Sheriff Smalls recognizes that one of the most critical components of a successful office is quality training. For that reason, all HCSO deputies must complete intensive training throughout their career with the Hampton County Sheriff’s Office. The HCSO Training Unit is comprised of seasoned instructors who work to provide the best and most up to date training. The Training Division’s mission is to “provide real life training for real situations.”
Each police officer in SC attends the centralized SC Criminal Justice Academy. To prepare the deputies for this 12-week training period, each newly hired deputy completes a 6-week Pre-Academy conducted by HCSO Instructors. This Pre-Academy curriculum consists of a variety of subjects such as: Legals, Use of Force, Human Factors, Defensive Tactics, Firearms, Career Development, Active Listening, Report Writing, Off-Duty Behavior, Law Enforcement Stress, and Cultural Diversity.
Field Training Program
The Training Division oversees the 12-week Field Training Program. There are four dedicated FTO’s who supervise the training of the trainees after graduation from the SCCJA. Each trainee is assigned to an FTO who will prepare him/her for Solo Patrol duties. In addition, each trainee spends time in all of the specialized divisions to fully understand all aspects and capabilities of the department. After successful completion of the FTP, each deputy must pass the Solo Patrol Exam in order to be released to Solo Patrol capacity.
The Training Division is responsible for the coordination, planning and implementation of continuing professional training for all HCSO Deputies and Reserve Deputies. Each deputy is required to complete more than 50 hours of in-service training each year. While the classes vary each year, some of the curriculum include: Legal Update, CDV Update, Physical Agility Test, Emergency Vehicle Operations, Stop Stick, Firearms, Active Shooter/Threat, Evidence Procedures, Records/Report Writing, Crime Scene
Procedures, Meth Recognition, Warrior Mindset, Ground Defense, Chemical Agents, Taser, Vehicle Ballistics, Weapon Retention and Disarming, and Combat Lifesaver.
In addition to this required training, the Training Division also conducts specialized training throughout the year that deputies may attend to improve their professional development.