Police work is very challenging, inherently dangerous, but is rewarding to those who commit to a career of public service. As such, we consider only the best qualified candidates who have demonstrated positive character and integrity in their personal and professional lives to fill our police officer vacancies.
The information on this page is not all-inclusive but is intended to assist prospective applicants with making a decision to pursue a rewarding career with our agency.
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An applicant with a certification from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy (SCCJA) is offered between $33,458 and $40,765 based on training, experience, and education. An applicant without (SCCJA) certification is offered $30,311 but receives a raise between the aforementioned ranges upon graduation from SCCJA. The current maximum pay rate for a police officer is $49,576. Police officers are evaluated annually and receive pay-for-performance increases (as approved in each budget cycle) commensurate to their evaluation score.
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Police retirement details: Police officers participate in the State Police Officers Retirement System (PORS). Police officers are eligible for retirement from PORS after serving 27 years or after serving 8 years and attaining the age of 55.
Vehicle use policy - After release from field training and probation, officers are permitted to drive their police vehicle within Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties for personal use. Officers must carry their firearm, badge, and identification and adhere to dress code specifications. Family members may be dropped off/picked up at/from work/school on the officer's way to work/home.
We consider applications for police officer that meet our minimum qualifications in the following order of priority:
1. Applicants with a current Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) certification from the
South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy.
2. Applicants with a current BLET certification from another state.
3. Applicants with a college degree.
4. Applicants some college credit and a solid work history.