Aiken County Sheriff's Office


Under occasional supervision, patrols assigned areas of the County and responds to calls for service;
enforces all local, federal and state laws relating to public safety and welfare. Works under stressful, high-risk
conditions. Reports to the Corporal and/or Sergeant – Uniform Patrol.

Enforces all local, federal and state laws relating to public safety and welfare; performs all duties in
compliance with applicable policies, procedures, laws, regulations and standards of safety.

Performs routine patrol duties, including but not limited to patrolling assigned areas of the County, responding
to emergency calls and/or public calls for assistance, maintaining order and public safety, apprehending and
arresting law violators and criminal suspects, issuing traffic citations/summonses, transporting prisoners and
mental patients, etc.

Assists with criminal investigations. Interviews witnesses, complainants and victims; gathers physical
evidence and preserves it for court; provides case follow-up as needed.
Investigates and reports accidents, dangerous or defective streets, sidewalks, traffic lights, or other hazardous

Prepares cases for prosecution; provides court testimony as necessary.

Maintains assigned equipment and vehicles.

Participates in public relations efforts as necessary to maintain a cooperative and positive relationship
between the Sheriff’s Office and the community.

Attends periodic training sessions; maintains required level of proficiency in the use of firearms.

Receives and responds to citizens’ inquiries, concerns and complaints concerning law enforcement activities.

Receives and reviews various records and reports, including incident reports, investigative reports, warrant
reports, court orders, hearing notices, activity reports, routine reports, case files, equipment requests, citizen
complaints, use of force reports, memos, correspondence, etc.

Prepares various documents, including incident reports, warrant applications, case files, accident / injury
reports, request forms, and various other records, reports, memos, correspondence, etc.

Refers to policy and procedure manuals, codes, regulations, laws, maps, statutes, training manuals,
professional periodicals, etc.

Operates various types of office equipment, machinery and tools in the performance of duties such as a
computer, printer, NCIC computer, camera, adding machine, radio equipment, telephones, tape recorder, fax
machine, copier. Operates/uses a variety of police equipment, including a police vehicle, firearms, radar, etc.
Uses office and computer supplies, restraining devices, protective gear, fingerprint kit, fire extinguisher, and a
variety of police-issued materials and supplies.
Interacts and communicates with various groups and individuals, such as the immediate supervisor, other
department superior officers, co-workers, elected officials, subordinates, other law enforcement agency
personnel, other government agencies, attorneys, court personnel, community leaders, complainants, victims,
witnesses, suspects, informants, social service agencies, community organizations, vendors, and the general
Monitors the office during non-essential hours.
Assists with stakeouts and other special duties as assigned.
Performs general clerical work as required, including but not limited to preparing reports and records, entering
computer data, answering the telephone, copying and filing documents, etc.
Performs other related duties as required.
Requires a high school diploma or GED equivalent supplemented by coursework in criminal justice / police
science, plus one to two years of experience in law enforcement, or any equivalent combination of training and
experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Must have successfully completed
required law enforcement coursework and hold required law enforcement certifications. Must possess a valid
S.C. driver’s license.

Physical Requirements: Tasks involve the ability to exert moderate, though not constant, physical effort,
typically involving some combination of driving, walking, running, climbing and balancing, stooping, kneeling,
crouching and crawling, and which involves the lifting, carrying, pushing and pulling of moderately heavy
objects and materials (up to 50 pounds), and occasionally heavy objects (100 pounds or more). While
performing police work, must be able to defend one’s self from assault and to restrain suspects of varying
Data Conception: Requires the ability to compare and or judge the readily observable functional, structural,
or compositional characteristics (whether similar to or divergent from obvious standards) of data, people, or
Interpersonal Communication: Requires the ability of speaking and/or signaling people to convey or
exchange pertinent and vital information to co-workers. Includes the receiving of information and instructions
from supervisor. Includes receiving direction from supervisor.

Language Ability: Requires ability to read a variety of law books, maps, policy and procedure manuals,
warrants, criminal records, etc. Requires the ability to prepare reports, logs, records, etc. with proper format,
punctuation, spelling and grammar, using all parts of speech. Requires the ability to speak with and before
others with poise, voice control and confidence.

Intelligence: Requires the ability to apply principles of rational systems to solve practical problems and deal
with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists; to interpret a variety
of instructions furnished in oral, written, diagrammatic or schedule form. Requires the ability to learn and
understand relatively complex principles and techniques; to make independent judgments in absence of
supervision; to acquire knowledge of topics related to primary occupation. Must have the ability to
comprehend and interpret received information.
Verbal Aptitude: Requires the ability to record and deliver information, to explain procedures, to follow verbal
and written instructions. Must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently with persons of varying
educational backgrounds and in a variety of technical and/or professional languages including law
Numerical Aptitude: Requires the ability to add and subtract totals, to multiply and divide, to determine
percentages and decimals and to determine time. Must be able to use practical applications of fractions,
percentages, ratio and proportion.
Form/Spatial Aptitude: Requires the ability to inspect items for proper length, width and shape; identify
degrees of similarity or difference in shades, forms, etc.; and visually read various information.
Motor Coordination: Requires the ability to coordinate hands and eyes using office machinery, firearms and
other special equipment; to operate motor vehicles.

