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Employer: Sedgwick County
Division: Sheriff
Job Title: Sheriff Deputy
Salary: $20.265 Hourly

Veterans' Preference is available for this vacancy.
To receive Veterans' Preference, you must supply a copy of your DD214 to the Human Resources department at Sedgwick County after applying.

Job Description:

Job Objectives:

Patrols County areas, enforcing law and protecting life and property, operating radar, securing compliance with traffic regulations, and performing investigations at the scene of a crime or traffic accident, and performing related follow-up duties. Assists District Court Judges by protecting prisoners while in court, when out of the confines of the jail, and investigation and apprehension of persons charged by warrant or subpoena, as well as the service of civil process.


Essential Job Functions:

  • Patrol County routes, as well as, residential areas to provide a visible deterrent in uniform and in marked cars and to enforce traffic laws and protect life and property; identifies traffic hazards; monitors industrial, commercial, and residential areas for signs of any criminal activity; patrols for suspicious persons or vehicles.
  • Detects drunk drivers and performs sobriety evaluation tests.
  • Checks buildings to ensure they are secured.
  • Responds to call for assistance and complaints of crimes; enforces state statutes by performing warrant, felony or misdemeanor arrests; directs traffic at crime scenes and assists stranded motorists.
  • Serves as first responder to provide aid and assistance to victims of automobile injury accidents; assists Fire and Emergency Medical Services at the scene of traffic accidents.
  • Secures and protects crime scenes by establishing boundaries, detaining suspects and witnesses, locating and identifying evidence and briefing supervisors/detectives on their arrival; performs traffic accident enforcement activities; interviews witnesses and collects, preserves, and packages evidence.
  • Proceeds to work special assignments, such as search and rescue, natural disasters, and public vehicle accidents as directed by supervisor.
  • Investigates traffic, home, public and occupational accidents by recording measurements and diagrams, taking photographs and preparing reports concerning incidents.
  • Inspects roadways, bridges, traffic signs, and signals routinely in order to find and report any hazardous conditions; herding cattle and livestock off of roadways.
  • Maintains a working knowledge of traffic laws; enforces traffic laws through the issuance of traffic citations and warnings, and arresting individuals in violations of the law such as DUI, and speeding and traffic control device violations.
  • Prepares and maintains a wide variety of department records and reports in compliance with departmental policies and procedures; prepares and files written and taped case reports outlining nformation regarding each case.
  • Conducts search and rescue operations for missing and overdue persons, motorists, and aircraft; assist in manhunts for dangerous criminals.
  • Serves criminal and traffic warrants on both felony and misdemeanor suspects; assists in guarding and transporting prisoners from the Detention Facility to the hospital during hours that the warrant/prisoner escort section is not in operation.
  • Conducts club inspections to monitor illegal activities; contacts business owners and employees updating them on criminal activity and providing suggestions for crime prevention.
  • Researches and studies departmental policies and procedures, Kansas Statutes, maps, construction and road closing to maintain awareness of current events and changes in law enforcement.
  • Maintains and cleans assigned uniform, vehicle, and equipment and maintains personal hygiene in accordance to departmental policy and procedures.
  • Maintains availability for court appearances and testimony; assists the District Attorney s Office in preparing presentation of testimony and/or evidence; responds to subpoenas by attending court trials and provides court testimonies as required; attends driver s license and mental health petition hearings.
  • Assists other emergency response agencies and County services such as EMS and Fire in emergency situations, may also assist the coroner s office in the investigation of fatal accidents.
  • Assists the Detective Section in gathering physical evidence, taking photographs and investigating various crime scenes; also assists in serving search warrants.
  • Assists the U.S. Air Force Security Police in all cases dealing with civilians, which occur on McConnell Air Force Base; assists other State and Local law enforcement agencies as needed.
  • Serves as weather watchers reporting damage and assisting in the tracking of severe weather; checks for and assists stranded motorists.
  • Performs other related work as required.
  • May be assigned to assist Investigation on a limited basis.
  • Attends training annually to retain certification.


Physical Requirements:

STANDING/SITTING. Deputies are required to work assignments that require staff to be on their feet an entire 8 hour shift and those where most duties are performed while sitting or driving. Some assignments can require a detective/deputy to stand or sit, some that may require a deputy to be on their feet 30-45 minutes out of every hour and some to sit for up to 30-45 minutes at a time.

WALKING/RUNNING. Deputies are required to walk some distance either on gravel roads, asphalt/concrete roadways or pasture/farmland during their shift. There are times that a deputy will need to run to chase a suspect or move fast while turning or stopping.

BENDING/LIFTING/STAIR CLIMBING. Deputies are required to bend and lift various objects, ranging from a package to partially lifting a suspect weighing several hundred pounds. The deputy may be required to climb stairs and move effectively in varied settings throughout the community.

