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Applications for the Turner County Sheriff's Office are accepted continuously to establish eligibility lists for future hiring. The following is information pertaining to the Deputy Sheriff position.

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Definition of Position
A Deputy Sheriff serves in a highly responsible and visible capacity in the protection of life and property; performs law enforcement and crime prevention work by patrolling assigned areas, answering calls for service, and investigating crimes. The Deputy Sheriff works under general supervision within a framework of established procedures and is expected to perform a variety of law enforcement duties with only occasional instruction, assistance and supervision. Adequate performance at this level requires the knowledge of departmental procedures and the ability to choose among a variety of alternatives in solving emergency and routine incidents. The Deputy Sheriff is expected to work productively even in the absence of supervision, and also could be asked to assist in the supervision and training of new, less experienced, law enforcement employees. General supervision of the Deputy Sheriff is provided by a Sheriff's Sergeant or a higher level of sworn personnel depending upon assignment. A Deputy Sheriff shall be assigned to the Field Training Officer program and complete a 6 month probationary period.

Police Officers are responsible and able to:

  • Patrol the County of Turner.
  • Serve warrants and subpoenas.
  • Protect the public, self and other officers.
  • Investigate crimes or offenses including interviewing individuals, collecting, and preserving evidence/property and provide accurate testimony in court.
  • Accept the philosophy and comply with the principles of community oriented policing.
  • Monitor and control traffic and emergency situations and render assistance when necessary.
  • Administer first aid in emergency situations.
  • Physically apprehend and restrain criminals and suspects.
  • Maintain acceptable knowledge of police procedures and performance of duties assigned.
  • Seek and participate in additional training.
  • Deal effectively and tactfully with offenders, witnesses and the general public.
  • Enforce laws, reason logically, maintain an objective approach, and make sound decisions in emergencies and adverse conditions.
  • Support and enforce the laws of the State of South Dakota and the County of Turner, and uphold the Constitution of the State of South Dakota and the United States of America.


  • A Deputy Sheriff must be able to:
  • Receive and send verbal communications.
  • Maintain an acceptable level of physical fitness.
  • Operate computers in the processing of reports, records, and documents.
  • Obtain the skills in the use of firearm and equipment applicable to crime control and criminal apprehension.
  • Safely operate police vehicles in accordance with traffic laws and police policies under a variety of conditions.

Minimum Requirements
Applicants must:

  • Be 21 years old.
  • Possess a valid driver’s license.
  • Be a United States Citzen.
  • Agree to a screening prior to appointment that will include, but not be limited to:
    • Background investigation
    • Criminal record check
    • Fingerprinting
    • Polygraph examination
    • Pre-employment drug screen
    • Medical and psychological evaluation
  • Agree to obtain a Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Training Commission certificate within their first year of employment.
  • Successfully pass the EMPCO Exam (more information can be found at https://www.empco.net/dakota).

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