Police Officer

  • Mount Pleasant Police Department
  • Crowne Plaza Charleston Airport - Conv Ctr, an IHG Hotel, Tanger Outlet Boulevard, North Charleston, SC, USA
  • Aug 04, 2022
Full time Law Enforcement

Job Description

To apply to be a Mount Pleasant Police Officer, you must:

1. Be at least 21 years of age

2. Be a United States citizen

3. Have an associate degree (or 55 credit hours) or higher from an accredited university of college.

4. Have or be able to obtain a valid South Carolina driver's license

5. Have never been convicted of a felony or crime of moral turpitude

6. Have not defaulted on a government or student loan

See “Immediate Disqualifiers” for a list of concerns that may make you unable to continue in the application process on our website.

Apply here: BECOME A POLICE OFFICER | Mount Pleasant, SC - Official Website (tompsc.com)

Annual Salary and Benefits: The Mount Pleasant Police Department’s pay plan includes a comprehensive scale based on career development and degree incentives.

The Mount Pleasant Police Department offers a competitive total compensation package, including benefits:

  • Paid pre-academy, academy and post academy training
  • Group health, dental, vision insurance
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Police Officers Retirement System (PORS)
  • Optional deferred compensation plans (401k and 457 plans)
  • Employer paid life insurance, short term disability and long term disability programs
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Wellness programs
  • 10 paid holidays and 1 personal holiday annually

**Benefit information provided is a summary only and is subject to change. Full details will be provided at time of employment and take precedence to any information provided here.

The Process:
The Mount Pleasant Police Officer Hiring Process consists of FOUR separate phases. You must pass each phase in order to advance to the next. The final decision concerning your employment will be made by the Chief of Police and will be based on information collected throughout the hiring process. In total, the process should take between two and four months.

Documents the Mount Pleasant Police Department will need: 


  • Resume
  • Copy of Driver’s License
  • Official Driving Record from ALL states where you have HELD A DRIVER’S LICENSE
  • If the applicant served in the US military for any period of time, copy of DD-214 (Member 4 listing Characterization of Service, Separation and Re-Enlistment)
  • Birth Certificate/Naturalization Certificate
  • Three Documents: Click here for the Authorization to Release Information, Release of Consumer Credit Report and Personal Drug History Form
  • If you are a certified law enforcement officer from outside S.C., a photocopy of your state certificate and training academy curriculum with hours.
  • Documentation of expungement for any criminal charge or conviction (not including traffic violations).

All documents must be attached to your application.


  • Physical Agility Test

For detailed information on the Physical Agility Test, please visit our website @ www.tompsc.com. If you do not successfully complete the Physical Agility Test, you will have the opportunity to return on a different date to re-take the physical agility test. Candidates who attain a passing score on the physical agility test will advance to the written examination that afternoon. * Written Examination (National Police Officer Selection Test):

The POST is made up of four separately timed test sections. The first three sections (Mathematics, Reading Comprehension and Grammar) utilize multiple choice and true/false formats. The fourth section, Incident Report Writing, requires you to write out your answers in complete sentences in the spaces provided in the test booklet. Though most of the questions in this test battery relate to police duty, no prior knowledge of law or law enforcement will be needed to answer the questions. Applicants scoring above 70% will advance.

  • Interview:

Candidates who successfully complete the physical agility and written examination will be scheduled for an oral interview, conducted by a panel of current MPPD officers. The applicant will be assessed on dimensions of work history, education, training, community service, customer service, and interpersonal skills.

* Polygraph:
After completing the interview, the applicant will be required to submit to a polygraph examination. During the polygraph the applicant will be asked questions pertaining, but not limited to, honesty in handling money and merchandise with present and previous employers, use of drugs, alcohol, gambling habits, arrests and/or convictions. The applicant should be prepared to answer questions concerning undetected crimes they may have committed and their involvement in any previous or current investigations.


  • Applicants who successfully pass the testing phase will be notified by the background investigator that a rigorous and thorough background investigation will be conducted to review applicant information obtained from but not limited to: DMV abstract, consumer credit report, criminal history check, any and all social media accounts, and interviews with previous employers, teachers, neighbors, landlords, and personal references. The applicant will also have a personal interview with the background investigator.
  • Applicants not moving forward to the background investigation phase will be notified by MPPD Recruitment Officer.



The results of phases 2 & 3 are reviewed and the top applicants will be sent an offer of employment. If the applicant accepts the offer, candidates will be given a date of hire.

  • Applicants not selected must wait one year from the date the background investigation is completed to reapply and must take part in the entire selection process.


Criminal History

  • Adult commission of undetected crimes of a serious or repetitive nature
  • Any conviction of domestic violence, including simple assault against a domestic partner, spouse, child or parent
  • Conviction of any crime which carries a 6-months jail sentence or more, excluding traffic violations which are discussed separately, or the South Carolina State Law equivalent within the last 5 years
  • Conviction of any felony or any crime involving moral turpitude (crimes contrary to justice, honesty, or good morals)

Traffic Violations

  • Suspension of driver’s license within the past thirty-six (36) months (non-traffic related suspensions, such as an insurance related suspension, shall be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.)
  • Four (4) or more moving violations within the past thirty-six (36) months (regardless of adjudication withheld)
  • Accumulation of eight (8) points or more within the past 36 months on a South Carolina Operator’s License or the equivalent for out of state licenses. Points may be negated by attending defensive driving school offered by the Division of Motor Vehicles prior to initial testing
  • Conviction or case pending for DUI, DWI or Hit and Run within the last five (5) years.
  • Any significant negative driving history, which shall be determined by management review of all relevant facts.


  • Any illegal possession of heroin or hallucinogens or any other derivative thereof, as defined in the Code of South Carolina immediate disqualifier
  • Any involvement in the sale or distribution of illegal drugs as an adult
  • Illegal possession of anabolic steroids within the last 5 years
  • Illegal possession of marijuana or a derivative thereof within the last 12 months
  • Juvenile involvement in the sale or distribution of illegal drugs is an area of concern which will be given careful scrutiny in the context of the full investigation/review.


  • Demonstrated history of financial irresponsibility. (Examples of areas of concern include unpaid collections or unsatisfactory judgments where no payment plan has been established. Bankruptcies will be evaluated based on the time frame, circumstances, other measures pursued, and restoration of credit).


  • Cheating on any examination or testing associated with the position
  • Dishonorable discharge from any military service
  • Untruthfulness and/or intentional withholding of information on any application, interview, or paperwork associated with the position. Examples of intentional withholding of information would include deliberate inaccuracies or incomplete statements.

Additional Information
This is not intended to be an exhaustive listing of background disqualifiers. Applicants who are successful in the initial testing will undergo a thorough background investigation, including a polygraph examination. Areas of concern will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis within the context of the full investigation/review. The Police Chief and or their designee may grant an exception to disqualifiers based on the overall assessment of the candidate. 

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: Associate's degree: $48,048.00

        Bachelor's Degree: $49,566.00

***Pre-Certified Officers are compensated for years of service***


  • Dental insurance
  • Employee discount
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Professional development assistance
  • Referral program
  • Retirement plan
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance


  • 10 hour shifts
  • Shifts Rotate (1st, 2nd & 3rd shift)
  • Holidays


  • Associates (Preferred)


  • Military: 1 year (Preferred)
  • Leadership: 1 year (Preferred)