Law Enforcement Officer (Certified) I & II

DJJ South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice - Lexington, SC, South Carolina

Sep 21, 2022

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Application Deadline:
Dec 30, 2022

Salary Information

Entry Level:
$44,805 annual
Academy Graduate:
$Depends on experience annual
Lateral Transfer:
$Depends on experience annual
Top Pay:
$Depends on experience annual

Job Description

***This position is ongoing until all positions have been filled.

** Interested applicants must apply on company's website at - click on Join TEAM DJJ.**

This position offers a $7,500 sign-on bonus

++Law Enforcement Officer I (Certified)++


Under general supervision of the Chief of Public Safety, will respond to and resolve calls for service, perform law enforcement duties by patrolling S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice Campuses to ensure the safety and security of persons and property.

  • Conducts perimeter patrols of all areas with DJJ Institutional grounds on a regular and non-scheduled basis.
  • Responds to calls for service/assistance.
  • Observes, instructs, corrects, investigates and reports persons or incidents involving, but limited to, suspected break-ins, tampering, vandalism, thefts, property damage, safety hazards, smoke, fire obstructions and conditions or violations contrary to the best interest of institution.
  • Transports juvenile(s) as required for medical appointments, funerals, etc. in and/or out state. Prepares written reports of investigation based on his or her actions. Investigates all escapes from institutions upon apprehension of juvenile(s).
  • Investigates motor vehicle collisions on DJJ property.
  • Escorts unauthorized, unruly visitors, or terminated employee(s) off DJJ Campuses.
  • Perform other related duties as required by supervisor. Must pass reading comprehensive test, possess a valid South Carolina driver's license, must be able to successfully complete a psychological evaluation, and pass a drug test.
  • *_Special Necessary Requirements: *_Certification by the Law Enforcement Training Council in accordance with 23-23-40 of the Code of Laws of South Carolina 1976. Some positions require a commercial driver's license.

++Note++: If any Agency Requirements are listed above, applicants must also meet those requirements to be considered for the position. Salary may vary depending on experience and qualifications. Candidates must present documentation of their attainment of college degree(s) at the time of interview. Documentation must be either an official or unofficial copy of the college transcript or Letter of Verification of Degree from the institution's Registrar's Office. If the candidate selected for the position provided an unofficial copy, it must be replaced with an official copy on or before the HR processing date.

Additional Information

*_Preferred Qualifications *_Ability to communicate verbally and in writing to prepare reports

-Ability to prioritize multiple competing priorities during high stress situations

-Perform general police work such as maintaining order during emergencies, participating in vehicle and employee searches, be on alert for suspicious activities, drugs, theft, contraband, and juvenile abuse

-Patrol assigned area to prevent crime and detect violations of law Respond to complaints, reports of violations and request for assistance Investigate traffic collisions

-Escort unruly visitors off campus Perform emergency and routine juvenile transport

-Provide a safe environment for the juvenile(s), visitor(s) and employee(s) of DJJ Work under general supervision by Administrator of Public Safety while using judgment to proceed in routine matters in accordance with standard practices -Annual scheduled performance review supervised by Administrator of Public Safety via reports, schedule meetings and personal contacts

-On call for emergencies 24 hours per day

-Essential Position: Candidate should possess high moral, character, someone stable and nature and able to withstand a background investigation

-Must be able to work with aggressive delinquent juveniles daily in accordance with SCDJJ Policies and Procedures

-Must be able to lift 50+ lbs., sits 1-3 hours per day: stand 1-3 hours per day, walk 1-3 hours per day and ability to work varied hours to meet organizational needs

-Deal with confidential and sensitive information

-Ability to prioritize multiple competing priorities during high stress situations and ability occasionally travels overnight

This position performs job duties relating to the custody, control, transportation or recapture of juveniles within the jurisdiction of the Department of Juvenile Justice and the employee may have direct and indirect contact with juveniles within the jurisdiction of the Department of Juvenile Justice. Training applicable to these duties will be provided. A resume maybe attached with your application, but not substituted for completing the work history section of the application.

The South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice offers an exceptional benefits package for FTE positions that includes:

  • Health, Dental, Vision, Long Term Disability, and Life Insurance for Employee, Spouse, and Children
  • 15 days annual (vacation) leave per year
  • 15 days sick leave per year
  • 13 paid holidays
  • State Retirement Plan and Deferred Compensation Programs

Job Requirements

  • Age: 21
  • Education: High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Experience: South Carolina Class One Certified Law Enforcement Officer with a minimum of one (1) year experience or related experience i.e. military service.

Additional Comments **Applications are incomplete if you fail to answer all supplemental questions, education and work history. Incomplete applications are not referred to hiring managers. Applications are accepted until ++5:00 p.m.**++ on the stated closing date. You will be asked to provide a certified transcript if selected for a position requiring a degree. A background investigation will be conducted that may include, but not limited to, criminal records, driver's license and child abuse registry prior to an offer of employment. Additionally, a medical examination and drug testing may be required. Please provide an explanation for any gaps in employment

Contact Information

Eloise Davis

DJJ South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice
Lexington, SC, South Carolina 29210
phone: 18036091420

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