La Paz County Sheriff's
La Paz County
Sheriff’s Deputy | Job Description and
See below for application information
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
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.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
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
- 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
- Assist local fire departments
within the County in traffic control and fire rescue.
- Administer first aid in
- 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
Applicants shall possess
Applicants must have the
- Serve in a law enforcement
capacity in a responsible and effective manner, often under difficult and
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- Sheriff’s Deputies may have the
opportunity for specialized collateral assignments, such as:
o Traffic Collision
o Boating Safety
o Dive Rescue
o Special Response
o Drug Recognition
o Field Training
o School Resource
o Search and Rescue
EMPLOYEE BENEFITS FOR DEPUTY
Dowload, print, complete and mail/deliver the following application. Note that some portions require Notarization:
- Annual Salary Range: $39,000 – $54,181 (16
- 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
- 10 Paid Holidays per year
- Health Insurance; Employee and
- Employee is fully paid for by
County for Medical, Vision & Dental
- Optional Dependent Coverage:
50% County cost share
- Other health benefits (i.e.
- Arizona Public Safety Personnel Retirement System:
- Paid by Employee & County -
- 50% @ 25
- Uniform Allowance: $1,200.00
per year (non-taxable)
- Annual Vacation:
- 80 hours after initial
- 120 hours after 5yrs
- 160 hours after 10yrs
- Callout Overtime: 2hr
- Sick Leave: 80hrs per year
- Educational Program: Job
related educational expenses may be reimbursed
- Equipment Issued:
- Take Home Patrol Unit (if you
reside in the County)
- Body Armor
- Magazine holder
- Flashlight, batteries, bulb
- Portable (HT) radio
- Digital Camera
- Various Misc. Equipment
*Arizona POST Statement & Application (required only if applying for Certified Deputy position)
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La Paz County
Arizona Dept of Public