Deputy Sheriff

Website Minnehaha County

Minnehaha County

Sioux Falls, SD

Job Description


The Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office is accepting applications to join our patrol team as a Deputy Sheriff to provide law enforcement services throughout the County, including several surrounding towns. Previous law enforcement experience is not required and a comprehensive training program will be provided. Being a Deputy Sheriff with our organization means upholding the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office mission to preserve public safety and quality of life in Minnehaha County.

Our Deputies enjoy:

  • Full time pay/benefits by working an average of only 15 shifts per month
  • Fri/Sat/Sun off every other week
  • Thorough FTO experience
  • Overtime opportunities
  • Advancement potential
  • Diverse specializations
  • Continuous training opportunities
  • Comprehensive benefits including health, dental, vision, and life insurance; generous PTO and extended sick leave programs; inclusion into the South Dakota Retirement System (SDRS); and a deferred compensation plan

GREAT WAGES!  Hiring range of $26.65/hr – $29.43/hr with a full earning potential up to $38.61/hr PLUS regular opportunities for pay increases.  With good performance, new officers will receive up to 5% increases in pay after the first and second year IN ADDITION to annual increases. 

NIGHT SHIFT DIFFERENTIAL! Now paying a $1.00/hr night shift differential!

RETENTION BONUS! Deputies who are newly hired into our organization are eligible to receive $1,000 at 9 months, 18 months, 27 months, and 36 months of service with good performance!!

This recruitment is to create an eligibility list for anticipated future openings. This posting may also be used to staff other vacancies at a lower pay grade.

SALARY: $26.65 – $29.43 Hourly

CLOSING DATE: 06/22/22 05:00 PM

All applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on the date the position closes.


Investigate illegal or suspicious activities. Conduct investigations. Interview victims and witnesses. Gather evidence. Enforce traffic laws. Maintain traffic flow at accidents. Assist accident victims. Investigate the cause of accidents. Issue citations. Serve warrants, subpoenas, complaints, and summonses. Perform civil process procedures including executions, foreclosures, lock-outs, civil paper service, and collection of fees. Locate and take individuals into custody on arrest warrants. Complete and maintain accurate records and report concerning crimes, incidents, information, traffic accidents, etc. Conduct staff training and development. Respond to dispatch calls. Mediate disputes. Respond to questions, complaints and requests for information and/or assistance from the public, media, legal, and medical staff, various agencies, etc. Administer first aid and CPR. Maintain and safely and appropriately use weapons, vehicle, and equipment. Provide testimony when required. Provide traffic control and police protection for special events. Provide community outreach. Attend meetings and ongoing trainings.


Applicants must meet one of the following minimum requirements for education/work history:

  • Two years of college or vocational school (48 credit hours); or
  • Two years of work experience as a certified law enforcement officer; or
  • Two years of active, full-time military experience; or
  • Four years of military reserve experience; or
  • Four years of professional work experience.

Must be a minimum of age 21 at the time of hiring. Must be eligible for certification under the South Dakota Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Training Commission. Must pass a written examination. Basic knowledge of the principles, policies, procedures, codes, laws, and statutes of law enforcement operations. Ability to make appropriate decisions quickly and with tact and impartiality. Must maintain ability to be a credible witness in court. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers and the public. Ability to maintain a professional appearance and demeanor.

***In addition to the online application, applicants must attach documentation including a college transcript, proof of law enforcement certification, or DD214 to verify their minimum qualifications. Documents may also be presented directly to Human Resources.***

Minnehaha County is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion or creed, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, sex or gender including pregnancy, sexual orientation and gender identity, marital status, age, disability, veteran’s status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status.  Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by contacting Human Resources at (605) 367-4337.

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