General Duty Deputy

Dakota County
Full Time $67,643 - $105,693 Per year MN 1580 Hwy 55, Hastings, MN 55033, United States


General Description

POSTING TYPE: Open Competitive
HOURS: Full-time; various shifts
PREFERRED HIRING RANGE: $76,099- $84,554 /year DOQ
FULL SALARY RANGE: $67,643- $105,693 /year
*POST Licensed Deputies will automatically receive an addition $4.00/hr stipend in addition to base wage.
* In addition to the $4.00/hr POST stipend Patrol Deputies receive an additional $3.00/hr stipend.
*** Potential for an additional $7.00/hr or $14,616/annually***
Additionally: Take home vehicle for a majority of assignments
LOCATION: Law Enforcement Center, Hastings
UNION: Law Enforcement Labor Services
CLOSE DATE: 4:30 pm on 6/28/2024

A General Duty Deputy performs courts and building security, transports prisoners, investigates crimes, apprehends criminals, enforces all laws, responds to the needs of citizens, and performs proactive and reactive law enforcement patrol functions within Dakota County. This position provides an opportunity to have a licensed position that will fit your professional interests, as well as a full-time career in law enforcement.  You will have opportunities to work a Monday-Friday schedule or a rotating schedule.  Our office has various positions and specialty assignments including Patrol, Water/Snowmobile/ATV patrol, School Resource Deputies, K9, Courts, Transport, Civil, Crime Scene Team, Use of Force/Firearms Instructor, Investigations, Drug Task Force, US Marshals Fugitive Task Force, DEA Task Force, SWAT, Dive Team, Drone Operator, Social Media Team, Community Engagement/Recruitment Team, and Electronic Crime Unit.  If you are looking for variety, career development, and a work/life balance in a professional career, join us!

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Who We Are
 Dakota County is Minnesota’s third-largest county in the south metro area and home to more than 415,000 residents.  Our motto is “Be More” and we strive every day to achieve excellence in public service, with a focus on four values: Service, Integrity, People, and Innovation.
   The Dakota County Sheriff's Office is a place where you can build a career of a lifetime.  We will support you and give you meaningful challenges within a culture grounded by personal growth and well-being.  We prioritize diversity and believe in collaboration, growth, and mobility.  We hold each other accountable and expect everyone to take an active role in problem-solving.  We believe in serving the members of our community by listening to the voices of others and treating them with dignity and respect.  


  • Medical (contributed to by employer)  
  • Dental (contributed to by employer)  
  • Vision  
  • Basic Life Insurance  
  • Supplemental Life Insurance  
  • Short-Term Disability  
  • Long-Term Disability  
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (Health Care and Dependent Care)  
  • Retirement-PERA pension  
  • 11 paid holidays and 1 floating holiday  
  • Three weeks paid parental leave  
  • Bilingual pay  
  • Carry over unused flex vacation year to year  
    • Higher accrual rate for those with 10+ years of experience
  • Facial hair and tattoos allowed, per policy  
  • Flexible scheduling  
  • Comprehensive Wellness Program – Peer Support Team, On-site Fitness Center, Annual Wellness Check-in, and Employee Assistance Program benefits  
  • Cutting edge equipment  
  • External/Load-Bearing vests  
  • Annual Uniform Allowance of $1,050  
  • Take home squad for a majority of positions  
  • Countless training opportunities

Minimum Qualifications

• Associate or Bachelor's Degree in Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice, or other closely related field.
 • P.O.S.T. Licensed OR eligible for P.O.S.T. licensing prior to starting. 
 • Valid Driver's License
 Candidates must pass ALL recruitment and pre-employment requirements listed below to become a General Duty Deputy. Candidates who are unable to successfully pass the requirements below will be removed from further consideration.

  1. Educational/Experience Qualifications: Upon request, candidates must be able to produce appropriate documentation regarding their current status with the P.O.S.T. Board.
  2. Interviews: Candidates will be asked to complete a series of interviews; this may include phone interviews, oral board interviews, and/or interviews with the Chief Deputy & Sheriff.  If you pass this interview process, a conditional offer of employment may be extended.
  3. Background Check: The background check includes an electronic packet designed to speed up the process and create efficiency.  Candidates who pass the background check will be asked to complete the final two steps.
  4. Psychological Examination
  5. Medical Examination
 Once all results are finalized, a start date is set

Duties & Responsibilities

Core Duties of All General Duty Deputy Staff:

