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Selection Process

The hiring process from initial contact to completion ranges from two to four months depending on your background investigation, availability of appointments, and scheduled classes.

Application and Administrative Review

Apply online at employment link towards bottom of this page. Once you have applied online, your application will be administratively reviewed to ensure your suitability for employment. (This process can take four to six weeks.)

Submitting your Supplemental Application and Requirements

After passing the initial administrative review, you will be e-mailed a supplemental application and list of requirements. The e-mail will have instructions on where to mail back the supplemental application and requirements. Please start gathering these requirements now to speed up the process:

  • Copy of High School Diploma or GED Certificate
  • Certified copy of college transcripts if applicable
  • Copy of DD214 if you have served in the military
  • Copy of Birth Certificate or Naturalization Certificate if applicable
  • Current full-length (head to toe) photograph
  • Copy of your South Carolina driver’s license (if you have held a driver’s license in any other state within the past five years, a certified driving record for that state must also be submitted).
  • If you currently possess a Driver’s License from another State, a current certified Driving Record for that State must be submitted.

PAT & Written Examination

After successfully passing The Physical Ability Test (PAT), you will be required to pass a reading comprehension exam.  After this exam you will go through an employment orientation at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy.

Polygraph Examination

After successfully passing the written exam, you will be given a date to report for a polygraph examination.

Background Investigation

A thorough background investigation will also begin consisting of criminal checks, school records, military records, driver license records, character references, personal references, interviewing neighbors and current and former employers.

Review Board

If you successfully pass all above phases you will be given a date to report before an Oral Review Board.

Medical/Psychological Screening

If you are given a contingent offer of employment, you will be required to have a complete medical examination, drug test, eye exam, and Tuberculin skin test. You will also be required to take a written psychological test and will be interviewed by our psychologist. All results will be reviewed by our staff and must meet STP standards. If you successfully complete all of the above steps in the process, you will be offered employment and given details on when, where, and what to bring to the first day of Basic Training.

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