Perry County Sheriff's Office

Serving Perry County Towns of Pinckneyville, DuQuoin, Cutler, Willisville, Tamaroa

Deputy Sheriff



A Deputy Sheriff is a uniformed, sworn member of the Perry County Sheriff Office working under the direction and supervision of the sergeant or officer-in-charge responsible for the watch which he/she is assigned.  A Deputy Sheriff must be able to act without direct supervision and must be able to exercise independent discretion in dealing with emergency situations.  A Deputy Sheriff is responsible for the protection of life and property through the enforcement of laws and ordinances as well as conflict resolution and peace keeping through mediation.  

Officers provide services necessary to further the department’s mission and objectives, facilitate positive community relations, and take appropriate police actions, within the limits of legal authority, whenever and wherever required.  

They exercise far-reaching discretion in responding to emergency situations, in performing proactive community problem solving activities, in directing the actions of other officers on calls where a supervisor is not immediately present or required, and in other situations requiring coordination of police actions.  Deputy Sheriff’s train new recruits, maintain professional decorum, and display a professional attitude in all dealings with citizens, superiors, and other department personnel.  Officers understand, enforce, and comply with laws, orders, directives, policies, procedures, rules, and regulations of all branches of government. 

 (NoteThe job duties listed are typical examples of the work performed by positions in this job classification.  Not all duties assigned to every position are included, nor is it expected that all positions will be assigned every duty.)


  • Obeys all lawful orders, regardless of divisional assignment.
  • Reports for duty at specified times and places and remains on duty until properly relieved.
  • Develops and maintains a working knowledge of appropriate federal, state, and local laws.
  • Develops and maintains a working knowledge of judicial case law in areas such as self-incrimination; right to counsel; arrest, search and seizure; interrogation and confessions; and the collection and preservation of evidence.
  • Maintains a working knowledge of department policies and procedures, rules and regulations, and reference materials.
  • Maintains self in sound physical condition and maintains uniform and appearance in high standard in accordance with department rules and regulations.
  • Prepares and submits required reports and forms promptly and properly.
  • Reviews and remains current on daily activity as required.
  • Attends training courses to increase and enhance professional knowledge and skills.
  • Maintains radio discipline by using proper radio procedures and promptly responds to all radio calls.
  • Works to assure the safety of all persons and property within the county, towns or villages within Perry County.
  • Inspects police vehicles to determine defects, new damages, cleanliness, and routine maintenance needs.
  • Operates police vehicles and patrols within the assigned areas and county in order to detect and prevent criminal activity, investigates suspicious persons and activities, and disperses unruly gatherings.  Remains alert to the emergency needs of citizens and takes appropriate action to protect life and property.
  • Fosters positive relations with persons and businesses in the community through community policing.
  • Encourages citizen involvement in crime prevention activities.
  • Identifies and arrests suspects who violate federal, state, and local laws.
  • Assists disabled motorists, directs traffic, identifies and arrests motorist driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, investigates traffic accidents, and draws diagrams and sketches.
  • Provides limited emergency medical treatment.
  • Conducts premise examinations of residential and commercial buildings in accordance with legal requirements and department policy and procedures, executes the service of warrants and summonses, interrogates suspected offenders, searches individuals and their personal property prior to taking them into custody, preserves evidence, incarcerates arrested persons for violations of jail able offenses, and responds to emergency calls for service.
  • Intervenes in domestic disturbances to restore order and prevent injury or loss of life, in accordance with the Domestic Violence Act and Criminal Code.
  • Counsels juveniles and adults as appropriate. 
  • Exchanges information and coordinates activities with other officers, town or village employees, and other law enforcement agencies.
  • When assigned to the detective unit, serves as the case agent for follow-up investigations of reported criminal activity.
  • Coordinates with the State’s Attorney’s Office in prosecution of criminal offenses. 
  • Prepares affidavits and obtains warrants.
  • Updates, maintains, and effectively manages case files.
  • Works a flexible schedule and is available to be called out on short notice.
  • Conducts investigations for the unlawful sale of tobacco and alcohol.
  • Develops and maintains a confidential informant file.
  • Maintains departmental equipment, supplies, and facilities.
  • Responds to complex, emergency situations and exercises proper judgment without supervision.  
  • Follows safety policies and procedures.
  • Reports all unsafe conditions and acts to a supervisor.
  • Reports all accidents to a supervisor immediately.
  • Follows recognized safe work practices.


