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Employment with CUPD

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The Clemson University Police Department (CUPD) provides an opportunity to serve at one of the nation’s premier universities in beautiful Clemson, South Carolina and be a part of something greater than one’s self. Working with us is a commitment to serve and protect students, faculty, staff, alumni and visitors who make Clemson unique and special. We value honor, integrity, courage, inclusion and respect as the foundation of our work. Earning the title of Clemson University police officer allows you to make more than just a living — you can make a difference!

If a challenging environment appeals to your personal values and career aspirations, consider applying to join our team!

CUPD affords employees 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.

There are specialized sworn officer positions available in the following units: Criminal Investigations, Crime Prevention, Special Response Team, K-9 and Power Shift.

CUPD staff includes 70 employees (49 sworn and 21 professional staff). If you are interested in learning more about becoming a member of our growing team, please email Lieutenant Rashad Dwayne Murray.

  • Eligibility

    Candidates must meet the following requirements:

    • Be at least 21 years of age.
    • Be a U.S. 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 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, sworn incumbents attend Basic Law Enforcement Training through the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy. Training consists of four weeks of classroom training held locally, followed by eight weeks of in-person training at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy in Columbia, South Carolina. Certified officers from other states and military police officers may qualify for acceptance to the Special Basic Training program and attend an accelerated certification process. The CUPD Police Training Officer Program consists of 15 weeks of departmental field training with a certified Police Training Officer. This program may be modified for officers with prior law enforcement experience. All newly hired officers complete a probationary period of one year.

  • Benefits

    Employees may be eligible to receive the following:

    • State Health/Dental/Vision Option
    • Retirement: Officers participate in the South Carolina Police Officers Retirement System (PORS). The university and the officer both contribute funds monthly to this program.
    • Tuition Assistance: Clemson University offers employees six credit hours of tuition assistance per semester after one year of employment.
    • Uniforms and Equipment: Provided at no cost to the employee
    • Holidays: Thirteen paid holidays provided per year
    • Annual Leave: Accrual at a rate of 10 hours per month
    • Sick Leave: Accrual at a rate of 10 hours per month
    • Insurance: Medical, dental, vision, pharmaceutical and life insurance policies are available through the South Carolina State Health Plan. Family members may be added to the medical insurance program at a group rate.
    • Military Leave: Visit the South Carolina Office of Human Resources webpage for full details.
    • Gym Membership
    • Updated Tattoo and Facial Hair Policy
    • Outer Vest Carriers
    • Comprehensive Duty Gear
    • Special Event Pay
    • Additional Training Available Above and Beyond Annual In-Service Training
    • Approved OTJ/Apprenticeship Program through U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
    • No College Degree Required
  • Salary

    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 2023, are as follows:

    SC Class I Certified Officers may be eligible for a $7,500 Signing Bonus

    • Non-Certified Officer (Pre-Academy) = $50,000
    • Certified Police Officer = $52,500
    • Police Officer I (1 year experience) $55,125
    • Police Officer II (3 years experience) $57,881
    • Senior Police Officer (5 years experience, with 2 years of service at CUPD) $60,775
    • Master Police Officer (7 years experience, with 4 years of service at CUPD) $63,814

    Career Development Steps: Officers who meet promotion requirements involving time in service, training, process improvement initiatives or collateral assignments, and educational achievement are eligible for career development steps.

    In addition to base pay - CUPD offers Shift Supplements for 12 Hour Shift Employees
    Day Shift 12-hour Sworn Officers & TCO’s - $2,088 per year
    Night Shift 12-hour Sworn Officers & TCO’s - $4,176 per year

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