September 28, 2022

University of South Carolina Upstate
Spartanburg, SC

The University Police Sergeant is a state law enforcement officer for the University of South Carolina Upstate in accordance with South Carolina Code of Laws 23-6-430 and serves as a first line supervisor of patrol officers, parking officers and safety personnel. The sergeant is responsible for enforcing state criminal and traffic laws, protecting and securing persons and property and enforcing the rules and regulations of the University of South Carolina Upstate campus. He or she promotes effective community policing by building relationships with community stakeholders. The Police Sergeant also serves as a Field Training Officer for new employees and employees in need of remedial training; provides highly visible patrols within the University’s sphere of influence.

  • Patrol the University Campus to protect and secure person(s) or property while deterring crime and detecting violations of the law, to include but not limited to traffic control duties, investigating criminal violations and securing crime scenes for investigators; promoting and actively participating in community policing and securing all buildings on campus.
  • Patrols assigned areas including highly visible patrols within the University’s sphere of influence (1/2 mile from campus borders) to assist Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Department patrols and calls for service including the five apartment complexes where many of our students reside. Prevents crime and detects violations of law and University policies. Responds to all calls for service including but not limited to emergencies, complaints, accidents, disturbances, medical calls, requests for car unlocks and battery jumps., Investigates complaints, reports of violations and requests for assistance; writes and maintains reports and records shift activities. Conducts preliminary as well as follow-up criminal and traffic investigations. Issues warnings and citations (criminal, traffic and internal disciplinary). Secures, photographs, processes and documents crime scenes. Directs traffic and controls crowds.
  • Collects and presents evidence to obtain and execute search and/or arrest warrants. Testifies in court and other criminal and administrative proceedings including prosecution of defendants in Magistrate Court.
    • Approves criminal reports, injury reports, and reports of violations of University policy written by officers under his or her supervision. Forwards to the department investigator for follow-up and disposition. Reviews requests for days off for officers assigned to his or her shift. Ensures adequate staffing levels. Approves ITAMS submissions from shift personnel.
  • Promotes and maintains a positive “esprite de corp” on his or her shift. Builds and maintains camaraderie within their respective platoons. Provides effective community policing by building relationships with community stakeholders.
  • Provides crime prevention tips and instructions to academic classes upon request. Prepares Power Point Presentations.
  • Conducts surveillance and plain clothes assignments. Serves as the initial on-site commander during major investigations.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

Current law enforcement officer (SC Criminal Justice Academy graduate and be certified by the SC Law Enforcement Training Council); certified by the SCCJA as a Field Training Officer (FTO), high school diploma and three years’ law enforcement experience. Must be 21 years of age, physically qualified and have no criminal record. Must pass a background investigation. A valid South Carolina driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications:

Associate of Arts degree or Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice or related field.
Salary: $53,617; Salary commensurate with education and experience.

Additional Perks:
• Wearing of beards is authorized.
• Outer protective vests are provided for officers as standard wear.
• All uniforms and duty shoes are paid for by USC Upstate.
• Built in overtime up to $ 7,000.00
• Free University tuition after six months of employment including up to four classes per year ($5,798.00 value) used at any of the University of South Carolina campuses.
• $25.00 annual fee for USC Upstate employee’s on-campus wellness center which includes an Olympic pool, free weights, weight machines, indoor track, aerobic classes and selectorized Matrix equipment.
• Police Officer Retirement System
• Advanced law enforcement training opportunities.

Sign-On Bonus:
$7,500 sign-on bonus new hire, who was as an applicant was currently working either as a Class 1 Law Enforcement Officer certified by the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy or has been inactive with a law enforcement agency for less than 12 months and is able to have Class 1 certification immediately reinstated upon hire. Executed as follows:
• $1,750 after successful completion field training;
• $750 after successful completion of 1st anniversary;
• $2,500 after successful completion of 2nd anniversary; and
• $2,500 after successful completion of 3rd anniversary.

For more information and/or to apply, go to:

The application must be completed including all current and previous work history and education. A resume may be attached, but not substituted for completing work history and education sections of the application.

The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities on the basis of race, sex, gender, gender identity, transgender status, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetics, protected veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions.