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Police Officer

Closes On: December 31, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST

Location: Police Department, Charleston , SC 29403
Department: Police
Division: Police
Job Status: Full-Time
Rate of Pay: View Posting for Salary Ranges -
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Job Description

  • Have an interest in serving the City of Charleston's many unique, culturally rich, communities
  • Build community partnerships through daily personal encounters
  • Utilize good communication techniques to persuade de-escalation and positive outcomes
  • Detect and prevent crime through pro-active patrol and engagement
  • Maintain trust and public order
  • Enforce the laws and ordinances of the city and all other pertinent laws with dignity and respect
  • Patrol assigned areas during a specific period both in a vehicle and on foot
  • Investigate suspicious activity and make arrests when appropriate
  • Maintain records, prepare reports and perform related clerical duties
  • Provide general information to the public concerning police action and enforcement
  • Conduct crowd control during public gatherings
  • Maintain a personal high standard of physical fitness and nutrition with the ability to respond appropriately to stressful and/or challenging situations 

Requires: Minimum education is that of a high school diploma/GED with no experience required. Preference given to candidates with the following: Associate’s Degree, Bachelor’s Degree, or Sworn Law Enforcement or Active Duty Military experience. Must be 21 and possess a valid South Carolina driver’s license at the time of hire. Must successfully graduate from SCCJA. For more information on what it takes to become a CPD officer please visit www.joincpd.com.

Authorized Hiring Range: Depending on qualifications, Please contact the Police Department for information regarding the scale at 843-720-2402.

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Application Special Instructions

Download and read the following document BEFORE you submit your application.  Application Instructions, Waivers and Authorization.  

You will be given instructions on how to submit this application and to include specific documents which require notarization by a notary public.  When you are finished gathering ALL DOCUMENTSuse the Document Upload section to attach them individually to your application.  DO NOT SUBMIT your application without the required documents, one of which MUST be notarized.  Your application will be considered incomplete.  

If you are selected for testing, complete the Personal History Questionnaire for PD and bring it with you to testing.  Do not mail it separately or email it with your application.      

Thank you.