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Detention Deputy

Charleston County

Charleston County

North Charleston, SC, USA
Posted on Friday, June 30, 2023

As a Charleston County Detention Deputy, you will join an outstanding team responsible for protecting the public by providing care and custody of residents housed within the Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center.  This important position will not only enhance your communication, teamwork and interpersonal skills, but will also give you the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of detainees and in the community.  


As a Detention Deputy, you will have the ability to work on a variety of specialized teams throughout the Detention Center and court system including: Booking; Identification; Classification; Emergency Response Team (ERT); Transportation; Court Detention; Juvenile Detention Center; and Central Control. 


Certified Class 2 applicants with at least 2 years of certified experience working in Booking, Identification, Classification, Emergency Response Team (ERT), Transportation, and Court Detention will be considered for direct assignment to a specialized team after successful completion of 14 shifts in the Housing unit and release by the Training Board.  


Detention Deputies receive an excellent starting salary of $46,373 - $65,391 (12.25-hr day) (based on related experience and education). Detention Deputies are vested in the S.C. Police Retirement Plan after only eight (8) years of service. Other benefits include health, dental and life insurance as well as 10 observed county holidays and 7 vacation days a year. Uniforms are provided.   


Once trained and certified by the SC Criminal Justice Academy, Detention Deputies may be assigned to perform collateral duties on Underwater Recovery, Rural Search and Rescue, Civil Disturbance Support, Project Lifesaver, and Honor Guard squads.


Eligible Veterans – Our Detention Deputy program has been approved by the VA for the GI Bill.   We will assist eligible veterans in applying for their GI Bill benefit.  

HIRING HOURLY RANGE: $20.80 - $29.33


Duties and Responsibilities

No prior experience is necessary, however, prior work-related experience will be considered in the hiring process. Applicants meeting the minimum criteria must submit to and successfully complete all phases of the hiring process including: a tour of the detention facility; the Nelson-Denny Vocabulary and Reading Examination; completion of an applicant questionnaire; a two-phase background investigation; a credit check; a polygraph examination; a psychological evaluation: an interview and a physical examination. There is a one-year probationary period and all Detention Deputies serve at the pleasure of the Sheriff of Charleston County. In addition, all candidates must successfully complete the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy’s Basic Detention course of instruction within the first year of employment. Work is performed on a 12.25 hour rotating shift. Work periods or schedules are established as required by Federal law, departmental workloads, and organizational needs. This position may be required to work overtime in order to meet or maintain departmental operations.  This position is also required to work some weekends, evenings, holidays, and during natural disasters.  Applicants who have applied within one (1) year of this advertisement are not eligible to re-apply.  Applicants selected to process will be notified by email.


Minimum Qualifications

REQUIREMENTS:  A qualified applicant must (1) be a Citizen of the United States over 18 years of age; (2) possess a high school diploma (from an accredited school) or GED; (3) have a valid driver’s license with the ability to obtain a South Carolina one upon acceptance of the position; and (4) have no criminal convictions. 


Physical attributes include but are not limited to:   physical strength and agility with freedom from disabling defect; ability to pursue on foot and physically restrain residents when necessary; ability to lift and/or move heavy objects and/or persons during rescue activities and cognitive ability to exercise independent judgement and initiative.