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Deputy Sheriff
CO0431
05/09/2012
Partially Exempt
PS1
The fundamental reason that the Deputy Sheriff classification exists is to perform general duty police work in the protection of life and property through crime prevention and the enforcement of laws and ordinances. Trainees who have not yet been through the Alabama Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) Commission=s training are appointed provisionally. They work on a desk assignment until sent to the academy. Upon completion of the academy, Trainees may be appointed by the Sheriff to the Deputy Sheriff classification. Alabama POST certified individuals are not required to attend the academy. A six-month probationary period begins when trainees are appointed by the Sheriff to the rank of Deputy Sheriff. A Deputy Sheriff=s duties range from periods of physical inactivity to situations requiring extreme physical exertion and may involve an element of danger. Employees must be able to act without immediate supervision and exercise independent judgment in meeting emergencies. Specific work assignments are made by a Deputy Sheriff Sergeant or other supervisor and performance is checked through personal inspections, and review of oral and written reports. Deputies are usually appointed to patrol upon entry to the job. After gaining experience, Deputies may be assigned to one of the following areas: patrol, K-9, investigations, SOP, civil service, warrant service, probate, or court security. Major job responsibilities for Deputy Sheriffs are based upon assignment which may include all or some of the following: interviewing witnesses; serving warrants and/or arresting and taking individuals into custody; completing forms, reports and other paperwork; maintaining equipment; preparing for and testifying in court; performing outreach and public relations activities; engaging in self-development and training; patrolling County roads and neighborhoods; responding to vehicle code violations; responding to traffic accidents; responding to reports of criminal activity; responding to incidents involving juveniles or minors; responding to life-threatening or disaster-level emergencies; investigating traffic accidents; securing crime scenes; collecting, maintaining and evaluating evidence; investigating crimes; conducting covert investigations; maintaining the security of the courthouse and/or probate court; training probationary deputies; serving civil papers; transporting mental patients, juveniles and prisoners; and performing station desk duties.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: The following list was developed through a job analysis; however, it is not exhaustive and other duties may be required and assigned. A person with a disability which is covered by the ADA must be able to perform the essential functions of the job unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation. The list of essential functions is to be used as a starting point to determine essential functions for a specific position at a specific location at a specific time. The ADA was intended to be applied on a case-by-case basis with the understanding that one position may differ from another similar position. The performance of “non-essential functions” is not optional for employees not covered under the ADA.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Interviews witnesses and suspects using tape recorders, pens, pencils, forms (e.g., Witness Locators, Miranda forms, Juvenile Rights forms, Youth Aid Gang forms, Intelligence forms), Field Interview Cards, photographs, and video cameras following state guidelines, Federal Constitution, and Montgomery County Sheriff=s Office policies and procedures in order to gather information or facts surrounding an incident.
Identifies witnesses to establish their true identity for future reference, including court appearances and subpoenas.


Locates witnesses and suspects and questions each as to the who, why, where, how, and what of the crime to gather evidence that can eliminate suspects and prove who committed the crime.
Reads interview statements with witnesses to separate fact from fiction and determine exactly what transpired at the scene.
Advises suspects of constitutional Miranda Rights to comply with Supreme Court mandates.
Establishes rapport with witnesses, suspects, and victims to gain their confidence and trust so that they will provide truthful information.
Records or writes interview statements to preserve a record of communication.
Interviews or interrogates juveniles, victims, witnesses, and suspects about involvement in enforcement situations to obtain statements, establish facts or obtain a confession.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Serves warrants and/or arrests and takes individuals into custody using handcuffs, fingerprinting materials, and camera following Montgomery County Sheriff=s Office policy and procedure and state and federal laws in order to take bring suspects to jail.

Locates suspects using locator cards, tips, etc. in order to serve warrants and arrest suspects.
Assesses the residence or business before approaching to determine the best approach to the residence/business and to ensure personal safety.
Serves warrants to suspects.
Chases (e.g., runs, jumps, crawls, climbs) suspects on foot.
Subdues those who resist arrest using proper procedures which may include the need for physical force, a chemical irritant, firearm, etc.
Advises accused of rights, before questioning, when making an arrest.
Advises the accused of the reason for the arrest.
Searches the body and clothing of persons in custody to locate and remove weapons in order to reduce the risks of escape.
Fingerprints and photographs suspect in custody.
Arranges for the safe and secure transportation of accused.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Completes forms, reports, and other paperwork such as Incident/Offense reports, supplemental reports, affidavits, arrest reports, traffic tickets, memos, and various status reports using pens, typewriters, and computers following Montgomery County Sheriff=s Office policies and procedures and Law Enforcement Officers Handbook in order to document all shift activities and establish a basis for criminal prosecution.

Makes notes at incident scenes to summarize facts and details to be included on Incident/Offense reports.
Completes block entries and other information required in forms such as Incident/Offense reports, supplemental reports, arrest reports, traffic citations, and other forms.
Prepares memos and/or statements for the chain of command regarding incidents with citizens, suspects, etc.
Writes narrative descriptions such as explanations, summaries, and statements required for incident reports, investigation reports, accident reports, and other documents.
Draws sketches and diagrams required by investigation reports and other documentation.
Completes documents necessary to transmit evidence.
Writes and files criminal complaint.
Writes affidavits to obtain valid arrest and search warrants.
Obtains and documents facts on subjects to complete a background investigation.
Documents visits to individuals who are to receive civil papers to indicate the date and status of serving the papers (i.e., not at home, served, etc.).

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Maintains equipment and other physical resources using maintenance logs, computers, memorandums, NCIC, equipment maintenance files, manufacturers= maintenance schedules, inspection sheets, repair requests, and county inventory numbers following Montgomery County Sheriff=s Office maintenance guidelines, manufacturer guidelines, EPA guidelines, and MCSO policies and procedures in order to ensure all equipment is in safe operating condition.

