Become a Police Officer

Policing isn't just a job; it's a career that will challenge you daily to make a difference in the lives of others. If you are looking for a profession where every challenge brings immeasurable reward to you and your community, the Greenville Police Department is looking for you.  

The Greenville Police Department is the place for hard-working men and women who thrive on challenges and excel at problem-solving. 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 family, friends and neighbors.

  1. Hiring Requirements
  2. Hiring Process
  3. Training

To be considered for employment, all applicants must, at a minimum: 

  • 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 South Carolina driver's license
  • Have not had a driver's license suspension during the last 5 years for DUI; leaving the scene of an accident; reckless homicide; or involuntary manslaughter
  • Have never been convicted of a felony or 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 a good credit history

Animal Control Officer Opening

The Greenville Police Department is currently seeking an Animal Control Officer to fill a vacancy in our Support Division. Prior experience as an animal control officer or experience working with animals is preferred, but not necessary to apply.  Applicants should have strong communication skills and a desire to work in partnership with local communities.

This application will close on Friday, February 26, 2021.  All candidates must have their applications submitted before midnight in order to be considered for this position.  

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All communication regarding your application will arrive via our application portal email address at  Be sure to add to your contact list in order to receive important communications from us regarding your application status. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  What are the hours for an Animal Control Officer?

A:  The hours have some room for flexibility but are generally Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. There are also on-call hours on nights and weekends.

Q:  What does an Animal Control Officer do?

A:  The Greenville Police Department's animal control officers are responsible for answering a variety of calls for service involving animals, to include animals running at large, animal bites, vicious animals, stray animals, neighborhood complaints (barking dogs, leash laws), investigations into ill-treatment and occasionally wildlife calls.  

Q:  Will I have to attend the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy for training?

A:  To be certified as a Class 3 Law Enforcement Officer, you will need to attend nine days in person at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy (SCCJA). Training is fully paid and lodging/meals at the SCCJA are provided. You will also qualify with driving and firearms.  

Q:  What is the starting salary?

A:  The starting salary ranges from $42,484 to $45,949 depending on education and prior military service. The salary then ascends on a step plan each year, with a maximum of $52,613.  

Q:  I'm thinking of becoming a police officer. Can I apply for both positions?

A:  Yes, you can apply to both positions. The Police Officer application is open until March 12, 2021.  


Police Officer Application:  How To Apply

The Greenville Police Department is accepting applications for the position of Police Officer until March 12, 2021. Applications must be submitted before midnight on March 12 to be considered for employment.  


All communication regarding your application will arrive via our application portal email address at  Be sure to add to your contact list in order to receive important communications from us regarding your application status.

You will need the following information available to complete your application for Police Officer:

  • List of all addresses/residences since age 16
  • A minimum of 3 professional references and 2 personal references, including names, email addresses and phone numbers
  • 10 years of employment history, including:
    • Company name, address and phone number
    • Supervisor name
    • Job duties
  • The job history portion of the application is followed by a series of questions to determine your eligibility for the position. All questions must be answered truthfully and completely. You may be disqualified from the hiring process if inaccuracies are discovered later on.  

Civilian Employment

Are you looking for civilian job opportunities in law enforcement? Consider working as a Communications Specialist in our 911 dispatch center. Interested in working for the City of Greenville in a non-sworn position? Check out all employment openings via the City of Greenville’s jobs portal.  

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Starting Salary

Minimum Qualification
Hourly Rate
Jan 1, 2020)
Annual Salary
(43-hr work week)
High school diploma
Associate's degree
Qualified veteran
Bachelor's/master's degree

Lateral/sworn officers

Salary based on
prior experience and
formal training.  
Language incentive
Add 1 step after 
completion of training

Salary Range

The Greenville Police Department utilizes three ranks for non-supervisory personnel: Police Officer 1 (PO1), Police Officer 2 (PO2) and Police Officer 3 (PO3). All new officers who have no police experience start out at the PO1 rank. Lateral officers may start at PO1, PO2 or PO3 based on years of experience and formal elective training.  

Within each rank, salary ascends on a step program until the range maximum is met. Officers may be promoted to PO2 or PO3 after completion of the required years of service and attending additional training.  

Promotions to Sergeant and Lieutenant are based on a competitive testing process.

- Range Minimum
Range Maximum
Police Officer 1
Police Officer 2
Police Officer 3


  • All new officers are full-time employees of the City of Greenville and receive their full salary and benefits during training and while attending the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy
  • Required uniforms and equipment are provided at no cost to officers
  • Training is provided at no cost to officers
  • Take home car program after successful completion of Field Training Program
  • Tuition reimbursement up to $5,000 per fiscal year for approved undergraduate and graduate courses
  • Employee wellness programs
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Employee Health Center
  • Free visits with a nurse practitioner at the Employee Health Center
  • Comprehensive insurance & benefits plan
  • Family/medical leave
  • Military leave
  • Longevity bonuses paid every 5th year
  • 28-year retirement with pension
  • Supplemental elective 401k/457k
  • Retirement planning
  • 11 (8-hour) holidays per year
  • Annual leave time as follows:
    • 1st year of employment: 13 days
    • 2nd through 10th years: 18 days
    • 11th through 20th years: 23 days
    • 21st year and beyond: 28 days