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To become employed as a certified law enforcement officer in South Carolina, individuals must:

  • Be at least 21 years of age to become an officer, or 18 to become an engineer.
  • Be a citizen of the United States.
  • Have earned a high school graduate or equivalent (GED).
  • Not have been convicted of any felony or of a misdemeanor involving perjury or false statement.
  • Any person who, after July 1, 1981, pleads guilty or nolo contendere to, or is found guilty of a felony, or of a misdemeanor involving perjury or a false statement, shall not be eligible for employment or appointment as an officer, not-withstanding suspension of sentence or withholding of adjudication.
  • Never have received a dishonorable discharge from any of the Armed Forces of the United States.
  • Have good moral character.
  • Successfully passed a background investigation, to include drug testing and financial history.
  • Have passed a physical examination by a licensed physician.
  • (If already a certified officer) Complied with mandatory etraining or educational requirements.
  • Have passed a physical performance test administered by the Department.