The primary responsibility of the Deputy Sheriff is to protect life and property and enforce laws and statutes on behalf of the citizens. Duties include patrolling assigned geographical areas, responding to crimes in progress, investigation of crimes and motor vehicle accidents, transporting prisoners, testifying in court, and resolving juvenile, neighborhood, and domestic complaints. Additional duties include serving warrants, crisis intervention, interviewing persons with complaints, as well as witnesses, investigating natural and unnatural deaths, and thorough documentation of activities by report writing.
Officers are expected to use the minimum force necessary to carry out their duties and are required to handle a variety of potentially volatile and dangerous situations in a calm, confident, and effective manner.
- Graduate from an accredited senior high school or GED equivalent.
- Possess a valid Louisiana driver’s license.
- Must be a Certified Peace Officer recognized by the State of Louisiana.
- Must be a U.S. citizen and be at least 18 years of age.
- Must be able to work rotating shift assignments and maintain proper attendance.
- Requires physical agility and strength to perform the essential functions of the job.
- Ability to run, walk, jump, sit, stoop, bend, climb, crawl, reach, pull, and twist.
- Must be able to wrestle with, restrain, and handcuff a combative suspect.
- Must have hand-eye coordination, including the ability to grip with the fingers and hands.
- Must have clear vision.
- Must be able to effectively hear and speak in conversation.
- Functions and Skills: Knowledge of the responsibilities of APSO, as well as the geography of Assumption Parish.
- Skill in the safe operation of motor vehicles.
- Effective negotiation, mediation, and communication skills, both written and verbal.
- Able to develop skills in the use of firearms and other law enforcement equipment.
- Effectively cope with stressful situations tactfully and with respect to the rights of others.
- Ability to read, interpret and communicate, and apply laws ordinances and regulations.
- Maintain an effective professional relationship with co-workers, supervisors, and citizens.
- Must be able to observe, recall, and communicate details.
- Must be able to analyze situations quickly and objectively.
- Must be able to recognize potential and actual danger and determine a proper response.
- Ability to learn new skills and stay current with changes in state laws and parish ordinances.