JC20 - Law Enforcement Officer II
General Nature of Work:
Performs patrol officer duties to enforce traffic, boating, fishing, hunting and/or criminal laws; conducts criminal or administrative investigations; may supervise other law enforcement personnel.
Guidelines for Class Use/Distinguishing Characteristics:
This is the classification for employees performing journey-level highway patrol or conservation officer duties or entry-level special agent duties. This classification is also used for employees who direct the activities of other law enforcement personnel up to and including the following organizational levels: county (Highway Patrol), district (Transport Police) or a small state facility (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 alleged or suspected violations of criminal law.
Conducts surveillances and performs undercover assignments.
Develops and uses informants to obtain information.
Investigates hunting, boating and/or traffic accidents.
Conducts background or other administrative investigations.
Interviews witnesses and suspects.
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; prosecutes defendants in magistrate's court.
Keeps records and makes reports regarding activities.
Plans, directs and coordinates law enforcement activities within the designated area of responsibility.
Executes orders from superiors.
Explains orders, messages and decisions to subordinates; advises subordinates of changes in laws, regulations, policies and procedures.
Provides guidance and on-the-job training to other law enforcement personnel.
Monitors patrol activities and recommends changes to improve effectiveness.
Supervises and evaluates law enforcement 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.
Ability to plan, organize and review work activities.
Ability to effectively supervise subordinates.
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.
(Note: Additional requirements may be applicable for individual positions in the employing agency.)
A high school diploma and experience performing patrol or investigative duties with a public law enforcement agency. A bachelor's degree may be substituted for the required law enforcement experience.
MUSC Minimum Training and Experience Requirements:
A high school diploma and two years experience performing patrol or investigative duties with a public law enforcement agency, including one year of supervisory experience. A bachelor's degree may be substituted for the required law enforcement experience. Certification by the Department of Public Safety, in accordance with Section 23-6-430 of the 1976 South Carolina Code of Laws. Some positions in this class may require a commercial driver's license.
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.
A high school diploma and 18 months experience performing patrol or investigative duties with a public law enforcement, including one year of supervisory experience. Certification by the Department of Public Safety, in accordance with Section 23-6-430 of the 1976 South Carolina Code of Laws. Some positions in this class may require a commercial driver's license.
MUSC Physical Requirements: