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Sheriff's Deputy I



Sheriff's Deputy I


$39,014.00 - $62,337.00 Annually


Frederick County, VA

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5/29/2020 5:00 PM Eastern

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The Deputy performs difficult protective service work in the Sheriff's Office to include: patrols the county, enforces laws through arrest/summons, investigates criminal activity, gathers and processes evidence, interviews victims, witnesses, and suspects; prepares detailed reports of incidents; prepares and maintains case files; testifies in court;ensures the safety of the public; answers calls for service; enforces traffic laws; obtains and serves arrest warrants, issues/serves summonses and subpoenas; investigates traffic accidents; controls scenes; provides law enforcement escorts; directs traffic; performs residential and commercial checks; assists fire and emergency services; transports prisoners; performs bailiff duties; fingerprints suspects; investigates animal complaints; interacts with the public through educational presentations; any other duties assigned by supervisory staff.

Examples of Duties

The following are positions within the Sheriff's Office that deputies may be assigned to:

  • Animal Control Officer-is responsible for the enforcement of local and state laws and ordinances for the keeping, regulation and protection of animals. Their duties include but are not limited to providing animal control services, investigating animal related complaints, and capturing animals. They patrol for animals running at large, check for licenses and vaccinations violations, impound abandoned/stray dogs and other animals, and issues the appropriate warning/notice. They investigate animal bites in conjunction with the Health Department.

  • D.A.R.E. Officer-is a specialized instructor of Drug Abuse Resistance Education within Frederick County's elementary schools. The D.A.R.E. officer utilizes an established lesson plan to provide student instruction on life choices. The D.A.R.E. officer integrates him/herself in school functions and activities in order to foster trust between law enforcement, students, parents, and school staff. The D.A.R.E. officer's duties include but are not limited to participation in school activities, field trips and providing informational talks to community civic groups and citizen organizations concerning the D.A.R.E. program.

  • School Resource Officer-is assigned to a middle or high school within Frederick County. The SRO's presence provides a safer environment for the staff, students, and administrators of the school. SRO's handle all law enforcement duties at their assigned school. They should develop a rapport with students, parents, and staff and act as a liaison between school, community, and Sheriff's Office. They should offer suggestions for providing a safe school environment. They may provide instruction to students, parents, and staff explaining the role of law enforcement in society. They should act as a resource to their school with respect to juvenile delinquency prevention.

  • Canine Deputy-is a deputy assigned a Sheriff's Office canine. The Canine Deputy will maintain training and certification on their assigned canine. They are responsible for the care, health, and handling of their assigned canine.

  • Civil Deputy-is a deputy that acts as a bailiff in the courts, transports prisoners inside and outside of Frederick County, processes convicted subjects, and serves civil legal documents.

  • Evidence/Property Officer-is a deputy that maintains the evidence and property room and the impound lot. The Evidence /Property Officer obtains evidence/property from the lockers and enters the property into the Sheriff's Office records system (PISTOL). The Evidence/Property Officer transports evidence to court, and to and from the forensic laboratory. The Evidence/Property Officer is responsible for the release and disposition of all property in the evidence/property room and the impound lot.

Typical Qualifications

The Deputy should have an average knowledge of the criminal justice field to include modern law enforcement methods and procedures related to patrol, traffic control, accident investigation, criminal investigation, search and seizure, and suspect identification; average knowledge of Federal, State, and local laws; good interpersonal relationship skills; the ability to interact with the public in a fair and consistent manner; average knowledge of written/oral communications; the ability to exercise good judgment in determining reasonable suspicion/probable cause in legal situations; the ability to exercise good judgment in determining when force may be used and to what extent; the ability to endure verbal and mental abuse when confronted with the hostile views and opinions of suspects and other people encountered in an antagonistic environment; the ability to operate Sheriff's Office equipment skillfully, safely, and in conformance with applicable laws; the physical ability to apprehend a fleeing suspect and physically control a resisting suspect; the ability to work any shift; the ability to work in inclement weather; and the ability to maintain DCJS certification.


  • Virginia Law Enforcement Certification;

  • Criminal Justice Degree;

  • Experience in modern police practices and methods.


  • Minimum 21 years of age with a high school diploma/GED;

  • Must possess a valid Driver's License;

  • U.S. citizenship with no felony convictions;

  • Must complete a Physical Examination, Drug Screen, Polygraph, and complete background and driving record investigation;

  • Must be of good character and in good physical condition.

Supplemental Information

Deputy Sheriff / Recruit Automatic Disqualifiers

Criminal History:

  • Any conviction or plea of guilty or no contest to a felony or any offense that would be a felony if committed in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

  • Conviction of any Class 1 or Class 2 misdemeanor, excluding traffic violations which are discussed separately, or the Virginia State Law equivalent within the last 5 years.