Inspects patrol vehicle for maintenance problems such as low tire pressure, lack of oil, and lack of fuel.
Inventories standard equipment kept in a patrol vehicle such as radios, shotguns, ASlim Jims,@ and CPR masks to maintain preparedness.
Inspects evidence inventory.
Inspects, makes on-spot corrections, or notes discrepancies to be fixed of assigned facilities or area, personnel, and equipment.
Arranges for the maintenance of fixed and mobile communication equipment.
Monitors purchasing of materials (i.e., inventories division/officer supplies, prepares supply requisition forms, checks-in received merchandise, and compares to order specifications).
Inspects general condition of assigned area (e.g., office) to identify maintenance needs and to initiate corrective action.
Examines assigned equipment for dysfunctions and arranges for the necessary maintenance update or equipment replacement.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Prepares for and testifies in court using case files (statements, rights forms, warrants) following rules of criminal procedures and rules of evidence in order to present the facts and evidence of a case in a court of law.

Reviews investigative reports.
Interviews complainants, victims, and witnesses as a follow-up technique to refresh memory of details.
Maintains appropriate eye contact with jurors and dresses appropriately, so that they understand the impression you are trying to make concerning your testimony.
Discusses investigations with supervisors, prosecutors and defense counsel.
Discusses the Rules of Criminal Procedures and the Rules of Evidence with magistrates and District Attorney=s staff.
Answers questions presented by judge or attorney and describes facts relating to case.
Maintains a professional demeanor in court by being impartial to maintain credibility and to appear responsible in establishing the truth based on the evidence.
Clarifies testimony under cross-examination.
Assists counsel during the trial by providing advice about what to ask.
Verifies availability of evidence for presentation in court to ensure that case is not dismissed.
Articulates case information on the witness stand, so that judge and jury understands and believes testimony.
Keeps track of dates to appear in court to ensure accessibility.
Maintains chain-of-custody to ensure evidence is not tampered with or destroyed before presentation in court.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Performs outreach and public relations activities with members of the community using video tapes, brochures, cars, K-9 dogs, weapons, fingerprint cards, and radios following the Code of Alabama and Montgomery County Sheriff=s Office policies and procedures in order to help citizens solve problems and understand how laws apply to them.

Communicates orally with area residents, professional people, members of criminal justice system, co-workers, and other MCSO employees to develop cooperative relationships and learn public safety issues and problems.
Communicates in writing with professional people, members of the criminal justice system, co-workers, and other MCSO employees to develop cooperative relationships and learn public safety issues and problems.
Prepares for and conducts demonstrations for local groups and media of specialized equipment such as weapons, diversionary devices, battering ram, radios, blue lights, and K-9 units.
Prepares for and speaks to local groups or organizations regarding public safety issues, State Police programs, safety education, and crime prevention to community organizations and civic groups.
Provides information such as directions, road conditions, safety issues, and problems to assist the general public.
Explains the requirements of the law to citizens to help them better understand their rights and responsibilities.
Informs next of kin and family members of information such as vehicle accident death or injury.
Listens to individuals to evaluate their problems and refer them to appropriate services (e.g., civil suits).
Mediates (listens, talks, negotiates) disputes in areas such as disagreement among neighbors or gang violence to resolve differences.
Assists in community programs and projects such as DARE, Camp Show and Tell, Family Fun Day, Fishing Rodeo, Citizen=s Academy, etc. in order to indicate the Sheriff=s Office=s presence in the community and concern for the community.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Engages in self-development and training using firearms qualification files, chemical irritants, batons, handcuffs, self-defense packets, manuals (court security, PPCT training manuals), maps, American Red Cross guidelines, and Law Enforcement Officers Handbook following Montgomery County Sheriff=s Office policies and procedures, OSHA rules and regulations, PPCT policies and procedures, and POST rules and regulations in order to enhance the officer=s safety, performance and technical development.

Monitors local media (newspapers, radio, television) broadcasts to remain cognizant of crime and other problems associated within area.
Reads and reviews memos, law textbooks, court cases, departmental manuals, and other technical materials to remain familiar and keep abreast of changes in law and procedures, to look for new and effective applications, and to increase knowledge.
Attends external training (e.g., seminars and conferences) to learn about changes in laws and procedures which can be communicated to co-workers and others.
Qualifies with firearms as required.
Operates assigned specialized equipment to maintain skill and proficiency.
Patrols assigned areas to remain knowledgeable of territory and contacts within territory.
Studies Montgomery County Map to become familiar with roads and geographic layouts of the county.
Meets with co-workers formally and informally to discuss issues, problems, and potential solutions to problems.
Meets with own superior(s) to receive feedback, set goals, and to improve personal competencies and performance.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Patrols County roads and neighborhoods using patrol vehicles, flashlights, chemical irritants, batons, handcuffs, forms, shotguns, handguns, maps and radios following FCC regulations, Montgomery County Sheriff=s Office policies and procedures, radio 10-codes, Municipal Ordinances, State Code of Alabama, and any applicable federal statute, Federal regulations and constitutional guidelines in order to protect and serve the citizens of Montgomery County.

Reads ABolo@ alerts and AHot Sheets@ (stolen vehicle reports) to remain cognizant of crime, traffic crime, and other problems associated with area.
Records or memorizes the description and tag number of stolen vehicles to be aware of vehicles to watch for on patrol.
Operates patrol vehicle during normal and adverse weather conditions while performing patrol duties.
Monitors roadways or traffic conditions, damaged utility structures, and hazardous abandoned property (e.g., refrigerators and wells) to identify potentially dangerous or hazardous conditions to protect people and property.
Advises dispatcher to contact appropriate division/department for removal or control of hazardous conditions to protect people and property.
Assists motorists with disabled vehicles.
Clears roadways of disabled vehicles, debris, or livestock to prevent accidents.
Evaluates conditions of animals injured on roadway and contacts supervisor and owner or County Humane Officer and takes requested action.
Inspects (visually or physically) doors and windows of business establishments and private dwellings for signs of damage or illegal entry.
Communicates information over the MCSO radio or cellular telephone while driving a patrol vehicle to receive or give instructions or exchange information.
Drives or walks through communities and through buildings or remains at strategic locations to maintain peace and order.
Observes or confronts groups of agitated people to change their behavior, control their movements, or make arrests to prevent the spread of a disturbance, the destruction of property, or injury.
Observes vehicle operators for behavior signs of DUI and other violations.
Searches for stolen vehicles by observing, recording, and remembering characteristics of vehicles in traffic or by monitoring the home of a suspected car thief to apprehend the suspect and recover the vehicle.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Responds to vehicle code violations using radars, patrol vehicles, warning and ticket books, intoxilyzers, field sobriety tests, radios, weapons, handcuffs Following Title 32 and Montgomery County Sheriff=s Office policies and procedures in order to ensure the safety of citizens and highways, ensure motorists comply with vehicle code and that violators are appropriately cited, and protect accident scenes.

