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Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question? You may find your answer below.

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I have a tattoo on my forearm; does your agency allow any type of waiver or use of long sleeve cover up or wearing of long sleeve uniform year round?

The SCDPS tattoo/body art policy was updated on 8/1/2017. View the updated tattoo policy information.


How long does the application process take?

The application process takes approximately 8 to 12 weeks, depending on when you get started in the process.


When is the deadline to apply?

There is no deadline to apply, however it's best to get started in the process as soon as you are ready. We have multiple classes every year. Based on your needs and the timeframe in which you apply, you will be placed in the class that best suits you.


I applied a few weeks ago and haven’t heard anything back yet, how long before I will hear something back?

Be sure to check your spam and junk folders for the secondary application. Our email address is a .gov account, so it is common for our emails to go to these folders. If you still haven’t received anything, please contact us and we can check on your application status. The email you listed on the state application is the email to which we will reply. Be sure to notify us if your email address changes. You can always contact us at:


I have listed all my previous employers on my application however I can’t remember some of the names and/or numbers for them, is this information needed?

Yes, a complete and accurate application will assist in moving your application through the process more efficiently. If it is incomplete, it might delay you from moving to the next phase. List all needed information on the application and don’t leave any blanks or unknowns. The majority of the reasons why applications fail to move forward is because some applicants leave multiple blanks on their applications. You must list a complete employer history with company names, phone numbers, supervisors, and all other details. Without this, applications cannot be processed.


Will I receive pay and benefits during training?

Yes, you will start receiving your pay and benefits the first day you report to training.


How long is the basic training and is it all week long?

The SC Criminal Justice Academy Basic Law Enforcement training for non-certified applicants is currently 12 weeks long and you will be there from Sunday evening through Friday afternoon. Upon completion, trainees will return for 4 weeks of Highway Patrol Advanced Training. No one can stay on the grounds during the weekend. Training for already Certified South Carolina Law Enforcement Class 1 Officers is 4 weeks of Highway Patrol Advanced Training.