• Deputy Sheriff

    Posted Date 5 months ago(12/20/2018 10:23 AM)
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    Starting Pay
    USD $19.31/Hr.
    Above Base Potential
    1% above base pay up to 10% for prior experience
    Annual education incentive: Associate's $636, Bachelor's $1,044, Master's $1,536 plus State Incentive for Career Development Courses up to $1,560.
  • Overview



    Responsible work of a general Law Enforcement nature with primary emphasis on the protection of life and property and the routine enforcement of Federal, State and Local laws.  Work in this classification involves an element of personal danger.  Employees must be able to act effectively without direct supervision and to exercise discretion, caution, common sense, reasonable calmness  and self control under adverse conditions while maintaining control of a particular situation or emergency.


    Duties may entail other special assignments of similar complexity, including providing assistance to those who are unable to care for themselves, the intoxicated, addicted, mentally ill, physically disabled and persons of all ages.  Work may be performed either in uniform or plain clothes, on foot or in an automobile, and on any assigned shift.


    Employees assigned to this classification report to a designated Sergeant and are responsible to their Lieutenant, Division Commander, Major of Operations, the Chief of Staff and the Sheriff.  Performance is evaluated through reports, personal contact, inspection, examination, discussions, and appropriate employee performance appraisals.


    The official duties of this position may be initiated by the following:


      1.       Sheriff

      2.       Chief Deputy

      3.       Major of Operations

      4.       Uniform Patrol Division Commander

      5.       Uniform Patrol Lieutenants

      6.       Uniform Patrol Sergeants

      7.       Uniform Patrol Deputy Sheriffs

      8.       CCC Telecommunicators

      9.       Citizen's request

    10.       Self initiated




    • Pursue and effect the immediate apprehension and arrest of persons suspected of committing criminal violations directed to his/her attention. 
    • Investigate all complaints which are assigned or brought to his/her attention, and report or take law enforcement action in those cases under the jurisdiction of ACSO.
    • Provide citizens with general information, advice, etc., whenever possible. 
    • Utilize the best efforts to prevent the commission of crimes, suppress all forms of commercialized vice, and detain and apprehend criminals.  Under no circumstances should they make public any information that may jeopardize the successful completion of an investigation or the apprehension of a perpetrator.
    • Observe all persons who arouse suspicion and investigate any person whose appearance, conduct, or presence seems suspicious.  Upon the interview of such persons, attempt to obtain information which will aid the reduction of criminal activity.
    • Be thoroughly familiar with the boundaries of Alachua County in relation to neighboring counties, and be familiar with the proper names and locations of all streets, avenues, terraces, roads, drives, places, courts, main thoroughfares, alleys, public buildings, hospitals, etc., in Alachua County.
    • Be thoroughly familiar with criminal laws and keep up to date with all new changes in Florida State Statutes; also, be familiar with Federal Law and County Ordinances.
    • Provide rescue/first aid services in accidents, disasters or other emergency situations.
    • Provide referral and follow-up services to resolve domestic and civil crises. 
    • Advise merchants and the general public regarding suitable crime prevention methods.
    • Constantly be on alert to cultivate sources of information that will aid in the solving of crime, the apprehension of offenders, the suppression of vice and organized crime and establish informants.
    • Respond to situations involving in-progress or recent criminal activity, restore or maintain order, gather information and evidence accordingly. 
    • Patrol assigned areas, giving particular attention to and re-checking locations where crime hazard is great. 
    • Be available for service at all times while on duty either by radio or telephone
    • Write all reports as directed in agency policy and procedures.  Complete and relinquish all reports prior to completing a work shift, unless authorized by a supervisor.
    • Take into official custody property that has been lost, stolen, or abandoned in accordance with agency policy and procedures. 
    • Testify in court or depositions as necessary.
    • Conduct in-depth investigations of criminal incidents, either independently or as part of a coordinated effort.
    • Observe, report and whenever feasible, follow-up on conditions which pose potential threats to public safety and health.
    • Maintain an alert and military bearing upon the streets or while in a vehicle. 
    • Maintain cleanliness and operational readiness of all assigned equipment.
    • Serve judicial process as directed. 

