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 officer.
- 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 violations.
- Drug-free background.
- 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 Academy.
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 examination.
- 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 favorable results
- 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 be photographed.
- 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.
- Applicant submits application
- Preliminary background investigation conducted
- Pre-employment agility test
- Pre-employment firearms evaluation
- Pre-employment spelling test
- Pre-employment essay/writing sample
- Pre-polygraph booklet completed
- Pre-employment polygraph consent and advisory signed
- Pre-employment polygraph
- Some applicants are chosen to appear before an interview board based on the application packet and evaluations.
- Interview Board
- Interview Board results are compiled and recommendations are made to the Sheriff.
- Selected applicants are interviewed by the Sheriff.
Note: Steps 3-8 to be conducted all on the same day at the Firing Range.
The application and hiring process takes 60-90 days.