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The Division of Law Enforcement and Safety places a great deal of emphasis on training all law enforcement officers and support personnel. The Training Officer schedules mandatory classes and ensures that opportunities for additional training are available to all personnel interested in professional development programs. Advanced training for both sworn and civilian employees is provided by local, state, and federal agencies, as well as private organizations, in subject areas ranging from law enforcement operations to personnel management.


Pre-Service Training Program

Before newly hired personnel are allowed to attend the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy or be assigned to shift duties, they are required to complete a Pre-Service Training Program.


The Division provides all new employees with training that includes, but is not limited to:

  • University policies
  • Accreditation process familiarization
  • Responsibilities and rights of employees
  • Working conditions and regulations
  • The Law Enforcement Code of Ethics
  • Agency role, purpose, goals, policies and procedure



In addition, the Division provides all sworn employees with training that includes, but is not limited to:

  • Campus safety
  • Foreign nationals
  • Use of Force


  • Community-oriented policing
  • Firearms familiarization/qualification
  • Juvenile procedures
Basic Training
South Carolina law requires that all newly-hired, non-certified officers attend the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy for basic law enforcement certification. Training at the Academy consists of nine weeks of classroom coursework and hands-on instruction in the areas of:
  • Firearms
  • Traffic
  • Defensive / Pursuit Driving
  • Legal
  • Defensive Tactics
  • Human Relations
  • Criminal Domestic Violence



In-Service / Specialized Training
South Carolina legislation requires all law enforcement officers to be re-certified every three years after their initial certification date. This legislation requires a minimum of 40 hours of training for all personnel every three years. However, Division officers often exceed the State minimum requirements and are provided with many in-service and specialized training opportunities to keep them proficient and knowledgeable in all aspects of job related duties.


Some standard training topics for block training include:

  • Taser
  • Oleoresin Capsicum (OC) Spray
  • Defensive Tactics
  • Advanced Firearms
  • Use of Force
  • Scenario-based Training
  • Interview and Interrogation

  • Enforcing Underage Drinking

  • CPR / First Aid

  • Emergency Vehicle Operation

  • LEBA Basic Mountain Bike Course

  • Active Shooter Response


  • Emergency Vehicle Operations
  • Incident Command System
  • Improvised Explosive Devices
  • Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Explosives
  • Incident Response to Terrorist Bombing
  • Crime Scene Investigation Awareness

  • Criminal Prosecution

  • Crowd Control / Management


Some of the organizations the Division uses to provide advanced training for its employees include:

  • The South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy (SCCJA)

  • South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED)

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

  • United States Secret Service

  • The Institute of Police Technology and Management (IPTM)

  • The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC)

  • The Southern Police Institute (SPI)

  • Richland County Solicitor's Office

  • DHS Center for Domestic Preparedness

  • FEMA Emergency Management Institute


Training Bulletin

In addition to conducting regular in-service training, the Division also creates and distributes a monthly training bulletin to all sworn police officers. This bulletin covers topics such as legal updates, new techniques, and case studies to keep officers abreast and up-to-date with the latest in policing practices.