Operates patrol vehicle using proper procedures to safely overtake and efficiently stop motorists violating vehicle safety regulations.
Positions patrol vehicle at assigned locations in order to establish an orderly system of stopping and checking motorists for valid drivers license, minors in possession of alcohol and other possible traffic violations.
Identifies traffic violators (e.g., speeding, DUI, tailgating, etc.) by attending to visual cues (e.g., apparent speed of vehicle, number of other vehicles passed, lane switching, weaving, etc.)
Clocks a vehicle by following at the same pace and reading speedometer to detect speeding violations.
Observes traffic conditions before and during pursuit of a traffic violator to ensure motorists= safety.
Pursues traffic violator in accordance with MCSO policies and procedures and applicable state laws until violator is detained at the side of the road or the pursuit is terminated to maintain highway safety.
Observes, records, and remembers characteristics of vehicle under surveillance and its occupants to ensure correct identification in the event that the vehicle is temporarily out of the line of vision.
Selects a strategic location to pull vehicle over in order to ensure the safety of self and motorist.
Approaches stopped vehicles with caution in order to talk to driver of stopped vehicle.
Advises motorists of unlawful behavior and explains provisions of the law if offender does not understand.
Asks for license and registration and visually matches information on driver=s license (e.g., license=s picture, age, hair and eye color, etc.) with visual examination of driver to verify driver=s identity.
Determines appropriate enforcement action based on result of information gathered from driver and dispatcher (e.g., driver=s license check, nature of violation, and DUI field test.
Administers field sobriety tests to determine whether probable cause exists for the enforcement of DUI laws.
Takes note of the items in the car that are within visual range to ensure the safety of self and the driver.
Determines whether motor vehicles can be searched without a warrant, pursuant to appropriate exceptions, or whether a valid search warrant is necessary.
Conducts an inventory of the vehicle.
Decides whether a traffic citation or a warning will be given.
Impounds vehicles and notifies owner and/or supervisor, if driver is arrested.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Responds to traffic accidents using blue lights, sirens, traffic wands, traffic vests, radios, patrol vehicles, and first aid kit following Montgomery County Sheriff=s Office policies and procedures and Hazardous Materials Book in order to isolate accident, maintain smooth flow of traffic in accident area, assist injured persons, issue citations, and prevent contamination of the scene.

Requests assistance from personnel in areas such as medical, fire, and appropriate investigative agency to ensure situation is resolved efficiently and safely.
Observes the actions, emotional state, and physical condition of vehicle operators following accidents to determine if they need further attention.
Selects a strategic location (crest of a hill, curve, etc.) to park vehicle at an accident scene to serve as warning to motorists.
Sets-up traffic patterns at accident scenes, recreational events, or natural disasters to help alleviate congestion and facilitate traffic flow.
Regulates the flow of traffic using hand signals, emergency flashers, blue lights, flash lights, and flares.
Secures accident victims= belongings or property in car to prevent theft by bystanders when asked.
Contacts Hazmat (Chemtrec) to remove any explosives or hazardous materials at an accident scene to minimize damage to people or environment.
Contacts agency that can identify products that leaked or spilled at an accident scene to determine appropriate procedures for cleaning up and protecting lives and the environment.
Secures the scene of a traffic fatality by keeping crowds away to preserve evidence when a homicide investigation is required.
Assures accident victims that professional medical help is on the way to keep them calm and prevent them from going into shock.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Responds to reports of criminal activity such as domestic disturbances, burglaries, missing persons, etc. using radios, patrol vehicles, chemical irritants, batons, handcuffs, and various internal and external forms following Montgomery County Sheriff=s Office policies and procedures, constitutional laws, and state laws in order to protect and serve Montgomery County=s citizens.

Receives calls and assignments from dispatch and/or supervisor and responds.
Observes the scene of the criminal activity upon arrival in order to determine the most effective and safe way to approach the scene.
Requests backup assistance when necessary.
Communicates orally to individuals at a crime scene to coordinate the activities of individuals, gather information, and obtain cooperation of victims, witnesses, and bystanders.
Observes criminal or dangerous behavior, contraband, and instruments of crime to determine whether sufficient elements of an offense exist to make an arrest.
Evaluates facts and formulates plans of action based upon gathered information.
Separates individuals and evaluates circumstances during family disturbances to prevent injury to involved parties.
Explains procedures for obtaining protection (e.g., restraining order) and the consequences of abusive behavior.
Requests services from the Department of Human Resources for the protection of children involved in family disturbances.
Discharges weapon in accordance with state and federal statutes, and MCSO policies and procedures to protect self or others.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Responds to incidents involving juveniles or minors using patrol vehicles, juvenile rights forms, Incident/Offense reports and supplements, chemical irritants, batons, handcuffs, radios, and mobile phone following the Alabama Uniform Juvenile Codes and juvenile constitutional rights in order to formally or informally arrest juveniles and advise juveniles of available protective services and their rights.

Instructs juveniles in proper and socially acceptable behavior and explain rewards and punishments associated with various behavior.
Evaluates juvenile cases to determine whether subjects should be formally prosecuted or whether some other status of handling the case should be used.
Interviews or interrogates juveniles, victims, witnesses, and suspects about involvement in enforcement situations in accordance with juvenile rights forms.
Instigates criminal prosecution against a minor.
Coordinates with Department of Human Resources, State Department of Mental Health, Juvenile Court, Department of Youth Services, Child Protective Services, DPS Missing Children Bureau, County Board of Education, and Probation Officers when taking juveniles involved in incidents into custody.
Transports runaways to youth facility.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Responds to life-threatening or disaster-level emergencies such as fires, tornados, bomb threats, and hostage situations using fire extinguishers, boots, tape, and PA system following Montgomery County Sheriff=s Office policies and procedures and CPR training manual in order to save persons and property in Montgomery County.

