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Deputy 1 – Patrol

Deputy 1 - Patrol


Sheriff’s Reserve Unit, volunteers, and other para-professionals during search and rescue efforts.

Position Summary:

The Patrol Deputy promotes and preserves order, investigates crimes and criminal activity, conducts traffic violation enforcement, defends persons from imminent physical harm, responds to request for service and resolves conflicts between individuals and groups. He/she is a protector of constitutional guarantees and an enforcer of county resolutions, federal and state statutes.

  1. Enforces county resolutions; state and federal statutes, and traffic laws.
  2. Carries out court orders (Civil Section as well as criminal).
  3. Investigates criminal and non-criminal cases.
  4. Prepares and executes detailed arrest and search Warrants.
  5. Conducts crime scene investigation and processing. (Photography, latent fingerprints, crime scene reconstruction, basic ballistic, blood splatter analysis, plaster casting).
  6. Prepares cases and testifies in court.
  7. Conducts and organizes search and rescue efforts.
  8. Works closely with other employees, law enforcement agencies, social workers, lawyers, volunteers, professional fire fighters, paramedics, rescue workers, and other members of governmental agencies.
  9. Required to complete detailed computer offense and incident reports.
  10. Makes arrests based upon probable cause as well as arrests based upon personal observation.
  11. Attends a required firearms proficiency testing.
  12. Makes entries and queries via the use of an on-line computer system.
  13. Operates emergency vehicles and equipment.
  14. In addition to above, specific individuals, after additional training and experience, are assigned to specialized or hazardous duties, i.e., SWAT Team, Hostage Negotiation Team, Explosive ordinance disposal, Canine handling, Mountain rescue, Detective/Investigation, DUI and Traffic Enforcement.
  • Must be 21 years old and United States Citizen.
  • Must have completed a State Certified Law Enforcement Training Academy and be Colorado P.O.S.T. Certified.
  • Must not have any felony convictions. Committed no felonies, including illegal drug use, in the past three years.
  • Must not have any domestic violence offense related convictions or domestic violence related restraining orders in effect.
  • Must not have any DUI/DWAI convictions or drivers license suspensions or revocations within 24 months of application or more than one DUI/DWAI conviction in lifetime.
  • Must not have used marijuana within one year of application. A history of excessive use of illegal drugs, or other offenses could disqualify an applicant.
  • Must have a good driving record.

High school diploma or equivalent (G.E.D.) required. College Degree in the Behavioral Sciences or Criminal Justice is preferred. Civilian or military law enforcement experience is helpful but not required.

  • Must be able to complete a 14 week in-service recruit training program.
  • Must have ability to accurately perceive, soundly reason, and correctly judge situations, occurrences and circumstances.
  • Must have good communications skills and be able to express clearly and precisely, orally and in writing.
  • Must have a great deal of initiative and tenacity to actively influence events rather that passively accepting them.
  • Must have a proper degree of stress-tolerance, including stability and the ability to perform under pressure.
  • Must have the personality traits conducive to working with superiors, peers, subordinates, and members of the public from all socio-economic and cultural backgrounds.
  • Must possess the following personality traits:
  • Maturity, honesty, integrity, adaptability, sensitivity, compassion, common sense, good self-esteem, patience, wisdom, reliability, self-discipline, creativity, fortitude, assertiveness, pride in work, initiative, dedication to public service, and problem solving skills.
  • Must be a resident of Colorado and possess a Colorado Driver’s License at time of appointment.
Boulder County is an equal opportunity employer.

Physical Demands of the Job:

Dual vision is required. 20/20 minimum, natural or corrected, in both eyes and have minimum peripheral vision of 700 in both eyes. Frequently uses peripheral vision to observe and monitor multiple persons and activity. Constantly uses vision (day and night) to observe criminal and non-criminal activity as well as drive motor vehicles. Constantly uses visual acuity to distinguish objects such as license plates and people at long distances. Constantly is required to differentiate, distinguish colors, shapes, distances and sizes of objects, people, and animals.

