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Deputy Sheriff Trainee

Phoenix, AZ

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Position Overview
The Deputy Sheriff enforces laws and maintains order while protecting life and property. Margin for error may be substantial if laws are not enforced allowing illegal activities to occur. This can lead to injury, damage to property, and possibly even loss of life.
Deputy Sheriff Trainees, who may advance to the position of Deputy Sheriff upon successful completion of the Sheriff's academy.
Deputy Sheriff Trainee Candidates:
Successful Deputy Sheriff Trainee candidates will initially be compensated at a salary rate of $22.28 per hour.  Upon successful completion of the 20-week Sheriff's academy, Trainees advance to the position of Deputy Sheriff and a salary rate of $24.80 per hour.

Position Qualifications
Minimum education and/or experience:
High school diploma or GED; must be a U.S. citizen; and must be twenty (20) years and six (6) months of age at the time of application, and 21 years of age prior to the completion of the Sheriff's academy. 

Individuals with lapsed Arizona POST certification, and those who have served as a certified peace officer in another state or federal agency, can also apply and may be considered.  To be considered, such otherwise qualified individuals must be eligible to gain Arizona POST certification through Waiver Testing or successful completion of a basic academy. The Arizona POST waiver process consists of meeting all of the minimum qualifications for certification as an Arizona Peace Officer including successful completion of a written test, driving proficiency, firearms qualification, and the POPAT (Police Officer Physical Agility Test), administered by Arizona POST, within sixty (60) days of hire.  The choice of whether to send an applicant through a basic academy again or allow the applicant to pursue the Waiver Process is at the discretion of the Sheriff. 
Specialized training, certifications, and/or other special requirements:
All candidates must possess, or have the ability to obtain by the time of hire, a valid Arizona driver's license.  Deputy Sheriff Trainee candidates must provide a valid government issued birth certificate at the time of background processing.
  Prior to hiring, the Sheriff's Office requires that all applicants complete the following:  written examination; Physical Readiness Assessment (PRA); background investigation; polygraph exam; medical exam and psychological exam.
Knowledge, skills, and abilities:
Ability to:
Learn and retain information regarding laws, ordinances, rules and regulations, effective in the County. Learn County geography, incorporated areas and road network. Learn first aid methods. Learn principles, practices, methods, techniques and equipment used in law enforcement. Prepare and maintain records and/or reports. Deal with the public in a professional manner. 
Working conditions:
All candidates must be able to work rotating shifts to include weekends and holidays - with varying days off; and be able to work at any location throughout Maricopa County.  Deputy Sheriffs are subject to assignments on any shift, with any combination of days off, and at any Maricopa County Sheriff facility as determined by the needs of the Office.
The following environments described are only representative of how the essential job tasks are currently performed or envisioned. As such, in order to accommodate a disability or limitation, the essential job tasks may be performed in ways other than described on these pages.
Work Environment: Indoors and outdoors Working in temperatures frequently above 90 degrees and occasionally below 40 degrees Smoke/dust Occasionally come into contact with chemicals/fumes, wet/damp areas, and confined areas Dim or Bright lighting Conditions may include use of stairs or ladders and unprotected heights High noise level May be exposed to contagious diseases
Physical Environment:
Sitting, standing, walking Driving a vehicle Speaking, hearing, seeing, reading Distinguishing colors Bending/kneeling, reaching, twisting, climbing, crawling, crouching, and balancing Wearing protective gear Precise dexterity Lifting floor to waist fifty (50) pounds Lifting waist to shoulder fifty (50) pounds Lifting shoulder to overhead fifty (50) pounds Carrying a weight of fifty (50) pounds for a distance of 50 feet Pushing/pulling a weight of two hundred (200) pounds for a distance of 100 feet
Social Environment:
Constant interruptions Handling multiple or complicated tasks, and frequently changing or unscheduled tasks Working under deadlines or time pressures to complete tasks High volume of work Accuracy and attention to detail Decision making Concentration/vigilance Working in a team environment and in close proximity with others Include emergencies, traumatic subject matter, and dangerous environments Isolation Constant public contact Overtime with prior approval
