Deputy Sheriff – Certified

Canton, SD
Lincoln County

Salary: $23.28 – $25.69 Hourly

Closing: 6/3/2022 5:00 PM Central

General Information

 $7,500 Hiring Bonus Available!

The Lincoln County Sheriff, Steve Swenson, invites Certified Law Enforcement Officers to apply for the position of Deputy Sheriff. This position performs a variety of functions in providing general law enforcement work to maintain law and order throughout Lincoln County. Responsibilities include investigating illegal or suspicious activities and completing and maintaining accurate records and reports.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Offers:

  • State of the art equipment
  • Ongoing training opportunities
  • Family-like culture
  • 10-hour shifts with rotating weekends off
  • Take home car for those that live in Lincoln County (living in the county is not required)
  • Strong community support

In addition to a lucrative benefits package, Lincoln County Certified Law Enforcement Officers also receive:

  • $.75/hour night shift differential
  • $.75/hour weekend differential
  • $.50/hour for those selected by the Sheriff to be a Field Training Officer
  • $1.00/hour for those selected by the Sheriff to be a Detective/Civil Deputy
  • Overtime available
  • Employee Assistance Program – 5 free sessions available for employees and their immediate family members

To be Eligible for the Hiring Bonus:

  • Must successfully complete the recruitment process and pre-employment background requirements.
  • Must be a current Certified Law Enforcement Officer in the State of South Dakota by the position deadline or another state AND successfully complete and pass the reciprocity exam within one year of employment.
  • Must be in good standing with the South Dakota Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Training Commission and/or the state in which the incumbent received law enforcement certification.
  • Selected and eligible individuals who are currently South Dakota certified will receive $4,000 at time of hire, $2,000 after the first year of employment and $1,500 after the second year of employment.
  • Selected and eligible individuals that successfully complete the reciprocity exam will receive $4,000 at time of passing, $2,000 after the first year from date of passing and $1,500 after the second year from date of passing.
  • Must maintain satisfactory performance.

***If incumbent leaves before completing two years of employment, then the individual will be responsible for repaying the hiring bonus in its entirety.  Bonuses are taxable – all regular payroll taxes will be withheld.***

Certified applicants must attach their law enforcement certification to the application. Upon the position closing, those that meet the qualifications will be contacted to schedule an interview.

Examples of Duties Include

  • Conduct vehicular patrol within the county perimeters, respond to calls for service, investigate the scenes of accidents and make reports appropriately.
  • Perform security checks of the perimeter and checks of the buildings and grounds. Patrol assigned area to enforce laws, issue citations for traffic violations, investigate crimes, collect evidence, conduct interviews, and arrests violators. Investigate illegal or suspicious activities of persons, quell disturbances and arrest law violators. Coordinate investigations with other agencies.
  • Assume control at traffic accidents to maintain traffic flow, assist accident victims and investigate causes of accidents.
  • Conduct area security checks with business and residences within the county.
  • Load, unload, aim and fire approved department firearms and meet qualification standards.
  • Prepare and serve warrants, subpoenas, summonses, etc. Confirm warrants. Locate and take persons into custody on arrest warrants.
  • Monitor communication channels, monitor dispatch calls, provide notification of accidents and emergencies, supervise response to emergency situations.
  • Respond to questions, complaints and requests for information/assistance from the public, media, legal and medical staff, various agencies, etc., administer first aid and CPR, maintain weapons, vehicle, and equipment. Maintain and monitor the security of keys and equipment.
  • Provide protection to the courts and court officials, employees, witnesses, jurors, defendants, and the general public. Attend hearings and court proceedings as necessary.
  • Complete case reports of every action taken on the job, ensure all activity is properly documented.
  • Conduct follow up investigations in order to complete case reports for processing of case closure or further prosecution.
  • Assist new deputies with learning training and procedure protocols, keep current on changing protocols for the department.
  • Ensure all authority is being exercised consistently under the oath of office.
  • May include forensics, detective, 24/7 coordinator and/or jail coordinator responsibilities.

Minimum Qualifications
Must be a current Certified Law Enforcement Officer in the State of South Dakota or another state and be eligible to sit for the reciprocity exam. Must be in good standing with the South Dakota Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Training Commission and/or state in which received certification.  Must pass a physical examination and a pre-employment drug test. Must be age 21 at the time of hiring.

**To be considered, candidates must submit proof of law enforcement certification by attaching the documents to the online application or by submitting the documents to Human Resources. Please contact Human Resources with questions at 605-764-6609 or**

Preferred Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, business, social science, or a closely related field plus three years of experience as a certified law enforcement officer. Experience/Knowledge with processing and preservation of physical evidence such as fingerprints, firearm evidence, physiological fluids, shoe and tire impressions. Knowledge of technical equipment for copying and editing patrol car videos and/or outside surveillance and media.