Deputy Sheriff – Certified

Canton, SD
Lincoln County

General Information

Join us at Lincoln County! We invite you to join us as we are adding Deputy Sheriff’s positions to help meet the need as one of the fastest growing counties in the county.


***The 2023 hiring range is $27.53/hr – $30.38/hr with a full earning potential up to $37.02/hr.***

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office invites applications for a Deputy Sheriff position. This individual will provide law enforcement services 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

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.

Minimum Qualifications:

Two years of college (Associate’s degree) or vocational school in criminal justice, or a closely related field; or two years of work experience as a certified law enforcement officer; or two years of active, full-time military experience; or four years of military reserve experience; or four years of relevant work experience. Comparable combination of education and experience may be considered. Must pass a physical examination and a pre-employment drug test. Must be age 21 at the time of hiring. Must be eligible for certification under the South Dakota Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Training Commission.