Frequently Asked Questions
Richland County Benefits
for Administrative/Non-sworn positions
Whether you're looking for a
career in Forensic Science, Undercover Narcotics, or Community Policing,
we offer a diverse choice of specialized professions designed to provide
our citizens with the finest service and protection available.
County Sheriff's Department currently employs over 550 uniformed
officers, making it one of the largest departments in the state. We offer
deputies a wide choice of career opportunities, the finest training, and
tremendous potential for advancement. A few of the distinct branches of
the Richland County Sheriff's Department are Narcotics,
Forensics, Boat Patrol, Dive Team, Special Operations Response Team,
Squad, K-9 Unit, Crime Prevention,
Training Instructors, School Resource
Police Officers, Victims Assistance Officers,
Information, and Deputy Sheriff III.
If there are any questions
concerning the hiring process, please contact Major James Stewart at (803)
576-3045 or by email at
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To become a Deputy Sheriff, Deputy Sheriff III, or Court Security Officer with Richland County, you must
meet the following qualifications:
For Deputy Sheriff positions,
candidate must have a four year degree from an accredited college or
university, or Associate Degree and two years of previous law enforcement
or military experience, or be a currently certified law enforcement
For Deputy Sheriff III and Court Security Officer
candidates - must have High School Diploma
from an accredited
school or GED.
Minimum of 21 years of age.
No criminal history.
Valid driver's license with limited
Satisfactory background, including financial stability.
Pass a polygraph examination, drug
testing, physical fitness test and staff interviews.
Meet physical fitness standards. Including a
pre-employment PT Test.
Successfully complete training at the Criminal Justice
Minimum State Standards as described in SC
CODE OF LAWS SECTION 23-23-60(B)
- An application
under oath on a format prescribed by the Director of the South Carolina
Criminal Justice Academy.
- Evidence that the
candidate has completed high school and received a high school diploma;
equivalency (military or other) recognized and accepted by the South
Carolina Department of Education or South Carolina.
- Evidence that the
candidate is physically fit to fulfill the duties of a law enforcement
officer. Such proof must be in obtaining a complete medical history by a
licensed physician or medical examiner and a complete medical
- The candidate has
not been convicted of any criminal offense that carries a sentence of
one year or more or a criminal offense that involves a crime of moral
turpitude. The forfeiture of bond, a guilty plea, or a plea of nolo
contendere is considered the equivalent of a conviction.
- Candidate must be a
person of good character as established by an in-depth background
investigation. In determining good character, consideration must be
given to all law violations, including traffic and conservation law
convictions, prior history of alcohol and drug abuse, etc.
- Candidate must have
a valid and current state driver's license with no record during the
previous five years for suspension of the driver's license as a result
of driving under the influence, reckless homicide, involuntary
manslaughter, or leaving the scene of an accident.
- A credit check with
- Fingerprints and a
check by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the South Carolina Law
Enforcement Division the candidate has no felony convictions.
- The candidate must
- Evidence that the
candidate's present age is not less than twenty-one years. This evidence
must include a birth certificate or another acceptable document
- If the candidate
has successfully completed a course of law enforcement training by the
South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy or another law enforcement
training Academy, copies of the documents must be obtained.
- No convictions for
criminal domestic violence.
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