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La Paz County Sheriff’s Deputy | Job Description and Benefits

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La Paz County is located along the Colorado River in Western Arizona. It encompasses approximately 4,500 square miles of desert, rivers, lakes, streams, mountain ranges, and valleys. It is bordered on the west by the Colorado River which contributes greatly to the recreational and agricultural industries of the region. The incorporated Town of Parker is the County Seat. The only other incorporated Town is Quartzsite. Other La Paz County communities are Bouse, Brenda, Cibola, Ehrenberg, Harcuvar, Hope, Poston, Salome, Vicksburg, Wayside, Wenden, and the Alamo Lake Area. The Colorado River Indian Tribes (CRIT) Reservation is also located within La Paz County. The Towns of Parker, Quartzsite and the Colorado River Indian tribes have their own Police Departments.

A Deputy Sheriff serves in a highly responsible and visible capacity in the protection of life and property; performs law enforcement and crime prevention work by patrolling assigned areas, answering calls for service, and investigating crimes. The Deputy Sheriff works under general supervision within a framework of established procedures and is expected to perform a variety of law enforcement duties with only occasional instruction, assistance and supervision. Adequate performance at this level requires the knowledge of departmental procedures and the ability to choose among a variety of alternatives in solving emergency and routine incidents. The Deputy Sheriff is expected to work productively even in the absence of supervision, and also could be asked to assist in the supervision and training of new, less experienced, law enforcement employees. General supervision of the Deputy Sheriff is provided by a Sheriff's Sergeant or a higher level of sworn personnel depending upon assignment.  A new Deputy Sheriff shall be assigned to the Field Training Officer program and complete a one (1) year probationary period.  Lateral transfers, with current AZPOST certification shall have an abbreviated Field Training Officer Program as deemed appropriate, but will also complete a one (1) year probation period.

Depending upon assignment, duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Patrol County in a radio vehicle or on foot; answer calls for the protection of life and property and the enforcement of County ordinances and State laws; may conduct both preliminary and follow-up investigations of disturbances, prowlers, burglaries, thefts, holdups, and other criminal incidents; check buildings for physical security.
  • Perform Traffic Enforcement on State and County roadways; investigate traffic collisions occurring on County roads and private property.
  • Patrol County waterways, enforce State Boating Laws and investigate boating accidents
  • Make critical decisions as necessary in the field regarding emergency situations and apprehension techniques.
  • Make arrests as necessary; interview victims, complainants, and witnesses; interrogate suspects; gather and preserve evidence; testify and present evidence in court.
  • Contact and cooperate with other law enforcement agencies in matters relating to the investigation of crimes and the apprehension of offenders.
  • Prepare reports of arrests made, investigations conducted, and unusual incidents observed.
  • Serve warrants, subpoenas, and civil documents.
  • Assist local fire departments within the County in traffic control and fire rescue.
  • Administer first aid in emergency situations.
  • Assist in County search and rescue operations over a wide area, sometimes involving rugged terrain and difficult weather conditions.
  • Maintain contact with citizens regarding potential law enforcement problems and preserve good relationships with the general public.
  • Other duties as may be assigned

Applicants shall possess knowledge of:

  • Applicable procedures in conducting arrests, investigations, and other assigned duties.
  • Applicable State Statutes and County Ordinances and State & United States Constitutional provisions
  • Use and care of firearms.
  • First aid and CPR.

Applicants must have the ability to:

  • Serve in a law enforcement capacity in a responsible and effective manner, often under difficult and stressful situations.
  • Observe accurately and remember names, faces, numbers, incidents, and places.
  • Demonstrate ability in the use and care of firearms, and proficiency in meeting Range Qualification Standards.
  • Think and act quickly in emergencies and judge situations and people accurately.
  • Learn, understand, and interpret laws and regulations.
  • Prepare accurate and grammatically correct written reports.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Understand and carry out oral and written directions.

Required Experience and Education:

  • Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying.
  • Completion of the 12th grade (or equivalent) supplemented by specialized training as approved by the Arizona Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) Board.

Required Licenses or Certificates:

  • Possession of, or the ability to obtain, a Basic Certificate issued by the Arizona Peace Officers Standards and Training Board or completion of an Arizona POST certified academy.
  • Possession of an appropriate valid Arizona Driver's License.

Specialized Assignments

  • Sheriff’s Deputies may have the opportunity for specialized collateral assignments, such as:

    Traffic Collision Investigator
    o        K-9 Handler
    o        Boating Safety Enforcement Officer
    o        Dive Rescue Team
    o        Special Response (SWAT) Team
    o        Drug Recognition Examiner
    o        Narcotics Enforcement
    o        Field Training Officer
    o        School Resource Office
    o        Search and Rescue Coordinator
    o        Arson Investigator


  • Annual Salary Range: $39,000 – $54,181 (16 Steps)
  • A lateral Deputy Sheriff may be hired at pay steps above entry level depending on qualifications, training and experience, with authorization from the Sheriff and the County Board of Supervisors
  • 10 Paid Holidays per year
  • Health Insurance;  Employee and Dependents:
    • Employee is fully paid for by County for Medical, Vision & Dental
    • Optional Dependent Coverage: 50% County cost share
    • Other health benefits (i.e. Aflac) available
  • Arizona Public Safety Personnel Retirement System
    • Paid by Employee & County - pre-tax
  • Uniform Allowance: $1,200.00 per year (non-taxable)
  • Annual Vacation:
    • 80 hours after initial employment
    • 120 hours after 5yrs
    • 160 hours after 10yrs
  • Callout Overtime: 2hr minimum
  • Sick Leave: 80hrs per year
  • Educational Program: Job related educational expenses may be reimbursed
  • Equipment Issued:
    • Take Home Patrol Unit (if you reside within the County)
    • Body Armor
    • Handgun
    • Shotgun
    • Rifle
    • TASER
    • Holster
    • Magazine holder
    • Flashlight, batteries, bulb
    • Portable (HT) radio
    • Digital Camera
    • Various Misc. Equipment
Dowload, print, complete and mail/deliver the following application. Note that some portions require Notarization:

*Employment Application
*Arizona POST Statement & Application (required only if applying for Certified Deputy position)

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