Deputy Sheriff Job Description
The job description of a deputy sheriff involves assisting the sheriff, who is an elected official, with maintaining order in the jurisdiction. A deputy sheriff works directly with the public in both a law enforcement and protection capacity.
The tasks performed by a deputy sheriff generally revolve around enforcing the law in a rural or unincorporated area, escorting defendants to and from court, serving legal documents to individuals and providing security in courtrooms.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities of a Deputy Sheriff
- Places suspects in protective custody.
- Transports defendants to and from jails, courtrooms, attorneys’ offices, medical offices, hospitals and other places.
- Patrols specific areas in order to detect law violators.
- Issues various types of citations and makes arrests.
- Executes arrest warrants issued by judges and other law enforcement officials and locates and transports individuals into custody.
- Assists in managing jail operations.
- Questions individuals entering a courthouse or courtroom to determine their business in the building.
- Investigates suspicious or illegal behavior and activities.
- Notifies patrol units to pick up and transport law violators into custody.
- Directs traffic during rush hour or before and after special community events.
- Provides assistance or medical aid to individuals in trouble.
- Keeps daily activity logs and submits them to proper authorities.
- Serves summons, subpoenas and other court orders to individuals.
- Takes charge of accident scenes to control traffic flow, help accident victims and assist in determining the cause of the accident.
- Provides security in courtrooms and grand jury rooms.
- Locates and confiscates property as the court directs.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Demonstrates exceptional judgment and decision making skills.
- Shows the ability to be an active listener.
- Has strong written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills.
- Exhibits superior critical thinking skills and has strong social perceptiveness abilities.
- Possesses excellent reading comprehension skills.
- Displays strong organizational and reasoning abilities.
- Has good near vision and exceptional hand-eye coordination.
- Possesses knowledge of laws and government regulations in the area.
- Demonstrates excellent technological skills and is mechanically inclined.
- Has knowledge of how to operate, clean and properly maintain a firearm.
- Displays the ability to operate equipment associated with the job.
- Exhibits excellent conflict resolution skills.
- Possesses a valid driver’s license.
Education and Experience
- High School Diploma.
- Associate’s degree in criminal justice.
- Bachelor’s degree in psychology or criminal justice.
- Training required by the local Sheriff’s Department.
- Certification required by state, county or local jurisdiction.
- Works varying shifts.
- Spends a considerable amount of time in a vehicle.
- Carries a firearm and may have to discharge it in the line of duty.
- Processes a large amount of paperwork each day.
- Works with the general public on a regular basis.
- Faces dangerous situations from time to time when apprehending suspects.
- Spends part of most days at the local jail.
- Wears uniform at all times during work hours.
- Works in extremely hot or extremely cold conditions at times.
- Spends time standing and walking around.
- The salary of a deputy sheriff can range from $30,000 to $90,000 depending on years of experience, education, daily responsibilities and location of the department.