DEPUTY SHERIFF-JOB DESCRIPTION

MAJOR FUNCTION

Pro-actively performs generalized law enforcement work in the protection of life and property and serves as a community resource to reduce the fear of crime by identifying and resolving crime and other problems through law enforcement procedures, community interaction, and community involvement.

ILLUSTRATIVE DUTIES (The duties listed below are for illustrative purposes only. The omission of specific work statements does not necessarily exclude them from being performed by the position).

Identify and resolve problems in are served; develop strategies, programs, and crime prevention methods that reduce crime and the fear of crime in the community. Facilitate community interest and involvement in a variety of endeavors intended to enhance community life.

Identify suitable work projects within the community, which could be completed by offenders who are required by the courts to provide community service to satisfy their sentence. Coordinate the use of these community service offenders to assist in neighborhood clean up and other public service related projects.

Greet new residents and commercial proprietors within assigned service area providing same with crime prevention information and general information relating to services provided by the Sheriff’s Office.

Contact and monitor career criminals, early release inmates and probationers residing in assigned service area to facilitate successful re-integration back into the community to reduce the incidents of recidivism.

Enter crime and other reports into computers; record law enforcement intelligence information and convey the same to other appropriate deputy sheriffs and other criminal justice agencies to facilitate communications and exchange of needed information between personnel and agencies.

Prepare and distribute “Crime Alert Bulletins” throughout an assigned service area to inform residents of an emerging crime pattern or need to take precautions.

Interact with, coordinate and attend Neighborhood Watch and homeowner association meetings within an assigned service area.

Effect an arrest, forcibly if necessary, using handcuffs and other restraints; subdue resisting suspects using maneuvers and weapons and resort to the use of hands and feet and other approved weapons in self-defense.

Prepare investigative and other reports, including sketches, using appropriate grammar, symbols, and mathematical computations.

Prepare independent judgment in determining when there is reasonable suspicion to detain, when probable cause exists to search and arrest; and when force may be used and to what degree.

Operate a law enforcement vehicle during both the day and night hours for extended period of times in emergency situations involving speeds in excess of posted limits; in congested traffic; and in unsafe road conditions caused by factors such as fog, smoke, rain, and ice.

Communicate effectively and coherently over law enforcement radio channels while initiating and responding to radio communications.

Gather information in criminal investigations by interviewing and obtaining the statements of victims, witnesses, suspects and confidential informants.

Pursue fleeing suspects and perform rescue operations during both day and night hours, which may involve quickly entering and exiting law enforcement patrol vehicles; lifting, carrying, and dragging heavy objects; climbing over and pulling oneself over or through obstacles; jumping down from elevated surfaces; climbing through openings, jumping over obstacles, ditches, streams; crawling in confined areas; balancing on uneven or narrow surfaces; using body force to gain entrance through barriers; running across a variety of terrain for extended periods of time; and engaging in rescue operations by swimming or treading water.

Load, unload, aim, fire from a variety of body positions, handguns shotguns, and other agency approved firearms under conditions of stress that justify the use of deadly force and at levels of proficiency prescribed in certification standards.

Perform searches of people, vehicles, buildings, and large outdoor areas which may involve feeling, smelling, touching, and otherwise detecting objects; walking for long periods of time; during both day and night hours; detaining people and stopping suspicious vehicles and persons.

Conduct visual and audio surveillance for extended periods of time.

Engage in law enforcement patrol functions that include such things as working rotating shifts (day and night hours), walking on foot patrol, and physically checking doors and windows of buildings to ensure they are secure.

Effectively communicate with people, including juveniles, by giving information and direction, mediating disputes, and advising of rights and processes.

Demonstrate communication skills in court and other formal settings.

Detect and collect evidence and substances that provide the basis of criminal offenses and infractions and that indicate the presence of dangerous conditions.

Endure verbal and mental abuse when confronted with the hostile views and opinions of suspects and other people encountered in an antagonistic environment.

Perform rescue functions at accidents, emergencies, and disasters to include directing traffic for long periods of time during day and night hours; administering emergency medical aid; lifting, dragging, and carrying people away from dangerous situations; and securing and evacuating people from particular areas.