  1. Represents the Sheriff's Office in a positive, professional manner.
  2. Builds and maintains positive working relationships.
  3. Builds effective relationships with the public by attending community meetings, giving educational presentations, etc.
  4. Meets the standards of dress in accordance with policy and procedure.
  5. Understands and complies with policy and procedure to include Sheriff's Office memorandums, directives, and notices.
  6. Recognizes, responds, investigates, and enforces violations of criminal, civil, and traffic laws.
  7. Performs proactive activities and responds promptly to calls for service.
  8. Maintains radio protocol in normal and stressful situations.
  9. Demonstrates knowledge of geographic locations in assigned areas.
  10. Adheres to proper arrest procedures and warrant confirmations.
  11. Operates vehicles in an efficient and safe manner.
  12. Maintains equipment to ensure it is in good working order and immediately reports equipment failures and takes proper steps to alleviate the problem.
  13. Follows security procedures while transporting inmates, civil commitments, and suspects.
  14. Obtains pertinent information from suspects, witnesses, or victims by applying appropriate interviewing techniques.
  15. Submits concise and accurate reports in a timely manner.
  16. Utilizes and understands commonly used forms, computer programs, and applications.
  17. Maintains officer safety and situational awareness.
  18. Follows evidentiary procedures as required by identifying evidence and handing it appropriately to maintain evidence integrity.
  19. Communicates feedback and pertinent information to supervisor.
  20. Provide credible and truthful reporting and testimony as needed.
All General Duty Deputy staff must be able to perform the core duties listed above, regardless of their work unit. Unit specific duties and expectations in Transport, Court Security, Patrol, School Resource Officer, Parks, Investigations, and Civil will be reviewed with and assigned to staff upon hire or movement into the unit.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: Duties 1 - 20 are essential functions.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities and Work Environment

  • Knowledge of the geography of Dakota County.
  • Knowledge of Minnesota State Statutes, traffic laws, County and township ordinances.
  • Considerable ability to work effectively while under stressful situations.
  • Ability to effectively author reports stating complete facts while lacking opinions.
  • Ability to drive in a variety of conditions both emergency and non-emergency.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to deal with co-workers and the public in a fair and respectful manner.
  • Ability with assigned handgun, rifle and self-defense techniques.
  • Knowledge, understanding and ability to apply reasonable amount force when applicable.
  • Ability to solve varied and diverse problems that require deductive reasoning skills.
  • Ability to see, hear and remember facts, people and circumstances.
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision, self-motivated.
  • Ability to effectively testify in a court of Law.
  • Ability to maintain a state of physical fitness to effectively be able to perform the duties of the assignment.
Candidates for employment with Dakota County Sheriff's Office must be able to comply with Minnesota Administrative Rule, 6700.0700 Minimum Selection Standards, including all candidates shall be a citizen of the United States.
 All visible tattoos will be reviewed and recommend to the Sheriff if they should be allowed. Tattoos may require covering if they are determined to be unsightly, offensive or a job assignment requires it. Visible tattoos on the ears, head, face, neck or any portion of the hand area are prohibited.
WORK ENVIRONMENT:  Work is performed in a County office building, jail facility, transport vehicles, and on patrol. Travel is required. Lifting requirement of over 100 pounds on an occasional basis. Exposure to hazardous physical conditions such as mechanical parts, electrical currents, and vibration; atmospheric conditions such as fumes, odors, dusts, gases, and poor ventilation; hazardous materials such as chemicals, blood, and other body fluids; work-space restricts movement, intense noise and extreme temperatures may occur on the job. Equipment used may include, but is not limited to, computer, printer, telephone, calculator, copy and fax machines, squad car, radar, Alco sensor, DataMaster DMT-G, digital recorder, squad camera, first aid kit, defibrillator, oxygen, Minnesota Criminal Code, State Statutes, handgun, rifle, handcuffs, electronic control device, baton, and chemical agents. Additional physical/mental requirements that occur may not be listed above, but are inherent in performing the position's essential functions.
Current Dakota County employees are eligible for a $500 referral bonus for this position. To be considered, employees must submit the referral form prior to the close date of the posting. Staff can find the  online and under policy 3101.
 Selection Process
  • You submit an online application that includes supplemental questions
  • We assign you a score based on your qualifications 
  • Top scoring candidates are referred to the hiring manager for interview consideration
  • We conduct a background investigation, medical exam, and psychological evaluation before hiring.
 The names of applicants who meet the minimum qualifications stated above and who file a properly completed application, supplemental questions, and proof of their P.O.S.T. licensure or eligibility to be licensed will be placed on the eligibility list. The top scoring candidates will be forwarded to the hiring department for further consideration.

Dakota County Employee Relations
Main Number 651.438.4435
(contact 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday)