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Lateral Patrol Deputy

Pay Range: $41,392-$63,000

  The Blaine County Sheriff’s Office is seeking qualified law enforcement candidates to be a part of our professional law enforcement team. We are currently accepting applications for POST certified patrol candidates for the position of PATROL DEPUTY.


The position is 40 hours a week, rotating shifts including nights, weekends and some holidays. Starting salary as a certified Patrol Deputy is $21.39 per hour; GREAT BENEFITS including medical, dental, vision, life and PERSI retirement. Applicants must pass physical and written testing, background investigation, and oral interviews. Good Character and clean background required. 

Please note this a lateral position and you must have a current POST basic patrol certification or above to apply. Applications for non POST Patrol certified candidates are not being accepted at this time. 
Performing law enforcement functions in a resort community is extremely demanding, but also very rewarding. Applicants must posses superior communication skills, unimpeachable integrity, and a strong commitment to public service and to the community that we serve. Additionally, they must meet the following minimum requirements:

Commissioned Deputy:
Must be a U.S. citizen, 21 years of age, be able to obtain a valid Idaho drivers license, and have a high school degree or equivalency.
For additional questions or to request an application please contact Holly Carter at (208)788-5536 or

Primary Job Responsibilities:

  • Responds to and serve the public with courteous good will
  • Provides on the job training in patrol procedures and on how to perform the functions of the Patrol Deputy position
  • Enforces traffic laws and ordinances during patrols of assigned roadways and waterways
  • Ensures compliance with the policies and procedures of Patrol activities
  • Effects an arrest, forcibly if necessary, using handcuffs and other restraints; subdues resisting suspects using maneuvers and weapons and other approved methods
  • Operates 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
  • Pursues fleeing suspects and performs rescue operations which may involve quickly entering and exiting law enforcement patrol vehicles; lifting, carrying and dragging heavy objects; climbing over and pulling up oneself over obstacles; jumping down from elevated surfaces; climbing through openings; jumping over obstacles, ditches and streams; crawling in confined areas; balancing on uneven or narrow surfaces and using physical force to gain entrance through barriers
  • Loads, unloads, aims and fires from a variety of body positions 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
  • Demonstrates skill in use and care of firearms and other law enforcement equipment
  • Performs searches of people, vehicles, buildings and large outdoor areas which may involve feeling and detecting objects, detaining and stopping suspicious vehicles and persons
  • Conducts visual and audio surveillance for extended periods of time
  • Engages in law enforcement patrol functions that include such things as working rotating shifts, walking on foot patrol and physically checking the doors and windows of buildings to ensure they are secure
  • Detects, collects evidence and creates documentation that provides the basis of criminal offenses and infractions and that indicate the presence of dangerous conditions
  • Endures verbal and mental abuse when confronted with the hostile views and opinions of suspects and other people encountered in an antagonistic environment

·         Performs rescue functions at accidents, emergencies and disasters to include directing traffic for long periods of time, administering emergency medical aid, lifting, dragging and carrying people away from dangerous situations and securing and evacuating people from particular areas

·         Processes and transports individuals in custody, prisoners and committed mental patients using handcuffs and other appropriate restraints

·         Puts on and operate a gas mask in situations where chemical munitions are being deployed

·         Extinguishes small fires by using a fire extinguisher and other appropriate means.

·         Provides crisis intervention functions to include counseling, suicide prevention, recognizing abnormal behavior and taking appropriate action

·         Reads computer and camera screens, court and other legal and non-legal documents, distinguish colors, and exercise a full field of vision

·         Assists stranded motorists and checks for wanted vehicles and persons

·         Conducts searches for lost, missing or drowned persons

·         Receives and ensures legal serving of a variety of civil papers such as subpoenas, complaints, writs of execution, affidavits, etc.

·         Testifies in court and appears as complainant in criminal actions

  • Updates personal knowledge by attending training courses on current law enforcement trends
  • Delivers death notification messages to victim’s family
  • Uses deadly force if the situation warrants
  • Assists other law enforcement agencies in responding to calls for service
  • Additional duties may include: School Resource Officer, D.A.R.E. Officer, Firearms Instructor, S.E.R.T. Team Member or K9 handler
  • Performs other related duties as required 

Job Specifications:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the primary job responsibilities provided the individual can meet the Idaho POST Academy professional standards.