Extinguishes fires to prevent or minimize damage and prevent injury.
Rescues people from dangerous situations such as burning vehicles, buildings, and drowning.
Administers first aid to injured individuals at emergency scenes until medical assistance arrives.
Evaluates an emergency or disaster scene to determine what assistance is required or whether evacuation is necessary and whether backup assistance is needed.
Evaluates occupants of buildings and surrounding areas during emergencies or disasters.
Establishes a perimeter and if necessary diverts traffic and bystanders.
Secures an emergency area so that other agencies (e.g., fire department) may perform their duties in an efficient manner.
Searches buildings for indications of arson or other criminal activity.
Counsels persons in dangerous situations, during emergencies, or family disturbances.
Negotiates for the release of hostages and the safe surrender of the hostage taker.
Counsels people who exhibit harmful or destructive behavior to convince the person to give-up suicide attempt or other harmful behavior.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Investigates traffic accidents on private property using cameras, measuring tape, and forms (e.g., I/O report, SR13 form) following Title 32 and Title 13 in order to collect information to determine whether criminal or civil action has occurred.

Interviews vehicle operators, victims, and witnesses to determine the cause of the accident and obtain evidence.
Informs vehicle operators of their rights and responsibilities.
Searches fatal accident scene and gathers any physical evidence (e.g., car parts, paint samples, substance, blood samples).
Follows traceable evidence left by hit-and-run vehicles to identify and find vehicle.
Re-interviews witnesses of accidental death (often days later) to verify their reports and to get signed, written statements of how the accident happened.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Secures crime scenes using crime scene tape, cars, pylons, bullhorns, cyalume sticks, radios, flashlights, PA system, fingerprint kit, video cameras, paper and plastic bags, plaster casts, spray paint, chalk and stakes following Montgomery County Sheriff=s Office policies and procedures and State and Federal Rules of Evidence in order to identify the elements of the crime.

Secures area for search teams to ensure onlookers do not interfere with search area.
Prevents unauthorized individuals from entering crime scene.
Initiates and/or maintains a crime scene log to document who comes and goes from a crime scene.
Contacts dispatch and requests investigators or evidence technicians for assistance.
Contacts paramedics or provides medical assistance to injured victims at crime scene.
Contacts dispatcher to give identifying information about a suspect for the purpose of issuing an all points bulletin to assist in apprehension of possible suspect.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Collects, maintains, and evaluates evidence from crime scene investigations using chemical tests, photographic equipment, storage bags, brushes, and vacuums following investigative procedures and crime scene search practices in order to identify criminal patterns and identify the person who perpetrated the crime.

Photographs crime scene to preserve the crime scene as it was discovered and provide permanent record of the scene for future evidence.
Evaluates and inspects crime scene to locate the points that a criminal entered and exited.
Draws diagram of crime scene to provide a visual record of the scene for use as future evidence.
Takes field notes documenting what occurred before, during, and after the crime; who was present at those times; and who is present during the investigation following the crime (e.g., coroner, forensics, family members of victims, other law enforcement agents).
Identifies victim by getting family members or witness to verify his or her identity to proceed with the investigation.
Decides which law(s) may have been broken based on initial information available at crime scene in order to fill out Incident/Offense Report.
Field tests controlled substances during evidence gathering operations or arrest to determine whether substances confiscated are illegal.
Sends controlled substances gathered at crime scene to laboratory for identification.
Bags, seals, and tags crime scene evidence to protect from contamination.
Explains investigative procedures to other officers at the scene to ensure the protection of evidence.
Determines equipment necessary for processing crime scene (e.g., fingerprint kit, camera).
Lifts latent fingerprints for identifying perpetrators.
Marks and catalogues evidence to maintain chain-of-evidence and prevent tampering of evidence during transmittal to other agencies or areas for storage.
Discusses physical evidence and the result of laboratory analysis with investigators, laboratory technicians, and medical or forensic examiners.
Verifies type of weapon found at crime scene or recovered from vehicle, and its current condition (e.g., is loaded, has recently been fired, etc.).
Contacts ATF to check serial numbers or background of weapon found at crime scene or recovered from vehicle.
Documents the receipt and location of all physical evidence associated with a case.
Monitors the evidence room to ensure the maintenance and documented movement of evidence into and out of the evidence room.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Investigates crimes using ABolo@ alerts, photographs, fingerprint kit, radios, and Incident/Offense reports following the Montgomery County Sheriff=s Office policies and procedures for patrol and investigation and manuals from the FBI and other investigative agencies in order to gather and evaluate evidence to build a case.

Learns existing facts of crimes by reviewing initial crime reports (e.g., Incident/Offense reports) submitted by deputies or other officers to learn of existing facts.
Reads ABolo@ alerts regarding wanted persons to further ongoing investigations.
Develops a list of suspects based on evidence.
Develops a strategy for continuing criminal investigations.
Shows victims photographs of know criminal offenders following legal requirements.
Synthesizes (e.g., catalogues, organizes) facts gathered during criminal investigation to draw conclusions of motive and identification of suspect and clearance of case.
Adjusts daily case investigation plans (e.g., suspend work on a case) to investigate a major crime (e.g., rape, murder).
Provides advice or exchanges information with other officers to assist investigations regarding cases.
Decides what law may have been broken based on evaluation of physical evidence and information to choose a direction for investigation of the crime.
Evaluates physical evidence to make a judgement about what is the best evidence to use to pursue further investigation and that will result in a prosecuteable case.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Conducts covert (undercover) investigations using fake IDs, unmarked vehicles, surveillance cameras, wire taps, tape recorders, money, drugs, and informants following Montgomery County Sheriff=s Office policies and procedures in order to gather evidence of criminal activity.

