Purpose of Position: The purpose of this position is to maintain peace and safety of our community. This purpose is accomplished by a Law Enforcement (LE) Deputy whose primary responsibilities are responding to the needs of the residents and visitors, ensuring the rights of victims are maintained, responding to routine and emergency calls for service as well as routine patrolling, conducting traffic control and enforcement (including felony stops), conducting preliminary and follow-up investigations at crime scenes, conducting records checks on wanted/stolen vehicles, apprehending suspects and transporting arrestees; searching for missing, lost and wanted persons; conducting pursuits, conducting interviews, preparing reports or affidavits, presenting testimony and evidence in both civil and criminal cases, serving judicial process, administering first aid, and directing people with whom they come into contact as necessary. Work involves an element of personal danger and the ability to act independently in various situations while exercising independent discretion in addressing emergency situations. A LE deputy must maintain a constant alertness of his/her surroundings, regardless of assignment, on-duty or off-duty. A LE deputy must be able to exercise control and apply response to resistance, physical or otherwise, as necessary to provide for his/her safety as well as the safety of others in accordance with Agency policy while demonstrating a professional attitude, abiding by the LE code of ethics and treating others with dignity and respect. Regardless of assignment, the primary task of any LE deputy is to ensure peace and safety of our community and to serve as role models to our citizens. While the position of full time LE deputies enjoys the benefits as provided by career service, placement into any particular assignment is temporary and all LE deputies shall be assigned as the Sheriff directs to best meet the needs of the Agency. Examples of assignment for a Law Enforcement Deputy include, but are not limited to, Crime Prevention, Investigations, Judicial Process, Patrol, Traffic, and Youth Resources.
Qualifications/Education: Minimum of 19 years of age, High School Graduate, CJSTC Law Enforcement Certificate, Valid Fl Driver’s License, Must be eligible for bonding, and Basic computer skills. Depending on assignment, additional licensure, certification or training will apply to meet minimum compliance with established regulatory standards (marine patrol, aviation, traffic/motorcycle, etc.) or Agency prerequisites. Any requirements established by FDLE, CJSTC (see FS 943) and maintenance of certification as required by CJSTC (Rule 11B-27). Assignments other than Patrol require successful completion of initial probationary period prior to transfer. Employee is required to shoot the state 40 round stationary course and agency combat course which requires shooting on the move, kneeling standing, prone position, shooting behind cover, and qualifying with an issued rifle of 223 caliber and a handgun.
Working Conditions: This position may require intermittent performance of physically demanding work as may be necessary in an emergency situation or events such as chasing and subduing a suspect resisting arrest. Rotating shift work required for entry level patrol position: 56 day cycles, 12 hour shifts, including nights, holidays and weekends. Shifts may vary depending upon agency needs. Position is subject to mandatory overtime requirements as
needed, and is considered an essential tactical position. Works mostly in the field with close personal contact with the public and where exposure to outdoor elements, noisy environment (especially when directing traffic and responding to crash scenes), threat of bodily harm, and/or hazardous conditions and pathogens is foreseeable. Works under the stress of making decisions, which affect the welfare and safety of the public and other employees.
Abilities: Compliance with minimum standards established by CJSTC to perform all the essential duties and requirements of the LE Deputy’s position regardless of percentage of time or frequency of occurrence of any particular task/duty. Tasks involve the intermittent performance of physically demanding work, typically involving some combination of walking, reaching, bending, stooping, kneeling, running, climbing, and that may involve the lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of extremely heavy objects (150+ pounds), such as in the event of chasing and subduing a suspect resisting arrest or pushing a vehicle out of a hazardous situation. Must posses the visual acuity to operate an Agency assigned vehicle and distinguish details and differences when observing people, places, or things in various times of the day and under various conditions. Ability to cope with very stressful situations while respecting individual rights. Ability to describe, analyze, and interpret facts and events accurately. Ability to enter and retrieve data using Agency computer systems. Ability to effectively communicate via radio. Ability to communicate with the general public and other employees of the Agency for the purpose of providing guidance, giving technical direction, and/or explaining or interpreting policy.
Some assignments may require additional abilities, such as a Traffic position could require the ability to lift and maneuver a motorcycle weighing 750+ pounds and demonstrate proficiency with a police motorcycle on an approved course; a Training position would require Instructor Techniques certification proving instructional abilities; certain other positions require successful completion of police bike courses or other special skills training depending upon special equipment/skills/abilites/knowledge required.