Deputy Sheriff (Patrol) 3+ Year Lateral - The Dalles, OR

Description : Successful completion of the ORPAT must occur before being considered for this position.  ORPAT testing scores need to be within the last year. You must also complete the Wasco County application process/forms.

Deputy Sheriff (Patrol) 3+ years experience/lateral transfer

Job Title

Deputy Sheriff



Reports To

Chief Deputy

Salary Grade








Revision Date


The Deputy Sheriff performs a variety of routine and complex public safety work in the areas of patrol, civil service, investigations, traffic enforcement, corrections activity, and other related law enforcement activities.

Essential Functions (Duties may include, but are not limited to the following):

  • Patrols public roads, highways, federal lands, state lands, incorporated cities, business areas in the enforcement of traffic and criminal laws; Patrols Rivers and lakes in patrol boat, enforcing water safety laws and regulations as assigned.
  • Makes arrests, transports prisoners and patients under custody to institutions, courts, and on extraditions.  Transports arrested, sentenced or detained individuals requiring movement to and from the County Jail, juvenile facility, state institutions, and other facilities. 
  • Prepares detailed reports, affidavits, warrants and citations, and maintains records necessary for efficient investigations, crime prevention, prosecution, and office procedures. 
  • Serves subpoenas, summons, warrants for arrest and other civil process papers.
  • Appears as a witness in court, Grand Jury, and demonstrates communication skills to testify on matters relating to accidents, crimes and investigations.
  • Examines crime and accident scenes and preserves/collects evidence, interviews suspects, witnesses, and victims; provides follow-up investigation on certain crimes and investigations. 
  • Participates in Search and Rescue operations for property and persons.
  • Performs courthouse & court room security when necessary.
  • Works a variable rotation shift schedule sometimes involving limited backup support and/or limited electronic communications in all types of indoor and outdoor environments.  Contacts with individuals who may become violent, combative, under the influence of drugs/alcohol or who have communicable diseases, this may include individuals who are dealing with mental health concerns, as well. Position may be required to deal with violent and combative individuals requiring considerable physical effort. 
  • Must have the ability to communicate and interact firmly yet courteously with the public and suspects, and in accordance with Sheriff’s Office policy and procedures.  Also must present a positive, objective and consistent approach in dealing with people and resolving conflicts and problems. 
  • Must have the ability to perform CPR and 1st Aid to individuals of the public when needed. 
  • Promotes public relations in a highly visible role by participating in community events/public forums, informing the public on public safety concerns, and answering citizen inquiries regarding laws and ordinances. 
  • Responds to animal calls for service.
  • Must maintain proficiency in firearms qualifications at a standard or above marksmanship score, assert above average driving skills under stress and non-stress conditions. 
  • Performs other related duties as assigned. 

Position Requirements:

  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED).
  • Must be 21 years of age.
  • Most possess, or be able to obtain by time of hire, a valid Driver’s License without record of suspension or revocation in any state.
  • Ability to meet DPSST physical standards, (ORPAT).
  • Must be able to pass, background, physical, psychological examinations, and command staff oral board interview.
  • Must have the ability to work rotating shifts and alternative work schedules.
  • Must be able to proficiently use a police car, police radio, radar gun, handgun and other weapons as required, department approved baton, handcuffs, intoxilyzer, 1st Aid/CPR equipment, department computer, including Records Management Software.
  • Thorough knowledge of: modern law enforcement principles, procedures, techniques, and equipment; applicable laws, ordinances, and department rules and regulations; Wasco County’s geographic area(s).
  • Ability to: perform work requiring good physical condition, communicate effectively orally and in writing, establish and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates, peers, supervisors and the general public, exercise sound judgment in evaluating situations and in making decisions, follow and give verbal and written instructions.
  • Must be of good moral fitness as determined by a thorough background investigation. 

Work Environment:

Environment and physical requirements of the position as described in Essential Functions, Physical Demands and Work Environment Checklist. (Complete checklist on original job description)

Specific Tasks Involved:

Carries out duties in conformance with Federal, State, County and City laws and ordinances, patrols public roads, highways, federal lands, state lands, incorporated cities, commercial and residential areas to preserve the peace and enforce the law.

Maintains contact with the general public, court officials and other Wasco County officials in the performance of law enforcement activities, as assigned.

Works a uniformed shift in the performance of patrols, traffic control, investigation and 1st Aid/CPR at accidents.  Detection, investigation and arrest of persons involved in crimes or misconduct.   

Contact : Human Resources
511 Washington St. Ste. 206
The Dalles, OR 97058

*Incomplete applications will not be accepted or considered for employment. If you need assistance with your employment application, please contact the Human Resources Department.*


Deadline for Applying : Open until filled