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Deputy Sheriff (Certified)
Title:Deputy Sheriff (Certified)
Department:Sheriff's Department
Job Type:Full-Time


Job Title:  Deputy Sheriff (Certified)

Job Code: 0615

Department:  Sheriff

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Reports to: Sheriff


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

Under direction, performs field contact and general duty police work in the execution and enforcement of law and court orders. Employee in this class is responsible for service of civil and criminal papers, investigation of crimes, enforce laws, making arrests and performing other duties as law enforcement officers and agents of the court. Work is performed with independence within established policies and procedures, and is reviewed by superiors through observation of the effectiveness of work performed and results through reports, observations, and discussions. 


(All duties listed may not be included in any one position nor does the list include all tasks found in a position of this class.)

Operate patrol vehicle in an assigned geographical area.

Monitor and observe vehicular traffic, detect traffic offenses and issue traffic citations as warranted.

Observe businesses and residences for criminal activity; check buildings for unauthorized entry, search structures and property for intruders, and investigate suspicious persons and events.

Respond to robberies, thefts, burglaries, homicides, etc. Administer first-aid to injured, secure crime scenes, control and direct citizens at the scene, conduct interviews with complainants, victims, witnesses and suspects, and gather material/physical evidence from the scene as required.

Respond to domestic disturbances, calm overly excited or agitated persons; physically restrain unruly individuals. Conduct interviews with complainants and witnesses, obtain relevant facts and information, and mediate and resolve complaints and disputes.

Make arrests, including subduing individuals with appropriate action and force as necessary, placing individuals into handcuffs or other restraining devices, searching vehicles and persons under arrest for weapons and contraband, and transporting arrested individuals to our detention facility.

Complete paperwork to incarcerate arrestees.

Assemble and prepare documentation and narrative reports, memorandums, miscellaneous, Incident/Offense, and activity reports.

Maintain issued equipment, materials, and supplies required to support daily operations.

Assists stranded motorists, directs traffic, transports prisoners, and escort funerals.

Enforce court orders; including serving summons, subpoenas, eviction orders, Protection from Abuse and executing arrest warrants when required.

Provide sworn testimony in court proceedings.

Operate computer terminals (MDT’s, laptops & desktop) to retrieve information and data.

Other duties or tasks may be assigned as needed.


  1. Education

Any combination of education and experience equivalent to: Graduation from a high school or GED.

  1. Knowledge, Skill, and Ability

Knowledge of the application of modern law enforcement principles and practices

Knowledge of applicable laws, and rules and regulations

Knowledge of first aid practices

Ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions

Ability to react quickly and calmly in emergency situations

Ability to cope with stressful situations and perform calmly under stressful conditions

Ability to work closely with others as a team

Ability to prepare and present clear, accurate, concise and objective written and oral reports

Ability to enforce the law with firmness, tact and impartiality and to deal courteously with the public

Ability to recognize and understand the emotional and physical reactions of both victims and perpetrators of crimes

Ability to maintain a level of physical conditioning to be able to physically subdue, restrain, and apprehend law violators

Ability to meet requirements of periodic in-service training in all high liability areas (firearms, defensive tactics, A.S.P.)

Ability to render physical assistance to victims

Ability to adhere, at all times, to the standards and principles of honesty, integrity, transparency and to keep your private life unsullied as an example to all

Skill in calmly and systematically eliciting critical information from individuals whom may be injured and/or highly emotional

Skill in the proper and safe utilization of law enforcement issued equipment, radio communications equipment and mobile dispatch terminal

Skill in firearms to be able to operate and qualify with authorized firearms designated by the agency from a standing, crouch, kneeling, or prone position with either hand with accuracy; essentials for this requirement shall consist of, but not be limited to, the following: grip, stance, sighting under various lighting conditions, trigger control, body positioning, drawing techniques and loading/unloading

Skill in the operation of motor vehicles in a safe and efficient manner in a law enforcement environment.

  1. Physical Requirements

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, walk, talk, hear, and use hands and fingers to operate a standard keyboard, use a computer, printer, copier, fax, telephone, radios, handgun, handcuffs, shackles and other restraint devices, chemical agents, collapsible baton, firearm, and bullet resistant vest. The employee may be required to climb, crouch, crawl, bend or stoop, push, pull or drag objects. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move over 50 pounds and must be able to control an unruly individual. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, color and distance vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus. Additional requirements include the ability to speak, read, and write.

  1. Certifications or Licenses Required

Must be at least 21 years of age; must be U.S. Citizen or have proof of naturalization; must not have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor involving either force, violence, or moral turpitude. Must have a valid Alabama Driver’s license and be insurable by the Madison County Commission’s risk underwriters. Must able to pass the Peace Officers Physical and a drug test. Must meet all APOST requirements for certification as Peace Officer. Must be certified in use of Sheriff’s Departments chemical munitions and meet all Department training requirements.

24 Months of verifiable road/field experience as a P.O.S.T. certified Peace Officer

Must be able to pass a Computer Voice Stress Analysis test, criminal background check, drug screen and physical examination.

$ 38,604.80 annually


Full-Time Employee Benefits Summary

Healthcare Insurance: Blue Cross of Alabama administered through the Local Government Health Insurance Plan (LGHIP).

Coverage Type

Employee's Premium

County's Contribution

Single Coverage Bi-weekly Premium

$ 46.00

$ 179.00

Family Coverage Bi-weekly Premium

$ 93.50

$ 455.00

Dental Coverage: Dental coverage is included with LGHIP through Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama. LGHIP manages dental costs and provides enhanced dental benefits using negotiated discounts with in-network dentists. To locate in-network dentists go to Assuming the services are covered you will normally only be responsible for out of pocket.

Life Insurance: Madison County provides $25,000 in life, $25,000 in accidental death and dismemberment and $25,000 line of duty insurance to eligible employees in certified positions.

Employee Retirement Plans: Employees are required to participate in the Employees Retirement System, which is administered through the Retirement Systems of Alabama (RSA).Employees participate at one of the following levels:

Tier 1: An employee who had service credit in RSA prior to January 1, 2013 and contribute at a level of 5% per pay period. *The County contributes at a rate of 10.89%.

Tier 2: An employee who was hired on or after January 1, 2013 and contribute at a level of 6% per pay period. *The County contributes at a rate of 8.42%.

*Contribution percentage is set by the Retirement Systems of Alabama and changes annually.

Employee Clinic: Madison County employees and dependents over age 12 may use the Employee Health Clinic for the low co-pay of $15.00 per visit. To be eligible to use the clinic, the employee and dependent must be enrolled in Madison County’s health insurance plan as their primary coverage.

Voluntary Plans are also available:
*Additional life Insurance for employee and dependents
*Flex spending accounts (healthcare and childcare)
*Vision insurance
*College Counts

Holidays, Annual Leave and Sick Leave:
*Minimum of 10 holidays per calendar year
*Accrue 8 hours of annual leave and 8 hours of sick leave per month

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