A law enforcement officer works to protect the public and preserving the peace while serving in a variety of assignments within the Sheriff's Office. The work involves responsibility for carrying out assigned duties in the areas of road patrol, criminal and special investigations, traffic enforcement, community policing, and problem solving in assigned areas. Deputies interpret and enforce all applicable State and local laws, ordinances and statutes, general orders, special instructions as well as policies and procedures of the Sheriff's Office. Unusual situations and serious matters are referred to supervisors for action or guidance. Work is performed under the supervision of an area Corporal - Law Enforcement limited to those of Administrative in nature, and under a Sergeant - Law Enforcement for results and adherence to law enforcement operating procedures. This position is considered essential under the CCSO Emergency Plan.
Essential Job Functions
- Conducts investigations of complaints, accidents or calls for assistance and interviews witnesses and others regarding criminal activities.
- Makes arrests ensuring that all appropriate paperwork is complete and accurate and that proper procedures have been followed.
- Assists motorists, enforce traffic laws, issue citations, and make arrests as necessary.
- Responds to emergencies, assess situations and call for necessary assistance.
- Fills out forms and keeps records of all activities in accordance with established policy and procedure.
- Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned Locates, preserves, documents, collects, and packages evidence found at crime scenes.
- Prepares criminal investigation case packages for submission to the State Attorney's Office.
- Enforces traffic laws; operates radar equipment, issues warnings, citations, and administers field sobriety or other tests.
- Serves civil and criminal process papers.
- Conducts surveillance at various locations to prevent and detect criminal activity.
- Assists in community policing efforts for the assigned area.
- Operates a patrol car to prevent and/or detect or deter violations of the law.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Knowledge of law enforcement procedures relative to interpretation and enforcement of applicable federal, state and local laws and ordinances.
- Ability to employ defensive tactics (handcuffing suspects, arresting and detaining suspects, struggling with suspects or hostile people).
- Ability to employ first responder techniques.
- Ability to operate in a safe manner a motor vehicle during the day and evening hours.
- Knowledge of community policing and problem solving techniques.
- Ability to operate all equipment listed in the EQUIPMENT USED section, unless specifically exempted.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
- Knowledge and ability to maintain their uniforms and equipment in a neat and serviceable condition and will, by their appearance, set an example of neatness and strict conformity with agency policy and general orders.
- Ability to work cooperatively with supervisors and establish cohesive, effective relationships with peers (i.e., teamwork abilities), ability and willingness to maintain dependable work habits such as reporting to work on time.
- Knowledge of crime prevention techniques and the rules of evidence.
- Knowledge of the use of the technical equipment related to the work, including firearms, vehicles and communication equipment.
- Knowledge of the policies, rules, regulations and procedures governing law enforcement operations within the Sheriff's Office.
- Ability to respond quickly in emergency situations, to assess situations and act decisively to ensure appropriate response to emergencies.
- Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
- Ability to deal courteously and effectively with the public.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
- Ability to keep accurate and complete records and prepare clear and concise reports.
Ability to enforce the law impartially and with proper regard for the legal procedures and safeguards governing the work.
Education or Equivalent Experience Required
Completion of required State of Florida approved training for law enforcement officers. Prefer two (2) year accredited college or university associate degree or those candidates who are currently enrolled in a degree program at a college or university. Successful maintenance of physical abilities to perform the essential functions of a LE officer through term of appointment.
Vehicles / First Aid Kit / Flashlight / Flares / Cameras / Radio/ Agency Weapons Systems: Pistol, Shotgun, Rifle, OC Spray, Baton, Taser/ Fingerprint Equipment / Computer / Shotgun / Basic Crime Scene Video Equipment / V.C.R. Equipment / Fire Extinguisher / Telephone / Riot Equipment / Copy Machine / CPR Mask / Handcuffing Devices / Locking Devices
FDLE Physical Attributes
Gross Neuromuscular/Cardio-respiratory = Strength/Power-the ability to exert force, Muscular Endurance-the ability to perform repeated muscular contractions of up to a few minutes duration (this includes running short distances and other muscular challenges which invoke the anaerobic energy systems of the body). Mobility - locomotion, the ability to move about. Flexibility - the ability to move the major joints of the body through their range of motion. Agility - the ability to make well-coordinated movements. Aerobic Capacity - the ability to perform repeated muscular contractions over an extended period of time, exceeding several minutes and up to an hour or more. Respiratory Muscle Integrity - the ability to generate a forceful expiration. Fine Neuromuscular - Finger Dexterity - the ability to finely control the fingers. Reaction time - the ability to respond quickly to a stimulus. Eye-Hand Coordination - the ability to respond with the use of the hands to visual stimuli (reacting to a punch thrown, subduing a suspect with controlled and directed movements). Senses = Speech - the ability to communicate through speech. Hearing - the ability to hear sound. Vision - the ability to see. Smell - the ability to smell and distinguish odors. Environmental Tolerance - the ability to tolerate hot environments
Physical Effort Required
Must be able to physically perform the basic life operational functions of standing, walking, hearing, and kneeling, reaching, feeling, grasping, pushing, pulling, bending, climbing, crawling, fingering, and performing repetitive motions. Must be able to perform work pushing/pulling/grappling of persons or objects up to 150 pounds of force occasionally: 20 pounds frequently (uniform vest, belt): and 10 pounds constantly. Must possess the visual acuity to operate an office assigned vehicle and distinguish details and differences when observing people, places, or things on patrol 24/7. (Sunrise, day, sunset, night hour driving) Must be physically fit to pass annual Physical Agility Test.
Officer is required to work shift work including weekends, holidays and overtime in a 24-hour operation. Whether on or off duty, officer is expected to be armed and to exercise his/her arrest authority whenever necessary.
The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, marital status, national origin, gender, religion, Vietnam or disabled veteran status, age or disability in employment or the provision of services.