Process and provide or arrange for transport of prisoners and mental patients using handcuffs and other appropriate restraints.

Read and comprehend legal and non-legal documents, including the preparation and processing of such documents as citations, affidavits, and warrants.

Process arrested suspects to include taking notes; interviewing and interrogating subjects; analyzing information and situations; recalling facts and information describing persons; things, or events, reading and comprehending information; preparing legible written reports; and applying listening comprehension skills.

Analyze basic maintenance functions including; changing tires; pushing vehicles off roadway; reading measurement devices; and maintaining the cleanliness of firearms.

DUTY AND TASK LISTING
Arrest Plan methods for making arrests; make arrest, conduct field, frisk, and pat down search(s).

Interviewing and Taking Statements Interview persons such as suspects, citizens, or informants; interview owner or occupant of damaged property; interrogate suspects; interview doctors or ambulance personnel to obtain information on injuries or illnesses; take sworn statements, formal confessions, prepare reports and probable cause affidavits.

Crime/Traffic Crash Scene Investigation Record identifying marks on vehicle, vessel, firearm, other physical property or animal; prepare and distribute intelligence reports or wanted notices; coordinate activities at scene of accident, crime, or investigation; search buildings or grounds for suspects and/or evidence; establish identity of suspects; select method for conducting searches.

Application of Law During Arrest/Search Explain arrest procedures; advise a person of their Constitutional Rights when appropriate; book suspects; classify incident as criminal or civil; file sworn complaints; verify arrest warrant information before arresting suspects; execute and return arrest warrants; writs, capias, and subpoenas; execute and return search warrants; supervise execution of warrants, capias, or subpoenas; review assigned warrants for correct information; verify status of out-of-county or out-of-state warrants before service.

Field Activities Conduct teletype checks on property or persons and record checks on firearms, stolen equipment, or wanted or stolen vehicles; assess driver’s ability to operate vehicles; attempt to extinguish vehicle or vessel fires; transport mental patients, prisoners, or suspects; conduct active patrolling of assigned area; conduct felony stops; review intelligence reports; search for missing, lost, or wanted persons; warn people of environmental dangers or property hazards; separate persons involved in domestic disputes; counsel people involved in domestic disputes; investigate rescue calls; conduct dwelling, building, or grounds check; notify person, businesses, or agencies of property damage; maintain personal notes of warnings, arrests, or contacts; track humans or animals across variety of terrain; conduct land rescue operations; locate downed aircraft, off-road vehicles accidents, or swamped or capsized vessels; evacuate a building or an area; investigate violations of beverage or tobacco laws; pursue vehicles; detain driver of suspect vehicle or vessel; detain suspect vehicle or vessel; control disorderly or irate persons; process lost or found articles; respond to alarm calls.

Search and Rescue Search vehicles, vessels, or aircraft; seize or confiscate illegal substances; seize or confiscate illegal apparatus.

Abuse Case Investigation Report cases of child abuse; assist or accompany abuse authority on abuse investigations; move abused persons to safe environment and distribute victim’s rights and remedies information.

Traffic Patrol Examine abandoned vehicles; investigate request to tow away vehicles or vessels; inform owner of legal obligations or procedures regarding removal of vehicle; measure speed of moving vehicles; inspect vehicles or vessels for conformance with safety requirements; direct traffic on land or water; observe traffic for violations; conduct traffic stops; investigate and report hazardous roadway or water damage; control parking; issue citations or warnings; verbally counsel offenders in lieu or arrest or citation; set up and operate roadblocks; rescue or assist the rescue of trapped persons.

Evidence Collection
Request suspects, witnesses, or victims of accident or crime to submit the written statements; select types of evidence to search for at the crime scene; collect latent fingerprints; photograph persons; photograph evidence; photograph crime scenes or accidents; make imprints of tire tread marks and animal and/or human footprints; collect handwriting samples; bag, package, and seal evidence; preserve evidence; protect chain-of-evidence or custody; secure evidential or acquired property; transport evidence or property; notify coroner or medical examiner of death; examine possessions of deceased; examine body of deceased; establish preliminary identification of deceased persons; seize, impound, or confiscate vehicles or property; arrange for blood or urine sample tests; estimate building interior layout from available information; collect descriptions of property or persons involved in a crime; protect or secure a crime scene; control access to buildings.