Education and Work Experience:

·         A High School Diploma or GED equivalent required

·         College education is desired.

·         Have a minimum of two (2) years of any combination of responsible work experience, military service, education, or any other productive activity

·         Meets all Minimum Standards, Hiring Qualifications and Training Standards

·         Possesses all required training certifications per position (ie-radar, intox, OC, straight stick, etc.)

·         Firearm qualification required

·         POST Patrol Academy basic certificate required 


Language Skills:

·         Effective communication with people, including juveniles, by giving information and directions, mediating disputes and advising of rights and processes

·         Reads and comprehends legal and non-legal documents, including the preparation and processing of such documents as citations, affidavits and warrants

·         Communicates effectively and coherently with other officers, agencies and the public over law enforcement radio channels and existing communication systems

·         Prepares investigative and other reports, including sketches, using appropriate grammar, symbols and mathematical computations, to include filing, alphabetizing and labeling 


Mathematical Skills:

·         Ability to work with basic mathematical concepts and apply concepts to practical situations


Reasoning Ability:

·         Exercises independent judgment in determining when there is reasonable suspicion to detain, when probable cause exists to arrest, and when force may be used and to what degree

·         Gather information in criminal investigations by interviewing and obtaining the statements of victims, witnesses, suspects and confidential informers

Other Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

·         Considerable knowledge of law enforcement procedures and techniques; Federal, State and local laws and regulations, administrative and management procedures

·         Knowledge of personal computers, word processing applications, calculators, and general office equipment

·         Skills in prioritizing multiple tasks and managing projects; establishing and maintaining effective working relations with co-workers, the public, and representatives from other local, state, and Federal agencies; intermediate proficiency level utilizing Microsoft Office applications including Excel, Word, and Outlook, and the ability to operate other standard office equipment, including telephones, calculators, copiers, FAX machines, etc. is required

·         Ability to develop, implement and interpret regulations, policies and procedures and explain information in an understandable fashion

·         Ability to compile data and information for reports and compose correspondence

·         Ability to gather and analyze data, come to a conclusion and develop a plan of action to solve problems

·         Ability to work under own initiative and utilize independent judgment

·         Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form

·         Ability to exercise good customer relations, written and verbal communication skills

·         Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of situational variables in situations where only limited standardization exists

·         Ability to perform primary job duties with efficiency and accuracy

·         Ability to perform a high level of multiple tasks simultaneously under stress

·         Ability to endure verbal and mental abuse when confronted with the hostile views and opinions of suspects, citizens and other people encountered in an antagonistic environment

·         Ability to successfully pass hiring background, written, polygraph, physical readiness, computer and/or typing examination(s) and interview(s)

·         Ability to work effectively with co-workers, department directors, elected officials, vendors and the general public

·         Ability to work in confined space with stressful/dangerous conditions

·         Ability to meet deadlines

·         Ability to maintain confidentiality

·         Must possess a valid Idaho Drivers License


      Essential Physical Abilities:

·         The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to lift, pull or drag (at least 200 lbs.), stand, walk, sit, and drive; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; talk and hear (in person, by telephone and by radio), memorizing and seeing (i.e. documents, monitors, camera); The employee occasionally is required to climb, balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and must frequently lift and/or carry up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. The individual must be able to physically restrain violent individuals and work in stressful/dangerous conditions and have the ability to meet POST physical standards and department physical standards.


Working Environment

·         Work as a Patrol Deputy can be stressful (emotional/mental) and dangerous. Deputies must be able to work rotating shifts including various hours of the day and night, weekends, and holidays. May be exposed to but not limited to visual exposure to deceased persons

·         Position requires mobility in external working environment under adverse conditions

·         Life threatening conditions are possible


Equal Opportunity Employer:

Blaine County is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status.

This job description indicates, in general, the nature and levels of work, knowledge, skills, abilities and other essential functions (as covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act) expected of the incumbent. It is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities required. Employee may be asked to perform other duties as required.

Holly Carter

Application available on main careers page




Blaine County Sheriff’s Office

1650 Aviation Drive

Hailey, Idaho 83333

Phone: 208-788-5555

Fax: 208-788-3592