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Patrol Deputy Recruit

Min Hourly Max Hourly Min Monthly Max Monthly Min Salary Max Salary
$20.75 $29.05 $3,596.60 $5,035.24 $43,159.00 $60,423.00


The position of Patrol Deputy Recruit is for non-certified Patrol Deputy; candidates who have not yet attended a Colorado Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) academy. Hired candidates will be sent to an academy of the agency's choosing. After successful completion of the academy Patrol Deputy/Recruits will be flex staffed to Patrol Deputy I and begin Field Training and a twelve month probationary period. Patrol Deputy Recruits are required to sign a training contract with the Larimer County Sheriff's Office at time of hire, and successfully complete Colorado Peace officer Standards and Training academy to maintain continued employment. Patrol Deputy Recruit is the entry level position in the Patrol Deputy series. Positions assigned to this class attend the Colorado Peace Office Standards and Training (POST) academy under direct supervision and are not expected to perform with independence of direction and judgment on matters related to established procedures and methods. Positions assigned to the Patrol Deputy/Recruit class may reasonably expect to progress to the Patrol Deputy I level with successful completion of all Colorado POST academy requirements.


The following statements are illustrative of the duties and responsibilities of the job. The organization retains the right to modify or change the duties and responsibilities of the job at any time.  

  • Receives immediate supervision from higher level sworn personnel.
  • Exercises no supervision.
  • The primary responsibility of this position is to attend and successfully complete Colorado Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) academy.
  • Perform other duties as appropriate or necessary for performance of the job.
  • Effect arrests, forcibly if necessary, using handcuffs and other restraints, subdue resisting suspects using approved techniques of arrest control, defensive tactics and weapons and resort to the use of hands and feet and other approved weapons in defense of self or others.
  • Prepare investigative and other reports, sketches, and drawings, using appropriate grammar, symbols, and mathematical computations.
  • Conduct visual and audio surveillance for extended periods of time.
  • Exercise independent judgment in determining when there is reasonable suspicion to detain, when probable cause exists to search and arrest, and when appropriate force may be used and to what degree.
  • Maintain knowledge of current Colorado Revised Statutes and county ordinances.
  • Maintain knowledge and awareness of recent court rulings and legal standards in order to effectively enforce laws and ordinances while protecting the rights of citizens.
  • Operate a law enforcement vehicle during both the day and night, in emergency situations involving speeds in excess of posted limits, in congested traffic, and in unsafe road conditions caused by factors such as fog, smoke, rain, ice, and snow.
  • Communicate effectively and coherently over law enforcement radio channels while initiating and responding to radio communications.
  • Gather information in criminal investigations by interviewing and obtaining the statements of victims, witnesses, suspects, and confidential informers.
  • Pursue fleeing suspects.
  • Assist in county search and rescue operations.
  • Load, unload, aim, and fire handguns, shotguns, and other agency firearms under conditions of stress that justify the use of deadly force and at levels of proficiency prescribed in certification standards.
  • Perform searches of people, vehicles, buildings, and large outdoor areas which may involve detaining people, and stopping suspicious vehicles and persons.
  • Engage in law enforcement patrol functions that include walking on foot patrol, and physically checking the doors and windows of buildings to ensure they are secure.
  • Effectively communicate with people, including juveniles, by giving information and directions, mediating disputes, and advising of rights and processes.
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills in court and other formal settings.
  • Detect and collect evidence and substances that provide the basis of criminal offenses and infractions or that indicate the presence of dangerous conditions.
  • Perform rescue functions at accidents, emergencies, and disasters to include directing traffic; administering emergency medical aid; lifting, dragging, and carrying people away from dangerous situations; and securing and evacuating people from particular areas.
  • Endure verbal and mental abuse when confronted with the hostile views and opinions of suspects and other people encountered in antagonistic environments.
  • Process and transport prisoners using handcuffs and other appropriate restraints.
  • Utilize a gas mask in situations where chemical munitions are being deployed.
  • Utilize protective equipment including air filtering devices in situations where hazardous chemical, biological or other types of airborne elements are present.
  • Extinguish small fires by using a fire extinguisher and other appropriate means.
  • Read and comprehend legal and non-legal documents, including the preparation and processing of such documents as citations, affidavits, and warrants.
  • Contact and cooperate with other law enforcement agencies in matters relating to the investigation of crimes and the apprehension of offenders.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
  • Meet all standards required to be accepted into a basic Peace Officers academy.
  • Observe accurately and remember names, faces, numbers, incidents, and places.
  • Use and care for firearms.
  • Think and act quickly in emergencies.
  • Judge situations and people accurately.
  • Learn, understand, and interpret laws and regulations.
  • Prepare accurate and grammatically correct written reports.
  • Communicate effectively orally, in writing and via various forms of electronic media.
  • Use office automation systems, including basic proficiency with computer applications such as e-mail, word processor, spreadsheet and database look-up and/or entry.
  • Learn standard broadcasting procedures of agency radio system.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other County employees, representatives of other agencies and organizations, and members of the community.
  • Understand and carry out oral and written directives.
  • Carry out a variety of assignments independently using sound judgment.
  • Perform numerous duties in accordance with the policies and regulations of the Larimer County Sheriff's Office.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other County employees, representatives of other agencies and organizations, and members of the community.
  • No experience required.
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Possession of a valid Colorado driver's license.
  • Current first aid and community CPR certificates.
Physical Requirements:
  • Must have acceptable eyesight to perform Patrol Deputy duties.
  • Must be able to run from dark into light or light into dark.
  • Must have appropriate voice skills to be clearly understood on the telephone, radio, and in public contacts.
  • Must have acceptable hearing to hear well on the telephone, radio, and in public contacts.
  • Must be able to sit, stand, or walk for long periods of time. Must be able to walk up and down stairs.
  • Must be able to run for short or long distances, change directions quickly while running, and run up and down stairs.
  • Must be able to get into and out of vehicle repeatedly.
  • Must be able to stoop, bend, stretch, twist, reach, kneel, crawl, squat, climb, and balance.
  • Must be able to lift, carry, drag, or push 100 pounds, both alone and with help.
  • Must be able to jump or leap over small obstacles.
  • Must be able to push or pull to manually open or shut heavy doors and/or force doors open.
  • Must be able to climb ladders or stairs or climb up to and down from higher levels using unconventional methods.
  • Must be able to climb through small openings or crawl or maneuver in small confined areas.
  • Must be able to work in hazardous or dangerous work areas or situations.
  • Must be able to engage in physically strenuous activities to perform Patrol Deputy duties, including using physical techniques to control persons; push or shove person to defend self; wrestle people to the ground or on the ground; break up fights between people; operate extinguishers or other fire equipment; etc.
  • Must have fine and gross motor skills; hand dexterity; use of fingers, hands, and arms; and good grip strength to perform Patrol Deputy duties, effectively use firearms, operate equipment, etc.
  • May be subjected to caustic, flammable, or other hazardous materials.
  • Must be capable of working under stressful situations.
  • Must have quick reactions.
  • Must be capable of going from stationary to exertion in an instant.
  • Must have good cognitive skills and awareness of work accuracy
  • Must have ability to concentrate on more than one task at a time and to make independent decisions.

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