Manual Dexterity: Requires the ability to handle a variety of items, keyboards, office equipment, control
knobs, buttons, switches, catches, firearms, etc. Must have significant levels of eye/hand/foot coordination.
Color Discrimination: Requires the ability to differentiate colors and shades of color.
Interpersonal Temperament: Requires the ability to deal with people beyond giving and receiving
instructions. Must be adaptable to performing under stress when confronted with emergency, unusual or
dangerous situations, or in situations in which working speed and sustained attention are make or break
aspects of the job. The worker may be subject to danger or risk to a significant degree, or to tension as a
regular, consistent part of the job.
Physical Communications: Requires the ability to talk and hear: (talking: expressing or exchanging ideas by
means of spoken words; hearing: perceiving nature of sounds by ear).

PERFORMANCE INDICATORS Knowledge of Job: Has good knowledge of the policies, procedures and methods of the department. Is
able to work under stressful or dangerous conditions, often involving considerable personal risk or risk to
others. Has knowledge of the structure, functions and inter-relationships of state and local law enforcement
agencies. Has considerable knowledge of up-to-date methods of law enforcement procedures. Has
considerable knowledge of firearms, automotive, radio and other law enforcement equipment. Is skilled in the
use and care of firearms. Has considerable knowledge of legal rights of accused persons and law
enforcement. Has considerable knowledge of criminal behavior and methods of operation. Has knowledge of
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civil process. Is able to analyze problems that arise on the job and recommend solutions. Is able to assemble
and analyze information and make written and oral reports concisely, clearly and effectively. Is able to
comprehend, interpret and apply regulations, procedures and related information. Is able to communicate
effectively with a wide variety of public and private groups and is persuasive in such communication. Has
sufficient knowledge of other County departments to communicate with their representatives as necessary in
carrying out duties and responsibilities. Has the ability to deal courteously, yet firmly and effectively with the
public in police situations. Has knowledge of the layout of local roads and of the locations and characteristics
of the various neighborhoods. Has the mathematical ability to handle required calculations accurately and
quickly. Is able to react quickly and calmly in emergency situations. Has knowledge of the standard tools,
materials and practices of the trade. Has skill in the care and use of required tools and equipment. Has
knowledge of the occupational hazards and safety precautions of the trade.

Quality of Work: Maintains high standards of accuracy in exercising duties and responsibilities. Exercises
immediate remedial action to correct any quality deficiencies that occur in areas of responsibility. Maintains
high quality communication and interaction with internal and external entities with whom the position interacts.

Quantity of Work: Performs described Essential Functions and related assignments efficiently and effectively
in order to produce quantity of work which consistently meets established standards and expectations.
Dependability: Assumes responsibility for completing assigned work. Completes assigned work within
deadlines in accordance with directives, policy, standards and prescribed procedures. Maintains
accountability for assigned responsibilities in the technical, human and conceptual areas.

Attendance: Attends and remains at work regularly and adheres to policies and procedures regarding
absenteeism and tardiness. Provides adequate notice to higher management with respect to vacation time
and leave requests.
Initiative and Enthusiasm: Maintains an enthusiastic, self-reliant and self-starting approach to meet job
responsibilities and accountabilities. Strives to anticipate work to be accomplished, and initiates proper and
acceptable action for the completion of work with a minimum of supervision and instruction.

Judgment: Exercises analytical judgment in areas of responsibility. Identifies issues or situations as they
occur and specifies decision objectives. Identifies or assists in identifying alternative solutions to issues or
situations. Implements decisions in accordance with prescribed and effective policies and procedures and
with a minimum of errors. Seeks expert or experienced advice where appropriate and researches issues,
situations and alternatives before exercising judgment.

Cooperation: Accepts supervisory instruction and direction and strives to meet the goals and objectives of
same. Questions such instruction and direction when clarification of results or consequences are justified, i.e.,
poor communications, variance with established policies or procedures, etc. Offers suggestions and
recommendations to encourage and improve cooperation intra- and inter-departmentally.
Relationships with Others: Shares knowledge with managers, supervisors and co-workers for mutual
benefit. Contributes to maintaining high morale among all employees. Develops and maintains cooperative
and courteous relationships inter- and intra-departmentally, and with external entities with whom the position
interacts. Tactfully and effectively handles requests, suggestions and complaints in order to establish and
maintain good will. Emphasizes the importance of maintaining a positive image.

Coordination of Work: Plans and organizes daily work routine. Establishes priorities for the completion of
work in accordance with sound time-management methodology. Avoids duplication of effort. Estimates
expected time of completion of work elements and establishes a personal schedule accordingly. Attends
required meetings, planning sessions and discussions on time. Implements work activity in accordance with
priorities and estimated schedules.
Safety and Housekeeping: Adheres to all established safety and housekeeping standards. Ensures such
standards are not violated.

DISCLAIMER: This job description is not an employment agreement or contract. Management
has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time without notice.


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