Position Summary


Responds to citizen calls for service, investigates crimes, interviews victims and suspects, and collects evidence from crime scenes. Operates motor vehicle for the prevention of crime and enforcement of traffic laws and regulations, state statutes, and county resolutions. Testify in criminal and civil proceedings, helps members of the public in times of need. Prepares reports, issues citations, may serve warrants and civil papers. Apprehend and take into custody cooperative as well as uncooperative persons for the purpose of bringing them before a court of law.


Regular Duties Include:


  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with fellow employees, officials and the public.
  • Patrolling county and related areas to preserve law and order while enforcing state and local laws.
  • Being prepared to work any shift; including nights, weekends, and holidays.
  • Investigating crimes, suspicious conditions, and responding to calls for service.
  • Collecting, preparing, and preserving evidence
  • Issuing written citations, written warnings, and verbal warnings as appropriate.
  • Following up on cases and other incidents.
  • Protecting persons and property.
  • Arresting persons violating ordinance and statutes when appropriate, including use of physical force reasonable to subdue suspects.
  • Interviewing persons having complaints or seeking information; interrogating and interviewing witnesses/criminals
  • Completing reports pertaining to daily activities.
  • Operating a firearm
  • Operating Doppler radar
  • Operating a motor vehicle, entering into and exiting out of vehicle frequently.
  • Directing traffic and assisting motorists
  • Enforcing traffic statutes and county resolutions
  • Documenting, and investigating as warranted, crimes and activities, vehicle accidents, and any other action requiring police involvement.
  • Maintaining and applying knowledge of current departmental policies, laws, and regulations and knowing where to look for information if not known.
  • Maintaining and exhibiting discretion and integrity at all times and giving factual testimony in court on behalf of the County.
  • Serving criminal and civil court documents, including but not limited to, summons; subpoena’s; garnishments; protection from abuse and restraining orders.
  • Researching and effecting arrests on individuals with outstanding warrants.
  • Accompanying prisoners to jail or court.
  • Providing security for routine operations of a courtroom and its personnel.
  • Providing crowd control at public gatherings
  • Removing road hazards
  • Conducting sheriff sales.
  • Reviewing arrests to ensure proper execution of warrants.
  • Conducting court ordered evictions, court ordered recovery of property for businesses, coordinates extraditions.
  • Checking vacant residences, and unattended commercial and industrial buildings
  • May be required to perform first aid and assist fire and ambulance personnel
  • May be required to assist outside agencies with investigations
  • May be required to transport prisoners to court, medical appointments, and other facilities
  • May be required to transport a juvenile in SRS custody.


Duties performed may vary according to shift and assignment. Officers serving as School Resource Officer or Canine Officer can also expect and must be able to perform specialized duties. In order to meet the needs of the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office, employees may be assigned other duties, in addition to, or in lieu of, those described above. Any duties are subject to change at any time.


Minimum Requirements:

  1. Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  2. Must be 21 years of age at the time of hire.
  3. Must possess a High School Diploma or GED.
  4. Must posses a Valid Kansas Drivers License, and have a satisfactory driving record.
  5. Must be able to pass all pre-employment requirements which includes: written test, work related physical proficiency/agility test, a medical/physical examination, drug test, psychological examination, and extensive background check.
  6. Must be capable of receiving certification from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center for a full time law enforcement officer in the state of Kansas.
  7. Must be free of achromatopsia color blindness.
  8. Must have NO felony convictions or expunged conviction and, on and after 1 July 1995, has not been placed upon diversion by any state or the federal government for a felony offense or misdemeanor crime of domestic violence or its equivalent under the uniform code of military justice. (KSA’s 74-5605 and 74-5616).
  9. Must NOT have been dishonorably discharged from any branch of the U.S. armed forces or have a background that would be disrespectful to the profession of law enforcement
  10. Must meet residency requirements in accordance with department policy. Full-time deputies must reside within Pottawatomie County within six (6) months of hire.


Upon successful completion of the application process, you will be required to attend the basic course at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC), unless you have been previously academy certified through KLETC during your employment with another Kansas law enforcement agency. Employees must successfully complete a 6 month probationary training and assessment period from the date of employment.