Become a Police Officer

Do you want to do something worthwhile? Are you looking for a career that provides new and challenging situations daily? The Greenville Police Department is the place for hard-working men and women who thrive on challenges. There is no doubt that this can be a tough and unpredictable job, but it is also the most rewarding career you will ever have. Every day when you put on your uniform, you will go to work making life safer and more secure for your friends and neighbors.

Hiring Requirements


  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Be a United States citizen
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Have or be able to obtain a valid S. C. drivers license
  • Have not had a driver's license suspension during the last 5 years for D.U.I., leaving the scene of an accident, reckless homicide or involuntary manslaughter
  • Have never been convicted of a felony or Criminal Domestic Violence
  • Have never been convicted of a crime of moral turpitude or a misdemeanor carrying a possible sentence of more than 1 year
  • Have not defaulted on a student loan
  • Have a good credit history
Once employed as a police officer, you will attend the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy in Columbia for 12 weeks. Certified officers from other states and military police may qualify for a six-week legal's portion or a challenge test. The Field Training Program is 600 hours (may be abbreviated for prior experience), and the probationary period is 1 year.


Starting Salary


  • $14.27 per hour ($31,907.72 based on 43-hour/week)
  • +5% = $14.98 per hour ($33,495.28 based on 43-hour/week)
  • 5% increase to base pay for prior Class-1 certified police experience 1-5 years
  • 5% increase to base pay for bilingual upon successful completion of language testing
  • +10% = $15.70 per hour ($35,105.20 based on 43-hour/week)
  • 10% for prior Class-1 certified police experience of over 5 years
  • 5% increase to base pay for Associates degree
  • 5% increase to base pay for prior active duty military experience of at least 1 year
  • 10% increase to base pay for bachelor’s degree or above
  • 5% increase to base pay for Master’s degree
  • Any combination of benefits cannot exceed 15%

Benefits


  • Take home car program after successful completion of Field Training Program
  • Tuition reimbursement for continued education
  • Longevity bonuses paid every 5th year
  • 28-year retirement
  • 11 (8-hr) holidays per year
  • Annual leave time as follows:
    • 1st year of employment: 13 days
    • 2nd through 10th: 18 days
    • 11th through 20th: 23 days
    • 21st and beyond: 28 days

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