REPETITIVE MOVEMENTS. Deputies are required to perform the same repetitive movement as much as 30-45 minutes out of each hour and some on a more intermittent basis. Staff performs their duties at their assigned work areas roughly 7 to a full 8 hours at a time. Examples of repetitive movement would be driving, typing, using a computer and answering telephones.

SUSPECT CONTACT. A deputy s work environment can include contact with a suspect(s) and has the potential for confrontation. Such confrontational situations may be physical and require the use of force by the deputy. There are situations in which the deputy cannot avoid involvement, as they are first responders in case of disturbances, fights, resisting suspects, and emergencies in the work area. At times, deputies may have contact with the public which includes potential exposure to infectious disease.

DRIVING A MOTOR VEHICLE. Deputies are required to operate a motor vehicle, sometimes in an emergency capacity, to patrol the streets and highways of Sedgwick County. Deputies routinely operate motor vehicles to respond to crime scenes, accidents and other assignments away from the Courthouse. The operation of a motor vehicle could be for an extended period of 6 to 8 hours at a time.


Job Standards:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Valid Kansas Driver s License.State of Kansas Law Enforcement Certification.
  • Successful completion of the applicant process and Civil Service certification.
  • No record of criminal conviction, diversion, or expungement of any felony or crime of dishonesty, or the equivalent under the uniform code of military justice.
  • Ability to perform the physical requirements of the job as delineated in this job description.
  • Ability to work within the parameters of the Core Values and Mission of the agency.
  • Ability to consistently report for duty at the time and place specified.
  • Knowledge of sound methods and practices employed in location and apprehension of people.
  • Knowledge of laws and legal procedures relevant to the apprehension and custody of prisoners.
  • Knowledge of data entry procedures.
  • Knowledge of the principles of traffic control.
  • Knowledge of the geography of the County and the location of important buildings and areas.
  • Knowledge of the principles of traffic accident investigation.
  • Ability to learn law enforcement methods, procedures, and techniques and to apply such knowledge to specific situations.
  • Ability to deal courteously and fairly with the general public.
  • Ability to analyze situations and to take quick, effective and reasonable courses of action, giving due regard to the surrounding hazards and circumstances of each situation.
  • Ability to remember names, faces, and the details of incidents.
  • Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to obtain information through interviews, interrogation, and observation.
  • Ability to react quickly and calmly under emergency conditions.
  • Ability to display sound judgment in making work decisions.
  • Ability to recognize danger and take immediate action necessary for the protection of life and property.
  • Ability to use and care for firearms and other issued equipment.
  • Ability to pass strength and agility tests necessary to perform effectively on the job.
  • Ability to acquire and maintain the State of Kansas Law Enforcement Certification.
  • Ability to acquire the Doppler Radar Operation and KDHE Breath Testing Certification.
  • Knowledge of hazardous materials and their handling.
  • Knowledge of mental illness.
  • Ability to read street maps and navigate throughout the city and county using a map or written directions.
  • Have no history or subsequent conduct that renders the employee unusable as a witness.



DRIVING A MOTOR VEHICLE. Deputies are required to operate a motor vehicle, sometimes in an emergency capacity, to patrol the streets and highways of Sedgwick County. Deputies routinely operate motor vehicles to respond to crime scenes, accidents and other assignments away from the Courthouse. The operation of a motor vehicle could be for an extended period of 6 to 8 hours at a time.

FIREARMS. Deputies are expected to beknowledgeable in the use of and care for firearms and other issued equipment. A deputy has to be able to defend themselves or someone else by firing a semiautomatic weapon or a shotgun on duty. A deputy is required to fire numerous rounds from a firearm during qualifications.

RADIOS. Deputies are expected to properly operate two-way radio equipment.

PERSONAL COMPUTERS. Deputies are to be able to use a personal computer.

OTHER RELATED EQUIPMENT. Deputies are required to operate copiers and other specific equipment related to the job tasks.


Work Environment:

Ability to work outside in all types of weather including extreme heat or cold, rain, snow or other unusual environmental conditions. Ability to work in a climate controlled office setting. Ability to work shift work, nighttime hours, weekends and holidays as needed. Able to function effectively in a high stress situation. Ability to work under adverse conditions of violence, danger, darkness, dirty or dusty and unfamiliar environments. May have possible limited exposure to chemical and bio hazards.


After you apply, please email Julie Schmidt at julie.schmidt@sedgwick.gov to schedule your written test.  In the email, please include your full name and that you are testing for the Sheriff Deputy position.  Test scores are good for 3 years so if you have tested in the past, email Julie Schmidt at julie.schmidt@sedgwick.gov to let her know so she can apply your previous test score to your new application.  You may only test once a year.  Many applicants find the test very difficult.  The Barron’s Police Officer Exam is a great resource if you wish to prepare for the test.  It can be found online or in a bookstore.


