Eligibility Requirements


  • Must be high school graduate or equivalent
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must have the ability to learn and apply new skills in the area of radio communications relative to emergency services
  • Must have 6 months to 1 year experience in data entry or other clerical work involving computer use
  • Must have good written and communication skills
  • Must have a steady/reliable work history
  • Must have no felony, criminal domestic violence, or crime of moral turpitude
  • Must pass a background investigation to include a clear criminal record
  • Must pass pre-employment screenings (drug test, vision, hearing, psychological exam, and polygraph)


Once employed as a Communications Specialist in Training, you will attend the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy in Columbia for 2 weeks. Certified Communications Specialists from other states and agencies may qualify for the incentive. The probationary period is typically 1 year.