Deputy Sheriff – Patrol

Dallas, OR
Polk County Sheriff

Salary: $59,004.00 – $85,188.00 Annually.

Position Summary:
This is law enforcement work involving the protection of life and property, the enforcement of laws, the investigation of crimes by utilizing both specialized technical and interpersonal relationship skills.
Work involves responsibility for the performance of law enforcement duties in accordance with regulations and procedures prescribed by command and super­visory officers. The work contains a substantial element of personal risk and an employee must be able to exercise sound judgment independently in emer­gency situations. Duties will involve responsibility for recognizing the social importance of law enforcement functions as well as responsibility for the eventual application of a considerable knowledge of human nature and the behavioral sciences to the resolution of day to day law enforcement problems. Tactful and courteous treatment of the public under adverse psychological conditions is an imperative function of this position.

Essential Functions:

  1. Patrols an assigned area of the county; enforces traffic laws and issues citations or warnings to violators; directs traffic; investigates traffic accidents and criminal incidents; prepares reports; arrests violators and testifies in court.
  2. Answers and investigates citizen complaints and reports; provides direc­tional information to motorists concerning locations of streets, roads and addresses; provides crime prevention information and assistance to the public.
  3. Examines crime and accident scenes and preserves evidence; interviews suspects, witnesses, and victims; provides specialized technical follow-up investigation for certain criminal events.
  4. Serves subpoenas, summons, warrants for arrest and other civil process papers; appears as a witness in court to testify on matters relating to accidents, crimes and investigations.
  5. Assists with search and rescue operations for property and persons. Patrols waterways, enforces all marine, fish, and game laws.
  6. Performs related duties as required.


  • Graduation from high school or possession of the equivalent GED certifi­cate.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen and at least 21 years of age by the date of appointment.
  • No felony criminal record.
  • Must possess a valid Oregon driver’s license and a good driving record.
  • Ability to pass a comprehensive background investigation and medical and psychological examinations.
  • Must have the strength and agility sufficient to perform law enforcement work.
  • Must obtain DPSST certification within one year of appointment. Must meet minimum standards established by OAR 259-008-0010 as a Law Enforcement Officer.