Working at the Detention Center

Requirements to become a Beaufort County Correctional Officer:
  • 18 years of age minimum.
  • High School graduate or G.E.D..
  • Valid drivers license 
  • Clean criminal record (no convictions for a felony, serious misdemeanor, or crimes of moral turpitude).
  • No convictions of Criminal Domestic Violence (CDV).
  • No crimes of moral turpitude as defined by S.C. Courts, Attorney General Opinion, and Law Enforcement Training Council.
  • Clean driving record (no DUI or DUS convictions within last 5 years, good overall record).
  • Satisfactory credit history.
  • Must complete written standards test.
  • Must pass Detention Center intensive background investigation.
  • Must successfully pass oral interview board.
  • Must pass drug screen.
  • Must pass doctor's physical prior to attending the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy.
  • Must agree to be assigned to any shift in department where vacancies exist.
  • Must be able to successfully complete S.C. Criminal Justice Academy prior to first year anniversary on job.
Information and Benefits
  • All equipment provided by the department. (Uniforms, handcuffs, boots, duty belt etc.)
  • 14 Days paid annual leave.
  • 13 paid holidays, including one personal holiday.
  • Paid sick leave.
  • Member S.C. Police Officers Retirement System.
  • Health, Dental & Life Insurance provided.
  • The wage starting as a correctional officer trainee is $20.04.
  • "Professional Enhancement" incentive program.
  • Supplemental pay for bilingual (Spanish).