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

  • At least 21 years of age
  • US Citizen (SC Residency is not required at application)
  • Four year degree from an accredited college or university, or Associate Degree and two years of previous law enforcement or military experience, or be a current certified law enforcement officer.
  • No Criminal History
  • Valid South Carolina driver's license with limited violations
  • Satisfactory background, including financial stability.
  • Pass a polygraph examination, drug testing, physical fitness test and staff interviews.
  • Successfully complete training at the 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.
  • Any use and/or experimented with cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, or other hard drugs.
  • Tattoo and/or Brands are not allowed to be visible while in any KCSO uniform.  If an applicant has a tattoo that can be seen he/she will be required to wear a sleeve.
  • Body piercings which are visible anytime while on duty and/or in uniform are prohibited.  This does not apply to piercing of the ear lobes on female officers.

Credit Standards

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

  • No unsatisfied judgements
  • 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

  • Run 200 yards
  • Step on aerobics step bench 20 times
  • 15 push-ups
  • 15 sit-ups
  • Step on aerobics step bench 20 times
  • 15 push-ups
  • 15 sit-ups
  • Run 200 yards
  • To be successful the candidate/Employee must complete the fitness test within 6 minutes and 18 seconds.