Evaluates information gained from criminal investigation reports, intelligence reports, and word of mouth from citizens, and information from other members of the law enforcement community to determine trends or patterns of criminal activity that may be best investigated by surveillance techniques.
Determines and coordinates the manpower, placement of manpower, types of equipment, transportation equipment, and other agency personnel needed to carry out a surveillance or stakeout.
Conducts fixed surveillance of areas and buildings to await arrival of suspect and to identify suspect in order to arrest for crime.
Conducts moving surveillance of suspect by vehicle, public transportation, and on foot in order to identify contacts or locate evidence.
Records, interviews and gathers visual evidence of criminal acts.
Learns the behavior patterns and language patterns of group(s) to be investigated to prepare for undercover assignments.
Changes appearance and behavior, as part of an undercover assignment, to permit infiltration and association with suspects (e.g., gangs, drug dealers and users, gambling operatives).
Observes and talks with people who are known criminals, while undercover, to gather evidence and foster the trust of potential informants.
Plans meetings with sources of information (i.e., informants) to maintain one=s own cover and cover of the source.
Organizes information and evidence gathered during investigations or undercover operations to develop a case for prosecution.
Participates in controlled buys and other evidence gathering tactics to gather further evidence.
Communicates orally with various informants and persons involved in or associated with criminal activity, labor strikes, civil disobedience, gangs, and other activities in order to gather intelligence information.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Maintains security of the court house and/or probate court using vehicle, handcuffs, leg and waist chains, firearms, chemical irritants, batons, court docket, computer, radios, and hand-held and walk-through metal detectors following standard court procedures in order to protect the public, maintain order, and ensure defendants are in court when required.

Transports inmates to and from the jail, courtroom, and/or mental facility.
Arrests citizens causing a disturbance in the courtroom or defendants when requested by the judge during sentencing review.
Verifies court docket to determine which individuals are to appear in court for the day.
Accesses the computer to determine which individuals who are scheduled to appear in court are in jail.
Communicates with other deputies to ensure that all inmates to appear in court are in holding cells.
Unlocks courtroom doors to allow citizens to enter prior to start of court.
Calls court to order by introducing the judge presiding over the cases for the day.
Monitors inmates/probates while they are waiting for their turn in court to ensure the safety and security of the inmates/probates.
Watches prisoners= actions for security purposes as they are taken into court.
Operates central control panel to allow inmates and other specified individuals to travel to and from the jail and the courthouse.
Operates metal detectors to scan citizens for weapons prior to entering the courtroom.
Confiscates and returns civilian weapons.
Logs when and with whom inmates or specified groups go in and out of the jail facility.
Responds to courthouse alarm.
Provides security to the judge in the courtroom or in his/her chambers.
Transports jurors to the scene of the crime, to their homes, to holding areas, etc.
Transports judges.
Transports documents such as commitment or release papers to and from the judge=s office and jail/mental facility.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Trains probationary deputies using MCSO policies and procedures manual, PPCT manual, baton, striking pads, mats, VCR, television, videos, hand-outs, handcuffs, and simulated guns following Montgomery County Policies and Procedures, Criminal Laws of Alabama, and other relevant training materials in order to train deputies to professionally carry out their duties and minimize the potential for lawsuits.

Explains training program and requirements to deputies.
Rides with probationary deputies to monitor their performance and provide instruction.
Observes the deputy=s performance of duties, appearance, use of knowledge, etc. in order to critique the deputy=s performance.
Provides feedback to the deputy regarding his/her performance and provides instruction to improve weaknesses.
Completes training evaluation reports.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Serves civil papers to include evictions, subpoenas, divorce papers, restraining orders, out-of-state papers, law suits, garnishments, executions, writs of seizure, notice of probate hearings, and Amail-ins@ using vehicles, telephones, city directory, street locators, and weapons following MCSO policies and procedures, departmental memos, and state and federal civil laws in order to ensure evictions are executed properly and documents are delivered promptly to the correct individual.

Develops a route for the day by sorting through papers to be served and placing the papers in a geographical order.
Notifies dispatch upon arrival and upon return from serving papers.
Assesses the residence or business before approaching to determine the best approach to the residence/business and to ensure personal safety.
Leaves note notifying individuals that the Sheriff=s Office has papers for them.
Serves civil papers.
Explains the meaning of the papers served to individuals.
Makes notation on files and records to show the status of serving the papers (i.e., attempt, date, time, etc.)
Schedules evictions and seizures with involved parties in order to provide security.
Supervises the labor performing an eviction or a seizure to provide security.
Executes the seizure and sale of personal and real property.
Plans (e.g., schedules, assigns) the serving of arrest or search warrants and the entry of structures by force.
Reads search warrants to people in control of property to explain the proper authority of the Sheriff=s Office and charges against the accused.
Searches areas set forth in warrants.
Inventories confiscated property obtained and issues property receipts while serving warrant.
Completes return of warrant to lawfully effect an arrest or conclude a search.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Transports mental patients, juveniles, and prisoners using court orders, vehicles, handcuffs, waist chains, leg irons, chemical irritants, firearms, batons, and telephones following MCSO policies and procedures, court schedules, state laws, federal regulations covering the handling of prisoners, and PPCT self defense manual in order to transport prisoners, mental patients, and juveniles while protecting the safety of other officers, passengers, and the public.

Picks up orders for transport of state prisoners.
Picks up CAP (Chemical Addiction Program) papers requesting transport of county and state prisoners to drug rehabilitation.
Transports prisoners to other jail facilities, funerals, and drug addiction programs; mental patients to and from hospitals; and children during custody pick-ups.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Performs station desk duties and other miscellaneous assignments using telephone, computer, paper, pens, copiers, typewriters, law maintenance equipment, and evidence inventory receipts following departmental memos and manufacturer instructions in order to distribute information and maintain facilities in working order.

Files copies of the reports and documents such as I/O reports, memos, citations, accident reports, and supplemental reports.
Searches through files to locate reports or other information requested by various individuals.
Answers telephone and takes messages.
Responds to complaints over telephone and documents conversations.
Distributes messages and memos.
Files messages and memos.
Retrieves investigation reports from files.
Retrieves evidence from evidence room.
Maintains facility at firing range and Ramer substation.
Knowledge of 10-code systems, Montgomery County Sheriff=s Office radio procedures, county codes, and FCC radio procedures as needed to communicate with dispatch, officers, and other law enforcement agencies in response to emergency situations.

