Deputy Sheriff Patrol

Dalton, GA
Whitfield County Sheriff

The purpose of this classification is to perform general and specialized law enforcement work in order to preserve public peace, to protect lives, property and rights of the public; and to enforce statutory law and County ordinances. Employees in this classification may be assigned to perform work duties in Court Services, Traffic Investigation, Patrol, Detention and School Resource, Crime Prevention/DARE, Civil Process, Animal Control, or may be assigned as a member of a Special Response Team.

The following duties are normal for this position. The omission of specific statements of the duties does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment for this classification. Other duties may be required and assigned.

  • Reduces the commission of crimes and maintains law enforcement by patrolling throughout the County; patrols County streets and neighborhoods in a law enforcement vehicle, bicycle, or on a motorcycle; apprehends and/or arrests persons who violate federal, State or County codes and laws; researches codes and laws.
  • Monitors radio calls; communicates with radio dispatcher and responds to complaints, reports of criminal events, requests for law enforcement, and domestic or public disputes; inspects troublesome areas and checks security of business establishments.
  • Secures crime scenes; gathers information in criminal investigations by interviewing victims, witnesses, informants and suspects; performs searches of people, vehicles and buildings; takes and files photographs; takes detailed confessions; prepares investigative reports of findings, facts, and related information; makes arrests and processes arrested suspects; detects and collects evidence and substances that provide the basis for probable cause for criminal acts; seizes or confiscates illegal substances or apparatus, such as drugs, drug equipment, or gambling devices; places and secures seized or confiscated items into property control; maintains the chain of custody of all evidence in accordance with current search and seizure laws and departmental policy; testifies in court as needed.
  • Enforces traffic laws and regulations; detects traffic violators; issues parking violations; performs traffic accident investigations and makes reports; facilitates the movement of traffic and pedestrians around accidents, disabled traffic control devices, or heavily congested areas; assists disabled motorists; directs traffic for funerals and other public gatherings.
  • Performs rescue functions at accidents, emergency scenes and disaster areas; assists in the evacuation or rescue of persons and property in emergency situations, such as aircraft crashes, fires, floods, and other natural or manmade disasters.
  • Prepares, obtains, and serves arrest warrants; serves legal documents; advises victims or other involved persons of their rights according to current law and the proper procedures to follow to prosecute a case; speaks with and refers citizens in need to appropriate public and social services.


  • High school diploma or GED; six month of experience in security or law enforcement; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid Georgia driver’s license.
  • Must be certified in CPR and First Aid.
  • Must possess and maintain certification as a Deputy Sheriff, Detention Officer.