Dual hearing is required. Good hearing is required in performing a majority of the tasks. Constantly uses hearing to detect sounds of criminal and non-criminal behavior. Constantly uses hearing to distinguish source and content of a wide variety of sounds. Constantly uses hearing to monitor and use a police radio, radio telephone and the standard telephone to communicate with the dispatch center, other officers, and the public. Occasionally must hear people verbally calling/yelling for help from a distance of one hundred feet

Intact. Occasionally uses the olfactory sense to detect illegal use of drugs or chemicals. Occasionally uses the olfactory sense to evaluate the presence of toxic vapors, smoke, and fuels.

Must be able to fluently speak and understand English. Constantly uses voice to communicate with other persons and dictate reports. Frequently verbally directs suspects, prisoners and citizens what to do using a louder than normal speaking voice. Occasionally must talk or yell while wearing a gas mask or self contained breathing apparatus.

Sitting is performed on a frequent to a constant basis. Sitting occurs during briefing session and while driving assigned patrol car 4-6 hours/day.

Standing occurs on an occasional to frequent basis depending on the shift assignment, the area patrolled, and the season. Job tasks that require standing include traffic stops, suspicious activity investigation, crime scene investigation, detaining suspect, directing traffic, and various security assignments

Walking is performed on an occasional to frequent basis depending on the shift assignment, the area patrolled, and the season. The distance covered also varies according to the area patrolled, with the mountain areas requiring longer walks up sloped driveways, around larger houses with greater acreage, and around more obstacles. The flats may involve long walks around the perimeter of a large business some up to 2500 feet. Running is an activity that is seldom performed. Running may occur when chasing a suspect (approximately 5x/year) or providing backup for an officer or an area. The distance covered again varies according to individual discretion and the area patrolled with longer pursuits in the flats compared to the mountain areas. Overall the average distance covered is 100-400 yards or less.

Deputies are required to demonstrate the ability to complete a maximum effort obstacle course of running a distance of approximately 300 feet from a sitting position in a motor vehicle, up and down two flights of stairs, climb a six foot step ladder, crawl through a 2 foot diameter 12 foot long tube, and return to a sitting position in the car.

Deputies are required to demonstrate the ability to run 1/4 mile in 126 seconds+/- 36 seconds

The Patrol Deputy position is categorized at the Medium Level for the Physical Demands Characteristics of Work. Deputies may be required to lift all of the items listed in Lifting Requirements. Deputies will also lift various types of briefcases, duffel bags, and gear bags which contain personal equipment, files, and papers. The number of bags and the weights vary according to the individual and their personal needs, and are not required or department issued equipment. The heaviest item that all the deputies are required to lift besides children, an unruly suspect, a dead body, or evidence/property is the spare tire at approximately 48 lbs. from the trunk or storage area of the vehicle. The vertical height the tire must be lifted/lowered is 32″ – 35″ from the ground. Other large items that are greater than 25 lbs. listed in Appendix C would also have to be lifted this distance.

Deputies are required to demonstrate the ability to lift a 35 pound object from the ground to the height of 60 inches and place the object on a shelf

The items listed in Appendix A under LIFTING are also carried with the same frequency, except for equipment that the deputies wear. Equipment such as body armor vest (6-12 lbs.), duty belt (6-9 lbs.), and 2-way radio (1-3 lbs.) are carried and worn constantly. Not all the agencies require that a deputy always wear a vest but he/she may be required at any time. The total weight of this equipment ranges from 13-24 lbs. Deputies may also be required to carry children, hobbled suspects, dead bodies, or evidence/property of various weights for various distances.

Deputies are required to demonstrate the ability to carry 60 pounds a distance of 25 feet.

