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Pulaski County Missouri

 Patrol Division

Jimmy Bench, Sheriff

Lt. Regina Utley

Phone 573-774-6197


Sgt. Nick Kunert

Phone 573-774-6196


Cpl. John Dugger

Phone 573-774-6196


Cpl. Brett Parrott

Phone 573-774-6196


                                                           Patrol Division Description


The Pulaski County Sheriff's Department Patrol Division is responsible for patrolling over 550 square miles of unincorporated Pulaski County and provides full law enforcement services for approximately 52,274 citizens. We handle a wide variety of law enforcement issues and pride ourselves on our customer service experience. Unlike cities, where the police chief is appointed by a mayor or city council, we work for Sheriff Jimmy Bench, who was elected by the citizens of Pulaski County and is held accountable by the very people we provide service for. Each deputy is vested with the responsibility of providing excellent customer service to crime victims and the community we serve and to ensure safety and security in Pulaski County.

The Patrol Division in Pulaski County has historically been understaffed. We currently have 14 sworn Deputies, and a number of Reserves, that offer their time to help. Even with the recent passing of a sales tax, we are still behind local and national standards of officer to citizen ratio.

There is no typical day for a Patrol Deputy, given the diverse make up of our areas of responsibility. We patrol a combination of populated areas, but most of our patrol is done in rural areas. Deputies have to have excellent communication and public relation skills to work in and around the diverse make up of the citizenry of Pulaski County. They have to be ready to handle any call for service such as a domestic assault, child abuse, robbery, burglary, death investigation or cattle theft - sometimes all in the same shift.

The Patrol Division is made up of two squads which are under the leadership of a Lieutenant. Each squad also has a Sergeant, a Corporal, and at least 4 Deputies. Our main focus is to concentrate our patrol in the rural areas, as we have numerous municipal agencies that handle their areas. On average, the Patrol Division handles over 12,000 calls for service a year.

The Patrol Division is a rewarding and exciting place to work. The men and woman who make up the division are dedicated to providing the citizens the excellent customer service they deserve and the safety we all expect 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

                                                                                            Job Description – Sgt.  Deputy Sheriff

    Apprehends arrests and detains criminal suspects and law violators when necessary; follows proper procedures when making arrests.

Under general supervision, exercises responsibilities for the enforcement of state and local laws relating to public safety and welfare.  Exercises independent judgment in dealing with dangerous or unusual situations, exercising safety practices and procedures.  Works under stressful, high-risk conditions, days, nights, weekends, cold weather, and warm weather.  Reports to assigned Corporal, Sergeant.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

Supervisors and performs the following tasks according to Missouri State Law.


  •     Patrols County roads in a patrol car on assignment for the purpose of observing the area for possible criminal activity or other conditions that could endanger public safety, investigating complaints, and enforcing laws; maintains high visibility.

  •     Investigates and reports accidents, dangerous or defective streets, sidewalks, traffic lights, or other hazardous conditions.

  •     Investigates crimes, interviews witnesses, complainants, and victims; and gathers physical evidence and preserves for court; conducts follow up investigations as needed.

  •     Enforces all felony and misdemeanor laws of Missouri.

  •     Apprehends arrests and detains criminal suspects and law violators when necessary; follows proper procedures when making arrests.

  •     Serves warrants, summonses, subpoenas, civil and other official papers.

  •     Serves as witness in court and provides evidence in court as required.

  •     Responds to emergency calls, such as robberies, burglaries, kidnappings, assaults and murders; and practices safety procedures in answering and responding to calls.

  •     Checks residential and commercial property for security as requested; checks on Senior Citizens; the mentally unstable as requested.

  •     Assists motorists in various situations as needed.

  •     Contacts complainants and/or victims of crimes within a reasonable length of time; keeps complainants or victims informed of progress of investigations.

  •     Investigates and reports fires or other related events; keeps bystanders out of danger; safeguards property; and renders first aid in emergency situations.

  •     Prepares, processes, and/or transmits various reports as required.

  •     Records information concerning events that took place during tour of duty, and records such activity in the manner as prescribed by the department.

  •     Maintains weapons and equipment in functional and presentable condition.

  •     Transports mental patients and prisoners to prescribed locations as necessary.

  •     Accounts for and transports evidence coming into custody.

  •     Answers questions asked by the general public, works with juveniles and adults in related matters; refers public to person or agencies which can provide further assistance as required.

  •     Works under stressful, high risk conditions.

  •     Takes decisions at the crime scenes which may be centered around life or death situations; decisions are based on the safest procedures to be followed to ensure safety to individuals involved and fellow officers/members of rescue team.

  •     Performs special projects as directed by the Sheriff, Chief Deputy, and Lieutenant

  •     Watches for wanted or missing person and lost children; administers first aid to the injured in emergency cases; and reports stray animals as necessary,

  •     Attends shift meeting, seminars, and training sessions as required to remain knowledgeable of operations and promote job performance.

  •     Attends required periodic training sessions and seminars; participates in required physical fitness activities.

  •     Maintains required level of proficiency in the use of firearms, and evasive action/driving skills.

  •     Takes active charge in serious or unusual situations and manages day to day activities involving Corporals.

  • Is available for emergency status.

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