Become a Police Officer

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Known for its parks, paths, and picturesque Main Street, Greenville, South Carolina is a small city with a vibrant atmosphere. At the Greenville Police Department, we pride ourselves on our relationships with residents and visitors that highlight our vision of becoming the most effective community-focused police agency in America. Come join a department with a family atmosphere and that Southern hospitality you’ve been searching for.

  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 not defaulted on a government or student loan

Police Officer Application:  How To Apply

The application for Police Officer is currently closed.  Click on the link below to sign up for job posting notifications from the Greenville Police Department.  


If you have recently applied for a position with us, please note that communication regarding your application will arrive via our application portal email address at or from our GPD Recruiting email at  Be sure to add these addresses to your contact list in order to receive important communications from us regarding your application status.

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.  After the completion of training, bi-lingual officers can receive an additional pay step increase.

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
  • Scholarship opportunities for children of police officers through the Howard C Jennings Scholarship Fund
  • 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

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.