Deputy Sheriff I - Court Services FT (Vinton)

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Law Enforcement

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Preference given to DCJS Law Enforcement and/or DCJS Jail Certifications.

Performs responsible protective services work including enforcing laws, investigating criminal activity, serving civil papers, ensuring the safety of the public, testifying in court, maintaining records and files, preparing reports, and performing other duties as assigned.

Candidate selected will be required to complete a seven-step hiring process including written, oral, and medical examinations; polygraph and physical agility tests; psychological evaluation; and background investigation. Further details regarding this process will be provided to each applicant once the employment application is received.
Ensuring courtroom security; serving civil process legal papers; supervising and transporting prisoners; preparing and maintaining files and records; assisting with other legal services.
Serves summons, notices, court orders, notices, attachments, claims and deliveries, ejections, executions, capias and other legal papers;
Transports prisoners and mental cases;
Makes arrests, forcibly if necessary, using handcuffs and other restraints;
Subdues resisting suspects using weapons and maneuvers and other approved self-defense methods;
Inventories personal property, holds Sheriff's sales;
Testifies in court;
Ensures the security and order of courtrooms prior to and during court sessions;
Transports and supervises the movements of prisoners to and from court;
Removes unruly individuals from the courtroom;
Responds and carries out all orders of the judge;
Checks court calendar, ensures availability of witnesses, jurors, plaintiffs and defendants;
Escorts jurors to and from the courtroom;
Searches courtroom and prisoners for contraband;
Receives and processes civil papers and maintains appropriate records;
Assists patrol deputies as required;
Prepares periodic reports;
Performs related tasks as required.
Typical Qualifications: High school diploma or equivalent; possession of valid Virginia driver's license; knowledge of police methods, practices, and procedures; ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions and to prepare clear, comprehensive reports; ability to deal courteously, firmly, and tactfully with the public; ability to analyze situations and to adopt quick, effective, and reasonable courses of action with due regard to surrounding hazards and circumstances; possession of physical agility and endurance; skill in the use of firearms and the operation of a motor vehicle; possession of all qualifications as required by the Code of Virginia, the Department of Criminal Justice Services, and the Stafford County Sheriff's Office. Must also be 21 years of age and a U.S. citizen. Preference will be given to applicants with (in order): DCJS Law Enforcement Basic Certification, related work experience, good knowledge of Stafford County's geography, and advanced training or college course work in law enforcement.

Physical Requirements: Heavy work requiring the exertion of 100 pounds of force occasionally, up to 50 pounds of force frequently, and up to 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects; some work requiring lifting, dragging, for short distances of 165 pounds of weight occasionally, work requires climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, fingering, grasping, feeling, and repetitive motions; vocal communication, hearing, visual acuity are required; the worker is subject to inside and outside environmental conditions, extreme cold, extreme heat, noise, vibration, hazards, atmospheric conditions, and wearing a respirator; worker may be exposed to bloodborne pathogens and may be required to wear specialized personal protective equipment.

WRITTEN TEST - Everyone submitting an application will be required to participate in a written examination. The test will be graded on site and the candidate will be advised of his/her score. A score of seventy-percent (70%) or above is required to advance in the process. The Sheriff may waive this portion of the selection process in the event of prior police experience or other factors as determined by the Sheriff. Applicants should be prepared to commit approximately 3 hours for this examination.

** Valid picture identification is required**

PHYSICAL AGILITY - Upon receiving a passing score on the written examination, the applicant will be required to complete a series of physical tests to continue in the selection process. The applicant must achieve a score of 384 or above to pass the Physical Agility portion of the selection process.

The following information describes the tests, which are part of the physical agility portion of the screening process:
99 Yard Obstacle Course - This test simulates a short distance foot pursuit such as might occur in the parking lot of a shopping center. The test requires you to make frequent changes in direction while running as fast as possible.

Body Drag - This test simulates dragging someone who is physically incapacitated. The test requires that you lift and drag a 165 pound dummy that is face up on the floor. The dummy must be dragged 32 feet.

Fence Climbs - Two tests of your ability to climb over fences will be administered. Both fences are 6 feet high. One fence is solid wood and the other is chain link. These are the two most common fences encountered by deputy sheriffs. For each test you are to run up to the fence, scale the fence, and continue running to the finish line.

500 Yard Run - This test simulates a long distance foot pursuit and requires you to run 500 yards.

Trigger Pull - This tests your ability to operate and fire a .40 Cal semiautomatic pistol issued by this office. This test will require that you simulate shooting the handgun by successfully squeezing the trigger five times with your weak hand within five seconds. This test will be done while holding the weapon inside a ring 2" in diameter without touching the sides. We will give you three opportunities to successfully complete this test. This test also requires that you successfully pull the slide of the weapon back to the locked position. This test will be done holding the weapons grip with the strong hand and pulling the slide back with the weak hand. Do not bring any weapons to this examination.

Please wear appropriate attire (I.E., PTs, sweats, workout clothes, etc.) and shoes. There is a facility at the testing site to change clothes should you need to do so.

**Should inclement weather cause cancellation, testing will resume at the next regularly scheduled date.**

Associated topics: deputy, deputy sheriff, patrol, police, police officer, sheriff

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