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JC40 - Law Enforcement Officer IV

Band 7  


State Specifications:

General Nature of Work:

Conducts difficult or complex criminal investigations and/or directs the activities of other law enforcement personnel.

Guidelines for Class Use/Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is the classification for employees performing the duties of a senior special agent. This classification is also used for employees who direct the activities of other law enforcement personnel up to and including the following organizational levels: district (Highway Patrol), district or a statewide program (Department of Natural Resources), region or a major functional component (State Law Enforcement Division) or a large 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.)

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.
Monitors the work of subordinate personnel through reviews of written materials and personal observation; initiates actions to correct any deficiencies.
Selects, 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.
Researches issues and drafts orders, policies and procedures.

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.
Ability to build and maintain effective and harmonious working relationships among agency employees and other law enforcement organizations to ensure an integrated and cooperative law enforcement effort.

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 five years experience performing patrol or investigative duties with a public law enforcement agency, including two years of supervisory experience at the lieutenant of higher rank or a bachelor's degree and three years experience performing patrol or investigative duties with a public law enforcement agency, including two years of supervisory experience at the lieutenant or higher rank. Certification by the Department of Public Safety, in accordance with Section 23-6-430 of the 1976 South Carolina Code of Laws.

MUSC Physical Requirements:

This classification is not currently used at MUSC. Please contact the Department of Human Resources for more information.


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