Performs general law enforcement work in order to preserve public peace and order; to protect lives, property and rights of the public, and to enforce the laws of the United States of America, the Commonwealth of Virginia and the County of Spotsylvania. Assures appropriate custody and control of prisoners; protects and assists the courts and serves civil process. Work involves patrolling County streets and neighborhoods to deter crime or apprehend and/or arrest violators or suspects; responds to calls for law enforcement assistance and gathers information for criminal investigations. A Deputy may be assigned to any division of the Sheriff's Office as needed. Employee is subject to the usual hazards of law enforcement work. This position is essential. Personnel occupying this position may be scheduled to work irrespective of weather conditions and/or when general County offices are closed.
These are unpaid volunteer positions.
Special Duties & Responsibilities:
EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
The essential job functions, as outlined herein, are intended to be representative of the tasks performed within this classification. It is not necessarily descriptive of any one position in the classification. The omission of an essential function does not preclude management from assigning duties not listed herein.
Reduces the commission of crimes and maintains law enforcement by patrolling throughout the County. Patrols County streets and neighborhood. Inspects troublesome areas and checks security of business establishments.
Monitors radio calls; communicates with radio dispatcher and responds to complaints, reports of criminal events, requests for law enforcement, and domestic or public disputes. Apprehends and or arrests persons who violate federal, State or County codes and laws
Gathers information in criminal investigations by interviewing victims, witnesses and suspects; performs searches of people, vehicles and buildings; prepares investigative reports of findings, facts and related information; makes arrests and processes arrested suspects. Detects and collects evidence and substances that provide the basis for probable cause for criminal acts; and testifies in court.
Enforces traffic laws and regulations. Detects traffic violators; performs traffic accident investigations and makes reports. Facilitates the movement of traffic and pedestrians around accidents, disabled traffic control devices or heavily congested areas. Assists disabled motorists. Directs traffic for funerals and other public gatherings.
Serves civil and criminal documents. Serves as court Bailiff as requested and ensures security and orderly behavior in courts.
Performs rescue functions at accidents, emergency scenes and disaster areas.
Assists persons who are in physical or mental danger.
Reads, comprehends, and interprets legal and non-legal documents.
Completes and/or reviews paperwork documenting shift activities, offenses and incidents, victim and suspect statements and other related information.
Assists other law enforcement personnel and agencies.
Engages in public relations and community service activities and events to promote a positive image for the Sheriff's Office and to build cooperative and collaborative relationships with the community.
ADDITIONAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Responds to questions from the public with regard to all issues concerning public safety and correct procedures and processes.
Maintains assigned vehicle and issued equipment including firearms.
Transports prisoners and mental patients.
May participate in special public information programs.
Performs other related work as required.
Minimum Training & Experience:
Minimum Qualifications: Applicants for part-time Deputy Sheriff positions must possess current or within the past 5 years have possess Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services Law Enforcement Officer (DCJS) certification. Applicants must also be a U.S. citizen, 21 years of age; possess high school diploma or equivalent, possess a valid Virginia driver's license, and meet all other minimum qualifications for law enforcement officers as established by the Commonwealth of Virginia. Applicants must have the ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions; ability to prepare clear, comprehensive reports and deal courteously, firmly, and tactfully with the public. They must possess the ability to analyze situations and to adopt quick, effective, and reasonable courses of action with due regard to surrounding hazards and circumstances. They also must have excellent physical agility, endurance and skill in the use of firearms and the operation of a motor vehicle.
Note: Candidate selected will be required to complete a hiring process that includes: written test; work performance test; preliminary background check; oral interview; polygraph examination; background investigation; physical; and drug screen. Selected applicants, if not currently Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) certified as law enforcement officers, will be required to complete the required academy. Further details regarding this process will be provided to each applicant once the employment application and background prescreening worksheet are received. Candidates who successfully complete all steps of the hiring process will be placed on an eligibility list that will be used to fill vacancies and new positions.