Degrees and Certifications:

Mr. Joseph Chapman

Welcome to Law Enforcement Services!

My name is Mr. Chapman and I am entering my seventh year as one of our two Law Enforcement Services teachers. Prior to working in our school district, I spent 11 years as a Deputy Sheriff with the Richland County Sheriff's Department. During that time, I worked in the courthouse, on road patrol, as a Field Training Officer, and in the Training Division as an Instructor. Throughout my career, I have amassed 40 + certifications related to Law Enforcement and teaching, half of which are Instructor certifications. I have also accumulated many accolades over the years for my involvement in law enforcement, teaching, and various other organizations. I currently serve on multiple committees at the district, state, and national levels. I am also the State Executive Director for SkillsUSA South Carolina. Outside of school and CTE-related activities, I am a member of several fraternal organizations, coach youth soccer, and coach youth travel softball.

I have been happily married for 16 years to my wife Michelle, who is a CPA and partner at her firm. We have three daughters ranging from toddler through elementary age. I am an Irmo High School and a University of South Carolina graduate, GO GAMECOCKS! I have a degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology. 



SkillsUSA is a Career & Technical Student Organization that aims to better prepare students for their future careers. Through the integration of the SkillsUSA Framework in my classroom, along with other resources, students will have opportunities to gain meaningful experiences and grow in their personal, workplace, and technical skills. Every student should leave my class better prepared for their future career. All students will become members of SkillsUSA and have opportunities for personal/professional development, community service, leadership, competitions, and more. As a SkillsUSA Advisor, I have helped coach/mentor our chapter and many students to success, including being a National Top 24 chapter for the previous 4 years, having multiple national champions and placers, and many state titles over the years. 


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