Deputy Sheriff

Conrad, MT
Pondera County Sheriff's Office

Position Summary:

The Deputy Sheriff is responsible for performing law enforcement and crime prevention duties as assigned by the Sheriff, Undersheriff or other supervisory personnel. These duties are to ensure the quality of life within Pondera County and its communities and require individual judgment within prescribed standards, procedures, statutory provisions and law enforcement training. The Deputy Sheriff carries out a variety of law enforcement assignments dedicated to preserving the peace and protecting the citizens.

Essential Functions:

  • Patrol assigned areas and assist local peace officers in protecting life and property by enforcing laws.
  • Observe and assess all situations, activities, and surroundings and take actions to correct, resolve, and control any potential problems, unusual occurrences, and breaches of peace through sound judgment, appropriate application of law and Departmental policy.
  • Serve legal documents including, but not limited to Warrants, Notices, Subpoenas, Summons, Complaints and Writs to assist in facilitating the County and State legal/justice proceedings.
  • Perform investigations of complaints and criminal violations by gathering evidence and interviewing witnesses according to legal guidelines and Departmental policy.
  • Conduct searches, seizing and preventing the circulation of any drugs or contraband, fingerprinting, checking law enforcement files and databases, receiving and recording evidence and property, and related police work.
  • Process and arrest any perpetrator of a criminal act as witnessed or assigned.
  • Respond to calls for service and take control of accident and crime scenes including, but not limited to, identifying persons involved and administering basic first aid when needed.
  • Prepare and file reports, make maps, photos, diagrams and charts describing incidents, crimes and accidents.
  • Make entries in individual patrol logs, write narrative reports, complete incident reports, type reports on typewriter or word processor and file accordingly.
  • Assist in registering sexual and violent offenders.
  • Contribute in the prosecution of cases by filing information, preparing evidence, reports, attending and testifying in Court when necessary. Collaborate closely with County Attorney to expedite cases, follow-up investigations, interviews, etc.
  • Assist with Sheriff’s sales of seized or impounded vehicles, personal and real property.
  • Respond to bomb threats and render safe explosive or suspected explosive calls.
  • Report to fire scenes and other dangerous situations.
  • Provide security, work patrol or liaison between command centers and Sheriff’s Office when necessary.
  • Assists with providing dignitary protection and security when required.
  • Collect fees due the County and receive and deposit bail in accordance with applicable law and Department procedures.
  • Serve as bailiff to maintain security and order in the Court and remove disorderly persons when necessary.
  • Provide security and safety of jury deliberations, jurors, the public, and prisoners and set up projectors and other equipment used in court, as necessary.
  • Maintain security and monitor movement of persons detained at the Pondera County’s Detention Facility to protect the public and other prisoners.
  • Escort detainees and inmates to court appearances, medical checks, exercise, showers, classrooms, counselor visits, family visits, and other approved appointments at mental hospitals, medical facilities, or clinics as needed.
  • Pickup meals and deliver to detainees and inmates incarcerated in Detention Facility.
  • Maintain a safe and clean work environment including, but not limited to, assigned vehicle.
  • Exercise appropriate judgment in an extensive variety of situations, including legal jurisdiction for interventions, and establish responses according to applicable law, Departmental policy, criminal codes, ongoing training, conditions, and specifics of a situation.
  • Demonstrate sound, professional judgment and rely on training and common sense to request assistance of other law enforcement officers, public health, safety officials and emergency medical personnel when necessary.
  • Provide responsive, high-quality service to Pondera County employees, representatives of outside agencies and members of the public by providing accurate, complete and up-todate information in a courteous, efficient and timely manner.
  • Perform livestock inspections.
  • Assist in animal control activities when necessary.
  • May serve as liaison officer with Search and Rescue Unit to search for missing persons and evacuating persons from dangerous areas or situation.
  • Attend workshops, law-enforcement seminars, and educational sessions to keep updated on policing strategies, changing laws, and crime trends affecting the County.
  • Coordinate community outreach events and public education programs to promote community relations and a safe community committed to problem solving and respect for the law.
  • Responsible for all detention related activities including security, records, planning, research, prisoner care, health and welfare issues and Court related matters, as is necessary.
  • Answer correspondence regarding detention activities or functions.
  • Book inmates brought to jail.
  • Conduct cell and holding area searches.
  • Provide prisoner security and safety at County jail and during transportation.
  • Perform other duties as may be assigned.


  • Graduate of an accredited high school or the equivalent;
  • Of good moral character;
  • Never been convicted of a felony;
  • Has not within 5 years immediately preceding the date of employment been affiliated in any manner with a subversive organization; and
  • Has been examined by a physician licensed to practice in the state of Montana within 30 days immediately preceding the date of employment and has been pronounced in good physical condition.
  • Is a citizen of the United States, at least 18 years old and of good moral character, as determined by a thorough background investigation.
  • Must be fingerprinted and a search made through the local, State and National fingerprint files to disclose any criminal record.
  • Not to have been convicted of a crime for which the person could have been imprisoned in a federal or state penitentiary.
  • Be examined by a licensed physician or, for the purposes of a mental health evaluation, a person who is licensed by the State under Title 37, acting within the scope of the person’s licensure, who is not the applicant’s personal physician or licensed mental health professional, appointed by the County to determine if the applicant is free from any mental health or physical condition that might adversely affect the performance of that individual’s duty as a peace officer and, individual must satisfactorily complete the physical examination.
  • Successfully complete a verbal examination conducted by the appointed authority or its designated representative.
  • Must comply with minimum detention standards according to A.R.M. 23.14.423.
  • Possess a Montana Class D driver’s license and good driving record.
  • Participate in continuing education programs relevant to the duties and responsibilities of this position.
  • Intermittent travel for training and other work-related functions.
  • Maintain strict confidentiality of all records and information.