Employment Information

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office is always looking for good, upstanding candidates to add to our team.  The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.  We consider all applicants for all positions without regard to race, national origin, sex, age, religion, or any legally protected status.  If you are interested in a career with the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office, as a deputy, our standards are listed below:

 Minimum Qualifications

  • Must have High School Diploma or GED.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Must be a US Citizen.
  • Must have a clear criminal history.
  • Driving record must not show a disregard for the law.
  • Credit history must show sound financial management with the ability to keep accounts paid up-to-date.
  • Pass an aptitude test, physical fitness test (PAT), psychological examination, polygraph examination, drug screening, and staff interviews
  • Successfully complete training at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy

Automatic Disqualifier

  • Under 21 years of age
  • Not a United States Citizen
  • Not meeting educational requirements
  • Dishonorable Discharge from the military
  • Convicted of any crime punishable by imprisonment in a federal or a state prison
  • Arrested for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and/or Drugs within the past 5 years
  • Any conviction of Criminal Domestic Violence
  • Drivers license currently suspended, revoked, or more than six points currently assessed against your license
  • Sold any illegal drugs or controlled substances (including presciption drugs)
  • Any felony conviction (whether convicted as a juvenile or an adult)
  • Used and/or experimented with marijuana within the past 2 years
  • Used and/or experimented with steroids within the past 5 years

Credit Standards

The financial stability of our officers are very important.  Therefore, these minimum requirements are put in place.

  • No unsatisfied judgement
  • No unpaid State or Federal tax lien
  • No accounts written off as bad debt with a remaining balance
  • No accounts turned over to a collection agency with a remaining balance
  • A student loan in default
  • An account with a payment 120 days past due with a remaining balance
  • A foreclosure account with a remaining balance
  • An account "included in bankruptcy" with a remaining balance

Physical Fitness Requirements

Pass the Physical Ability Test (PAT) required by the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy.

The course measures a total of 870 feet (290 yards/ 265.2 meters). The course consists of a series of nine interspersed individual tasks, arranged in a continuous format that are viewed as being essential (physical) job-tasks for law enforcement training:

  • Running
  • Jumping (low hurdle)
  • Climbing stairs
  • Low crawling
  • Jumping (broad-type)
  • Climbing a fence (chain-link/four feet)
  • Climbing through a window
  • Moving/dragging a weight (150 pounds)
  • Changing direction on the run

The course is outlined as such:

  • The candidate runs one and ¾ laps around the perimeter of the course
  • The first obstacle encountered in the interior consists of two low hurdles, one and a half feet high and four feet long, placed 13 feet apart
  • After clearing the hurdles, stairs (five steps up to a 32-inch wide landing, 45 inches above the floor, and five steps down) must be negotiated twice (note that each step has a 7.5 inch rise and tread that is 11 inches wide)
  • Once the stair event is completed another low hurdle must be cleared; the trainee must then successfully negotiate a low crawl under an obstacle set at 2 ½ feet above the floor
  • Make a turn and clear a ditch simulation that is six feet in width
  • After another turn, a chain-link fence (four feet in height) must be climbed
  • Two additional turns made, and a four-foot high window (opening is 3' wide x 4.5' high) must be successfully entered
  • The candidate must then drag a 150-pound dead weight a distance of 20 feet
  • After the weight drag, the candidate exits the course, completes one final lap around the perimeter


      ***The course must be completed in two minutes and six seconds (2:06)***