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Police Officer


Closes On: July 10, 2020 at 05:00 PM EST

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

  • Enforces the laws and ordinances of the city and all other pertinent laws.
  • Patrols assigned areas during a specific period on foot or in motorized police equipment.
  • Checks doors and window and examines premises or unoccupied buildings or residences in order to detect any suspicious conditions.
  • Investigates suspicious conditions and complaints and make arrest or persons who violate laws and ordinances.
  • Accompanies prisoners to headquarters, jail or court and appears in court as arresting officer.
  • Direct traffic and either arrests or gives violation tickets to those who break traffic laws.
  • Checks automobiles parking in restricted areas as directed, give all possible assistance and prepare necessary reports.
  • Maintains order in crowds and attends parades, funeral or other public gatherings.
  • Observes for stolen cars and wanted or missing persons.
  • Makes investigation and enforces city and state laws pertaining to juvenile offenders.
  • Serves warrants, gives advice on laws, ordinances and general information to the public.
  • Acts for police Master Police Officer or Sergeant in his absence as directed.
  • Maintains records, prepares reports and performs related clerical duties.
  • Perform related duties as required.    

Requires: Minimum education and experience level is that of a high school diploma/GED and no experience. Preference given to candidates with the following: Associate’s Degree, Bachelor’s Degree, or Sworn Law Enforcement or Active Duty Military Experience. Must possess a working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel or similar software. Must possess a valid South Carolina driver’s license at the time of hire. Must successfully complete SCCJA. For more information on what it takes to be a successful CPD candidate please visit www.charleston-pd.org.

Must possess a working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel or similar software. Must possess a valid South Carolina driver’s license at the time of hire. Must successfully complete SCCJA. For more information on what it takes to be a successful CPD candidate please visit www.charleston-pd.org

       

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

Step 1

Step 2

High School

$39,730.25

$41,716.76

Associates Degree

$42,511.37

$44,636.94

Bachelors Degree

$45,487.16

$47,761.52

Masters Degree

$48,671.26

$51,104.83

Law Degree

$52,078.25

$54,682.17

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.