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Office of Professional Standards
and Staff Services Division
The Berkeley County Sheriff's Office has been an accredited agency under the South Carolina Law Enforcement Accreditation program (SCLEA) since January 2001. Accreditation was achieved after a successful on-site inspection by inspectors trained and designated by the South Carolina Police Accreditation Coalition (SCPAC). The inspection ensures adherence to over 250 standards and the intent of the accreditation program. We have maintained our Accreditation through inspections every three years with the last inspection in 2009. We have been able to increase our capabilities, provide better management by establishing precise written policies and procedures, increase agency effectiveness and efficiency of services delivered, provide access to the latest methods developed by experts in law enforcement, and promote cooperation and coordination with other law enforcement agencies, and increase citizens and employee confidence in the practices of this office. Currently we are preparing for National Accreditation.
The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office recognizes that training is one of the most significant responsibilities of law enforcement agencies and it is the most important process for ensuring organizational effectiveness. Training is viewed as a continual process which can assist all personnel in maintaining the highest degrees of professionalism, knowledge, and effectiveness within their individual job titles. The Sheriff’s Office is committed to providing all members and employees with quality, progressive training programs.
The Training Division currently offers the following:
The Fleet Supply office currently outfits and maintains 232 Deputies and Corrections Officers with Uniforms, equipment, and supplies. They also manage the fleet of 196 vehicles including all electronic emergency equipment, vehicle markings, and computers. The Fleet Supply office documents maintenance on each vehicle assigned to the fleet, and a complete inventory of issued property to each employee including firearms issued by this office.
Recruiting is responsible for complete background investigations on all applicants who are seeking employment within this office. Applications are received, issued to the background investigator who checks references, criminal history, liens, judgments, driver’s license status and driver’s history. Applicants are tested for reading ability and level of comprehension. They are interviewed with Polygraph, and scheduled for interviews with the Sheriff. They are scheduled for psychological and physical assessments after an offer for employment is made.
Internal Investigations is a secondary duty for selected qualified investigators. Specially trained Deputies are assigned on a case by case basis. All serious complaints and all Criminal allegations made against employees are thoroughly investigated, reported to the Sheriff and kept on file. The Annual Statistical Report & Summary of Internal Complaints are available for review at the Sheriff's office.
The purpose of Crime Analysis is to collect and disseminate information about criminal activity and trends. The information is available for Law Enforcement, Neighborhood Watch, Business owners, Developers, and citizens.