Successful candidates must pass a KBI background check, Physical Ability test, polygraph test, psychological test, and pre-employment urine drug screen.  Valid Kansas Driver’s License required.  Must meet Driver Qualification standards.

If you pass the Written Test, you will be required to schedule an appointment with the Sheriff's Office to complete the PHYSICAL ABILITY TEST.  Information on this test is listed below:

INTRODUCTION: The Physical Ability Test is designed to evaluate the physical fitness, strength, and agility needed to perform the job of an entry level Commissioned or Detention Deputy. The test will consist of four sub-tests. All sub-tests are scored on a point system.  In order to pass, you must complete each sub-test and obtain a minimum cumulative score of 12 (Detention Deputy) or 21 (Sheriff Deputy) total points at the end of the 4 sub-tests while making sure you have followed all instructions within the specified time standard. If after two attempts you have not passed the Physical Ability Testing portion of the applicant process, you will be encouraged to practice.  These tests may be practiced at home by doing as many sit-ups and push-ups as you can in 1 minute and by running to improve fitness.

CLOTHING FOR THE TEST: In order to ensure you are able to do your best, it is recommended that you wear tennis shoes with excellent traction (NO sandals or thongs) and athletic style clothing (sweats, leggings, or shorts).

QUALIFYING SCORE:  In order to receive a qualifying score on the Physical Ability Test, you must complete the tests in the prescribed manner within the time allowed. Failure to complete any test as prescribed will result in a disqualifying score on that test.

CRITICAL RESPONSE:  There are a total of 4 sub-tests.  These include: how many pushups you can do in 1 min., how many sit ups you can do in 1 min., the Illinois Agility Run, and the Beep Test that will be used to evaluate your VO2 max level.  Ideally, you would want to score the same amount on each sub-test, however, a person can score better in some categories than in others as long as the final cumulative total is 12 or 21 points or more.

The Illinois Agility Run

  • Purpose:  to test running agility
  • Procedure:  The length of the course is 10 meters and the width (distance between the start and finish points) is 5 meters. Four cones are used to mark the start, finish, and the two turning points. Another four cones are placed down the center at an equal distance apart. Each cone in the center is spaced 3.3 meters apart. Subjects lay on their stomachs (heads towards the start line) and hands by their shoulders. On the 'Go' command, the stopwatch is started, and the athlete gets up as quickly as possible and runs around the course in the direction indicated to the finish line without knocking the cones over.  Time stops upon crossing the finish line.
  • Click here to watch a video on The Illinois Agility Run

The Beep Test

  • Purpose:  The Beep test is a 20m multistage fitness test (MSFT) and is a commonly used maximal running aerobic fitness test.
  • Procedure: This test involves continuous running between two lines 20m apart in time to recorded beeps. For this reason the test is also often called the ‘bleep’ test. The participants stand behind one of the lines facing the second line, and begin running when instructed by the recording. The speed at the start is quite slow. The subject continues running between the two lines, turning when signaled by the recorded beeps. After about one minute, a sound indicates an increase in speed, and the beeps will be closer together. This continues each minute (level). If the line is reached before the beep sounds, the subject must wait until the beep sounds before continuing. If the line is not reached before the beep sounds, the subject is given a warning and must continue to run to the line, then turn and try to catch up with the pace within two more ‘beeps’. The test is stopped if the subject fails to reach the line for two consecutive attempts and warnings.
  • To see a video detailing the The Beep Test, click here.



*Please note this job posting is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice*

*This position may be filled or closed to further application without notice. Must be at least 18 years of age to work for Sedgwick County*

It is the policy of Sedgwick County not to discriminate in its programs or services provided to the general public, including employment and all other activities, on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, sex, age, disability, veteran status or any other similarly protected status.  Per Civil Service Policy 1.05-Nepotism, no person shall be appointed, promoted, transferred, or otherwise employed in, any position in the Sheriff Civil Service when, as a result, he or she would supervise, have assignment with, or receive supervision from a member of his or her immediate family.  Sedgwick County is committed to making the application, interview, and pre-employment testing process accessible to persons with disabilities.  If you wish to volunteer information regarding any special assistance you may need, please notify Crissy Magee, Sedgwick County ADA Coordinator, by phone (316) 660-7056, TDD (Kansas Relay at 711 or 800-766-3777), or email at crissy.magee@sedgwick.gov.  Do not send resumes or application status request or employment questions to this email or phone number.  This information is provided only for those requiring ADA assistance.  Applications must be submitted on www.hrepartners.com.  You will be contacted should the department feel that you are a qualified candidate. 

Vacancy Number: SCSD010119

Open Date: 1/1/2019 12:00:00 AM
Close Date: 12/31/2019 11:59:59 PM