PAY RANGE: 50A
DEPUTY SHERIFF OFFICER RECRUIT
This is an entry level protection work, learning and becoming certified in both Civil and Criminal enforcement within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Employees learn to transport prisoners from State, County, City and courthouse institutions, provide protection for courthouse, judicial staff, and public safety for all judicial facilities, and maintain custody of prisoners during legal proceedings. Positions in this class serve in a training capacity learning and pursuing certification in the methods and techniques and developing the abilities necessary to perform both criminal and civil enforcement and to serve legal documents and enforcement of laws as outlined in C.S. Title 18, C.S. Title 75 and Title 231. This work involves regular exposure to unpredictable conditions and physical effort is frequently required. Work is performed under the close supervision of a higher-level deputy sheriff.
TYPICAL EXAMPLES OF WORK (ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY)
Performs the duties below with English language speaking and designated non-English language speaking populations.
Attends classes and in academic and skilled weapons training and in field training programs to learn the methods and techniques of field investigations, legal requirements for serving and enforcing both Civil and Criminal court orders, and the forms and procedures applicable to the service of legal instruments.
Operates prisoner vans, and other assigned vehicles for the transport of prisoners to various institutions, states, and counties; transports prisoners to court locations for scheduled legal proceedings; participates in unloading of prisoners at operational locations; provide security for all prisoners, court staff, judicial staff and the public in and around the courthouses.
Escorts prisoners and transports records related to prisoner cases to and from court proceedings; guards prisoners throughout court sessions; returns court disposition documents to cell rooms.
Searches all prisoners coming from multiple institutions; feeds and houses all prisoners under custody during courthouse legal proceedings; admits visitors to cell areas upon presentation of authorization papers.
At the direction of the court, and as defined by law makes arrest of persons charged in both criminal and civil enforcement.
Performs related work as required.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
principles of the United States criminal justice system
principles and practices of law enforcement
- Learn and pass State training requirements
- Cope with situations firmly, courteously, tactfully and with respect for the rights of others
- Analyze situations quickly and objectively and to determine a proper course of action to be taken
- Learn and enforce a variety of rules and regulations concerning criminal and civil enforcement
- Learn the policies and procedures concerning the transportation and custody of prisoners
- Learn and enforce regulations, laws and policies concerning the behavior of prisoners during court sessions and other legal affairs
- Learn the forms and procedures applicable to the appearance of prisoners and the public during court sessions
- Learn the methods, forms and techniques in field investigations, particularly as they apply to the service of legal instruments
- Act quickly and calmly in an emergency
- Learn the operation of, and to become proficient in, the care and use of firearms and defensive weapons
- Understand and follow oral and written instructions
- Write and speak effectively
- Speak, read, and write in a specified non-English language and the English language fluently for the Bilingual Specialty
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with law enforcement and other public agency personnel, associates and the general public.
MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE (The following statement represents the minimum training and experience standards which will be used to admit or reject applicants for tests. Applications submitted by candidates for this class will be reviewed based on training and experience requirements as approved on 3/13.)
Education equivalent to the completion of the twelfth school grade.
Sufficient training and/or experience to be able to understand and speak fluently and clearly in English and a designated non-English language.
PHYSICAL AND MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS
Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required of a position in this class.
LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND/OR CERTIFICATES
Possession of a valid proper class motor vehicle operator’s license as issued by any state prior to appointment and possession of a valid proper class motor vehicle operator’s license as issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania within six months of appointment and during tenure of employment as a Deputy Sheriff Officer.
Certification as a Deputy Sheriff by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, through Deputy Sheriffs’ Education and Training Program within one year of appointment.
NOTE: Child Protective Service Law requires FBI criminal history background check as well as the PSP criminal history background check and Pennsylvania child abuse background check as a condition of initial employment and during tenure of employment.
Class Established – CSC:2/13; Ad. Board: 3/13. Spec. Changes – CSC: 1/15; Ad. Board: 2/15 Latest Spec. Revision – CSC: 10/18; Ad. Board: 12/18