Knowledge of applicable juvenile laws and court rulings governing dependent, delinquent children and child abuse cases to include contacting appropriate authority (e.g., DHR) to handle juveniles as needed to effect arrests while maintaining the constitutional rights of juveniles and protect self from civil liability.

Knowledge of applicable laws and court rulings governing search and seizure with and without a warrant to include criteria needed for probable cause, prerequisites for obtaining a search warrant, and where to search for specific types of objects or contraband as needed to search suspects, ensure suspects= constitutional rights, locate and obtain evidence of a crime, and protect self from civil liability.

Knowledge of appropriate agencies to contact (e.g., Hazmat) regarding hazardous situations and hazard prevention techniques (e.g., crowd control) as needed to prevent injuries and avoid further destruction of property.

Knowledge of basic first-aid procedures to include CPR techniques as needed to save injured citizens and officers.

Knowledge of cameras and video equipment to include their operation and maintenance as needed to gather evidence at crime scenes to investigate a crime and effect an arrest.

Knowledge of community service organizations such as Human Resources Department, Child Protective Services, and Safe Place as needed to refer citizens for help and respond to domestic violence situations.

Knowledge of county population, population centers, recreation centers, and special events that are more likely to have incidents requiring public safety enforcement as needed to provide manpower to the site and prevent potential civil disorders.

Knowledge of county building layout to include the detention facility, courthouse, building annexes, the county shop, and engineering as needed to respond to courthouse emergencies, provide security in the courthouse, provide security to probate annexes, and deliver a car or pick-up a boat.

Knowledge of the geographical layout of Montgomery County to include the City of Montgomery and all outlying areas as needed to locate roadways, hospitals, and locations of other enforcement agencies and support services to facilitate quick response time.

Knowledge of investigative procedures to include the procedural steps, situational applicability, and limitations as needed to gather evidence and investigate crimes against persons and property, non-narcotic vice offenses, white collar crimes, and drug cases while ensuring evidence and information is properly obtained for admissibility in a court of law.

Knowledge of procedures for protecting crime scenes and conducting the initial crime scene investigation as needed to keep onlookers (e.g., general public) away from crime area, preserve evidence, and secure the scene to maintain the chain-of-custody.

Knowledge of detention facility procedures as needed to transport prisoners in and out of the facility; evacuate prisoners in an emergency; and investigate complaints made by prisoners, deputies and citizens.

Knowledge of executions (i.e., judgments on money or property) to include legal and procedural steps for levying on personal property (e.g., cars) or real property (e.g., houses), types of property that may be seized, laws governing the disposition of property, and the rights of plaintiffs and defendants as needed to satisfy the courts judgments.

Knowledge of explosives to include evidence of criminal use of explosives, booby traps, how to identify the point of blast, use of Aflash bangs@ (distraction device), MCSO policies regarding the use of explosives, and liability issues as needed to investigate explosions and use distraction devices.

Knowledge of field interview questioning format and procedures as needed to obtain information from criminals, witnesses, and suspects.

Knowledge of HIV Virus (AIDS) and Hepatitis B self-protection techniques to include wearing protective gloves and the use of resuscitation masks as needed to safely assist injury victims and ensure the personal safety.

Knowledge of moving surveillance techniques to include procedural steps and the capabilities and limitations of non-conventional vehicles, night vision cameras, VCRs, and long range cameras as needed to track suspects, gather evidence, and apprehend criminals.

Knowledge of police liability issues to include potential civil rights violations, and issues of vicarious liability as needed to protect rights of incarcerated individuals.

Knowledge of MCSO policy and procedures to include those related to weapons, the proper use of vehicles, the chain of command, the completion of forms and reports, use of radios, work related injuries, handling domestic violence situations, handling illegal drugs, the detention and arrest of suspects, and handling confidential informants as needed to perform duties within departmental standards.

Knowledge of rules of evidence to include confessions, dying declarations, issues of admissibility, Miranda warnings, confidentiality of information, hearsay, and compulsory testimony as needed to interview suspects, gather evidence, and effect an arrest while ensuring admissibility of evidence in court and protecting suspect=s civil rights.

Knowledge of stationary surveillance techniques to include procedural steps and the capabilities and limitations of wire tapping and stakeouts as needed to gather evidence and intelligence information to apprehend criminals or build a case for prosecution.

Knowledge of the applicable laws and court rulings governing domestic violence cases to include arrests without a warrant as needed to respond to domestic violence calls and effect arrests to protect suspect=s constitutional rights and protect deputies and department from civil liability.

Knowledge of the applicable motor vehicle laws governing moving violation enforcement and the movement of hazardous materials to include types of moving violations and the motorists= constitutional rights as needed to stop or ticket motorists while reducing the deputy=s and department=s risk of civil liability.

Knowledge of the applicable laws and court rulings governing the non-voluntary commitment of the mentally ill to include the Mental Health Act (Section 302), restraint techniques, and weapon search techniques as needed to ensure officer and patient safety during transport.

Knowledge of the laws and policies regarding use of physical force to include the use of pressure point tactics, deadly force, and the minimum physical force required to subdue a person as needed to effect an arrest with a minimum amount of injury to suspect and deputy.

Knowledge of the definition and classification of crimes, particularly the elements necessary to charge specific offenses (felonies, misdemeanors, and violations), to include power and authority of arrests and whether a warrant can be obtained as needed to ensure lawful arrest and protect suspect=s constitutional rights.

Knowledge of the rules of Alabama Criminal Procedure as needed to gather evidence to build a case, facilitate apprehension of a criminal, present testimony, and ensure the admissibility of evidence into a court of law.

Knowledge of the procedures for collecting, preserving and transporting physical evidence to including lifting latent fingerprints as needed to bag, label, mark, photograph, log, store, and maintain the chain-of-custody of evidence to ensure admissibility in a court of law.

Knowledge of the applicable laws and court rulings governing DUI enforcement to include test administration, field sobriety testing, and breath blood testing as needed to perform Atraffic check@ type operations.

Knowledge of the contents of NCIC and personal computer files in order to request information and numerical data from other agencies.

Knowledge of the legally correct way to prepare a written affidavit for a search warrant, authorization for a wire tap, and other procedures that require court approval to include writing the basic elements of affidavits and information from informants as needed to establish probable cause, to ensure admissibility of evidence in court, and protect a suspect=s constitutional rights.

