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3211 - Deputy Sheriff (Lateral)

at Pima County

Posted: 9/11/2020
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2797497
Keywords: police, emergency

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Position Description

There are multiple positions, with rotating shifts and rotating days, in the Pima County Sheriff's Department. These position are currently open until filled. 

Salary Grade: S1

Performs law enforcement work of moderate complexity including enforcing laws, maintaining order, protecting life and property and investigating and assisting in the prevention of crime; and performs related work as required. Work may be required on weekends and holidays according to assigned shift and duties may be assigned in any geographical or functional unit of the department. This classification is the entry-level commissioned officer in the Sheriff's Department and is actively engaged in law enforcement activities. It is distinguished from Sergeant, which has supervisory responsibility for a unit on an assigned shift.


(Work assignments may vary depending on the department's needs and will be communicated to the applicant or incumbent by the supervisor.)
Patrols assigned area for the prevention of crime and enforcement of laws and ordinances;
Responds to requests for law enforcement services and takes appropriate action;
Arrests violators of laws and ordinances, and ensures violators are booked on charges;
Escorts prisoners to jail and court;
Enforces traffic laws, directs traffic and provides information concerning the location of streets, routes and buildings;
Investigates and prepares detailed reports of collisions;
Investigates suspicious conditions, activities, or persons;
Investigates and checks for wanted or missing persons and stolen property;
Participates in the operation of various units and the service of civil and criminal subpoenas and other court orders;
Participates in riot and crowd control;
Controls and restrains potentially violent persons;
Carries a department authorized firearm at all times while on duty;
Prepares a variety of reports;
Conducts investigations of criminal cases and gathers, preserves and analyzes facts and evidence;
Conducts follow up investigations of preliminary investigative reports;
Interviews complainants, suspects and witnesses while acting as the preliminary investigating officer;
Records statements and testimony;
Prepares and submits reports of criminal offenses, including modus operandi and description of incriminating evidence, for determination of guilt and prosecution of charges;
Prepares material evidence for courtroom presentation and testifies in court on various matters, including findings of investigations;
Provides information to attorneys and other authorized persons;
Assists in rescue activities for sick and injured persons;
May be assigned limited supervisory duties on a temporary basis;
Will have direct physical contact with arrestees during arrest procedures and subsequent custody.
Knowledge of:

  • pertinent federal, state and local laws and ordinances;
  • law enforcement support service and investigative work;
  • law enforcement practices and procedures;
  • principles and practices of leadership;
  • social sciences as they relate to public service and law enforcement;
  • roads and routes within the County;
  • rules, regulations and policies of Pima County and the Sheriff's Department.
 Skill in:
  • observing situations analytically and objectively, making quick decisions and recording information clearly and completely;
  • managing situations firmly, courteously, tactfully and impartially;
  • preparing and maintaining records and reports;
  • communicating effectively, both orally and in writing;
  • reacting quickly and calmly in emergencies;
  • operating a motor vehicle safely during pursuit and routine driving;
  • performing work which requires good physical condition and strength;
  • performing defensive tactics which requires quick reflexes, agility, and coordination;
  • understanding and following written and oral instructions;
  • establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with the public, department members and others;
  • obtaining valid information by interview and interrogation;
  • gathering, analyzing and evaluating facts and evidence;
  • safe use of law enforcement equipment;
  • operating a laptop/desktop to include word processing and spreadsheets;
  • operating a smart phone or similar type device;
  • firearms tactics and operation and accuracy in shooting.
Ability to:
  • react to physical confrontations and emergency situations quickly and effectively;
  • stand and sit for long periods of time;
  • bend, reach, kneel and crouch;
  • climb up and down stairs with speed and agility;
  • perform tasks requiring dexterity and agility after running moderate distances;
  • see and recall visual details;
  • hear and understand speech and radio transmissions;
  • communicate clearly in person and via a police radio and/or phone;
  • type and/or enter data on a keyboard;
  • lift and carry up to 75 pounds;
  • perform multiple physical tasks simultaneously;
  • qualify with a department authorized firearm and defensive weapons;
  • wear required uniform articles and safety equipment for extended periods of time;
  • wear and use a respirator;
  • drive an automobile.

Minimum Qualifications

At the time of appointment, applicants must possess a high school diploma or a General Education Development (GED) certificate.

Qualifying education and experience must be clearly documented in the "Education" and "Work Experience" sections of the application.  Do not substitute a resume for your application or write "see resume" on your application.

Required Qualifications:

All positions are required to possess an Arizona P.O.S.T certification and a minimum of two (2) years experience as a Peace Officer in the State of Arizona at the time of appointment.

Additional Information:  Applicants must meet the minimum and required qualifications to move forward in the selection process. Email notifications will be sent out to all candidates that submit a completed application and will receive an information packet detailing the steps of the hiring process. 

Test dates will be periodical and as follows:

  • Physical Fitness Assessment (Time TBD - Human Resources will notify eligible candidates to schedule for this assessment ) This is a pass/fail assessment.
  • Oral Board Interviews. The Pima County Sheriff's Department will schedule all eligible candidates and notify them of their scheduled time. (Exact dates and times TBD.)
  • Polygraph.
  • Background investigation. (The Pima County Sheriff's Department will notify eligible candidates regarding dates, times and locations.)
  • Psychological test.
  • Deputy Sheriff (Lateral) Advance Training Academy.

Pima County Human Resources Department reserves the right to admit to the selection process only those candidates that meet the minimum/desired qualifications. All applications will be assessed based on an evaluation of the listed education and experience.  Candidates meeting the minimum/desired qualifications may be further evaluated/scored against any advertised Preferred Qualifications.  The hiring authority will interview and select the successful candidate from a referral list provided by Human Resources. Additional assessments/testing may be required as part of the selection process.

Supplemental Information

Licenses and Certificates: Valid driver license is required at time of application.  Valid AZ driver license is required at time of appointment. The successful applicant will be subject to a 39-month DOT Motor Vehicle Record review to determine applicant's suitability to operate county vehicles in accordance with Pima County administrative procedures.  Failure to obtain and maintain the required licenses and certifications shall be grounds for termination. Any offer of employment resulting from this recruitment is contingent upon Fleet Services' review and approval of the candidate's driving record.

Special Notice Items: At time of appointment, must be 21 years of age, a resident of the State of Arizona, registered as a voter in Pima County, able to read and write the English language and eligible to be certified by AZPOST per rule R13-4-105. All positions require satisfactory completion of a background investigation due to the need for access to law enforcement, corrections and courts facilities, property, communications and associated confidential information and documents, databases and evidentiary materials. Pre-/post-appointment drug screening and polygraph examinations are required of all positions due to the need for access as described above. All positions are required to work rotating shifts which includes days, evenings, nights, weekends and holidays, and to work an assigned post that can be rotated/reassigned at management's discretion. 

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