The J. Reuben Long Detention Center Training Division is designed to keep corrections officers ready to meet the challenges of today’s law enforcement issues. The unit was established with the philosophy that effective law enforcement comes with trained and educated personnel. As liability issues increase, training becomes one of the most important aspects of any agency. Deputies and corrections officers receive 40-hours of annual training in the areas of firearms, response to resistance, defensive tactics, defensive driving, first aid, C.P.R., computer operations, crime scene protection and preservation, legal updates and other topics that serve to improve the performance of personnel, better enabling them to serve the public. The Sheriff’s Office maintains several in-house instructors on topics that are taught on a regular basis and brings instructors to the facility to train on special topics. Curriculums are maintained and updated by the training staff to ensure material taught is applicable and current.
The Training Division is also responsible for preparing new recruits for the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy. Recruits also attend the Training Division's orientation/training program. In addition, the Training Division provides programs for all personnel.