The Law Enforcement program at DCCTC focuses on search and arrest techniques, investigative procedures, and gaining an understanding of forensic science and how it is used in the field. Students learn the responsibilities of the police, the court and the office of corrections through hands-on police drills, classroom demonstrations, and guest speakers.
Career Fields Include:
Police Officer, Detective, Game Warden, Correctional Officer, Security Specialist
Law Enforcement I
Law Enforcement I is designed to teach the entry level requirements of a police officer such as law enforcement tactics, general investigations, crime scene investigation and courtroom procedures. Instruction includes hands-on police drills, demonstrations, and some lecture. Classroom work emphasizes the study of the criminal justice system and of landmark Supreme Court decisions that impact law enforcement. Practical, applied experiences allow students to gain an understanding of procedures used to solve crimes. Students are required to dress professionally and participate in physical exercises.
Law Enforcement II
Prerequisites: Law Enforcement I
Law enforcement II focuses on more advanced police officer techniques. Instruction includes more hands-on drills, demonstrations, and some lecture. Students learn report writing, felony traffic stop scenarios, testifying in court and many more police procedures. Students have the opportunity to become CPR certified. Students visit local law enforcement centers and guest speakers include law enforcement officers from local police departments, SC Highway Patrol, SC DNR, SLED and the Department of Corrections. Students are required to dress professionally and participate in physical exercise.
Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security – Work Based Learning
Grades 11- 12
Prerequisite: Student must have completed a program in Emergency and Fire Management Services or Law Enforcement at DCCTC as well as have a satisfactory instructor recommendation.
Students who have completed a firefighting or criminal justice program at DCCTC and desire work experience in a field related to emergency and fire management services or law enforcement can choose to further enhance their skills by enrolling in a work based learning course. Students will learn daily duties and participate in in-house training and public service events. Students must provide their own transportation to work sites.
“I enjoy sharing my experience with those who want the same that I did growing up. I love helping students achieve their best and reach their goals.”
Mr. Etheridge is entering his third year teaching at DCCTC and he has been in law enforcement for 13 years. He has held positions with the Dorchester County and Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Offices as well as South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) and has experience as a patrol officer, criminal investigator, and forensics investigator. A former SC Army National Guardsman, he is currently a class 1 police officer recognized by the SC Criminal Justice Academy and works part time at a local police department. He holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice and works as an adjunct professor at Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College.