Law Enforcement Officers (LEO) are appointed and
commissioned as State Constables by the Governor of South
Carolina. They are empowered to enforce the laws of S.C.
with statewide authority. They are under the regulatory
control of the Director of SLED and must be certified by the
S.C. Law Enforcement Training Council by completing all
requirements at the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy.
The entry salary for a LEO is determined by the individual's
education and law enforcement experience.
Upon completion of the Division's Field Training Program, an officer will
receive a 5% increase.
Employees with ten years or less of
State service earn annual leave beginning at the rate of one
and one-fourth days per full calendar month (15 days per
year). At the 11th year of service through 22 years of
service, employees earn an additional one and one-fourth
days per year up to a maximum accrual of 30 days a year.
Annual leave may accrue up to 75 days, but no more than 45
days can be carried over into a new calendar year.
13 paid holidays per year.
One and one-fourth days per month (15
days per year), accruable up to a maximum of 195 days in a
calendar year and may carry over, from one calendar year to
the next, a maximum of 180 days. Up to 10 days of available
sick leave may be used for the illness of an immediate
15 days per year to fulfill military
obligations for members of the United States Armed Forces
Reserves, Coast Guard Reserves, and the National Guard.
Pursuant to University policies, other
paid leave may be available for court, death in the
immediate family, voting, bone marrow or organ donations, and blood
Choice of two levels of coverage
under the State comprehensive plan, or a choice of two Health
Maintenance Organization plans. Eligible dependents may be
from 50% to 100% of allowable charges depending on the type
of treatment and is available to employees and their eligible
The Vision Care
Plan provides savings on eye care and eyewear. The plan
covers a comprehensive eye exam once a year, standard
plastic lenses or contact lenses once a year, and frames
once every two years. Also offered through the plan are
discounts on conventional contact lenses, additional
eyeglasses and more. There are co-pays for some services and
the plan will pay for out-of-network services.
Employees who enroll in one of the
health insurance plans automatically receive $3000 of life
insurance and accidental death and dismemberment. Optional
life insurance is also available to eligible employees based
on their salary.
Long Term Disability:
Automatic coverage to those
employees who enroll in either health insurance plan.
As a supplement to the State
insurance plans, the University offers several types of
additional insurance coverage. Specific information and
rates are available at the Benefits Office.
Sworn employees are enrolled in the South
Carolina Police Officers' Retirement System. Members may
retire with full benefits at age 55 with at least five years
of credited service or with 25 years of credited service,
regardless of age. Non-sworn personnel choose between the
South Carolina Retirement System or the State Optional
Deferred Annuities & Deferred Compensation:
A number of
options are available to employees to supplement their
Employees are paid semimonthly, on the 15th
and the last working day of the month. Direct deposit to a
financial institution is mandatory by the University.
Eligible employees may take one
three-hour course (or four-hour if lab) per semester on a
space available basis once six months of employment is
Overtime / Court Time:
Paid or compensated at the rate of
time and one-half.
Uniforms / Equipment:
The Division provides uniforms,
ultra-lite body armor, auto-pistol (H&K USP .45),
and all other necessary uniform / equipment articles.
with the Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center,
sworn officers are given the opportunity to receive a paid
membership if they agree to utilize the Center at least six (6) times
each month. Non-sworn personnel have free access to the
Blatt P.E. Center or may purchase a membership from the
NOTE: The language
posted on this site is not intended to
create an employment contract between the employee and the
University of South Carolina. This summary is provided for
your convenience and is only a brief description of each
benefit. More detailed information is available at the
Patrol officers work 12 hour shifts (6:30am - 6:30pm /
6:30am - 6:30pm) with a
30 minute meal break each shift. Shifts rotate every 28
APPLYING FOR EMPLOYMENT
University of South Carolina Employment Office
1600 Hampton Street
Columbia, SC 29208
Phone (803) 777-3821
be submitted electronically once a vacancy is posted at
To visit the Employment Office,
the entrance is on the northwest
corner of the building, facing Pickens Street. Computers are
available in the Employment Office for candidates to apply
for career opportunities at USC.
The selection process may take several weeks. Successful
applicants complete an initial screening interview, a
secondary interview with police supervisors, a polygraph
test, a general skills assessment, a psychological profile and a
background investigation. In addition to traditional police
skills, preferred applicants should have the ability to
effectively perform in a multi-cultural, educational
environment. All successful applicants will be required to
complete a 12-month University probationary period.