Deputy Sheriff

Waseca, MN
Waseca County Sheriff

Under the general direction of the Sheriff and Chief Deputy Sheriff, the Deputy Sheriff is responsible to provide law enforcement services for the County; patrol assigned area; enforce laws, rules and regulations; arrest suspects; conduct initial investigations, surveillance, and prepares reports; transport prisoners and mentally ill patients; carry out court orders and other law enforcement related duties; provide mutual aid assistance to other agencies as requested; and perform other duties as apparent or assigned.

Essential Functions:

  1. Protects life and property through answering calls for service, patrol activities, respond to emergency calls, criminal investigations, enforcement of laws, crime prevention, water patrol, and providing general assistance as needed to the citizens of Waseca County. Provides medical assistance and requests fire, ambulance, and air care and assists with establishing and securing landing zones. Respond to nuisance complaints, such as noise, animal at large, barking dogs, juvenile and or adult drinking, drug parties and fireworks.
  2. Makes decisions, independently or in consultation with the supervisor, at incidents or crime scenes which may be centered around life or death situations; decisions may be split-second and are based on the safest procedures to be followed to ensure safety to individuals involved and fellow officers/members of public. Evaluates situations, determines the need and justification in implementing the use defensive tactic maneuvers, chemical agents, weapons, firearms and deadly force to protect the life and safety of self and others. Evaluates the need versus threat to initiate or terminate a high-speed pursuit. Determines if arrests are deemed lawful and follows proper statutes. Obtain search warrants, as needed.
  3. Conducts general patrol. Patrols State, County, Township, and city streets within Waseca County in an emergency vehicle to preserve law and order. Prevents and detects the commission of crime. Monitors multi-agency radio traffic for service. Conducts search and surveillance activities and prevents crime.
  4. Responds to emergency and non-emergency calls for service. Takes appropriate action when responding to dangerous and unpredictable emergency calls. Prioritizes response to non-emergency calls and acts appropriately. Triages the situation to determine what is needed to be dispatched to the scene: for example, tow trucks, fire and rescue, medical personnel, air ambulance, crash reconstruction, commercial vehicle investigators, human services, supervisors, hazardous material teams, and/or tactical response teams. Deposes victims, witnesses, suspects, and uses observations skills, and training to control the situation. Utilizes Emergency Response Guidebook and blocks roads, provides perimeter, and or/ assists in evacuations.
  5. Monitors vehicular traffic throughout the County. Enforces state and local traffic laws. Keeps current on new and changing laws, attends mandated training and meets required testing standards. Assists motorists. Locates, identifies, and processes persons driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Responds to and investigates all motor vehicle crashes.
  6. Conducts investigations. Preserves the integrity of the crime scene. Identifies, documents, collects, and preserves evidence. Interviews victims and witnesses. Develops informants and suspects. Prepares applications and serves search warrants, arrest warrants, court orders, civil papers and commitment orders. Works effectively and cooperatively with the detectives at crime scenes and aids with follow up on cases. Provides sworn testimony during criminal and civil trials in both District and Federal Court proceedings. Evaluates the safety of a living environment for domestic disputes for children and mentally disturbed persons. Protects the rights of all persons involved. Determines case by case action for future follow up investigations.

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. High School Diploma / GED
  2. Associates degree in law enforcement or related field
  3. Must be licensed or eligible for licensure as a peace officer in the state of MN at the time of application.
  4. Must submit copy of MN P.O.S.T License or Letter of Eligibility with application.
  5. First Responder certified or equivalent.

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Bachelor’s degree in criminology, sociology, psychology or related field
  2. Prior experience as a full-time peace officer