The Aiken Department of Public Safety is seeking applicants to serve as public safety officers, and Friday is the deadline to apply.

The department has openings for three public safety officers, according to Lt. Jake Mahoney. Selected applicants will perform general police and fire duties for the City of Aiken.

Interested applicants must be at least 21 years old; have a high school diploma or its equivalent (an associate level degree is desirable); have a valid S.C. driver’s license and a satisfactory driving record; and meet the requirements of state law for law enforcement officers and firefighters. The selection process consists of several elements, including a criminal records check, a reading skills test, a physical fitness assessment, a credit history, oral interviews and a complete background investigation.

Mahoney said the credit and criminal records checks create the biggest challenge among applicants.

“From time to time, there will be some criminal history issues that come up,” he said, adding that anyone with a DUI conviction is not eligible. “We look for criminal histories with no convictions.”

Previous law enforcement experience is desirable but not necessary, Mahoney said. Good physical fitness, the ability to work in teams and good interpersonal communication are important qualities a candidate should possess, as well as honesty, integrity and good moral character.

An applicant who is hired will have to go through a 12-week program at the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy in Columbia and an eight-week program at the Firefighter Candidate School.

The starting salary is $34,923.20 per year with benefits. The City of Aiken is a drug-free workplace and an equal opportunity employer.

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Teddy Kulmala covers the crime and courts beat for the Aiken Standard and has been with the newspaper since August 2012.