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Sheriff's Deputy

Posting Date:
October 26, 2018
End Date:
Open until filled

Currently, there are no vacant Sheriff's Deputy positions available. However, applications will continue to be accepted.

The intent of this listing is to give a general indication of the level of difficulty and responsibility of this position. This position provides services and protection for the citizens of Darlington County. The Deputy Sheriff reports to the Corporal.

Job Summary

Under general supervision, acting on behalf of the Sheriff, exercises responsibilities for the enforcement of state and local laws relating to public safety and welfare. The Deputy Sheriff performs a variety of processes including, but not limited to; patrolling the county, interviewing, making arrest, handling prisoners, serving civil and/or criminal papers, court procedures, etc.; and exercises independent judgment in dealing with dangerous or unusual situations, exercising safety practices and procedures, while working under stressful, high-risk conditions. Duties include considerable knowledge of the Sheriff’s Office's methods, policies and procedures; rules, regulations and ordinances pertaining to public safety and welfare; and thorough knowledge of state and local criminal laws. The Deputy Sheriff should be skilled in the use of firearms, automotive, radio, and other related law enforcement equipment and able to plan and organize the work of subordinates, while maintaining personnel records. The Deputy Sheriff reports to the Corporal.

Essential Functions

  1. Enforces all felony and misdemeanor laws of South Carolina, and all County ordinances.
  2. Patrols an assigned district in an issued vehicle for the purpose of observing the area for possible criminal activity or other conditions that could endanger public safety, investigating complaints, and enforcing laws; maintains high visibility.
  3. Serves warrants, summonses, subpoenas, civil and other official papers.
  4. Responds to emergency calls, such as robberies, burglaries, kidnappings, assaults and murders; and practices safety procedures in answering and responding to calls.
  5. Apprehends arrests and detains criminal suspects and law violators when necessary; follows proper procedures when making arrests.
  6. Searches for wanted or missing person and lost children; administers first aid to the injured in emergency cases; and reports stray animals as necessary.
  7. Investigates and reports fires or other related events; keeps bystanders out of danger; safeguards property; and renders first aid in emergency situations.
  8. Enforces traffic laws, investigates and reports accidents, dangerous or defective streets, sidewalks, traffic lights, or other hazardous conditions relating to traffic laws and traffic safety. Assists motorists in various situations as needed.
  9. Takes active charge in serious or unusual situations; makes decisions at crime scenes which may be centered around life or death situations; decisions are based on the safest procedures to be followed to ensure safety to individuals involved and fellow officers/members of rescue team.
  10. Interacts and communicates with various groups and individuals, representing the Sheriff, the Sheriff's Office, and Darlington County. Such groups could include but are not limited to; other officers and personnel, co-workers, other County department personnel, other law enforcement agencies, suspects, witnesses, victims, complainants, property owners, other emergency response personnel, court personnel, attorneys, and the general public.
  11. Prepares, maintains, and/or transmits a variety of logs and records pertaining to daily activities and assignments; records information concerning events that took place during tour of duty, and records such activity in the manner as prescribed.
  12. Collects, logs, accounts for, and transports evidence as necessary for prosecution and or safe keeping.
  13. Checks residential and commercial property for security as requested; checks on Senior Citizens as requested.
  14. Transports mental patients and prisoners to prescribed location as necessary.
  15. Provides security for all sessions of Court in the County, including but not limited to; Magistrate, Probate, Family, Common Pleas, and General Sessions, as assigned.
  16. Exercises responsibility for the safety and welfare of judges, officers of the court, prisoners and the general public by preserving the peace and suppressing possible violent situations.
  17. Serves as witness in court and provides evidence in court as required.
  18. Provides security for special events, performs crowd control, and performs dispatching duties as required.
  19. Utilizes and operates a variety of types of law enforcement equipment such as firearms, handcuffs, flashlight, siren, two-way radio, etc...
  20. Maintains weapons and equipment in functional and presentable condition. Maintains required level of proficiency in the use weapons and equipment.
  21. Answers questions asked by the general public, works with juveniles and adults in related matters; refers public to persons or agencies, which can provide further assistance as required.
  22. Contacts complainants and/or victims of crimes within a reasonable length of time; keeps complainants or victims informed of progress of investigations.
  23. Attends shift meetings, seminars, and training sessions as required to remain knowledgeable of operations and promote job performance.
  24. Works under stressful, high-risk conditions.
  25. Performs other related duties as required. (ADDENEDUM may be attached and have specific additional duties as described in attachment).


  1. High school graduate or GED with the ability to successfully complete the prescribed Basic Law Enforcement Certification course at the SC Criminal Justice Training Academy and the Sheriff s Office Field Training Program; or an equivalent combination of acceptable training and experience.
  2. Must have general knowledge pertaining to county and state laws and law enforcement.
  3. Must have a valid S.C. driver's license, and minimal violations on an applicant supplied ten (10) year driving records.
  4. Must supply a copy of an approved credit report.
  5. A criminal background check will be completed on selected applicant if a current one (less than 3 years old) is not on file.


  1. Must be skilled in the use of firearms, automotive, radio, and other related law enforcement equipment.
  2. Must be able to plan and organize the work of subordinates, and maintain personnel records; and compile, organize, maintain and prepare a variety or records and reports as required.
  3. Must be able to interpret and apply provisions of the law, and ensure that subordinates understand and implement same.
  4. Must be able to maintain effective working relationships between personnel of the Sheriff s Office, other law enforcement officers and members of the public through contact and cooperation.
DOQ w/ State Benefits
Please Note: Resumes will NOT BE ACCEPTED without a complete application.
As an equal employer, we comply with all federal and state law as they apply to employment.
Position Point of Contact:
Randerson@darlingtonsheriff.orgDOWNLOAD PDF
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