Essential Job Tasks
Affects an arrest, forcibly if necessary using handcuffs and other restraints.  Subdues resisting subjects using hands and feet while employing defensive tactic maneuvers or approved non-lethal weapons.  Pursues fleeing suspects on foot both day and night in unfamiliar terrain. Uses body force to gain entrance through barriers to search, seize, investigate and/or rescue.  Performs searches of persons which involve touching, smelling and feeling to detect potential weapons and contraband.  Climbs over obstacles; climb through openings; jumps down from elevated surfaces; jumps over obstacles, ditches and streams; crawls in confined areas to pursue, search, investigate and/or rescue.  Conducts searches of buildings and large outdoor areas which may involve walking and/or standing for long periods of time.   Requires the ability to distinguish color and perceive shapes.  Performs tasks which require lifting, carrying or dragging people or heavy objects while performing arrest, rescue or general patrol functions.   May include the seizure or impound of property and evidence.  Prepares investigations and other reports using appropriate grammar, symbols and mathematical computations.   Reports may include sketches.  Communicates effectively on law enforcement radio channels while initiating and responding to radio communications.   This is often done under adverse conditions such as siren usage and high-speed vehicle operations.  Communicates verbally and effectively by listening to people and by giving information, direction and commands.  Conducts visual and audio surveillance for extended periods of time.  Performs law enforcement patrol functions while working rotating shifts and unanticipated overtime.  Operates an emergency vehicle during the day and night; in emergency and pursuit situations involving speeds in excess of posted limits while exercising due care and caution and in exception to traffic control devices and in congested traffic and in unsafe road conditions and environment conditions such as fog, smoke, rain and ice.  Loads, unloads, aims and fires handguns, shotguns and other agency firearms from a variety of body positions in situations that justify the use of deadly force while maintaining emotional control under extreme stress.  May serve a variety of civil actions including writs and subpoenas.  Conducts law enforcement investigations to include the following critical tasks:  protect crime and traffic accident scenes, conducts interviews; records information, measures and diagrams crime and traffic accident scenes; prepares detailed reports of investigative findings; seizes and processes evidence; presents testimony and evidence in both civil and criminal court proceedings.  Performs public assistance activities to include the following critical tasks: administers first aide to sick and injured persons for a wide variety of illnesses and injuries; assists distressed motorist; directs traffic; assists and refers mentally ill, indigent and other persons in need; perform evacuations; bodily remove persons, vehicles and other property from unsafe locations.  Exercises independent judgment within legal guidelines. This includes the ability to read and comprehend rules, regulations; policies and procedures for purpose of insuring appropriate office behavior/response involving the general public, as well as, maintaining current AZ POST certification requirements and adhering to all office policy and procedure.  Be present at work site to perform assigned tasks at the times and dates scheduled/assigned by the supervisor.
Selection Procedure
The Maricopa County Human Resources Department reserves the right to admit to the exam process only those candidates who are considered the most highly qualified.  Those selected will be required to pass a written exam and a physical readiness assessment.  The hiring authority will interview and select the successful candidate from a list provided by Human Resources. 

NOTE: Notice to self-schedule for examination and physical readiness assessment dates/times will be sent, via e-mail, to the e-mail address provided on your application approximately two (2) weeks prior to next scheduled testing dates. 

The next round of testing is scheduled for Thursday September 20, 2018 at 5:00pm and Saturday September 22, 2018 at 5:00am.
The Physical Readiness Assessment consists of a 1.5 mile run/walk, push-ups and sit-ups.  This assessment is designed to ensure that applicants meet the minimum entry standards of the Arizona Law Enforcement Academy.

