Deputy Sheriff

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Deputy Sheriff – Patrol Division


The Deputy Sheriff performs a variety of duties and tasks related to the protection of life, limb, and property.

The Deputy Sheriff conducts investigations and patrols assigned areas, makes arrests, searches for suspects or missing persons, performs traffic enforcement activities, identifies and collects evidence, prepares offense reports and other documentation, testifies in court, depositions and hearings, performs public service functions including security checks, provides assistance and information to the public, assists other governmental agencies, assists and transports mentally impaired or intoxicated persons, and responds to a wide variety of emergency and non-emergency calls for service.

The most important and essential job function of the position is attitude, which includes, the following: Interacting positively and cooperating with co-workers, responding politely to customers, working as a team member, functioning under intense time pressure, and responding in a positive manner to supervision.

Deputy Sheriffs may perform other related duties and tasks as required and shall have the physical, mental, and emotional abilities to perform the essential job duties of the position.

Required Skills and Knowledge

  • HCSO policy and procedures
  • Florida State Statutes
  • Criminal Justice System
  • Geographical area
  • Resistance / control continuum
  • Communication radio codes, signals, and unit identifications
  • Case reporting manual
  • Manufacture’s standards
  • Issue weapon nomenclature
  • Surfaces conducive fingerprinting
  • Fingerprinting techniques
  • Appearance of fingerprints
  • Camera operation
  • Evidence handling, distinction, and collection
  • RICO
  • Illegal substance appearance
  • Narcotics field test procedures
  • Officer safety techniques
  • Case law
  • Domestic violence procedures
  • Child / elderly abuse procedures
  • Specialty team procedures
  • Area characteristics
  • First Aid
  • CPR
  • Crowd control techniques
  • Human anatomy
  • Firearm safety procedures
  • Public safety concerns
  • Building / area search techniques
  • Mobile field force system
  • Defensive techniques
  • Reference data
  • Support units available
  • Community services
  • Referral sources
  • Social and public assistance agencies
  • Abnormal behavior
  • Special function requirements
  • Roadblock equipment
  • Effects of intoxicants / drugs
  • Field sobriety testing
  • Crash investigation

Required Abilities

  • Draw diagrams
  • Operate public address system
  • Conduct pat-downs and search for weapons
  • Follow commands
  • Recognize basic signs and causes of death
  • Disassemble and reassemble firearm
  • Comprehend questions / instructions
  • Operate a motor vehicle
  • Read and write English
  • Use approved defensive tactics
  • Perform minor vehicle maintenance
  • Read gauges and odometers
  • Operate calculator
  • Evaluate
  • Read a map
  • Operate a camera
  • Operate a tape recorder
  • Detect suspicious activity
  • Identify makes and models of vehicles
  • Handle stress
  • Locate vehicle identification number
  • Evaluate credibility and reliability
  • Identify suspicious activity and circumstances
  • Recognize informative placard or signs
  • Recognize potential hazard / danger
  • Monitor radio traffic
  • Computer skills
  • Basic mathematical skills
  • Keyboard skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Organizational skills
  • Basic investigation skills
  • Interview skills
  • Observation skills
  • Tactical driving skills
  • Tactical communication skills
  • Basic crime scene processing
  • Weapons proficiency
  • Basic English grammar skills
  • Communications skills

Essential Duties

Reporting to work when scheduled is an essential duty.

Court and Civil:

  • Testify at trials, hearings, grand juries, and depositions
  • Serve subpoenas, injunctions for protection, and court ordered Baker Acts


  • Prepare original and supplemental reports
  • Maintain issued equipment, including firearms
  • Inspect and maintain patrol vehicle
  • Maintain attendance records
  • File complaint affidavits or notices to appear with the State Attorney
  • Review Florida State Statutes, County Ordinances, General Orders, and agency directives
  • Review Be-On-The-Lookout (BOLO’s), patrol requests, and agent agreements
  • Maintain personal notes of warnings, arrests, or contacts
  • Maintain gas log
  • Update, maintain, and review manuals and files
  • Prepare correspondence

Evidence / Property Handling

  • Collect latent fingerprints
  • Photograph persons, evidence, and crime scene
  • Seize, impound, or confiscate vehicles or property
  • Secure evidence
  • Seize or confiscate illegal substances and apparatuses
  • Secure found or acquired property

Interview / Interrogation

  • Interview victims, witnesses and/or informants
  • Interview suspects
  • Complete field interrogation reports


  • Investigate crimes against the state
  • Investigate property crimes
  • Initiate persons crimes investigations
  • Initiate death investigations

Patrol Functions

  • Search for evidence or suspects
  • Conduct active patrol in assigned area
  • Conduct frisk or pat-down searches
  • Pursue vehicles in accordance with General Orders
  • Respond to rescue situations
  • Conduct felony stops
  • Respond to bomb threats
  • Respond to civil unrest or riots
  • Counsel persons involved in disputes
  • Respond to alarm calls
  • Conduct self-initiated arrests
  • Control disorderly or irate persons
  • Serve arrest warrants
  • Transport inmates or arrestees
  • Locate or retrieve bodies
  • Examine abandoned vehicles
  • Establish field contacts / confidential informants
  • Escort funerals

Public Service

  • Conduct dwelling, business, or ground checks
  • Provide information and referrals to citizens
  • Investigate and isolate hazardous materials
  • Assist special needs or intoxicated persons
  • Assist other agencies
  • Warn citizens of environmental dangers or property hazards
  • Provide security for special functions

Traffic Enforcement

  • Conduct traffic stops, and set-up and operate traffic controls
  • Conduct DUI investigations
  • Conduct parking enforcements
  • Conduct traffic crash investigations

Physical Requirements

  • Jump
  • Climb
  • Lift, drag, and carry 150 lbs.
  • Crawl
  • Bend / squat
  • Walk
  • Run
  • Sit and stand for long periods of time
  • See at normal range or with accommodation
  • Hear at normal level or with accommodation
  • Speak English understandably
  • Sense of smell
  • Manual dexterity
  • Recognize and distinguish colors
  • Ambulate independently
  • Agility
  • Mobility
  • Withstand chemical odor
  • Strength to loosen lug nuts
  • Full range of motion
  • Steady hands
  • Upper body strength
  • Endurance
  • Continence
  • Endure climatic extremes
  • Balance

Education, Professional Certification or License

  • High School Diploma or G.E.D.
  • Valid Florida driver’s license
  • State of Florida, Basic Recruit, Certificate of Compliance after completion of training in accordance with the Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission *CJSTC, or comparable out of state training
  • Successful completion of HCSO Field Training and Evaluation Program

Professional Experience

  • Prior law enforcement experience is preferred, but not mandatory

Environmental Conditions

  • Work may involve rotating 12 hr. shifts
  • Physical acts of strength and endurance may be required
  • Works during inclement weather
  • Involves exposure to dangerous and sometimes life-threatening situations, events, or persons
  • Works under extreme varying degrees of stress
  • Subject to call 24 hours a day
  • Some exposure to morbid crime scenes involving the human body
  • Works with a firearm and other required weapons
  • Works with a great deal of autonomy requiring discretion and field decision- making
  • May have to inflict bodily harm or kill another human being