    *          This job description is not intended to be a comprehensive list of duties and responsibilities of the position.  The omission of specific job functions or tasks does not absolve an employee from being required to perform additional tasks incidental to or inherent in the position.




    • Will be required to work any shift assigned by a shift supervisor, to include days, evenings and/or nights.  Assigned shift subject to change without prior notice.
    • May be required to work overtime with or without prior notice.





    • Working hours for the classification of Uniform Patrol Deputy are generally stable, however due to the emergency nature of this assignment, this position may require continuous scheduling adjustments without prior notice. 
    • Individuals assigned to this classification will be required to do some moderate to heavy lifting, pushing, pulling and carrying moderate to heavy loads.
    •  Individuals assigned to this classification will be required to work in all types of inclement weather conditions, to include driving, directing traffic, supervising subordinates, answering calls for service and any other duties assigned by a Shift Supervisor or higher authority.
    • Individuals assigned to this classification will be required to work in unstable and potentially dangerous conditions above and beyond what will be expected of any non-sworn employee or civilian.  NOTE: Employees are not required to expose themselves to unnecessary dangers or to perform a potentially life threatening task in which they are not qualified to perform.
    •  Individuals assigned to this classification may be required to work days, evenings, nights, weekends and holidays.




    • Ability to act effectively in extremely divergent interpersonal settings.
    • Ability to analyze problems quickly and take appropriate action under stress.
    • Ability to apply modern law enforcement principles and procedures to solve practical problems; to handle sensitive and hostile public contacts.
    • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; to comprehend and follow orders.
    • Ability to obtain relevant and accurate information through interview, interrogation and observation.
    • Skill in the use and care of firearms, and the operation of law enforcement vehicles, and other required law enforcement equipment.
    • Ability to cope with situations firmly, courteously and tactfully, and with respect for the rights of others.
    • Ability to maintain physical condition needed to affect arrests, subdue resisting individuals, chase fleeing suspects, lift and carry equipment and injured persons, force entry into buildings, climb flights of stairs, walk, stand, sit or drive for long periods of time, endure exposure to extreme weather and  perform life saving procedures (CPR and Basic Life Support). 
    • Ability to see at a normal range.
    • Ability to hear at a normal level.
    • Ability to maintain the mental alertness needed to observe activities and implement appropriate action.
    • Ability to maintain emotional and psychological stability.
    • Ability to remember names, faces, details of incidents and physical surroundings.
    • Working knowledge of current Federal, State and Local laws, as well as agency rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
    • Knowledge of inspection procedures, issued equipment and safety procedures.
    • Awareness of available agency and community resources.
    • Knowledge of proper administrative procedures.
    • Good knowledge of grammar, punctuation and spelling.
    • All other Knowledge, Skills and Abilities as defined in the Alachua County Deputy Sheriff Job Task Analysis (J.T.A.)




    • High School diploma/GED Required, Associates Degree or Bachelor's Degree Preferred.




    • Meet or exceed all applicable standards required by the Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission (CJSTC).
    • Successfully complete the ACSO Field Training requirements.





    • Current, valid CJSTC/FDLE Law Enforcement Certification.
    • Current, valid Florida driver license.   





    • Must be at least 21 years of age at time of employment.
    • Must be a citizen of the United States.
    • Must be a resident of Alachua County unless authorized to the contrary by the Sheriff.
    • Must successfully pass the current ACSO pre-employment background and testing process



    • Ability to sit/stand for extended periods of time.
    • See and hear at normal range.
    • Speak, read, write and understand English fluently.
    • Ambulate independently.
    • Lift/carry 150 pounds.
    • Bend and squat.
    • Manual dexterity.
    • Drive a vehicle.
    • Pass ACSO’s Standard Physically Agility Test as required.
    • Pass ACSO’s PPCT, Firearms and Defensive Tactics course as required.
    • Pass ACSO’s various Driving tests as required.
    • Pass all other courses/training requiring physical abilities, as mandated by ACSO and/or FCJSTC


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