Careers

Greenville County Sheriff’s Office Careers

The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office recognizes that the hiring process is a key event in the operational effectiveness of any law enforcement agency. As a result, we are committed in our effort to actively recruit highly motivated, quality individuals for positions in law enforcement. As a Deputy Sheriff, you will become part of a team dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for its citizens. Our agency is known as one of the most professional and innovative law enforcement agencies in the southeast.

Hiring Process: Interested persons enter a highly competitive selection process.

  • Apply online
  • Oral interview board
  • Rigorous background investigation
  • Polygraph examination
  • Medical exam
  • Psychological testing
  • Physical ability test
  • Final hiring decision
DEPUTY I

(Non-Certified: Less than 1 year of experience with or without state certification,
annual salary shown based on an 85.75 hour pay period with overtime included on a Uniform Patrol schedule)

SALARY:

  • $20.74/Hr with a HS diploma or GED
    ($47,812 per year)
  • $21.78/Hr with an Associate’s Degree in a law enforcement related field
    ($50,203 per year)
  • $22.82/Hr with a Bachelor’s Degree in a law enforcement related field
    ($52,593 per year)
  • $23.86/Hr with a Master’s Degree in a law enforcement related field
    ($54,984 per year)

A 4% raise in salary is awarded to candidates after successful completion of their introductory period.

DEPUTY II (Certified)

Pay Scale Prior Experience Non-GCSO

Pay Scale Prior Experience With GCSO

Pay Incentives: Deputy I & II

  • Experience incentive will be based upon years of service
  • Bi-Lingual (Spanish) 5% over starting pay
  • Associate’s Degree (Law Enforcement Related) 5% over starting pay
  • Bachelor’s Degree (Law Enforcement Related) 10% over starting pay
  • Master’s Degree (Law Enforcement Related) 15% over starting pay

Note: Maximum of 20% with a combination of Master’s Degree and Bi-Lingual (Spanish)

South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy: Once employed as a Deputy Sheriff, you will attend the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy in Columbia for 8 weeks, the remaining 4 weeks will be completed at the Sheriff’s Office. Certified officers from other states may qualify for a six-week cross over training presented through the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy.

Overtime Pay: Any hours worked in excess of 80 hours (bi-weekly) is compensated at a rate of time and a half.

Holiday Pay: Any hours worked during one of the 11 scheduled paid county holidays is compensated at a rate of time and a half. In addition, you will be compensated for the 8 hours of scheduled holiday pay.

Benefits:

  • Free Standard Medical Health Insurance for employee with participation in clinical health assessment.
  • Vision Insurance.
  • Free Dental Insurance for employee.
  • Life Insurance (County provides $50,000, additional supplemental insurance can be purchased).
  • State law enforcement retirement at 27 years service.
  • Annual leave is accrued per pay period (accrual rate depends on years of service).
  • Sick leave is accrued per pay period.
  • Workers’ Compensation.
  • Up to $1,500 tuition reimbursement for continuing education per year.
  • Take home car program after successful completion of Field Training Program.

Applicants Must:

  • Be of good moral character.
  • At least 21 years of age.
  • A SC resident when commissioned.
  • A US citizen.
  • Able to successfully complete a medical examination, physical abilities test, psychological assessment, drug screening, and background investigation.
  • Able to successfully complete the required 12 week training program administered through the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy.
  • Have a high school diploma or GED certificate.
  • Have a valid SC driver’s license.
  • Have a good driving record.
  • Have a clean criminal history.
  • Have a satisfactory credit history.
  • Must not have a Bad Conduct Discharge or Dishonorable Discharge from the military (if applicable).

Note: Applications will not be accepted for applicants who have experimented with illegal hard drugs within 5 years of the application date or 1 year for marijuana. Applicants must not have been convicted of a DUI within 5 years of the application date.

CLASS 3 DEPUTY

(Non-Certified: Less than 1 year of experience with or without state certification, annual salary shown based on an 80 hour pay period)

SALARY:

  • $19.30/Hr with a HS diploma or GED
    ($40,158 per year)
  • $20.27/Hr with an Associate’s Degree in a law enforcement related field
    ($42,166 per year)
  • $21.23/Hr with a Bachelor’s Degree in a law enforcement related field
    ($44,174 per year)
  • $22.20/Hr with a Master’s Degree in a law enforcement related field
    ($46,182 per year)

Pay Scale Prior Experience Non-GCSO
Pay Scale Prior Experience with GCSO

Applicants must meet the same listed criteria as a Deputy I or Deputy II. The hiring process, pay incentives, and benefits (with the exception of a take home car) are the same as Deputy I and Deputy II positions. (See above)

Duty assignments for Class 3 deputies include front desk duty, court security, and/or prisoner transport.

COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST

(Annual salary shown based on an 84 hour pay period with overtime included)

SALARY (Non-certified):

  • $18.16/Hr with a HS diploma or GED
    ($40,612 per year)
  • $19.07/Hr with an Associate’s Degree in a job-related field
    ($42,642 per year)
  • $19.97/Hr with a Bachelor’s Degree in a job-related field
    ($44,673 per year)
  • $20.88/Hr with a Master’s Degree in a job-related field
    ($46,704 per year)

Pay Scale Prior Experience Non-GCSO and Required Qualifications

Pay Scale Prior Experience with GCSO and Required Qualifications

CALL TAKER

(Annual salary shown based on an 84 hour pay period with overtime included)

SALARY (Non-certified):

  • $16.03/Hr with a HS diploma or GED
    ($35,864 per year)
  • $16.84/Hr with an Associate’s Degree in a job-related field
    ($37,657 per year)
  • $17.64/Hr with a Bachelor’s Degree in a job-related field
    ($39,450 per year)
  • $18.44/Hr with a Master’s Degree in a job-related field
    ($41,243 per year)

Pay Scale Prior Experience Non-GCSO and Required Qualifications
Pay Scale Prior Experience with GCSO and Required Qualifications

How much does it cost to go to the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy?

Nothing! There is no cost to personnel attending the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy. Personnel must be employed full time by a law enforcement agency and have satisfied a background investigation.

I am a certified officer from another state. Will South Carolina recognize my certification or will I have to go back through the full academy?

The South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy does recognize law enforcement certifications from out of state, as well as military law enforcement certifications. However, the Academy must do a training review from your academies training curriculum. Once it is approved, personnel must enter into a special 4-week academy to cover South Carolina State Law in order to receive a South Carolina certification.

What does your background investigation consist of?

The South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy and the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office require a rigorous background investigation. We check for credit history, driving history, criminal history and conduct civil checks for every county you have previously lived in. We also contact personal references and check with previous employers with regards to your work history. After a satisfactory background and polygraph examination is conducted, a conditional offer of employment is given. From this point candidates are submitted to medical, physical fitness and drug screening, as well as, a psychological test.

Why is there a difference in pay for Deputies assigned to Uniform Patrol and other Deputies?

The base salary is calculated on a 40-hour workweek, or 2080 hours worked in a year. All newly hired Deputies are assigned to Uniform Patrol on a 12-hour rotating schedule. These deputies work 85.75 hours in a two-week pay period, 5.75-hours of which is paid at a rate of time and a half. Deputies on this schedule earn 149.50 hours of overtime each year, which significantly adds to their pay.

In addition to this, any hours worked during one of the 11 scheduled paid county holidays is compensated at a rate of time and a half. You will also be compensated for the 8 hours of scheduled holiday pay. If you are not working on a scheduled holiday you will still receive 8 hours of holiday pay.

What kinds of training will I Receive?

After 8 weeks at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy, and the 4 weeks of Academy training that will be handled at our Training Center, Deputy Trainees enter into a 12-week field-training program with a Field Training Deputy. The field training program consists of (2) 6-week periods where the trainee will receive instruction in the field. After the 12 weeks of field training, the trainee will enter a 2-week observation period. Deputy Trainees must satisfactorily demonstrate the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to perform the job prior to being released to solo duty.

What is the difference between Deputy I and Deputy II?

Deputy I is either certified or non-certified with less than 1 year experience in Uniform Patrol. After successful completion of the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy and 1 year of service, Deputies are automatically promoted to the rank of Deputy II and receive a 4% increase in pay.

What is the difference between a City Police Officer and a Deputy Sheriff?

A City Police Officer enforces the law within the city limits of a given town. A Sheriff’s Deputy enforces the law within the county limits, to include all city jurisdictions within that county. Currently there are 6 municipalities within Greenville County. Greenville County Sheriff’s Office enforces the law within the 747 square miles of Greenville County.

Will I have to start work in the county jail?

No. The Greenville County Department of Public Safety is a separate county agency and is responsible for the Detention Center, Forensics, EMS and the Records Division. Greenville County Deputies begin their career in Uniform Patrol and after 3 years of experience are eligible for transfer to other divisions and special units. The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office has a wide variety of career paths to choose from; however, a career in Detention is not one of them.

I’m interested in becoming a homicide Investigator. Do you have any openings for these positions?

Everyone hired with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office begins their career in Uniform Patrol. Deputies must have 3 years experience before they can be considered for transfer. Once they are eligible, Deputies may pursue careers, to include: Homicide, Arson, Armed Robbery, Auto Theft, Directed Patrol, Fugitive Squad, Juvenile, Property Crimes, Narcotics, Sex Crimes, School Resource, White Collar Crimes, K9 and several other specialty fields.

Does the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office provide take home cars?

Yes. After Deputies have completed their 12 weeks of field training, they are assigned as a solo unit in one of 10 beat areas. Deputies are provided with a vehicle to take home for business purposes only and are responsible for keeping up with the service of the car. The County of Greenville pays for all vehicle expenses.

If I were to be hired, what equipment would I have to purchase or have?

All equipment, including uniforms, firearms, vehicles and training are provided to employees free of cost. The only thing needed is you.

For more information, contact:
Lt. Jonathan Jackson, Personnel/Recruitment Director
Administrative Services Division, Greenville County Sheriff’s Office
4 McGee Street, Greenville, SC 29601 (864) 467-5307
Email: gcsorecruiting@greenvillecounty.org

An Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

For more information, contact:

 

Lt. Jonathan Jackson, Personnel/Recruitment Director
Administrative Services Division, Greenville County Sheriff’s Office
4 McGee Street, Greenville, SC 29601
JJackson@greenvillecounty.org
(864) 467-5307

 

Master Deputy Melissia Dirton (864) 467-5122 Email: mdirton@greenvillecounty.org

Master Deputy Terrence Bowers (864) 467-5585 Email: tbowers@greenvillecounty.org

An Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer