BECOME A POLICE OFFICER
Becoming a police officer is more than a job or career; it is a calling. A call to serve, protect and ensure justice to all, regardless of race, gender, or socioeconomic status. Law enforcement, while demanding, and often unpredictable, offers the opportunity to observe the depths of humanity and the strength of compassion.
To be a police officer is to walk alongside those fearful, suffering, and lost, and to be rewarded by the ability to offer them hope, comfort, and assurance. A police officer will proudly wear the badge earned, and abides by the oath they swore to uphold, with dignity and strength.
In times of peril, a police officer runs towards the danger; giving the ultimate sacrifice of oneself to protect the lives of others. Law enforcement requires discipline, sound judgement, discernment and most of all, the desire to serve others over self. This creates a law enforcement family, bound by honor, knowledge, courage, and integrity.
The Mount Pleasant Police Department is an equal opportunity employer.
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To be considered for employment, all applicants must, at a minimum:
o Be at least 21 years of age
o Be a United States citizen
o Have an associate degree (or 55 credit hours) or higher from an accredited university of college.
o Have or be able to obtain a valid South Carolina driver's license
o Have never been convicted of a felony or crime of moral turpitude
o Have not defaulted on a government or student loan
The Mount Pleasant Police Department will also need from each candidate the following information:
1. Applicant’s Birth Certificate (photocopy)
2. Social Security Card (photocopy)
3. Driver's License (photocopy)
4. Certified driving record for all states in which the applicant was/is licensed
5. Highest college degree earned (photocopy)
6. High school diploma or transcript (photocopy)
7. An official transcript from the college from which the applicant graduated, sent directly to the Mount Pleasant Police Department.
8. If the applicant served in the U.S. Military for any period of time, DD-214 (Member 4 Copy listing Characterization of Service, Separation and Re-Enlistment Codes) (photocopy) or Discharge Certificate (photocopy).
9. Licenses or Certificate which show special qualifications or skills (photocopy). If the applicant is a certified law enforcement officer from outside South Carolina, a State Certificate and training academy curriculum with hours must be submitted (photocopy).
The Mount Pleasant Police Department is currently accepting applications for lateral hires, both in-state and out-of-state, who are interested in transitioning to our organization.
A lateral hire is considered someone who has one year of sworn law enforcement experience and a valid state law enforcement certification.
If offered employment, the lateral officer would take part in an expedited process to acquire his/her South Carolina law enforcement certification and a training period with a Patrol (FTO: Field Training Officer)
2-year degree (Associates): $45,531.20
4-year degree (Bachelor’s): $46,280.00
Off-Duty Assignments: $30.00/hr. plus. These are assignments officers choose to sign up for on their days off and may not be worked in conjuntion with an officers scheduled shift.
Career Incentive Pay: Officers select a career tract within our agency: Investigations, Narcotics, Traffic, Crime Scene Investigations, etc. Officers take specific courses tailored to their career choice and receive 3% at the completion of each 40-hour course, with a maximum of 3 years, totaling 9 % overall and 120 hours of total training. This is separate to the pay for performance and cost of living increase.
***All officers upon successful completion of field training will be issued a departmental vehicle and have access to a 24 hour fully equipped gym, for personal well-being***
For all inquiries into Police Retirement, please connect with PORS-Police Retirement System
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Our police department operates 365 days a year, weekends, holidays and major events included but not limited to: major weather events (i.e. Hurricanes), major events (Ravenel Bridge Run, 4th of July and Christmas Parade)
The Mount Pleasant Police Department’s is made up of 8 patrol districts. Our patrol officers work 10-hour shifts. The shifts are as follows and rotate every 6 weeks allowing our officers every other weekend off:
1st Shift: 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.
2nd Shift: 1 p.m. to 11 p.m.
3rd Shift: 9 p.m. to 7 a.m.
Each officer is assigned to a patrol team that is lead by a Sergeant. The team Sergeant will assign you to a district for patrol which is your area of responsibility. Get out and meet the people who live and work in your district. This district can and will rotate at the discretion of the Sergeant who is responsible for your team.