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Basic Detention Training Program

The mission of the Basic Detention training program (BD) as mandated by South Carolina Law is to provide the officer candidate with the necessary knowledge, skills, and the abilities to perform the duties of a certified detention officer in the state of South Carolina.

  • The Basic Detention training program is currently three weeks in duration.
  • Upon completion of the training the candidate will be a certified Class 2 Law Enforcement Officer.
  • A candidate must complete training within the first twelve months of employment.


  • Basic Training Rules and Regulations Handbook


    Student/Candidate Requirements

    The South Carolina Law Enforcement Training Act and Regulations requires an applicant/student to prove qualification using the following information:

  • must be employed with a detention facility
  • a satisfactory background check
  • a birth certificate
  • must be at least 21 years of age
  • a high school diploma or GED
  • a valid South Carolina driver’s license
  • Candidates for certification as state or correctional officers can present a valid current driver’s license issued by any United States’ jurisdiction. An applicant cannot have a disqualifying incident on his or her driving record such as driving under the influence of alcohol, dangerous drugs, reckless homicide, involuntary manslaughter, or leaving the scene of an accident. An applicant must prove medical suitably for training at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy by having a medical examination and completing the Medical History Form.


    Registration/Enrollment Procedures

    Registration is held every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:00am-3:30pm.
    Basic Detention candidates must bring the required documentation to registration for review by personnel from the Registration Unit. Any questions concerning documentation or eligibility should be directed to the Registration Unit at (803) 896-7836. Once the required documentation is approved, the candidate’s eligibility to attend a Basic Training Session will be confirmed.


    Cancellation Procedures

    If a candidate cannot attend scheduled training the agency’s Training Officer should contact Registration at (803) 896-7836 to reschedule.


    Procedure for Recycles

    The Basic Training Unit will reschedule candidates dismissed from a basic training session due to failure, injury, withdrawals, etc. While these requests may be initiated by telephone, a written request will be required before candidate can return to training.
    Contact Basic Training at (803)-896-7800 or Kristen Hall for all Basic Detention recycles.




    BD Training Schedule
    Basic Class # Start Date of Training Graduation Date
    373 03/12/2017 03/31/2017
    374 04/09/2017 04/28/2017
    375 05/07/2017 05/26/2017
    376 06/04/2017 06/23/2017
    377 07/09/2017 07/28/2017
    378 08/06/2017 08/25/2017
    379 09/03/2017 09/22/2017
    380 10/01/2017 10/20/2017
    381 10/29/2017 11/17/2017
    382 12/03/2017 12/22/2017
    383 01/07/2018 01/26/2018