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JC30 - Law Enforcement Officer III

Band 6  


State Specifications:

General Nature of Work:

Conducts criminal or administrative investigations, or directs the activities of other law enforcement personnel.

Guidelines for Class Use/Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is the classification for employees performing journey-level duties as special agents. This classification is also used for employees who direct the activities of other law enforcement personnel up to and including the following organizational levels: subdistrict or a specialized function at headquarters (Highway Patrol), statewide (Transport Police), a medium state facility (public safety force) or subdistrict (Department of Natural Resources).

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.)

Investigates alleged or suspected violations of law.
Conducts surveillances and performs undercover assignments.
Develops and uses informants to obtain information.
Conducts background or other administrative investigations.
Interviews witnesses and suspects.
Apprehends and arrests suspected criminals.
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.
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.
Reviews activity reports submitted by officers to determine if areas are adequately patrolled; recommends changes that will increase the effectiveness of law enforcement operations.
Patrols assigned area to determine if subordinates are performing their duties properly; initiates actions to correct any deficiencies.
Supervises and evaluates law enforcement personnel.
Trains law enforcement personnel in how to properly perform their duties.
Investigates complaints about the activities of law enforcement personnel and reports findings.

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 effectively interview witnesses and suspects.
Ability to represent the agency effectively in dealings with the public.
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.

Minimum Requirements:

(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.

MUSC Minimum Training and Experience Requirements:

A high school diploma and four 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 two years of 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. Must pass a background check.

7356 Lieutenant
A high school diploma and four years experience performing patrol or investigative duties with a public law enforcement, including one year of supervisory experience. A bachelor's degree may be substituted for two years of the required law enforcement experience. Certification by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Training Council in accordance with State Law (23-23-40) is required. Must pass a background check.

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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