The minimum standards are as follows:

     1.5 mile run/walk - 15:20

     Push-ups (1 minute) - 18

     Sit-ups (1 minute) - 27

All offers of employment made to new hires and rehires at Maricopa County are contingent upon successful completion of a post-offer, pre-employment thorough background investigation.  A background investigation is conducted on a current employee who changes to a Safety Sensitive Position or one having the potential for serious adverse impact on the integrity or efficiency of the County.  These requirements do not pertain to employees of elected officials who undergo background investigation processes administered through their respective offices.

Typically successful candidates are hired at a salary rate, up to midpoint of the range, based on applicable experience, internal equity and budgetary allowances.
Maricopa County offers a Total Compensation Package that includes competitive salaries 
and a comprehensive, affordable benefits package
.  High value is placed on employee well-being and meeting the needs of our employees and their families. Our benefits package is comprised of traditional benefits like medical, prescription, dental, vision, and other health benefits. Employees are supported by various wellness programs including classes, coaching, and fitness center opportunities.  Our generous benefit options are some of the best in Arizona and just one of the unique advantages of working for Maricopa County.  Below is a representative listing of typical benefits received by most full-time employees.

Holidays and Leave
Maricopa County observes ten paid holidays per year. Most County employees accrue vacation (starting at three weeks per year for full-time employees) and sick leave (starting at one hour for every 30 hours worked for all employees). Employees also receive paid leave for other needs such as jury duty, civic duty, and bereavement. 

Medical, Prescription, Behavioral Health, Dental, Vision, and Flexible Spending Accounts
We understand how important health care is to maintaining a good quality of life. We also know our employees want to have the freedom to choose benefit plans to best meet their needs.  Eligible employees may choose from four medical plan options, an HMO, PPO, and two HDHP (High Deductible Health Plans) with a health savings account. When employees enroll in medical coverage, they are automatically enrolled in prescription and behavioral health coverage as well. There are three dental plans from which to choose, two PPO plans and a pre-paid dental plan that functions like an HMO.  As is the case with medical, the plans range in cost, flexibility, and network of providers.  The vision plan provides employees and their covered dependents access to routine vision services and materials, including an annual eye exam.   For those who wish to set aside pre-tax dollars to pay for eligible healthcare and dependent care expenses, the flexible spending accounts are suitable for that need.

Life and Disability Insurance
Because life sometimes takes unexpected turns, the County offers life insurance coverage to help employees and their loved ones in the event of death.  Basic life and basic accidental death & dismemberment insurance equivalent to one times an employee's annual base salary is provided at no cost, with the option for employees to purchase additional coverage including spouse and child life insurance. Disability insurance is available to replace a portion of an employee's salary should they experience a short-term illness or injury.

Eligible employees are covered by one of several State-sponsored retirement pension plans, including the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) and the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (PSPRS).  Additionally, there's the option to contribute to a 457(b) Savings Plan that provides employees with a variety of investment opportunities.  For those employees who retire from the County and from their retirement system, and have accrued 1,000 or more hours of sick leave, the County makes a $10,000 contribution to a Post-Employment Health Plan set up on their behalf to be used for payment of eligible out-of-pocket healthcare expenses.

Group Legal Plan
Maricopa County offers employees group discounts to purchase coverage for legal services such as adoptions, family matters, wills and trusts.

Maricopa County's 
Wellness Works
 program promotes health and wellness for employees and their families by focusing on physical activity, good nutrition, self-care and stress management. Maricopa County offers eligible employees a wellness incentive for completing required activities. By meeting a set of criteria, employees and their families can get reimbursed for participating in a Weight Watchers Program. On-site fitness facilities and fitness classes are provided to employees at various locations around the County. Employees and their families also have the opportunity to receive a discounted fitness club membership at LA Fitness. Employees have access to smoking cessation programs and health-related classes on various topics including nutrition, exercise and stress management. Employees located downtown benefit from an onsite pharmacy and clinic. Every fall, flu vaccines are offered to employees at various County locations. 

