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The Operations Division within our Charleston County Detention Center is comprised of four Teams.

  • The Operations Division maintains care and custody of inmates housed in the Detention Center. This includes maintaining proper security; conducting rounds and periodic counts of inmates; maintaining proper order and decorum among inmates; searching inmates; ensuring that the living quarters of inmates and the areas for which they are responsible are kept in a sanitary condition; issuing supplies to inmates; supervising the dispensing of food; checking incoming and outgoing mail; supervising work details of inmates in their units; documenting events, infractions of rules and any unusual occurrence; acting as a resource for inmate inquiries; and performing other duties as may be assigned.

  • These four Teams are assigned to 12-hour rotating shifts working a minimum of seven days and seven nights in a four-week period. Detention Officers are under the direction and control of a Sergeant and Lieutenant (Tour Commander).

  • All Detention Officers, within one year of their employment, attend the three week Basic Jail course of Instruction and are certified by the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy. Prior to this certification officers are under the direct supervision of a Field Training Instructor, who teaches them everything needed to run a housing unit in the Detention Center. Annual training includes Interpersonal Communication Skills, American Red Cross First Aid and CPR, Defensive Tactics and Detention Center Policies and Procedures. Specialized training is also available in TASER or firearms training.




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