Knowledge of the general crime prevention patrol procedures to include security checking, field interview cards, identification of stolen vehicles, detection and apprehension of impaired drivers (e.g., resulting from alcohol), identification and apprehension of drug transport vehicles and varying patrol routes as needed to prevent crimes such as burglaries, accidents, and drug trafficking.

Knowledge of the major areas of jurisdiction for non-MCSO law enforcement agencies such as ABI, MPD, FBI, DEA, Customs, U.S. Marshals, ABC, ATF, OSI, and Secret Services as needed to request assistance or notify the proper authority when required and exchange information between agencies.

Knowledge of The Law Enforcement Officer=s Handbook as needed to select appropriate forms; complete required forms; and maintain records, information, and evidence.

Knowledge of traffic enforcement equipment to include goal positioning system, radar, calibrated speedometers, and intoxilyzers as needed to apprehend speeders and drunk drivers.

Knowledge of traffic control procedures to include the position of the vehicle and use of lights, flares, protective clothing, and hand signals as needed to lead funeral processions and convoys, direct traffic at accident scenes, and control traffic flow at natural or other disasters.

Knowledge of vehicle stop procedures such as traffic violations and known felony stops as needed to facilitate the smooth flow of traffic and ensure the safety of motorists and officers.

Skill in operating motor vehicles to include defensive driving and emergency response driving as needed to respond to an emergency situation in a timely and safe manner.

Skill in the use of field drugs and field sobriety testing kits as needed to effect an arrest for DUI or use of controlled substances.

Skill in the use of firearms with sufficient accuracy to pass Sheriff=s Office qualifying standards and P.O.S.T. requirements as needed to safely discharge handguns and protect self and others.

Skill in typing with proficiency to type 20 words per minute with few errors.

Ability to adjust actions and strategies depending on the situations as needed to rethink and revise a course of action, apply new solutions to problems, adjust style to fit the situation, and adapt to changes in policies and procedures.

Ability to adjust communication based on the nature of the information being communicated as needed to relay information about job responsibilities and provide feedback to co-workers, and give information of various natures to citizens.

Ability to adjust one=s oral communication in order to be understood by individuals from a wide variety of socioeconomic, ethnic, cultural, and racial backgrounds and ages as needed to solicit information from witnesses and provide information to the public and co-workers.

Ability to analyze facts in crisis situations or complex investigations as needed to respond to a call or effect an arrest.

Ability to apply MCSO policy and procedures to situations involving citizens or co-workers as needed to encourage compliance with appropriate rules and regulations.

Ability to assess cues to determine whether information has been understood by recipients as needed to assign tasks, question witnesses or suspects, train personnel, and speak to large groups.

Ability to communicate information accurately as needed to exchange information with citizens, co-workers, superiors, and other law enforcement agencies.

Ability to communicate in writing to include the ability to write clearly and concisely as needed to complete forms, compose memoranda, and exchange information with co-workers.

Ability to continue working toward effective completion of a task when progress is slow and discouraging as needed to investigate homicides, purchase requests, and accident reports.

Ability to interact with citizens as needed to ensure compliance with departmental rules and encourage co-workers to exchange information with the public accurately and courteously.

Ability to control the behavior of the general public, victims, co-workers, and other emergency personnel without causing conflict or arousing antagonism as needed to maintain a command presence at incident and emergency scenes.

Ability to control one=s own emotions and remain objective as needed to communicate with an informant, provide co-worker feedback, or deal with the public in enforcement situations in order to treat everyone fairly.

Ability to deliver negative or tragic information in a sensitive and understanding manner as needed to comfort victims and deliver negative performance information.

Ability to demonstrate appropriate patience and tact when dealing with confused, distraught, mentally challenged citizens and angry or upset co-workers as needed to provide information or directions to citizens or suspects and train co-workers.

Ability to detect the physical and behavioral effects of alcohol or other controlled substances to include recognizing symptoms of behavior which may indicate substance use, driving impairment, or danger to life as needed to facilitate co-workers= compliance with drug free workplace or effect arrests for DUI.

Ability to detect physical and verbal responses that suggest deception as needed to gather relevant information at a crime scene or during an investigation.

Ability to detect inconsistencies in facts and information as needed to perform field interviews, interrogate suspects, investigate citizen complaints of employees, and interview witnesses.

Ability to determine whether sufficient facts are presented to support a recommended action as needed to build a set of facts to build probable cause, effect an arrest, and initiate an investigation.

Ability to determine the purpose and message as needed to listen to citizen=s explanations of their actions, attorney=s questions, and co-worker=s explanations of job actions.

Ability to determine which complaints can be handled by listening and which complaints require follow-up investigation as needed to determine the disposition of misdemeanors and respond to citizen complaints.

Ability to do basic arithmetical computations to include adding, subtracting, dividing, and multiplying as needed to complete incident/offense reports.

Ability to establish rapport with witnesses, citizens, informants, or co-workers as needed to obtain information from him/her.

Ability to exhibit the appropriate level of firmness in dealing with others to include suspects to be arrested, angry co-workers, and emotionally distraught individuals who need to be calmed down in domestic violence or other similar situations as needed to effect an arrest or control a situation.

Ability to express oneself in writing as needed to accurately explain departmental policy, reconstruct events, document oral statements for later reference, complete an investigative report, and document co-worker incidents.

Ability to follow orally communicated instructions and orders as needed to perform assigned tasks and respond to requests.

Ability to follow written instructions and orders as needed to perform assigned tasks or follow the rules of evidence.

Ability to handle several situations, problems, and responsibilities at one time as needed to organize co-workers and establish priorities.

Ability to identify characteristics of the more commonly abused controlled substances based on color, smell, shape, packaging, size, and quantity as needed to effect an arrest and obtain probable cause in making a stop or continuing a search.

Ability to interpret the implications of court decisions for one=s own action and the actions of co-workers as needed to effect an arrest and limit the department=s and personal liability.

Ability to interpret maps and street guides as needed to identify specific locations of incidents and crime scenes, give directions to citizens, respond to calls, identify potential burglary areas, and track suspects.

