Law Enforcement Officer I

Columbia, SC
University of South Carolina

The Law Enforcement Officer I/Public Safety Officer provides law enforcement, security, and protection for the University of SC community and property. These are certified police officers in accordance with SC Code of Laws, empowered with full arrest and police authority statewide. They enforce state laws, NAC rules and regulations, and University rules and regulations. Executes duties of a patrol officer, provides VIP detail security and assists with critical incidents.

In emergency critical incidents, all sworn police officers are subject to recall with or without notice 24/7/365.

There is a $7500 signing bonus for an applicant currently working and certified as a Class 1 Law Enforcement Officer the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy or have been inactive with a law enforcement agency for less than 12 months and able to have Class 1 Certification immediately reinstated upon hire.

Once hired, the officer will receive $1750 after successfully completing field training, $750 after successful completion of 1st year anniversary, $2500 after successful completion of 2nd year anniversary, and $2500 after successful completion of 3rd year anniversary. This bonus program may be discontinued without notice, at any time. Current University of South Carolina (USC) Police Department officers or officers who have been separated from the USC Police Department for less than 12 months are not eligible for the signing bonus.

The award of a bonus is at the discretion of the USC Police Department, with final approval from the Vice President for Human Resources or their designee. The failure to receive a bonus may not be grieved through the university or state grievance processes for staff and administrators, or through the faculty grievance process.

Patrol officers are typically assigned to rotating 12 hours shifts. Currently, patrol officers assigned to 12-hour shifts receive an annual $4000 temporary shift supplement which is not part of the base salary.



$42,015 plus $4,000 shift supplement = $46,015 – (New officer with 1 year of police experience)

$44,115 plus $4,000 shift supplement = $48,115 – (New officer with 3 years of police experience)

$48,527 plus $4,000 shift supplement = $52,527 – (New officer with 5 years of police experience)


10/22/2021 11:59 PM Eastern

Desired Skills:

Knowledge of proper law enforcement officer behavior and role. Knowledge of modern law enforcement techniques and procedures. Knowledge of how to collect and preserve evidence. Knowledge of the Constitutionally mandated rights of both suspects and law enforcement personnel. Knowledge of South Carolina law, relevant case law, and policies of the University. Ability to exercise sound judgement within an established set of core departmental values. Knowledge of the functions and interrelationships of other law enforcement agencies. Skill in the operation of law enforcement vehicles, weapons, and communications equipment.


High school diploma. Must be 21 years of age, be physically qualified and have no criminal record. Must pass a background investigation. Class 1 Law Enforcement Certification from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy (SCCJA) – Active or Inactive for Less than 12 Months.