Performs a variety of physical, technical and administrative duties to act as an instrument of the court. Enforces State, Federal, and County ordinances, statutes, and codes necessary for the protection of life, health, safety, welfare, and property of persons.
It is the policy of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office that all members hired as Deputy Sheriffs and Reserve Deputy Sheriffs supply their own duty weapons and equipment, including leather gear, handcuffs and ASP baton. These items must be acquired prior to being sworn in. Specific duty weapons and equipment types are mandated. ***Ask for details before making any purchases.***
Example of Duties and Responsibilities
Essential Job Functions
Arrest/Detain/Search: Approaches and detains persons; makes arrests; restrains and/or subdues persons when necessary to effect physical arrests; searches persons for physical, visual and auditory evidence, using hands, eyes, and ears. Utilizes necessary level of physical or deadly force when appropriate under law and procedure.
Department Policies and Procedures: Demonstrates working knowledge of and compliance with all department policies, procedures and directives.
Emotional Abilities: Controls personal emotional responses and acts appropriately under high levels of personal stress. Demonstrates sensitivity to feelings of others; listens with empathy towards others; and displays compassion to those in distress. Controls personal aggressive responses and acts in a manner designed to calm volatile persons.
Incident Evaluation: Responds to calls for service. Obtains appropriate information at the scene. Determines whether it is a civil or criminal matter. Evaluates information and determines priority of actions at scene. Searches persons, places and things. Protects the scene. Identifies, collects, transports and preserves evidence and personal property.
Investigative Procedures: Gathers information utilizing verbal and physical interview techniques. Gives legal admonishments. Takes verbal and written statements. Takes photographs, measurements and prepares crime scene sketches.
Legal Knowledge: Demonstrates working knowledge of laws, codes and legal procedures by: accurately detecting crimes and violations and applying the appropriate statute to each; complying with legal requirements when making arrests, conducting searches and seizing evidence; and writing reports that include all necessary legal elements.
Mental Abilities: Applies reason and logic rapidly in a legally correct manner when under physical, emotional and intellectual stress. Comprehends and processes new information quickly and accurately. Retains relevant information.
Officer Safety: Applies appropriate safety precautions in hazardous and potentially dangerous situations. Maintains a safe position when dealing with persons. Maintains awareness of own locations and that of others to include fellow officers.
Physical Skills: Possesses and maintains ability to safely: utilize verbal and physical control techniques; physically maneuver over, under, and through physical obstacles, as well as drag items weighing 150 pounds; run, jump, crawl and lift 50 pounds; fire a departmentally approved handgun (semi-auto), shotgun and rifle; and drive sedans, vans and 4X4 vehicles.
Public Interaction: Explains procedures, laws, complaints and other information as required by verbal and written methods. Mediates disputes and provides a resource for the public for information concerning areas of human services commonly requested by the public.
Report Writing: Prepares written reports, memos, citations, activity logs, etc. This includes the documentation of own observations and actions; statements of victims, witnesses, and suspects. Writes legibly using acceptable grammar, punctuation and spelling.
Shift Preparation: Possesses and maintains ability to work rotating shifts. Participates in roll call. Maintains awareness of assignment activities. Maintains personal and departmental equipment in satisfactory condition.
Social Skills: Establishes and maintains effective relationships with peers, supervisors and the public. Asserts self when necessary to confront or exert control over others.
Vehicle Operation: Inspects vehicles. Operates vehicles during routine and emergency operations under varying road, weather and lighting conditions. Performs minor maintenance when required.
Verbal Skills: Speaks English clearly and converses effectively with persons of divergent ethnic, cultural and educational backgrounds. Projects voice clearly and forcefully when necessary while under personal stress.
Computer Skills: Must have basic user-level competency with Windows PC operating systems.
Note: The successful applicant must be able to perform ALL the above job functions, unassisted, and at a pace and level of performance consistent with actual job requirement.
As a vital partner in Douglas County's success, we offer a comprehensive employee benefits package with many choices for greater flexibility.
In general, if you elect benefits for you and any eligible dependents, coverage begins on the first day of the month following one full calendar month of employment.
Please Note: If you are applying for a temporary part-time/volunteer/reserve position, there are no applicable benefits.
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