South Carolina State Constables Alliance
Grand Strand District
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Serving the State of South Carolina
What does it take to be a South Carolina State Constable?
A commitment to public service is an essential
element in the road to becoming a South Carolina State Constable. You must
not have an attitude of convenient service. You cannot just serve when
the notion strikes. You must have an attitude for service when you are needed.
You may be needed to assist within your community at night, on weekends,
holidays, when it is raining or cold, or when you might rather be watching a
ball game. The point being “commitment” to being useful when you are needed
by a department or agency.
steps must first be taken in order to set the process into motion. First you
must make application to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) to
become a constable. The
applications and filing fees vary for the type of constable commission you
require. The commissions and fees
are as follows:
Group I Constable
State Constable for Government Entities
Group II Constable
Retired Police Officers
Group III Constable
State Constable Auxiliary
These non-refundable fees are made by certified funds to SLED and are presented with a completed application. Finger-printing by a local police department on provided cards must accompany the completed application. Current photographs and certified copies of your driving records must be provided. At least three letters of recommendation must accompany your application. A complete physical examination or statement of good health from your physician must be presented, in writing, with your application. It takes approximately six to eight weeks for an application to be processed and approved. Once the application is approved you will be issued a letter of “approval for training” from SLED. This “letter of approval” is presented at the next available training class for the type of Constable for which you have applied.
Group I Constables must attend the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy to
receive training. Group II Constables require no additional training and Group
III Constables must meet the required “Basic Constable” training under
approved courses of the S. C. Law Enforcement Training Council. The Group III
training consist of 36 hours of classroom study that culminates with a written
test followed by twelve hours of firearms training and shooting qualifications.
The shooting qualifications are an interesting and challenging test of your
weapons ability and skills.
is required annually after certification of all Constables. This training is
attained at a local SC Technical College or other approved facility. Certificates issued for these in-service classes shall be copied and sent to
SLED to be part of your permanent file.
type governs the equipment utilized by the Constables. Group I Constable
equipment shall be authorized by the employing agency. Group II and Group III
may use a navy blue raid jacket with white lettering that identifies you as a SC
State Constable for field operations. In summer a Constable may use a black
nylon vest with gold lettering that identifies you as a SC State Constable.
State Constable certification card will be supplied by SLED. Authorized handguns
are restricted to .38 Special, .357 Magnum, 9 mm., 40 S&W or .45 cal. and should
be worn concealed.
further information may be obtained by calling or writing to this chapter of the
South Carolina State Constables Alliance at the above listed address.
We thank you for your interest in the South Carolina State Constable
program. We hope it is for you and
that we may be of assistance
What a South Carolina Constable is and is not
South Carolina State Constable is appointed by the Governor of South Carolina to
assist in law enforcement throughout the state and should in no way be used to
supplant law enforcement in any agency. The Chief of South Carolina Law
Enforcement (SLED) advises the Governor about policies and regulations
pertaining to State Constables; establishes training requirements, sets
standards for conduct, prescribes limits for use of authority, determines
suitability and fitness of applicants and enforces governing regulations.
A South Carolina State Constable is not a stand-alone law enforcement department. It is the purpose of the Constable to assist and augment local law enforcement agency personnel efforts. A South Carolina State Constable is required under S.C. law to preserve and protect the citizens according to the laws of the state and is required to respond to any actions that result in a crime. A Constable must protect and preserve a crime scene until a regular duty officer with jurisdiction arrives to take charge of the situation. A Constable may assist a department in matters such as traffic control, if requested, but should not take it upon himself to direct traffic simply if he perceives there to be a problem, for example.
A South Carolina State Constable may only use his commission for its intended purpose. A Group I Constable may not use his commission outside the parameters of the agency that he is employed by, for instance:
South Carolina State Constable is a certified law enforcement officer and should
always present himself in a professional manner. It is imperative that a
South Carolina State Constable conducts himself in a manner that will not bring
discredit to himself, his commission, the Governor, or the state South Carolina.
South Carolina State Constable may carry a concealed weapon as outlined in the
regulations within the State of South Carolina only after successfully
completing an approved firearms qualifications course.
South Carolina State Constable is not allowed to receive any compensation for
services rendered; therefore Constables may not perform any private security
work or private investigations.
South Carolina State Constable may not be serving as a reserve officer or any
other position as a sworn law enforcement officer.
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