  • Understands local ordinances, state, and federal laws, and their application. 
  • Demonstrates a thorough knowledge of modern law enforcement principles, procedures, techniques, and equipment; makes arrests, prepares cases for prosecution, and testifies in court.  
  • Understands gang and drug enforcement suppression techniques  
  • Exercises sound judgment in evaluating situations and in decision making.
  • Possesses working knowledge of street locations, geography, and town/village demographics.
  • Has knowledge of and appreciation of the community’s cultural/racial diversity.
  • Possesses basic computer skills and uses basic software programs.
  • Exhibits motivation.
  • Establishes and maintains effective work relationships.
  • Works independently without constant supervision. 
  • Communicates effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Knows, understands, and supports department rules and regulations.
  • Possesses problem solving skills
  • Works with supervisors in developing programs and procedures in response to community needs.
  • Demonstrates the ability to develop community contacts and interact with citizens and members of the business and law enforcement community.
  • Reacts expediently and calmly to emergency and high stress incidents, including use of deadly force situations.
  • Develops and maintains skill in the use of and care of firearms and other weapons. 
  • Drives motorized vehicles safely and efficiently.
  • Maintains physical requirements and high standards of appearance.
  • Uses department technology to gather, use, and store information.
  • Uses police tools and equipment properly.
  • Follows verbal and written instructions.


Computer, including word processing and specialized software, police radios, telephone, calculator, fax machine, copy machine, motor vehicles including squad cars and pick-up trucks, pager, first aid equipment, chemical sprays, cameras, video equipment, drug testing kits, handguns, shotguns, rifles, handcuffs, etc.


The physical demands herein are representative of those that should be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

General Description:   While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to sit, talk, hear, smell, stand, run, and walk.  The employee will use hands to handle or operate objects, tools, and controls; will reach with arms and hands; will climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, and crawl.  The employee may occasionally drag or lift up to 75 pounds (injured or ill individuals), pull heavy items with assistance (injured individuals or clearing roadways) and may push heavy objects such as motor vehicles with assistance.  

While performing job duties, the Sheriff Deputy wears equipment (vest, radio, taser, gun(s), ammunition, flashlight, etc.) that weighs approximately 17lbs.  

Specific vision abilities required for this position include close and distance visual acuity, color vision, peripheral vision, binocular vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Force Generation
Type Weight/ Force (lbs) Descriptor Frequency
2-hand lift 75# 2″ to knuckle, lifting/dragging injured/ill persons 

(measurement based on an average 150# person)

(Recommend task be performed with two people.  

Therefore each officer averaging 75# lift) 

2-hand lift/carry 50# Five traffic cones from 28” in car trunk to ground level O
1-hand lift/carry 30# Large protective shields or officer bags O
2-hand pull   75# Dragging of injured/ill person at knuckle level O
2 hand push   58# Pushing a disabled vehicle at approx 48” height

Can be designated as a two person task therefore each 

Officer averaging approx 58# of push force)

Force to push vehicle with one person is 115# lbs/force

2-hand lift/lower 34# Bicycle from ground to 48”  O
1-hand lift/carry 5# Weapon from waist to shoulder level O
Non-Resistive Tolerances
Type Description  Frequency
Standing   O
Walking   F
Running Up to 600′ in pursuit of suspect O
Sitting Continuous 45 min maximum F
Driving Continuous 45 min maximum F
Stair climbing   O
Squatting   O
Kneeling   O
Jumping Over fences, barriers, etc. in suspect pursuit O
Crouching   O
Stooping   O
Balancing   O
Fingering/Handling Keyboard, weapons, equipment O

Constant: performing a task 500+/day or 67%-100% of the workday

Frequent: performing a task 100-500x/day or 33%-66% of the workday

Occasional: performing a task 1-100x/day or 1%-32% of the workday




  • Must be at least 21 years old at time of employment testing.
  • U.S. citizen.
  • No prior felony convictions or disqualifying criminal history.
  • Must be able to read and write the English language.
  • Must be able to communicate clearly both verbally and in writing.
  • Must have, or be able to obtain, a valid Illinois Driver’s License.

Education and Experience

  • High School diploma or G.E.D. equivalent.
  • Satisfactory completion of basic police certification as required by the state within the first six months of employment.
  • Satisfactory completion of field training program within the first nine months of employment.

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change. 

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