The Clemson University Police Department (CUPD) affords officers many opportunities to develop their careers. With resources such as the university’s college incentive program and the department’s in-service training, officers can compete for promotional positions. All promotions are merit-based as determined by a competitive promotional process administered by the department.

Several specialized positions in the department are available to qualified officers as openings occur. There are specialized positions in the following units: Central Investigations, Crime Prevention, Cyber Incident Response Team, K-9 and Traffic.

CUPD has an authorized staff of 63 employees (47 sworn and 16 professional staff).

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a member of our growing team, please email the commander of Professional Development and Training, Lt. Christopher Harrington, at harrin4@clemson.edu.


Candidates must meet the following hiring requirements:
— Be at least 21 years of age.
— Be a United States Citizen.
— Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
— Have or be able to obtain a valid South Carolina driver’s license.
— Have not had a driver’s license suspension during the last five years for a DUI.
— Never been convicted of a felony or Criminal Domestic Violence.
— Never been convicted of a crime of moral turpitude or a misdemeanor carrying a sentence of more than one year.
— Have not defaulted on a student loan.
— Have a good credit history.

Once employed, incumbents attend the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy in Columbia, S.C. for 12 weeks. Certified officers from other states and military police may qualify for a six-week focus on the legal portion of the academy. The Clemson University Field Training Program is 360 hours. These hours may be modified for officers with prior law enforcement experience. Officers complete a probationary period of one year.


Employees may be eligible to receive the following:
— Tuition Assistance: Clemson University offers employees six credit hours of tuition assistance per semester.
— Uniforms and Equipment: Provided at no cost to the employee.
— Holidays: 13 scheduled, paid holidays provided per year.
— Leave: Leave is accrued at a rate of 10 hours per month for the first 10 years and increases 1.25 days per year after 10 years.
— Sick Leave: Accrual is 12 days per year.
— Insurance: Medical, dental, vision, pharmaceutical and life insurance policies are available through the State of South Carolina medical plan. Family members may be added to the medical insurance program at a group rate.
— Military Leave: Officers who are military reservists may receive up to 15 days of paid military leave per year.
— Retirement: Officers participate in the South Carolina Police Officers Retirement System. The university and the officer both contribute funds monthly to this program.


Salary levels are competitive and based on the results of periodic salary surveys. Salary levels are also dependent upon the officer’s rank in the department.

The starting salaries as of July 2018 are as follows:
— Non-certified: $39,168
— Certified: $41,126
— Lateral Police Officers: Pay step placement based upon experience and formal training.
— Career Development Steps: Officers who meet program requirements involving time in service, training, process improvement initiatives/collateral assignments and educational achievement are eligible for four career development steps.


Click HERE to view available position postings within the Clemson University Human Resources Job Board.