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Sheriffs and Deputy Sheriffs - 33-3051.03

O*NET-SOC Description

Enforce law and order in rural or unincorporated districts or serve legal processes of courts. May patrol courthouse, guard court or grand jury, or escort defendants.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Canine Deputy (K-9 Deputy)
  • Chief Deputy Sheriff
  • Civil Division Deputy Sheriff
  • Civil Process Server
  • Corporal-Road Deputy with Sheriff Department
  • Deputy
  • Deputy (Patrol)
  • Deputy Sheriff
  • Deputy Sheriff (Generalist)-Bailiff
  • Drug Abuse Resistance Education Officer (DARE Officer)

SOC Occupation Groups

33-0000 Protective Service Occupations
33-3000 Law Enforcement Workers
33-3050 Police Officers
33-3051.00 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers
33-3051.03 Sheriffs and Deputy Sheriffs

Related Occupations


  • Drive vehicles or patrol specific areas to detect law violators, issue citations, and make arrests.
  • Execute arrest warrants, locating and taking persons into custody.
  • Investigate illegal or suspicious activities.
  • Locate and confiscate real or personal property, as directed by court order.
  • Manage jail operations and tend to jail inmates.
  • Notify patrol units to take violators into custody or to provide needed assistance or medical aid.
  • Patrol and guard courthouses, grand jury rooms, or assigned areas to provide security, enforce laws, maintain order, and arrest violators.
  • Place people in protective custody.
  • Question individuals entering secured areas to determine their business, directing and rerouting individuals as necessary.
  • Record daily activities and submit logs and other related reports and paperwork to appropriate authorities.
  • Serve statements of claims, subpoenas, summonses, jury summonses, orders to pay alimony, and other court orders.
  • Supervise law enforcement staff, such as jail staff, officers, and deputy sheriffs.
  • Take control of accident scenes to maintain traffic flow, to assist accident victims, and to investigate causes.
  • Transport or escort prisoners and defendants en route to courtrooms, prisons or jails, attorneys' offices, or medical facilities.
  • Verify that the proper legal charges have been made against law offenders.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Apprehend criminal suspects.
  • Communicate situation details to appropriate personnel.
  • Confiscate prohibited or dangerous items.
  • Detain suspects or witnesses.
  • Direct law enforcement activities.
  • Direct operations of correctional facilities.
  • Escort prisoners to courtrooms, prisons, or other facilities.
  • Guard facilities.
  • Interview people to obtain information about actions or status of individuals.
  • Investigate accidents to determine causes.
  • Investigate illegal or suspicious activities.
  • Locate suspicious objects or vehicles.
  • Maintain operational records.
  • Monitor access or flow of people to prevent problems.
  • Patrol properties to maintain safety.
  • Serve court ordered documents.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Anti-tank Missileman (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • CID Special Agent (Army - Enlisted)
  • Criminal Investigator CID Agent (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Critical Skills Operator (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Infantry Assaultman (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Infantry Unit Leader (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Light Armored Vehicle (LAV) Crewman (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Machine Gunner (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Master-At-Arms (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Military Police (Army - Enlisted)
  • Military Police (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Rifleman (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Riverine Assault Craft (RAC) Crewman (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Security Forces (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Security Forces Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Security Forces Apprentice, Combat Arms (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Security Forces Apprentice, Military Working Dog Handler (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Security Forces Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Security Forces Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Security Forces Helper, Combat Arms (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Security Forces Helper, Military Working Dog Handler (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Security Forces Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Security Forces Journeyman, Combat Arms (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Security Forces Journeyman, Military Working Dog Handler (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Security Forces Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Deputy Sheriff, Building Guard
  • Deputy Sheriff, Civil Division
  • Deputy Sheriff, Grand Jury
  • Sheriff, Deputy