Lateral Deputy Sheriff I / II
A Deputy Sheriff serves in a highly responsible and visible capacity in the protection of life and property; performs law enforcement and crime prevention work by patrolling assigned areas, answering calls for service, and investigating crimes. The Deputy Sheriff works under general supervision within a framework of established procedures and is expected to perform a variety of law enforcement duties with only occasional instruction, assistance and supervision. Adequate performance at this level requires the knowledge of departmental procedures and the ability to choose among a variety of alternatives in solving emergency and routine incidents. The Deputy Sheriff is expected to work productively even in the absence of supervision, and also could be asked to assist in the supervision and training of new, less experienced, law enforcement employees. General supervision of the Deputy Sheriff is provided by a Sheriff’s Sergeant or a higher level of sworn personnel depending upon assignment. A Deputy Sheriff shall be assigned to the Field Training Officer Program and complete a one (1) year probationary period. Laterals shall have an appreciated Field Training Officer Program as deemed appropriate, but will also complete a one (1) year probation period.
Examples of Duties
Depending upon assignment, duties may include but are not limited to the following:
- Patrol county in a radio car or on foot; answers calls for the protection of life and property and the enforcement of county and state laws; may conduct both preliminary and follow-up investigations of disturbances, prowlers, burglaries, thefts, holdups, and other criminal incidents; check buildings for physical security.
- Make critical decisions necessary in the field regarding emergency situations and apprehension techniques.
- Make arrests as necessary; interview victims, complainants, and witnesses; interrogate suspects; gather and preserve evidence; testify and present evidence in court.
- Contact and cooperate with other law enforcement agencies in matters relating to the investigation of crimes and the apprehension of offenders.
- Prepare reports of arrests made, investigations conducted, and unusual incidents observed.
- Perform Coroner duties as assigned.
- Serve warrants, subpoenas, and civil documents.
- Assist local fire departments within the county in traffic control and fire rescue.
- Administer first aid in emergency situations.
- Assist in county search and rescue operations over a wide area, sometimes involving rugged terrain and difficult weather conditions.
- Perform Bailiff duties as assigned.
- Serve as Range Master for the department as assigned.
Applicants must have the ability to:
- Serve in a law enforcement capacity in a responsible and effective manner, often under difficult and stressful situations.
- Observe accurately and remember names, faces, numbers, incidents, and places.
- Demonstrate ability in the use and care of firearms, and proficiency in meeting Range Qualification Standards.
- Think and act quickly in emergencies and judge situations and people accurately.
- Learn, understand, and interpret laws and regulations.
- Prepare accurate and grammatically correct written reports.
- Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
- Understand and carry out oral and written directions.
Required Experience and Education
- Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying.
- Completion of high school (or equivalent) supplemented by specialized training as approved by the Commission of Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST).
Required Licenses of Certifications
- Possession of a Basic Certificate issued by the Commission of Peace Officers Standards and Training or Certificate of Completion of POST certified academy.
- Possession of an appropriate valid California Driver’s License.
Employee Benefits for the Deputy Sheriff (new hires)
- Salary Range: Deputy I: $5,516 – $6,704
Deputy II: $6,088 – $7,400