Job Responsibilities

If your goal is to build a career that makes a difference, consider joining the dedicated people of the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ).

About Us

It is the mission of the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) to impact and transform young lives, strengthen families, and support safer communities through targeted prevention and rehabilitation.

Job Purpose

Under general supervision, serves as the shift supervisor of the Public Safety Officers, enforces state and department policies, rules, and regulations for the protection and security of youth, staff, visitors, and property of the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice.

Job Duties

Conducts routine checks and surveillance of buildings and grounds to ensure safety and security procedures are adhered to; patrols department property.; searches for and apprehends AWOLS and assists units in controlling youth disturbances, and ensures proper notifications are made to management.

Supervises and assigns duties to subordinates routinely and as situations dictate.

Conducts staff appraisals and counsels employees as appropriate.

Ensures that officers obtain required training.

Prepares schedules to ensure adequate coverage.

Prepares, reviews, and approves shift reports and other records.

Operates communication networks and vehicles.

Ensures that vehicles and equipment are adequately maintained.

Transports youth as deemed necessary.

Investigates escapes and vehicle accidents occurring on department property.

Conducts other investigations such as drugs, theft, contraband, and youth abuse.

May be placed in charge of a shift in the absence of a supervisor.

Performs other related job duties deemed necessary by the Director of Public Safety and/or the Inspector General.

Minimum And Additional Requirements

Agency Requirements:

A high school diploma and experience performing patrol or investigative duties with a public law enforcement agency.

A bachelor’s degree may be substituted for the required law enforcement experience.

Special Requirement

Certification by the Law Enforcement Training Council in accordance with 23-23-40 of the Code of Laws of South Carolina 1976.

Additional Requirements

Must be knowledgeable of state rules and regulations for the protection and security of persons and property of all DJJ facilities.

Knowledge of proper law enforcement officer behavior and role; modern law enforcement techniques and procedures; how to collect and preserve evidence; the legal rights of both suspects and law enforcement personnel; the laws one is responsible for enforcing; and the functions and interrelationships of other law enforcement agencies.

Skilled in the operation of law enforcement vehicles, weapons, and communications equipment.

Under limited supervision, given search assignments statewide.

Will report all training and searches to the Administrator of Public Safety.

A Public Safety Officer will assist in ensuring the safety and security of the agency’s youth, staff, and visitors.

Annual scheduled performance reviews will be completed.

On-call for emergencies 24 hours per day.

Must be able to work with aggressive delinquent youth daily in accordance with SCDJJ policies and procedures.

Must be able to lift 50+ lbs.

Sit for 1-3 hours per day.

Stand for 1-3 hours per day.

Walk for 1-3 hours per day.

Deal with confidential and sensitive information.

Prioritize multiple competing priorities during stressful situations.

Travels overnight occasionally.

Preferred Qualifications


A High School Diploma and Eighteen (18) months of experience performing patrol or investigative duties with a public law enforcement agency.

SCCJA Certified class 1 Law Enforcement Officer.

The ability to correctly evaluate situations and make good decisions.

The ability to deal firmly, yet tactfully, with the general public.

To effectively interview witnesses and suspects.

To read and comprehend written materials.

To write clearly and effectively.

Ability to work varied hours to meet organizational needs.

This position performs job duties to the custody control transportation or recapture of youth within the Department of Juvenile Justice jurisdiction. Training applicable to these duties will be provided.

The South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice offers an exceptional benefits package for FTE positions that includes:

  • Health, Dental, Vision, Long Term Disability, and Life Insurance for Employees, Spouses, and Children
  • 15 days annual (vacation) leave per year
  • 15 days of sick leave per year
  • 13 paid holidays
  • State Retirement Plan and Deferred Compensation Programs