Deputy Sheriff I

Tucson, AZ
Pima County Sheriff

Salary: $28.13 Hourly.

Closing Date: 4/12/2024.

Position Summary:

Performs law enforcement work of moderate complexity including enforcing laws, maintaining order, protecting life and property, and investigating and assisting in the prevention of crime; and performs related work as required. Work may be required on weekends and holidays according to assigned shifts and duties may be assigned in any geographical or functional unit of the department. This classification is the entry-level commissioned officer in the Sheriff’s Department and is actively engaged in law enforcement activities. It is distinguished from Sergeant, which has supervisory responsibility for a unit on an assigned shift.

Essential Functions:

  • Patrols assigned area for the prevention of crime and enforcement of laws and ordinances;
  • Responds to requests for law enforcement services and takes appropriate action;
  • Arrests violators of laws and ordinances, and ensures violators are booked on charges;
  • Escorts prisoners to jail and court;
  • Enforces traffic laws, directs traffic, and provides information concerning the location of streets, routes, and buildings;
  • Investigates and prepares detailed reports of collisions;
  • Investigates suspicious conditions, activities, or persons;
  • Investigates and checks for wanted or missing persons and stolen property;
  • Participates in the operation of various units and the service of civil and criminal subpoenas and other court orders;
  • Participates in riot and crowd control;
  • Controls and restrains potentially violent persons;
  • Carries a department-authorized firearm at all times while on duty;
  • Prepares a variety of reports;
  • Conducts investigations of criminal cases and gathers, preserves, and analyzes facts and evidence;
  • Conducts follow-up investigations of preliminary investigative reports;
  • Interviews complainants, suspects, and witnesses while acting as the preliminary investigating officer;
  • Records statements and testimony;
  • Prepares and submits reports of criminal offenses, including modus operandi and description of incriminating evidence, for determination of guilt and prosecution of charges;
  • Prepares material evidence for courtroom presentation and testifies in court on various matters, including findings of investigations;
  • Provides information to attorneys and other authorized persons;
  • Assists in rescue activities for sick and injured persons;
  • May be assigned limited supervisory duties on a temporary basis;
  • Will have direct physical contact with arrestees during arrest procedures and subsequent custody.


  • Must possess a high school diploma or a General Education Development (GED) certificate.
  • Possession of a valid Arizona driver license with appropriate endorsement(s), as defined by the appointing authority. The valid Arizona driver license shall be unencumbered by any ignition interlock restrictions. Failure to maintain the required licensure shall be grounds for termination.
  • Must be 21 years of age, a resident of the State of Arizona, registered as a voter in Pima County.
  • Able to read and write the English language, and eligible to be certified by AZPOST per rule R13-4-105.
  • All positions require satisfactory completion of a background investigation due to the need for access to law enforcement, corrections, and court facilities, property, communications, associated confidential information, documents, databases, and evidentiary materials.
  • Pre-/post-appointment drug screening and polygraph examinations are required for all positions due to the need for access as described above.
  • All positions are required to work rotating shifts which include days, evenings, nights, weekends and holidays, and to work an assigned post that can be rotated/reassigned at management’s discretion.