Deputy Sheriff Trainee

Maricopa County, AZ - Phoenix, AZ (30+ days ago)3.7

Position Overview The Deputy Sheriff enforces laws and maintains order while protecting life and property. Margin for error may be substantial if laws are not enforced allowing illegal activities to occur. This can lead to injury, damage to property, and possibly even loss of life.

Deputy Sheriff Trainees, who may advance to the position of Deputy Sheriff upon successful completion of the Sheriff's academy.

Deputy Sheriff Trainee Candidates:
Successful Deputy Sheriff Trainee candidates will initially be compensated at a salary rate of $22.28 per hour. Upon successful completion of the 20-week Sheriff's academy, Trainees advance to the position of Deputy Sheriff and a salary rate of $24.80 per hour.

Position Qualifications Minimum education and/or experience:
High school diploma or GED; must be a U.S. citizen; and must be twenty (20) years and six (6) months of age at the time of application, and 21 years of age prior to the completion of the Sheriff's academy.

Individuals with lapsed Arizona POST certification, and those who have served as a certified peace officer in another state or federal agency, can also apply and may be considered. To be considered, such otherwise qualified individuals must be eligible to gain Arizona POST certification through Waiver Testing or successful completion of a basic academy. The Arizona POST waiver process consists of meeting all of the minimum qualifications for certification as an Arizona Peace Officer including successful completion of a written test, driving proficiency, firearms qualification, and the POPAT (Police Officer Physical Agility Test), administered by Arizona POST, within sixty (60) days of hire. The choice of whether to send an applicant through a basic academy again or allow the applicant to pursue the Waiver Process is at the discretion of the Sheriff.

Specialized training, certifications, and/or other special requirements:
All candidates must possess, or have the ability to obtain by the time of hire, a valid Arizona driver's license. Deputy Sheriff Trainee candidates must provide a valid government issued birth certificate at the time of background processing. Prior to hiring, the Sheriff's Office requires that all applicants complete the following: written examination; Physical Readiness Assessment (PRA); background investigation; polygraph exam; medical exam and psychological exam.

Knowledge, skills, and abilities:
Ability to:
  • Learn and retain information regarding laws, ordinances, rules and regulations, effective in the County.
  • Learn County geography, incorporated areas and road network.
  • Learn first aid methods.
  • Learn principles, practices, methods, techniques and equipment used in law enforcement.
  • Prepare and maintain records and/or reports.
  • Deal with the public in a professional manner.

Working conditions:
All candidates must be able to work rotating shifts to include weekends and holidays - with varying days off; and be able to work at any location throughout Maricopa County. Deputy Sheriffs are subject to assignments on any shift, with any combination of days off, and at any Maricopa County Sheriff facility as determined by the needs of the Office.

The following environments described are only representative of how the essential job tasks are currently performed or envisioned. As such, in order to accommodate a disability or limitation, the essential job tasks may be performed in ways other than described on these pages.

Work Environment:
  • Indoors and outdoors
  • Working in temperatures frequently above 90 degrees and occasionally below 40 degrees
  • Smoke/dust
  • Occasionally come into contact with chemicals/fumes, wet/damp areas, and confined areas
  • Dim or Bright lighting
  • Conditions may include use of stairs or ladders and unprotected heights
  • High noise level
  • May be exposed to contagious diseases

Physical Environment:
  • Sitting, standing, walking
  • Driving a vehicle
  • Speaking, hearing, seeing, reading
  • Distinguishing colors
  • Bending/kneeling, reaching, twisting, climbing, crawling, crouching, and balancing
  • Wearing protective gear
  • Precise dexterity
  • Lifting floor to waist fifty (50) pounds
  • Lifting waist to shoulder fifty (50) pounds
  • Lifting shoulder to overhead fifty (50) pounds
  • Carrying a weight of fifty (50) pounds for a distance of 50 feet
  • Pushing/pulling a weight of two hundred (200) pounds for a distance of 100 feet

Social Environment:
  • Constant interruptions
  • Handling multiple or complicated tasks, and frequently changing or unscheduled tasks
  • Working under deadlines or time pressures to complete tasks
  • High volume of work
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Decision making
  • Concentration/vigilance
  • Working in a team environment and in close proximity with others
  • Include emergencies, traumatic subject matter, and dangerous environments
  • Isolation
  • Constant public contact
  • Overtime with prior approval

