The IAED Emergency Telecommunicator course taught in Law Enforcement II is a national certification. In South Carolina, all law enforcement, including city and county dispatchers, have to be certified through the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy. This may have been difficult in the past for the student, as IAED and SCCJA are not affiliated. However, in 2021, SCCJA added another basic telecommunication equivalency course. Anyone with the IAED ETC Course can now request an equivalency review. In other words, the SCCJA now accepts the IAED ETC Course Curriculum for review. Then the IAED Certificate, and other pertinent paperwork, will be sent to SCCJA. Equivalency exams usually take five business days.
Also, there is a bill that is making its way through the South Carolina Legislature. It is looking to help detention centers throughout the state. The Law Enforcement Training bill, if approved, would lower the required age to become a detention or corrections officer from 21 to 18 years old. Right now, the bill has been enrolled for ratification. Lawmakers hope to have further movement on this bill when they return to session later this year.