Pushing occurs on an occasional basis. Pushing is involved when opening/closing windows, doors, and gates, assisting stranded motorist w/car, shoveling/digging out vehicles, applying use of force techniques, detaining suspects, applying handcuffs, jacking up car, and mounting spare tire. The largest forces required involve assisting motorist with stranded car, and detaining suspects. The frequency of these tasks varies according to the season and the work shift. Over a year, a deputy may be required to push a motorist’s vehicle on the average 2x/month. Detaining a suspect occurs less frequently during day shift (2x/month average) than swing shift (2-5x/week) or graves shift (1-2x/week.)

Deputies are required to demonstrate the ability to push a 350 pound sled a distance of 5 feet (simulates car push @ 132 pounds of force).

The items listed above under PUSHING are also pulled with the same frequency and force except for assisting stranded motorist and shoveling/digging out vehicles. These two tasks primarily involve pushing only.

Deputies are required to demonstrate the ability to pull a 155 pound bag a distance of 25 feet(simulates a body drag).

Stooping is performed on an occasional basis to perform various tasks throughout the day. Those tasks that specifically involve stooping include; talking to motorist during traffic stop, reaching for materials in vehicle cab or trunk, changing vehicle tire, picking up traffic cones, conducting crime scene investigation, lifting/carrying restrained suspect, and performing pat-down search.

Crawling is performed on a seldom basis, and only on rare occasions, such as citizen assist (crawling through window into locked house), or checking underneath vehicle.

Deputies are required to demonstrate the ability to crawl through a 2 foot diameter, 12 foot long tube.

The squatting requirements can be substituted for STOOPING/BENDING with the same frequency.

A deputy will be required to climb stairs, uneven terrain, fences or walls of at least 5 feet in height on an occasional to seldom basis, and ladders on an occasional to seldom basis. The amount of climbing will vary depending on the assigned patrol area and shift. Mountain patrol will require more frequent and intense climbing of uneven terrain and tall fences.

Deputies are required to demonstrate the ability to climb over fences or walls of at least 5 feet in height (such as the type encountered during the pursuit of an escaped inmate through residential or industrial areas).

Deputies are required to demonstrate the ability to Climb a six foot step ladder.

Twisting/turning at the waist and neck occurs on an occasional to frequent basis. This motion is performed while driving vehicles, directing traffic, restraining suspects, buckling suspects in vehicle seats, and various other duties. Turning or twisting in order to see out the back or side, while seated in patrol/motor vehicles is required on a frequent to occasional basis while backing up or making lane changes. The amount of twisting will vary on a daily basis.

Deputies are required to demonstrate the ability to twist, while seated in a motor vehicle, sufficient enough to see into and out of the back area of the vehicle

Good balance is required by all departments when restraining/carrying an impaired or combative individual or when walking, running on terrain where footing is not optimum, i.e. icy roads, walkways, stairs, as well as mountain trails and slopes.

Deputies are required to demonstrate the ability to walk and turn on a 9 foot balance beam back and forth four lengths allowing for 1(one) fall.

  • Reaching at or below shoulder – Occasional to Frequent.
  • Reaching above shoulder – Occasional, when restraining suspect, performing pat-down search, climbing fences.
  • Simple grasping – Frequent.
  • Power grip – Occasional, using firearms, baton, nun-cha-kus, use of force techniques.
  • Gross, finger dexterity – Occasional to Frequent, when performing pat-down search, using radio and computer, using camera and investigation kit.
  • Fine finger dexterity – Occasional, when performing pat down searches.
  • Feeling – Occasional, when performing pat down searches or touching vehicle to determine temperature.
    Deputies are required to demonstrate the ability, while wearing an equipment belt, to remove and return 4 items (simulated weapon, handcuffs, hand-held radio, and baton) in their appropriate place on the belt in 18 +/- 6 seconds.

Definition of Terms

  • Seldom: Activity or condition does not exist on a daily basis.
  • Occasionally: Activity or condition exists less than 1/3 of workshift.
  • Frequently: Activity or condition exists from 1/2 to 2/3 of workshift.
  • Constant: Activity or condition exists more than 2/3 of workshift.


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