Essential Job Tasks
  • Affects an arrest, forcibly if necessary using handcuffs and other restraints.
  • Subdues resisting subjects using hands and feet while employing defensive tactic maneuvers or approved non-lethal weapons.
  • Pursues fleeing suspects on foot both day and night in unfamiliar terrain.
  • Uses body force to gain entrance through barriers to search, seize, investigate and/or rescue.
  • Performs searches of persons which involve touching, smelling and feeling to detect potential weapons and contraband.
  • Climbs over obstacles; climb through openings; jumps down from elevated surfaces; jumps over obstacles, ditches and streams; crawls in confined areas to pursue, search, investigate and/or rescue.
  • Conducts searches of buildings and large outdoor areas which may involve walking and/or standing for long periods of time.
  • Requires the ability to distinguish color and perceive shapes.
  • Performs tasks which require lifting, carrying or dragging people or heavy objects while performing arrest, rescue or general patrol functions.
  • May include the seizure or impound of property and evidence.
  • Prepares investigations and other reports using appropriate grammar, symbols and mathematical computations.
  • Reports may include sketches.
  • Communicates effectively on law enforcement radio channels while initiating and responding to radio communications.
  • This is often done under adverse conditions such as siren usage and high-speed vehicle operations.
  • Communicates verbally and effectively by listening to people and by giving information, direction and commands.
  • Conducts visual and audio surveillance for extended periods of time.
  • Performs law enforcement patrol functions while working rotating shifts and unanticipated overtime.
  • Operates an emergency vehicle during the day and night; in emergency and pursuit situations involving speeds in excess of posted limits while exercising due care and caution and in exception to traffic control devices and in congested traffic and in unsafe road conditions and environment conditions such as fog, smoke, rain and ice.
  • Loads, unloads, aims and fires handguns, shotguns and other agency firearms from a variety of body positions in situations that justify the use of deadly force while maintaining emotional control under extreme stress.
  • May serve a variety of civil actions including writs and subpoenas.
  • Conducts law enforcement investigations to include the following critical tasks: protect crime and traffic accident scenes, conducts interviews; records information, measures and diagrams crime and traffic accident scenes; prepares detailed reports of investigative findings; seizes and processes evidence; presents testimony and evidence in both civil and criminal court proceedings.
  • Performs public assistance activities to include the following critical tasks: administers first aide to sick and injured persons for a wide variety of illnesses and injuries; assists distressed motorist; directs traffic; assists and refers mentally ill, indigent and other persons in need; perform evacuations; bodily remove persons, vehicles and other property from unsafe locations.
  • Exercises independent judgment within legal guidelines.
  • This includes the ability to read and comprehend rules, regulations; policies and procedures for purpose of insuring appropriate office behavior/response involving the general public, as well as, maintaining current AZ POST certification requirements and adhering to all office policy and procedure.
  • Be present at work site to perform assigned tasks at the times and dates scheduled/assigned by the supervisor.

Selection Procedure

The Maricopa County Human Resources Department reserves the right to admit to the exam process only those candidates who are considered the most highly qualified. Those selected will be required to pass a written exam and a physical readiness assessment. The hiring authority will interview and select the successful candidate from a list provided by Human Resources.

NOTE: Notice to self-schedule for examination and physical readiness assessment dates/times will be sent, via e-mail, to the e-mail address provided on your application approximately two (2) weeks prior to next scheduled testing dates.

The next round of testing is scheduled for Thursday August 23, 2018 at 5:00pm and Saturday August 25, 2018 at 5:00am.

The Physical Readiness Assessment consists of a 1.5 mile run/walk, push-ups and sit-ups. This assessment is designed to ensure that applicants meet the minimum entry standards of the Arizona Law Enforcement Academy.

The minimum standards are as follows:

1.5 mile run/walk - 15:20

Push-ups (1 minute) - 18

Sit-ups (1 minute) - 27


All offers of employment made to new hires and rehires at Maricopa County are contingent upon successful completion of a post-offer, pre-employment thorough background investigation. A background investigation is conducted on a current employee who changes to a Safety Sensitive Position or one having the potential for serious adverse impact on the integrity or efficiency of the County. These requirements do not pertain to employees of elected officials who undergo background investigation processes administered through their respective offices.

Typically successful candidates are hired at a salary rate, up to midpoint of the range, based on applicable experience, internal equity and budgetary allowances.