Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office - Deputy Sheriff

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Department Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office
Job TitleDeputy Sheriff
Salary$37,500 - $39,000
Location Shalimar, FL

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The duties of this position require a constitutional law enforcement officer, requiring the regular bearing of firearms. Preserves law and order and protect life and property. Respond to calls for service, including but not limited to complaints involving drunkenness, domestic disturbances, fires, theft, as well as other felony and misdemeanor violations of law. Make interpretations of state law and county ordinances. Must assist Local, State and Federal Law Enforcement Agencies as well as other divisions of the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office.

If you are certified in Law Enforcement in another state, federal agency, or military, or if you have more than four years break in Law Enforcement certification, you may be exempted from attending the full basic recruit academy and you qualify for an Out-Of State Equivalency. To determine if you meet the requirements please contact the a Criminal Justice Selection Center.  Click here


  • -Patrol Okaloosa County to preserve the peace, prevent and discover criminal acts and to enforce all the laws of the State of Florida and applicable Federal regulations
  • -Conduct preliminary investigations, including but not limited to, protecting and collecting evidence, interviewing complainants, witnesses and suspects involved in crimes
  • -Prepares a variety of written reports concerning involvement in the duties assigned
  • -Prepares criminal complaints to initiate the arrest of violators
  • -Involved in traffic control and in certain instances the investigation of motor vehicle crashes
  • -Must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the use of firearms, including pistol and shotgun
  • -Must have the ability to follow directives and policies of the agency;
  • -Must be able to work flexible hours, any overtime scheduled or unscheduled, or on call.
  • -Performs related duties as necessary.



  • -Florida Certified Law Enforcement Officer
  • -Valid Florida Driver's License
  • -High School Diploma/GED
  • -Minimum Age of 19 Years
  • -US Citizen
  • -Not convicted of any felony or misdemeanor involving perjury or a false statement as an adult
  • -Have good moral character as determined by a background investigation
  • -Residency requirement:  Sworn members must reside in Okaloosa County or agree to move into Okaloosa County upon accepting employment.
  • -Must be able to perform the essential job functions of a Deputy Sheriff


Standards to Perform Essential Job Functions:

Physical Requirements: Must be physically able to safely operate a motor vehicle. Must be able to operate radio equipment, computer, copier, fax and telephone. Must be able to bend body downward and forward by bending spine at the waist, requiring full use of lower extremities and back muscles. Must be able to bend legs at knees to come to rest on knee(s). Must be able to bend body downward and forward by bending legs and spine. Must be able to move about on hands and knees or hands and feet. Must be able to reach, extending hand(s) in any direction. Must be able to handle, seize, hold, grab, turn, or otherwise work with hand(s). Must be able to stand at least 50% of the time. Must be able to lift 60 pounds or more.Must be able to drag 150 pounds 70 feet. Must be able to maintain personal fitness. 


Interpersonal Communication: Requires the ability to speak before groups, articulate ideas, and effectively communicate the stated objectives in a well planned, organized and clear manner.
Language Abilities: Must be able to speak with clarity, voice control and confidence and to articulate information to others. Requires the ability to record and deliver information, to explain procedures, to follow oral and written instructions. Must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently.
Intelligence: Requires the ability to apply principles and to make independent judgments in the absence of supervisor and to acquire knowledge of topics related to essential job functions.
Interpersonal Temperament: Requires the ability to deal with the public. Must be able to control large crowds. Requires dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. Requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in difficult situations. The employee may be subject to danger or risk when working in extreme atmospheric conditions or near biohazards.
Physical Communication: Requires the ability to talk and/or hear; (talking: expressing or exchanging ideas by means of spoken words; Hearing: perceiving nature of sounds by ear). Must be able to hear and understand communications through a telephone and over a radio.
Written Communication: Display the ability to write a minimum of one complete paragraph that is legible and can be understood by a reasonably intelligent adult. Requires the ability to enter data into computer and prepare reports, correspondence, etc., with proper format, punctuation, spelling and grammar, using all parts of speech.
Vision: Peripheral vision or side vision is the ability to see objects and movement outside of the direct line of vision and may be needed to stop any potential conflicts that may occur.
To apply, please visit our agency website at http://www.sheriff-okaloosa.org/.

Jobs close at 11:59 PM (Eastern) on the deadline date specified, or when the position capacity has been met, or unless otherwise specified in the announcement. If the deadline date is not specified in the announcement, the agency has sole discretion on setting the deadline and jobs may close without notice. It is the applicant's responsibility to thoroughly read and understand the deadline requirements and capacity limits as outlined by the agency.

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