  • Any conviction of plea of guilty or no contest to any misdemeanor involving moral turpitude including but not limited to petit larceny under Section 18.2-96 of the Code of Virginia or any offense involving moral turpitude that would be a misdemeanor if committed in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Crimes of moral turpitude include but limited to: fraud, all theft offenses and perjury.

  • Any conviction or plea of guilty or no contest to any misdemeanor sex offense in the Commonwealth of Virginia, another state, or the United States, including but not limited to sexual battery under Section 18.2-67.4 of the Code Of Virginia or consensual sexual intercourse with a minor 15 or older under clause (ii) of Section 18.2-371 of the Code of Virginia, or domestic assault under Section 18.2-57.2 of the Code of Virginia or any offense that would be domestic assault under the laws of another state or the United States.

  • Any conviction that requires the registration in the Virginia Sex Offender Registry.

  • Adult commission of undetected crimes of a serious or repetitive nature.

Traffic Violations:

  • Three or more negative points on a Virginia Operator's License or the equivalent for out of state licenses. Points may be negated up to 5 points by attending defensive driving school offered by the Division of Motor Vehicles prior to initial testing.

  • A conviction of Driving Under the Influence of drugs or alcohol in the past three years, or more than one conviction of Driving Under the Influence in the applicant's lifetime. Any conviction of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, refusal to take blood or breath test, eluding police, racing, or leaving the scene of an accident within the last 5 years.

  • Active revocation or suspension of driving privileges in any state or driver's license suspended or revoked in the previous three years.

  • A conviction in the previous three years of failure to stop after an accident (hit and run), operating a vehicle with a suspended or revoked driver's license, participating in a speed contest or drag racing, fleeing or eluding a law enforcement officer, reckless driving or driving to endanger or violation of state regulations on implied consent.

  • Involvement in two or more avoidable (at fault) motor vehicle accidents during the previous three years.


  • Sale or distribution of illegal drugs of any kind.

  • Any use of cocaine or heroin, or any other controlled substance listed in Schedule I or Schedule II of Title 54.1 of the Code of Virginia in the past five (5) years, or the use of any controlled substance listed in Schedule I or II more than once in the applicant's lifetime.

  • Any illegal use of any controlled substance listed in Schedule I or Schedule II of Title 54.1 of the Code of Virginia in the past five (5) years or the illegal use of any controlled substance listed in Schedule I or II more than twice in the past ten years. The use of any hallucinogenic substance, such as LSD, PCP, or Psilocybin at any time in the applicant's life.

  • Illegal use or possession of anabolic steroids within the last three (3) years.

  • Illegal use or possession of marijuana or a derivative thereof within the previous twelve (12) months at time of application.

  • Any illegal drug use of any kind after the age of thirty (30) will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis which has surpassed the duration limits set above in numbers 1 through 5 of the drug section.

Illegal drug is defined as set forth in the Federal Controlled Substance Act, 21 U.S.C. §800 et al. and by the Code of Virginia.


Demonstrated history of financial irresponsibility. (Examples of areas of concern include unpaid collections or unsatisfactory judgments where no payment plan has been established). Please call the academy staff to discuss your specific credit issues and concerns.


  • Past or current gang affiliation.

  • Dishonorable discharge from any military service.

  • Untruthfulness and/or the intentional withholding of information on any application, interview, or paperwork associated with the position. Examples of intentional withholding of information would include deliberate inaccuracies or incomplete statements.

  • Intentional failure to follow the directions outlined in the testing process or relying on others to complete any portion of the testing process.


This is not intended to be an exhaustive listing of background disqualifiers. Applicants who are successful in the initial testing will undergo a thorough background investigation, including polygraph examination. Areas of concern will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis within the context of the full investigation/review. Examples of areas of concern may include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Reduction of charges as a result of a plea agreement or other form of sentencing disposition prior to a conviction in any of the aforementioned criminal and driving history categories.

• Crimes committed as a juvenile, including undetected crime.

• Patterns of reckless and/or irresponsible driving.

• Multiple convictions of driving under the influence.

• Illegal drug use or possession that does not fall within the parameters defined above, including the use or possession of prescription drugs without a proper prescription.

• Less than honorable military discharge, erratic work record, or unfavorable employment references.

• Pending litigation or prosecution for criminal offenses must be resolved prior to consideration for employment.

Some minor offenses are classified as Class 1 misdemeanors (e.g. littering) but would not result in automatic disqualification. Convictions of this nature would be evaluated on a case-by-case basis in the context of the full investigation/review.

This job was posted on Thu May 21 2020 and expired on Wed Jun 03 2020.
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