City of Aiken Department of Public Safety

834 Beaufort St NE • Aiken, SC 29801 • 803-642-7620

City of Aiken Department of Public Safety (Aiken Public Safety)

“The Aiken Department of Public Safety’s Mission is to maintain excellence in service through respect, professionalism, and transparency, in order to create and maintain dependable programs and strategies that foster our community partnerships, ensuring the City of Aiken is a secure place to live, work or visit.”


Public Safety Officers

Entry Level $51,646 per year
After Graduating 1st  Academy $52,894 per year
After Graduating 2nd Academy $55,750 per year
After FTO and Six Month Probation $58,573 per year

Communication Operator

Entry Level $39,583 per year
After Probation $41,572 per year

Fire Department Driver Operators

Entry Level $36,728 per year
After Probation $38,553 per year
  • Annually employees receive a 2% merit increase, based off their annual evaluation.
  • Master Career Path
    • The Master Career Path provides employees an opportunity to receive additional pay increases based on their experience, advanced training, and community involvement.
  • Sworn Personnel: South Carolina Police Officers Retirement System (Lifelong Pension Program)
    • Officer contributes 9.75% and the City of Aiken Contributes 21.04% of salary to the retirement program
  • Non-sworn personnel: City of Aiken offers a matching 401 program
  • Supplemental Fire Department Retirement plan
    • Paid for by City of Aiken
  • Insurance
    • Medical
    • Hospitalization
    • Dental
    • Vision
    • Prescription Drug
    • Life
  • Vacation/Sick Leave
  • Holidays
    • 10 paid holidays + 1”Floating Holiday”
  • Overtime/Paid Special Compensation
  • Incentives
    • Wellness Bonus
    • Second Language Bonus
    • Education Bonus
    • Field Training Officer additional pay
    • Night Shift Differential for eligible employees
    • Peer Support Groups and Mental Health Counseling
    • Recruitment Bonuses
    • Take Home Vehicle Program (Issued based on seniority and availability) for sworn officers
  • Training/Uniforms/Equipment
    • Paid for by the Aiken Department of Public Safety
  • Leadership Development Opportunities
Specialized Teams
  • Law Enforcement
    • Special Response Team
    • Bloodhound Tracking Team
    • Narcotic Detection Dog Team
    • Accident Reconstruction Team
    • Honor Guard
    • Child Passenger Safety Team
    • Drone/Robot Team
  • Fire Service
    • Technical Rescue Team
    • Large Animal Rescue Team
    • Fire Investigations Team
Career Opportunities
  • Patrol
    • Responds to calls for service
    • Traffic Enforcement
    • Investigates Traffic Collisions
    • Responds to Fires
    • Investigate Crimes
    • Community Involvement
  • Investigations
    • Major Crimes
    • Narcotics
    • Fraud
    • Juvenile
    • School Resource Officers
  • Community Services
    • Participates and Organizes community events
    • Community Engagement/Education
    • Extraditions
    • K9 Operations
    • Traffic
    • Bike Patrol
  • Fire Division
    • Operate Fire Apparatus and Trucks
    • Fire Education
    • Inspections