance, conduct, or presence seems suspicious. Upon the interview of such persons, attempt to obtain information which will aid the reduction of criminal activity.
  • Be thoroughly familiar with the boundaries of Alachua County in relation to neighboring counties and be familiar with the proper names and locations of all streets, avenues, terraces, roads, drives, places, courts, main thoroughfares, alleys, public buildings, hospitals, etc., in Alachua County.
  • Be thoroughly familiar with criminal laws and keep up to date with all new changes in Florida State Statutes; also, be familiar with Federal Law and County Ordinances.
  • Provide rescue and first aid services in response to accidents, disasters, or other emergency situations.
  • Provide referral and follow-up services to resolve domestic and civil crises.
  • Advise merchants and the general public regarding suitable crime prevention methods.
  • Constantly be on alert to cultivate sources of information that will aid in the solving of crime, the apprehension of offenders, the suppression of vice and organized crime, and establishing informants.
  • Respond to situations involving in-progress or recent criminal activity, restore or maintain order, then gather information and evidence accordingly.
  • Patrol assigned areas and give particular attention to and re-check locations where crime hazard is great.
  • Be available for service at all times while on duty either by radio or telephone.
  • Write all reports as directed in agency policy and procedures; complete and relinquish all reports prior to completing a work shift, unless authorized by a supervisor.
  • Take into official custody property that has been lost, stolen, or abandoned in accordance with agency policy and procedures.
  • Testify in court or depositions as necessary.
  • Conduct in-depth investigations of criminal incidents, either independently or as part of a coordinated effort.
  • Observe, report, and whenever feasible, follow-up on conditions which pose potential threats to public safety and health.
  • Maintain an alert and military bearing upon the streets or while in a vehicle.
  • Maintain cleanliness and operational readiness of all assigned equipment.
  • May, on a limited or occasional basis, assist in other areas of the agency.
  • Serve judicial process as directed.


  • High School/GED.
  • Criminal Justice or other related field.
  • Meet or exceed all applicable standards required by the Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission (FCJSTC).
  • Successfully complete all ACSO Field Training requirements.
  • Current, valid CJSTC/FDLE Law Enforcement Certification.
  • Current, valid Florida driver’s license.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Must be a citizen of the United States.
  • Must be a resident of Alachua County or in a county contiguous to Alachua County and live within 20 minutes of the Alachua County Line or within one (1) hour drive from the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office.

Preferred Requirements:

  • Associate’s Degree.
  • Bachelor’s Degree.