The Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center is recruiting highly motivated, conscientious and career oriented individuals who desire a career as a Detention Deputy.
Mission Statement: The mission of the Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center is to serve and protect the Citizens of Charleston County by maintaining secure jail operation and facilities while preserving the rights and dignities of all who are incarcerated.
Job Description: As a Charleston County Detention Deputy, you will join an outstanding team responsible for protecting the public by providing care and custody of inmates housed within the Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center. This important position will not only enhance your communication, teamwork and interpersonal skills, but, will also give you the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the detainees and the community. As a Detention Deputy, you will have the ability to work on a variety of specialized teams throughout the Detention Center and court system including: Booking, Identification, Classification, Special Operations Group, Transportation, Court Detention, Juvenile Detention Center and Central Control.
To get a glimpse of what working inside the detention center is like click on the Virtual Tour tab on the left and see.
If you have one of the following disqualifiers on the list, you will be removed from the application process. If you have any questions, please contact:
Sheriff's Human Resources Office
There are several ways to join our team of dedicated Detention Deputies.
The first option is online at ccsojobs.com or clicking the button below.
The second option is in person at Law Enforcement Center, 3691 Leeds Ave. North Charleston, SC 29405. You can pick up the application there or print the application below and drop it off. The Sheriff's Human Resources office can also be reached at (843)554-2499
Once you apply, qualified applicants will receive an email or letter in the mail advising of a test date. Please make sure your email address and mailing address are up to date so we can ensure you receive your letter.
If your test date needs to be rescheduled for some reason, please contact the Sheriff's Human Resources office at (843)554-2499.
Some of the important documentation you will need are listed below:
The first step following the application in the hiring process is to pass the Nelson Denny Reading Test.
The Nelson Denny is a two part exam made up of vocabulary and reading passages.
The test is multiple choice with no penalty for wrong answers.
The total time for the proctored exam is about 45 minutes.
The first part of the Nelson Denny is vocabulary knowledge. This section is 15 minutes long with a total of 80 questions. Each question is worth 1 point.
The second part of the exam tests comprehension. It is 20 minutes long and contains 1 long and 6 short passages with 38 corresponding questions worth 1 point each.
Applicants must obtain a minimum score of 33 out of 80 on the vocabulary and 16 out of 38 on the comprehension to continue to the next phase.
There are several free sources available online to assist with the test as well as practice exams.
The Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center is recruiting highly motivated, conscientious, and career oriented individuals who desire a career as a Detention Deputy.
Due to the nature of the work that Detention Deputies perform the following pre-employment requirements must be successfully completed:
The mission of the Training Division at the Detention Center is to primarily meet the specific training requirements as mandated by state and federal minimum standards.
From the time a recruit is first hired until the day that they decide to retire, Training strives to offer each person the professional guidance and development that turns the position from a job into a career.
One of the motto’s of the Training Division is “help us help you”. Our New Recruits go through 4 weeks of classroom training to gain a comprehensive foundation on which to build their careers. In those first four weeks recruits will learn a variety of topics including search techniques, gang identification, defensive tactics and CPR and first aid.
After the completion of the in classroom training, recruits are then assigned a Field Training Instructor for hands on training for 21 shifts.
After completion of the 21 shifts with a Field Training Instructor recruits are given an exam and a board interview to ensure that the recruit as well as the training department are confident in the recruits ability to perform their duties.
The recruits will then register at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy for three weeks to complete the Basic Jail Certification ( this must be completed within the first year of hire and will result in a 3% pay increase after completion).
After 1 year probationary period, you may then apply for specialized areas.
Base pay $35,025 - $47,644
(Estimated Annual Salary)
You will receive 3% after graduating the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy.
3% after your 1 year probationary period.
Longevity raises are awarded at 3, 5, 6, 10 and 15 years.
Merit Raises begin at 7 years of consecutive service.
Master Detention Deputy is awarded after 5 years of continuous service and is a 9% increase to your salary base.
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