Post-Crime Investigation Witness post-mortem examinations; identify persons through records or pictures; show mug shots to witnesses or victims; conduct line-ups, photo or live; check county, city or agency records for address of wanted persons; check establishments for wanted or missing persons, study background, rap sheet, or Modus Operandi of suspects; establish field contact/confidential informants; reconstruct crime scenes; provide witness security; protect victim or other threatened persons; obtain demand notes such as threat, extortion, or kidnap; plan response to extortionist or kidnapper demands; update information or files; gather intelligence on known or suspected offenders; check or review files for known similar offenders; determine modus operandi of criminals; identify possible leads; locate or retrieve bodies.

Court-Related Processes (Post Arrest) Give depositions; testify at trials, hearings, or grand juries; give testimony in legal-proceedings; attend first appearance hearing; participate in pre-trial conference; obtain arrest warrants; obtain search warrants; file complaints with the state attorney.

Community Interaction Coordinate compliance of sentenced community service violators for worthy public projects; work with the service area citizens to establish strategies for reducing the fear of crime; make personal contact with all new residents and new commercial establishments within assigned service area; obtain information on injuries to victims and suspects for reports; provide assistance emotionally and/or physically disabled citizens; direct or request citizens assistance; state reason for arrest to civilians; arrange for interpreters as needed; explain arrest process to civilians; notify family of victim’s death; document agency complaint by citizens; counsel juveniles and/or their families.

Administrative Activities Evaluate performance of reserve officers; participate in field training program; prepare correspondence; prepare daily record of law enforcement activities; review logs or reports of previous day’s activities.

First Aid Administer first aid including CPR and Heimlich Maneuver to injured or distressed persons.

Accident Scene Control Inform persons of accident reporting or information exchange procedures; explain legal obligations to vehicle operators; conduct traffic accident investigations; establish point of impact or points of occurrence; estimate vehicle speed using physical evidence, mathematical formulas, or graphs, record motor vehicle or property damage in traffic accidents; call for supplementary aid; review traffic accidents involving deaths.

Miscellaneous Proficiency Skills Administer field check to suspected intoxicated drivers; confront demonstrators, rioters, or crowds; monitor large group of people; identify explosive devices; coordinate activities with local, state, or federal agencies concerning bombings; investigate hazardous materials; isolate carrier with hazardous material leak; remove or evacuate passengers from planes; check firearms in or out of secured facility.

Vehicle and Maintenance Inspect patrol vehicles or vessels; perform basic maintenance of patrol vehicles or vessels; maintain duty equipment in working order.

Security and Escort Escort sensitive cargo with vehicle; escort funerals or VIP’s with vehicle; escort prisoners with vehicle; escort funerals or VIP’s on foot; escort prisoners on foot; provide security for money being collected or transported; provide security for special functions.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

Deputy Sheriff’s must have the ability to: Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior; analyze information or situations; synthesize information and/or circumstances; solve problems; recall facts and/or information; describe persons, things, and/or events; read and comprehend information; show courtesy; speak clearly; prepare written reports; perceive movement and depth-of-field; print legibly; follow directions; detect smells; operate equipment; apply mathematical skills; read maps; select correct radio code for situation; operate radio equipment; follow radio procedures; differentiate colors; attain and maintain weapons proficiency; maintain personal fitness; demonstrate firearms safety procedures; demonstrate service weapon firing; demonstrate shotgun firing; load ammunition into firearm; demonstrate chemical agent use; operate a motor vehicle; follow telephone procedures; apply listening and comprehension skills; diagram a scene; take notes; comprehend written directives.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATION AS REQUIRED BY FDLE
High school diploma or GED; citizen of the United States; 19 years of age; law enforcement certified or certifiable in the State of Florida.

Must not have been convicted of any felony or of a misdemeanor involving perjury or false statement, nor have received a dishonorable discharge from any of the Armed Forces of the United States.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS Must possess and maintain a valid Florida Driver’s License. Must pass a physical examination with drug screening by a licensed physician. All applicants must submit to a through background investigation in accordance with FDLE standards.