STARTING SALARY - $12.81 per
• Must be
between the ages of 17 years 9 months and 19 years of age at the time of application.
Applicants may not be appointed until they are 18 years of age and
must be appointed before their 20th birthday.
• United States
• Be in final year of High School or possess a High
School Diploma or acceptable equivalent AND registered/enrolled or
attending college (preferably criminal justice or related) maintaining a
• Valid Driver's License
Pass physical agility test and written police examination
before an Interview Board
• Pass polygraph examination and drug
• Pass psychological and physical examinations
visual acuity standard
• Pass extensive background investigation
Must successfully pass an additional physical, polygraph, and
psychological examinations prior to transfer to Deputy Recruit or
Sheriff’s Cadets are college students, working part-time for the St. Mary’s
County Sheriff’s Office. They perform duties relative to police and corrections
work but not requiring police or correctional officer authority. Sheriff’s
Cadets experience on-the-job training to learn to enforce laws related to
the protection of life and property, traffic control, crime prevention,
and station clerk duties. Sheriff’s Cadets may also work in the St. Mary’s
County Detention Center providing assistance in areas that do not involve
direct contact with the inmates of the Detention Center. Sheriff’s Cadets
receive close direction from supervisors and carry out their assignments
in accordance with established operating procedures. During this period
of employment, Sheriff’s Cadets are periodically evaluated for efficiency,
general performance of duties, and continued eligibility for appointment
as a Police Recruit or Correctional Officer.
Cadets may be appointed as Police Recruits or Correctional Officers to the
first academy class for which they become eligible, provided they serve
a minimum of one year of service in the Cadet program, satisfactorily pass
the required psychological, physical, and polygraph examinations. Work is
evaluated through observations, conferences, and reports.
duties and responsibilities may vary, depending on the assigned location.
Duties and responsibilities may be added, deleted or changed at any time
at the direction of management, formally or informally, verbally or in writing.
• Assist members of the Agency in accomplishing work objectives, as
• Respond to emergency calls (domestic and civil complaints)
requiring police action with a sworn police officer to include, but not
limited to, intrusion alarms, child abuse, robberies, traffic accidents,
• Learn and practice civil procedures and custodial responsibilities.
• Observe writing of citations for traffic and other minor violations.
• Assist in writing detailed incident, investigation, activity, and
• Learn to interpret and apply laws contained in various
state codes and local ordinances.
• Learn and practice basic criminal
and traffic accident investigation procedures.
• Learn and practice
techniques, including crime scene preservation, witness interviewing, and
• Provide assistance to accident and other victims.
• Provide assistance to correctional officers in the Detention Center
in areas such as central control and administration, and perform other various
duties not requiring direct contact with the inmates.
• Perform the
duties of the position of Station Clerk, as assigned.
• Assist the
Traffic Safety Unit with various duties such as commercial vehicle inspections,
school bus safety inspections, child safety seat inspections, and participate
in crime prevention and traffic operations public education programs.
• Staff Agency informational displays or booths.
• Assist with
crowd and traffic control at public events and at crime scenes, fires, traffic
light outages, and other unusual occurrences, as assigned.
administrative duties throughout the Agency, as assigned.
and participate in training sessions and other meetings, as required.
• Perform any other related duties, as assigned.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES
• Ability to gain knowledge of the principles and practices, rules and
regulations found in Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and other manuals
pertinent to the assigned job classification.
• Possess strong community
relations skills to deal with a wide range of people, including children,
the elderly, non-English speaking ethnic persons, and persons with medical
conditions which may render them mentally unclear.
• Ability to learn
names and locations of roads, buildings, and other landmarks in St. Mary’s
• Ability to provide quality police service to the citizens
of St. Mary’s County.
• Ability to understand oral and written instructions,
to speak effectively and articulately, to demonstrate good listening skills,
and to convey concern, understanding, and empathy.
• Apply knowledge,
experience, and reason to arrive at effective decisions for routine situations.
• Ability to utilize a high level of discretion, good judgment, and
• Ability to complete work assignments and reports
in a timely manner.
• Ability to organize and determine priorities
of diverse assignments.
• Ability to read and comprehend various
• Ability to maintain composure and work effectively in
situations of on the job pressure.
• Ability to learn and apply training
provided by the Agency or designated agency.
• Ability to comprehend,
understand and adhere to, at all times, Agency policies, procedures, rules,
• Ability to become CPR and First Aid Certified.
• Possess a valid driver’s license.
• Operate assigned Agency
vehicle in accordance with established rules and regulations of this Agency
and the laws of the State of Maryland.
• Ability to pass a comprehensive
• Ability to pass random drug screening.
EDUCATION / EXPERIENCE
Sheriff’s Cadets may be in their final year of high school to begin
the application process or hold a diploma from a recognized high school
or possess a General Educational Development (GED) certificate recognized
by the Maryland State Board of Education.
Sheriff’s Cadets are required
to attend college full or part-time and take courses in criminal justice
or a related and approved field. Sheriff’s Cadets must maintain a grade
point average of 2.5 or higher.
PHYSICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS
The work environment
characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters
while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations
may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential
Communicate effectively and coherently with other Agency
personnel and the public, either in person or by telephone, by written report
or memorandum, through radio communications, or computer network.
Stand exposed to weather elements and temperature extremes for long
periods at crime scenes, traffic accidents, emergency and disaster scenes,
or other events. Exposure to temperatures ranging from below freezing to
above 100 degrees.
Adhere to Universal Barrier Precautions when exposed
to blood and body fluids.
Stand exposed to life-threatening situations
in high-speed pursuit driving or assault.
Enter and exit motor vehicles
frequently and quickly.
Some work is performed in an office setting
with frequent interruptions. May sit for extended periods of time, answering
the telephone, and operating computer equipment.
Enter and retrieve
data from a variety of computer systems when assigned in the Duty Office.
Read computer screens and be able to distinguish colors.
and maintain professional decorum at all times.
Function in a structured
organization with strict rules of conduct.
Establish and maintain
effective working relationships with coworkers and supervisors.
accept supervision, criticism, and evaluation.
to people from varying ethnic, religious, sexual, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Deal tactfully, effectively, and equitably with people, both within
and outside the Agency.
Manipulate keys and keyboards, file drawer
latches, and file folders (locating, removing, inserting).
work in accordance with sound safety practices.
Must report for duty
in a regular and punctual manner.
Must work on-call, overtime, and
temporary assignments when deemed necessary by the Agency.
required to work varying hours on a rotating schedule including days, evenings,
midnights, weekends, and holidays.
Comply with Agency policies and
procedures as outlined in the Administrative and Operational Manual
For questions, please contact the Personnel and Recruiting Section at