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JC10 - Law Enforcement Officer I

Band 4  


State Specifications:

General Nature of Work:

Performs patrol officer duties to enforce traffic, commercial motor carrier, boating, hunting, fishing, environmental health and/or criminal laws.

Guidelines for Class Use/Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is the entry-level classification for uniformed patrol work. This classification is also used for employees performing journey-level patrol duties in the enforcement of commercial motor carrier or environmental health laws and for employees performing journey-level and first-line supervisory duties as members of a public safety force.

Examples of Work:

(Note: The examples of work listed in this class specification are not necessarily descriptive of any one position in the class. The omission of specific statements does not preclude management from assigning specific duties not listed herein if such duties are a logical assignment to the position. The intent of the listed examples is to give a general indication of the levels of difficulty and responsibility common to all positions in this class.)

Patrols assigned area to prevent crime and detect violations of law.
Responds to complaints, reports of violations and requests for assistance.
Issues warnings and citations to violators.
Apprehends and arrests violators.
Investigates hunting, boating and/or traffic accidents.
Directs traffic and controls crowds.
Performs general police work such as maintaining order during emergencies, participating in manhunts and providing executive protection.
Testifies in court and other legal proceedings.
Keeps records and makes reports regarding activities.
Provides guidance and on-the-job training to other law enforcement personnel.
Serves as a first-line supervisor of other public safety personnel.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

(Note: The knowledge, skills and abilities listed are not necessarily inclusive of the requirements for every position in the class.)

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 legal rights of both suspects and law enforcement personnel.
Knowledge of the laws one is responsible for enforcing.
Knowledge of the functions and interrelationships of other law enforcement agencies.
Skill in the operation of law enforcement vehicles, weapons and communications equipment.
Ability to correctly evaluate situations and make good decisions.
Ability to deal firmly, yet tactfully, with the general public.
Ability to effectively interview witnesses and suspects.
Ability to read and comprehend written materials.
Ability to write clearly and effectively.

State Minimum Training and Experience

State Necessary Special Requirements:

Certification by the Department of Public Safety in accordance with § 23-6-430 of the Code of Laws of South Carolina 1976. Some positions require a commercial driver's license.

Minimum Requirements:

(Note: Additional requirements may be applicable for individual positions in the employing agency.)

A high school diploma.

MUSC Minimum Training and Experience Requirements:

A high school diploma. Certification by the Department of Public Safety, in accordance with Section 23-6-430 of the 1976 South Carolina Code of Laws. Some positons require a commercial driver's license.

Public Safety Officer
A high school diploma. Certification by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Training Council, in accordance with State Law (23-23-40) is required. Must pass a background check. Some positons require a commercial driver's license.

7353 Master Public Safety Officer
A high school diploma and six months experience in law enforcement. Certification by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Training Council, in accordance with State Law (23-23-40) is required. Must pass a background check. Some positons require a commercial driver's license.

MUSC Physical Requirements:

(Note: The following descriptions are applicable to this section: Continuous - 6-8 hours per shift; Frequent - 2-6 hours per shift; Infrequent - 0-2 hours per shift)

Ability to stand/walk for extended periods of time. (Continuous)
Ability to lift materials up to 50 lbs, unassisted. (Infrequent)
Ability to lift, drag, pull persons to safety, weighing up to 300 lbs., assisted. (Infrequent)
Ability to hear and recognize various alarms, verbal summons and other sounds within noisy background areas. (Continuous)
Ability to maintain 20/40 vision in both eyes, corrected. (Continuous)
Ability to climb stairs to the top floor of any building within the institutions. (Infrequent)
Olfactory sense must be intact in order to smell unusual odors. (Continuous)
Ability to carry heavy objects, i.e. persons, a distance of 15 to 20 feet in emergency situations. (Infrequent)
Ability to engage in physical confrontations with suspected offenders. (Infrequent)
Ability to run for extended distances. (Infrequent)
Ability to sit/drive a patrol vehicle for extended periods. (Continuous)
Ability to ride a bicycle for extended periods. (Continuous)
Ability to kneel. (Infrequent)
Ability to bend. (Frequent)
Ability to climb ladders. (Infrequent)
Ability to work are heights at maximum height of builidings within institution boundaries. (Frequent)
Abilityl to sit, for extended periods, while operating a patrol vehicle. (Continuous)

Additional New Requirements:
Ability to obtain and maintain a valid drivers license.
Computer literacy.
Ability to work overtime as required.


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