Deputy Sheriff Recruit

Westminster, MD
Carroll County Sheriff's Office

Salary: $54,538 Annually / $26.22 Hourly.

Closing Date: 05/09/2024.

Position Summary:

This is an ENTRY-LEVEL position with the new hire undergoing formalized training in law enforcement methods and procedures both in the classroom and in the field. An employee in this position is assigned to an Entrance Level Training Class and instructed in a variety of subject matters for varying lengths of time. The employee’s proficiency is measured through written, oral, and practical examinations, the cumulative total of which will normally determine an incumbent’s retention as a sworn deputy at a level immediately above Deputy Sheriff Recruit. This position requires working days, nights, weekends, and holidays as assigned.

Essential Functions:

  • Performs essential law enforcement duties and responsibilities.
  • Ensures proper supervision and control of prisoners in custody.
  • Patrols assigned area in police cruiser or on foot.
  • Maintains radio contact with Emergency Communications Center (ECC) and reports crimes or unusual situations.
  • Responds to calls involving criminal violations and calls for assistance, initiates action as appropriate.
  • Secures scene to restore peace and protect evidence.
  • Interviews complainants and witnesses.
  • Conducts thorough follow up investigations until case is closed and/or reassigned.
  • Makes arrests, searches suspects for weapons and evidence and advises suspects of rights.
  • Seizes controlled dangerous substances and stolen property.
  • Transports suspects to police station and/or central booking.
  • Obtains arrest warrants from District Court Commissioner.
  • Fingerprints, photographs, and interrogates suspects.
  • Collects and deposits evidence and/or recovered property in accordance with agency policy and procedures.
  • Writes clear, concise, and complete criminal offense reports and/or search warrants.
  • Testifies in court as needed.
  • Must be a credible witness in court.
  • Responds to calls involving major traffic accidents or other incidents.
  • Renders first aid and requests medical assistance when necessary.
  • Interviews participants and witnesses; draws sketches and takes measurements; issues traffic citations, if appropriate writes accident reports.
  • Gives general assistance to the public (e.g. assists stranded motorists, gives directions to lost travelers, removes hazardous objects from roadway, searches for lost children, etc.).
  • Issues traffic summonses and warnings, parking tickets and vehicle repair notices.
  • Directs traffic for special events, traffic signal malfunctions, traffic accidents, and other incidents as needed.
  • Serves arrest warrants and summonses issued by the courts.
  • Advises shopkeepers, business executives, and citizens on crime prevention and security measures; gives talks before civic and community groups about police operations.
  • Interacts proactively with the community to address quality of life issues.
  • Maintains vehicle and related equipment in accordance with agency policy to ensure proper working order.
  • Ensures agency issued uniforms and related equipment are properly maintained in accordance with agency policy.
  • Accommodates temporary assignments within the agency, which may include specialized units and/or undercover work


  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED); no experience is required.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manual.
  • Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.
  • Ability to apply principles of logical thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems.
  • Ability to deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables.
  • Valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s License.
  • Sound physical conditions, to be determined by physical agility test and medical examination.
  • No felony or serious misdemeanor convictions.
  • No dishonorable discharge from any law enforcement agency or Armed Forces.
  • Mentally, emotionally, and physically stable.
  • Demonstrates personal integrity and good moral character.
  • Pays attention to detail, is conscientious and demonstrates accountability for their actions