Revised: 10/87
FLSA: Exempt
EEO: 4



Under supervision of an enforcement officer of a higher grade supervises and assists Deputy Sheriffs on an assigned shift or in a patrol district of the County in the enforcement of laws and the prevention of crime; conducts difficult investigations or those of unusual nature and supervises Detectives assigned to the Detective Division details or Deputy Sheriffs at crime scenes.


As a patrol sergeant, exercises working supervision over Deputy Sheriffs on an assigned shift. As a Detective Sergeant exercises working supervision over Detectives assigned to the Detective Division and exercises field supervision over a number of personnel at crime scenes.


Duties include but are not limited to:

  1. Supervises the patrol of streets and roads, observes, supervises and instructs Deputy Sheriffs in the enforcement of laws and ordinances, the prevention of crime, and the protection of life and property; checks reports of daily activities and other reports of Deputy Sheriffs; issues specific instructions and assignments at the scene of activity.
  2. Receives complaints and requests for police assistance, assigns personnel and equipment to the scene of emergencies and disturbances, and receives and accounts for money or property left in his/her possession.
  3. Supervises and investigates complaints to determine whether a crime has been committed; secures evidence for the arrest and prosecution of suspects; advises concerning the sufficiency of evidence for the holding of suspects; follows and traces the movement and activities of suspects.
  4. Supervises and conducts interviews of suspects, victims, complaints, witnesses and informants; detects, gathers, and preserves evidence from various sources, assists prosecuting officers or attorneys in the preparation of cases and in the presentation of evidence; traces and locates missing persons or those charged with commission of crimes; keeps records and makes reports on results of investigations.
  5. Supervises and conducts investigations to control, detect, and eliminate vice; gather evidence and makes arrests in cases of vice operation.
  6. Supervises and instructs officers engaged in the enforcement of traffic regulations, investigation of traffic accidents, and control of traffic.
  7. Patrol Sergeant shall direct and supervise the activities and conduct of Deputy Sheriffs placed under his direction, and in the use and operation of automotive and all other equipment provided.
  8. When assigned to the Detective Division, supervises and instructs Detectives engaged in the investigation of crimes, case preparation, and activities connected with prosecution of criminals.


Thorough knowledge of: routine police procedures; modern practices and methods of controlling laws and ordinances, particularly the laws of arrest and evidence, of the geography of the County; rules and regulations and general orders of the Sheriff's department; principles of crime and accident investigation, techniques of interrogation and identification and preservation of physical evidence.

Considerable knowledge of: techniques of crime prevention and criminal identification.

Skill to: use and care for firearms; analyze situations quickly and objectively and determine a proper course of action to be taken; face situations firmly, courteously, tactfully and with respect for the rights of others; obtain information through interview and interrogation; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; react quickly and calmly in an emergency; establish and maintain effective working relationships.


Must successfully pass an extensive background investigation including national fingerprint records check.

Must pass a pre-employment drug test.

Driving is required for County business on a regular basis or to accomplish work. Incumbents must possess a valid driver's license, and possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment.


Last two merit ratings as a Deputy Sheriff or Detective must be satisfactory or better. Promotional Opportunity Only.