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
When employees and their families are faced with personal issues, confidential, short-term counseling and referral services are available to them at no cost.  

Employee Discounts
Maricopa County subscribes to a service association which provides employees with volume discounts for sporting events, entertainment, and many other services.

Commute Options Program (COP)
Maricopa County provides free Valley Metro passes for the bus and light rail systems for commuting to/from work; a vanpool subsidy is also provided. Employees can decrease stress, decrease wear and tear on their vehicle and help the environment all at the same time.

New Employee Orientation (NEO)
NEO provides new employees with information about Maricopa County such as: history, organizational structure, Merit Rules, County policies and procedures, County pay system and benefits and employee programs.

Rewarding Ideas/Employee Suggestions
Employees are provided with incentives to generate ideas for improvements that result in cost reduction through increased efficiency and productivity, improved processes and procedures and elimination of duplication and waste. Our employees' ideas could put money in their pocket!!

Tuition Reimbursement
To promote Maricopa County's long term employee retention objectives, our employees are eligible to receive financial assistance to continue their education, help make them more productive, enhance their job performance, and equip them to pursue new opportunities within County government.

To learn more about the County's generous benefits, visit the  Maricopa County Employee Benefits and Wellness
Prior to hire, background investigations are conducted on candidates for positions. All information contained in your online application MUST be accurate, including but not limited to criminal history, education details, and employment details. Incomplete or inaccurate information contained in your online application may delay the background investigation process, or result in your removal from employment consideration. Your resume is NOT a substitute for the information requested in the online application.
By checking this box, I confirm that I have reviewed all information provided in my online application and believe the information to be complete and accurate to the best of my knowledge.
Please identify your highest level of education COMPLETED. IMPORTANT: LIST ALL EDUCATION IN THE APPLICABLE SECTION OF THE APPLICATION. Please indicate type of diploma/degree, college major/minor, and name of institution. If you did not complete a degree program, include your high school diploma/GED information, as well as the number of college semester/quarter hours completed. NOTE: Failure to provide complete information will likely result in the disqualification of your application.
Master's degree
Bachelor's degree
Associate's degree
Technical school (non-Associate's degree)
High School diploma or GED
Less than a High School diploma or GED certificate
This position requires that DEPUTY SHERIFF TRAINEE applicants be at least twenty (20) years and six (6) months of age at the time of application. Are you at least twenty (20) years and six (6) months of age on the day you submit this application?
This position requires that applicants be citizens of the United States of America. Are you a U.S. Citizen?
Do you currently possess, or have the ability to obtain by the time of hire, a valid Arizona driver's license?
Do you have a LAPSED Arizona POST certification (Three (3) or more years since serving as a peace officer with an Arizona law enforcement agency)?
Have you or are you currently serving as a certified peace officer in another state or federal agency?
Are you a CURRENT Maricopa County Sheriff's Office employee?
This position requires your availability in Phoenix, Arizona to participate in a variety of selection processes. Each step in the process is generally conducted on different days and is contingent on successful completion of the previous step in the recruitment process. For applicants currently residing outside of the Phoenix metropolitan area, travel arrangements and costs are the sole responsibility of the applicant. BY ENTERING YOUR NAME BELOW, YOU ARE ACKNOWLEDGING THAT YOU HAVE RECEIVED THIS INFORMATION.
Please identify your preferred testing date for the Physical Readiness Assessment and Written Exam from the list below. We will send an email out for you to officially self-schedule approximately two weeks prior to scheduled testing.
Thursday, 9/20/2018 at 5:00pm
Saturday, 9/22/2018 at 5:00am
Neither dates/times work for me. Please remove my application for consideration for this round of testing. I understand that I must reapply for the Deputy Sheriff Trainee position after 9/7/2018 to be invited for the next round of testing.
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Maricopa County
301 W Jefferson
Suite 200
Phoenix, Arizona, 85003
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