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Douglas County  2160
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This classification conducts law enforcement duties in areas of criminal investigations of a difficult of unusual nature.

To promote enforcement of the law by improving competence of police officers and corrections officers, Board on Police Standards and Training establishes, 1) training standards for physical, emotional, intellectual and moral fitness, and 2) reasonable minimum training for all levels of career development, basic through executive certifications. Furthermore, all appropriate employees are required to participate in mandatory department training in areas of new law updates, physical fitness, and firearms.


(Duties assigned to this classification include, but are not limited to, the following examples. Any one position may not perform all listed tasks.)

1. Initiate and/or complete major crime investigations which include the gathering of evidence, questioning of witnesses, surveillance, taking of photographs, arrests and interview of suspects.

2. Prepare and maintain reports, information, investigation documents, monthly statistics, wanted posters. Officer safety information, memos or other assigned paperwork.

3. Gather necessary information to obtain a search warrant and to convert the information into affidavit form which supports the motion for the warrant. Prepare an appropriate plan for the safe and proper execution of the search warrant.

4. Represent the department to the public and news media. Speak with the public as needed and give demonstrations or informative talks to students, citizens and public groups. Present information to the media in a professional manner as it related to an investigation.

5. Appear in court and/or grand jury as a witness.

6. Assist patrol division deputies in investigation as well as supervising investigations when called to oversee crime scenes.

7. Assure evidence obtained is property logged and stored pending criminal action.

8. Maintain information on current criminals who operate in the Douglas County area in respect to type of crimes committed, methods of operation and location of residence and the business and recreational areas of these persons.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY REQUIRED BY THIS POSITION Knowledge of: Considerable knowledge of policies, procedures and practices of modern law enforcement in areas of crime detection and criminal investigation and identification, criminal investigation, laws of search and seizure, rules of evidence; considerable knowledge of federal, state and county rules, regulations and ordinances that govern law enforcement; considerable knowledge of general procedure used in court system and of the nature of legal evidence. Skill in: Meeting and dealing with a wide variety of people; safe use of firearms, vehicles, mobile radio, computer and other communication equipment, and similar department equipment; report writing and statistical data compilation. Ability to: Communicate effectively in both oral and written forms; conduct investigations that include confidential surveillance; assist in preparation of cases for court; analyze complex law enforcement problems to enforce laws, and to think and act quickly; adjust to priority changes and remain calm during confrontational situations; make decisions independently in accordance with established policy and procedures and use initiative and judgment in completing tasks and responsibilities; courteously meet and deal effectively with other employees, other agency representatives, law enforcement agencies, judges, district attorney, clergy, schools, community leaders, committees, correctional facility inmates and the public.

Education, experience and training: Three years law enforcement experience as a deputy sheriff, supplemented by attendance at policy training schools OR any satisfactory equivalent combination of experience and training. At time of appointment, must possess a valid Oregon driver’s license.


This classification works with supervision from a detective sergeant. Recurring routine assignments are independently performed by employee on basis of past experience. Employees estimates time and materials and manages time efficiently. Employee uses initiative and judgment in completing routine assignments and interpretation of general administrative or operational policies and procedures is sometimes necessary. Significant deviations require prior approval. Work is checked at completion of projects. Employees may or may not work in proximity of supervisor.


Work is performed within established department policy, procedures and directives; federal, state, county and local statutes, rules, regulations and ordinances; union contract; court rulings; DPSST reference manuals; inmate rule book; accepted procedures within law enforcement profession; equipment and vehicle manuals. Incumbent has to remain current on guidelines and uses considerable judgment in interpreting laws or guidelines and determining which laws to enforce then follows procedures and laws closely due to nature of work.


Regular and consistent attendance is required.  Work is performed both in an office environment and in the field and may require physical demands of climbing, climbing stairs, color identification, gripping with hands and fingers, hearing alarms and voice conversation, jumping, keyboarding, typically lifting up to 60 pounds but may be lift and move an unconscious person, running and apprehending and restraining violent people and walking rough terrain. Work involves everyday risks and discomforts and sometime adverse weather conditions requiring safety precautions. A substantial amount of daily driving is required.

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