Deputy Sheriff

Gainesville, FL
Alachua County Sheriff's Office

Starting Pay USD $22.61/Hr.

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.

Duties may involve other special assignments of similar complexity including providing assistance to those who are unable to care for themselves, the intoxicated, addicted, mentally ill, physically disabled, and persons of all ages. Work may be performed either in uniform or plain clothes, on foot or in an automobile, and on any assigned shift.


  • 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



  • High School Diploma/GED required
  • Associate’s Degree and/or Bachelor’s Degree preferred
  • Preferred Major(s): 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