Sheriff Deputy I

Lexington, NC
Davidson County Government

Position Summary:

An employee in this class is responsible for patrolling the County and enforcing Federal, State and local laws. Work generally requires the employee to make arrests; serve civil papers, warrants and subpoenas; issue citations for traffic violations; complete accident and incident reports and testify in court. Guides may include North Carolina General Statutes; Federal, State and local laws; traffic laws; County and City ordinances and departmental policies and procedures. Work is performed under regular supervision of the Sheriff Lieutenant and Sheriff Sergeant

Essential Functions:

  • On an assigned shift; operates a patrol car and observes for law violations, suspicious activities and/or persons and disturbances of law and order.
  • Issues citations; makes arrests, takes arrestees into custody; fingerprints, photographs and completes paperwork; serves civil and criminal papers, warrants, summons, subpoenas, and court orders.
  • Transports arrestees, inmates and mental patients to correctional facilities, medical appointments or the courthouse, maintaining physical security.
  • Conducts preliminary investigations of crime and accident scenes; interviews suspects, complainants and witnesses and takes photographs.
  • Provides backup to other law enforcement personnel.
  • Assists in collecting and preserving evidence.
  • Conducts and documents proper security checks of homes and businesses.
  • Completes all required reports and forms, including accident and incident reports.
  • Provides security and directs traffic for special activities such as parades and athletic events.
  • Conducts driver license check points.
  • Maintains the appearance of vehicles and assigned equipment.
  • Maintains order and safety in the courts; provides security for court proceedings and screens all citizens that are entering the courtroom.
  • Testifies in court.
  • Adheres to department’s safety rules and regulations.
  • Performs other related duties as required.


  • Graduation from high school or GED equivalent and some basic law enforcement experience.
  • Possession of a valid North Carolina Driver license and at least 21 years of age.
  • Possession of the Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) certificate issued by the State of North Carolina. (Slightly lower entry rate of pay until BLET certificate is obtained.)