Deputy Sheriff (Sedgwick County, KS)


Employer: Sedgwick County

Division: Sheriff

Job Title: Sheriff Deputy

Salary: $20.26 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 Objectives:

Patrols County areas (1009 square miles), 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 information 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.

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 knowledgeable 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.
  • Must be at least 19 years of age to work for Sedgwick County

*This position may be filled or closed to further application without notice.

For further information, contact Sgt. Steve Olsen at 316-660-3800.