Ability to interpret the value of information received from confidential informants, witnesses, citizens, and co-workers as needed to effect an arrest, obtain a search warrant, and assign deputies to actions.

Ability to judge the level of MCSO personnel needed to carry out action or implement a decision as needed to decide when to delegate authority and determine whether to make a decision, refer a decision, or submit the decision for supervisory approval.

Ability to maintain one=s personal appearance and equipment as needed to enhance the public=s image of the Sheriff=s Office and set an example for co-workers.

Ability to maintain an appropriate public service-oriented, professional demeanor in enforcement situations as needed to maintain public confidence.

Ability to maintain integrity and to resist the potential for corruption as needed to set example for co-workers and citizens, enforce current laws, and comply with MCSO policies.

Ability to maintain confidentiality of information from co-workers, informants, and victims as needed to instill a sense of trust and obtain information.

Ability to make decisions in a crisis, when under stress, or in unpleasant situations as needed to determine the use of deadly force or assist a rape victim.

Ability to manage one=s own time as needed to revise and adjust work schedules.

Ability to negotiate a resolution to a conflict that resolves disputes.

Ability to organize facts and present them in the most appropriate and logical order, consistent with the purpose of written document as needed to write reports and assign tasks.

Ability to pay attention to details in forming a conclusion prior to taking action as needed to respond to calls and investigate citizen complaints.

Ability to pick out key information that should be remembered and communicated to others from items such as MCSO orders, memoranda, Bolo Alerts, court decisions, and technical material as needed to track vehicles, initiate investigations, and assist investigations.

Ability to plan strategies as needed to respond to an incident, layout an investigation, and control work procedures.

Ability to prioritize one=s own work assignments as needed to deal with several situations or problems at the same time.

Ability to process large amounts of written or visual information in short periods of time as needed to determine the usefulness of the information; make decisions or solve problems; assign tasks; ensure officer=s safety (e.g., safe entry into crime area); and respond to accident scenes, burglaries or shootings.

Ability to provide information clearly and concisely to include staying on the subject, paraphrasing information, and using analogies as needed to communicate job tasks to co-workers, communicate hazardous situations to citizens, present information to citizen groups, and relay information on radio.

Ability to rapidly assess the legal rules and statues that apply in situations that require special consideration as needed to move an oversized load or decide whether it is appropriate to shoot in an enforcement situation.

Ability to read and understand statistical information presented in the form of tables, charts, and graphs as needed to determine high crime times and locations or prepare work vehicle maintenance schedules.

Ability to read and understand written material such as court decisions, equipment specifications, MCSO policies and procedures regarding equipment purchases, and law enforcement literature as needed to write supplement reports and read DA Grand Jury Reports and FBI bulletins.

Ability to recall the particulars of past events, investigations, or situations and apply them to current events, investigations, or situations as needed to testify in court, establish the criminal=s method, and initiate an investigation.

Ability to recognize criminal and defiant behavior patterns as needed to investigate crimes; establish probable cause for a stop, search or arrest; and allocate resources.

Ability to remain calm and think clearly in dangerous and potentially life threatening situations as needed to respond to dangerous calls and incidents.

Ability to remember information received for short time durations until given the opportunity to record the information in writing as needed to perform a field interview or compile a case file.

Ability to reserve judgment concerning a citizen complaint until all facts are collected as needed to act in a fair and impartial manner.

Ability to show empathy or sympathy in one-on-one situations with co-workers or citizens as needed to convey a sense of understanding, gain information and trust, and assist the individuals.

Ability to speak effectively in front of a group as needed to give a speech to a citizen group or make presentations to peers.

Ability to speak to an audience without prior preparation as needed to address citizen groups.

Ability to state and explain policies, procedures, and problems in order to enlist support, compliance, and acceptance by co-workers, the public, and the media as needed to assign tasks, maintain control of information to media and public, and deal with citizen requests and complaints.

Ability to use a computer to include keyboard functions, use of password, and menu functions as needed to search for inmate names on docket, check for outstanding warrants, look up information about pawned property, enter information about stolen property, and develop forms or documents.

Ability to use calculator as needed to calculate payroll, complete I/O reports, complete supplemental reports, complete purchase requisitions, and budget.

Ability to use appropriate body language in one-on-one situations to include maintaining eye contact and using appropriate gestures in order to convey a sense of support and understanding as needed to counsel co-workers, calm victims, and obtain information.

Ability to write using appropriate grammar, sentence structure, punctuation, and spelling as needed to write reports and assign tasks.

Ability to write legibly as needed to complete forms, record phone messages, and exchange information with co-workers.
For the Deputy Sheriff Trainee, a high school diploma or G.E.D. certificate is required. For Deputy Sheriff, a high school diploma or G. E. D. certificate and completion of Alabama Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission=s minimum standards training. Preference is given to individuals who are Alabama Peace Officer's Standards and Training (APOST) certified or who would be eligible to complete the APOST refresher course.
According to the APOST Commission, an applicant must have graduated and received a regular or advanced high school diploma as approved or recognized by the Alabama State Department of Education (see Alabama Administrative Code Rule 290-3-1-02). Correspondence or mail order high school diplomas or certificates are not acceptable.

Trainees will be required to complete the Alabama Minimum Standards Training for law enforcement officers. Applicants who are eligible for lateral entry equivalency training or with lapsed law enforcement APOST certification would be hired in trainee status until the APOST refresher course was completed.

Upon completion of the Alabama Minimum Standards Training for law enforcement officers, candidates must be at least 21 years of age. A six-month probationary period begins when trainees are appointed by the Sheriff to the rank of Deputy Sheriff. Applicants who are offered employment will be required to undergo a medical examination by a physician designated by the appointing authority and successfully complete a physical agility test, drug test, and thorough background investigation prior to being employed. Applicants must be available to work shifts, weekends, and holidays. New hires may reside outside of Montgomery County but are required to live within a response time of thirty (30) minutes of the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office before the end of the six month probationary period. This response time is an average time of thirty (30) minutes, obeying all traffic laws. Address must be approved by the Chief Deputy or the Assistant Chief Deputy. Employees must have and maintain a valid Alabama driver's license.
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