The Police Training Unit provides quality training to all Public Safety Departments and Divisions.
All new recruits are required to complete Basic Law Enforcement at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy. This consist of 4 weeks of in-house instruction and 8 weeks on-site in Columbia. In addition, new recruits complete a 16 post-academy field training program.
Training & Certification
All Uniform Patrol officers are trained as either a Class I or Class III Limited Duty officer. Class 1 Officers are required to complete 40 hours of continuing education every 3 years. This includes:
- 3 Blocks of Domestic Violence Training
- 3 Blocks of Legal Updates
- 1 Block of Mental Health Awareness
Additional in-service training including but not limited to:
- Active Shooter Training
- Defense Tactics Training
- Defensive Driving Training
- Emotional Survival
- Ethics Training
- Firearms Range Training
- Taser Training
In addition, the Police Training Department is the liaison between our officers and training agencies.
Police Training Center
The Department of Public Safety houses a training room for lessons and use the shooting range out in Conway.