SALARY & EQUIPMENT
Deputy Sheriff salary range $38,952 – $53,825 (effective September 2005) Arizona POST (Peace Officer Standards and Training) certified peace officers may start at a higher step depending on experience and training. This is a Non-Exempt position eligible for overtime given in the form of compensatory-time-off, however paid overtime is available for court time and for various grant and contract funded positions. Personnel work 4-10 hour shifts with three-days off. Deputies receive an annual uniform allowance of $700, plus a take-home vehicle.
NATURE OF WORK
Under general supervision performs technical work of moderate difficulty in law enforcement and investigative duties; performs related work as required and assigned tasks.
EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION
Must possess a High School Diploma or GED, and must successfully obtain certification from the Arizona POST (Peace Officer Standards and Training) by graduating from an accredited Police Academy. Failure to do so will result in termination of employment.
Must be at least 21 years of age at date of hire; successfully complete an extensive background investigation, polygraph, drug test, psychological exam, physical test, and medical exam prior to appointment; must be a U.S. Citizen or naturalized citizen; maintain a valid Arizona driver’s license. Applicants must be willing to reside in Pinal County within 6 months of hire or academy graduation. Applicants must also be willing to submit to random drug testing and to work varying schedules as needed.
(Illustrative only) Patrol assigned area for prevention of crime, enforcement of laws and protection of life and property; arrest violators of laws; assist with crowd control; assist in the execution of various writs, subpoenas and court orders; interviews witnesses/suspects and prepares reports; appear in court and/or hearings as a witness; administers first aid; maintain chain of evidence pertinent to criminal and traffic investigations; assists in surveillance work.
Learn and apply law enforcement principles, rules, techniques and the proper use of issued equipment; act quickly and calmly with proper judgment in emergency situations; establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, other agencies and the public; follow written and verbal instructions; effective verbal and written communication.
Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications will be placed on a list of eligibles. Applicants must successfully pass a written examination with a minimum score of 70%; physical agility evaluation and oral board interview. If successful, applicants will continue in the testing process which will consist of a drug screen, polygraph, medical, and psychological examinations. Those not immediately hired will be placed on an eligibility list for future openings. The eligibility list will remain active for one-year.
Must be employed by another law enforcement agency in Arizona in capacity of Peace Officer and off probation. PCSO will waive the written test and Cooper’s Institute Recommended Fitness Test Battery for Law Enforcement portion of the testing process for qualified lateral applicants.
All applicants must successfully pass a general aptitude written examination with a minimum score of 70%. The written examination covers basic spelling, word usage and meaning, reading comprehension, basic math, science, and history. A GED preparation manual is suggested as a study guide.
PHYSICAL FITNESS EVALUATION
All Applicants must participate and pass the Cooper’s Institute Recommended Fitness Test Battery for Law Enforcement. Each test has a minimum passing score that must be met to pass that test. Each test in the battery must be passed to pass the overall test, and advance further in the testing process.
The Cooper’s Test Battery consists of (1) Vertical Leap, consisting of leaping straight up from a standing position (2) One Minute Sit-Up, consisting of lying on your back with your shoulder blades touching the floor, hands behind head with fingers interlaced, knees bent at a ninety degree angle with feet flat on the floor (held by partner), raising upper body until either your elbows touch your knees or you break the plane of your knees, and returning to the starting position (3) 300 Meter Run, consisting of running from a standing start for 300 meters (4) Maximum Push Up, consisting of being in the front leaning rest position(hands on the floor, one to two hand widths beyond the shoulders, elbows away from the body, arms fully extended, body held straight with feet no more than eight inches apart and toes touching the floor), body lowered toward the floor until the chest touches a partner’s fist, then returning to the start position (5) 1.5 Mile Run, consisting of running from a standing start for 1.5 miles (usually 6 laps on a standard track)
This battery of tests has the following requirements as passing scores:
(1) Vertical Leap – 16.5 Inches or more in three attempts
(2) One Minute Sit Up – 29 or more (one minute time limit)
(3) 300 Meter Run – 68 seconds or better
(4) Maximum Push Up – 25 or more (no time limit)
(5) 1.5 Mile Run – 15:20 or better
**Note** It is recommended that you practice the specific exercises listed to prepare yourself for the actual test.
If an applicant is not Arizona POST certified the applicant must attend the Central Arizona Regional Law Officer’s Training Academy (CARLOTA) located at Central Arizona College.