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City of Greenville
City of Greenville



Job Location: Greenville, SC
Job Type: Full Time
Department: POLICE
POLICE OFFICER (I, II, OR III) - 2022 Salary

$47,515.00 - $76,292.32 Annually


4 McGee Street - Greenville, SC

Job Type

Full Time



Job Number





5/27/2022 11:59 PM Eastern

Brief Description

Job Summary - Police Officer I
Under general direction and in compliance with standard operating procedures and policies, State-certified Police Officer that enforces the laws of the State of South Carolina, municipal codes of the City of Greenville, and federal laws as they apply. Performs all duties of a police officer. Applies problem- solving techniques in support of the department`s community policing philosophy and to protect life and property. Responds to calls for service, reports findings and takes appropriate action to resolve issues. Patrols assigned area. Assists with crime scene security and processing. Conducts follow up investigations. Investigates crimes and employs crime reduction/prevention techniques situationally. Supports prosecution of criminal cases. Acts as liaison between the Police Department and the public. Builds rapport with residents, businesses and community groups of their geographical area. Makes court appearances, serves warrants/subpoenas and places items into property and evidence. Serves as a Field Training Officer as assigned. The percentage of time spent on essential functions will vary based on division assignment. Must be at least 21 years of age.

Please see position descriptions for Police Officer II and III here: Police Officer II and III.

Job Duties

Essential Functions: The percentage of time spent on these functions will vary based on division assignment as indicated below.

Respond to Calls for Service (Operations-40%; Support-10%): Enforce the laws of the State of South Carolina, municipal codes of the City of Greenville and federal laws as they apply. Respond to calls for service received through police communications; calls will include thefts, burglaries, altercations between people, including but not limited to domestic disturbances, fighting and neighborhood disputes, performing crowd and traffic control. Apply problem solving techniques in support of the department`s community policing and problem solving strategies. Apprehend and arrest suspects, using weapons and force when reasonable and necessary to protect lives and property, affect arrest, conduct lawful investigations, or restrain detained individuals to prevent personal injury to themselves or others. Obtain, verify, and execute arrest warrants. Conduct high-risk felony vehicle stops. Detain, search, arrest and handcuff persons, as required. Subdue and disarm resisting or attacking persons. Transport and handle prisoners. Prepare and submit appropriate documents.

Patrol Assigned Area (Operations-20%; Support-10%): Maintain public safety by utilizing patrol tactics. Operate police vehicle to observe for violations of traffic laws, suspicious activities or persons, and disturbances of law and order. Respond to radio dispatches; answer calls and complaints. Respond to major crime calls (robbery, rape, murder, maiming, burglary, etc.). Perform foot patrols to serve as a deterrent to criminal activity and to enhance the departments Community Policing philosophy. Investigate complaints and issues summonses or makes arrests; prepares detailed report and maintain required records. Provide motorized and/or foot patrol to residential and business areas to improve community relations, and deter crime. Monitor, note, report, and investigate suspicious persons and situations, safety hazards, and unusual or illegal activity in patrol area. Identify, locate, and arrest suspects and perpetrators of criminal acts. Review facts of incidents to determine if criminal act or statute violations were involved. Render aid to accident victims and other persons requiring first aid for physical injuries. Investigate traffic accidents and other accidents to determine causes and to determine if a crime has been committed. Cooperate with other law enforcement officials. Visit open businesses to establish a rapport with owners. Respond considerately to questions from the public..

Conduct Follow-up Investigations (Operations-20%; Support-40%): Investigate crimes and employ crime reduction/prevention techniques situationally. Detect and investigate crimes. Conduct surveillance of individuals, vehicles, or locations. Protect crime scene. Interview victims, suspects, and witnesses regarding crimes. Collect and identify evidence and property. Seize contraband and/or evidence. Apprehend and arrest suspects, using weapons when necessary. Obtain, verify, and execute arrest warrants. Detain, search, arrest and handcuff persons, as required. Subdue and disarm resisting or attacking persons. Transports and handle prisoners. Review evidence; take appropriate action such as making arrests and issuing warrants/tickets; and prepare appropriate investigative reports.

Act as Liaison between Police Department and Residents (Operations-15%; Support-20%): Interact with residents, community groups, and other entities as needed. Maintain contact with civic and community groups within their geographic areas to promote the goals and mission of the Police Department to encourage neighborhood watch safety programs and to generate input from residents to establish mutual trust between Police Officers and the community. Attend community meetings to promote Departments goals and objectives. Interview persons with complaints and make proper disposition or directs them to the proper authorities. Support the departments community outreach functions, including Citizens Academy, Gang Resistance Education and Training (GREAT) Camp, and Special Olympics. Work with community business owners and residents, as requested, to complete crime prevention through Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) inspections.

Support Prosecution of Criminal Cases (Operations-5%; Support-20%): Understand and enforce Federal, State and City criminal and traffic laws and ordinances. Employ appropriate court procedures, file correct documents such as warrants and tickets, and organize supporting documentation for court cases. Serve as a witness in court in connection with arrests and investigations.

Perform other duties as assigned. The percentage of time spent on specific essential functions will vary based on division assignment.

Please see position descriptions for Police Officer II and III here: Police Officer II and III.


Job Requirements
High school diploma or equivalent. Experience in customer service, community service, social services, security/loss prevention, corrections, military experience, or comparable field.
Completion of SC Criminal Justice Academy or equivalent certification as a Police Officer in another state.

Preferred Qualifications Associate Degree in police science, criminal justice, or a related field.

Driver`s License Requirements
Valid South Carolina Class D Driver`s License.

Other Requirements:
Police Officer Qualifications
To be considered for employment as a Police Officer, you must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Be 21 Years of Age
  • Be a United States citizen
  • Have a High School diploma or equivalent
  • Have a valid South Carolina driver`s license or be eligible to obtain a South Carolina driver`s license
  • Have not had a driver`s license suspension during the last five years for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, 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 one year.
  • Have not defaulted on a student loan.
  • Have a good credit history.

Employment History Information
For each employer you will need to provide complete contact information, including your supervisor`s name and telephone number.

Sworn Police applicants will need to provide five personal and five professional references to include name, address, telephone and email for each reference.

Working Conditions

Working Conditions
Primary Work Location: Vehicle, indoors, and outdoors.

Protective Equipment Required: Body armor, gloves, hazmat suit, crowd control equipment, and reflective vest.

Environmental/Health and Safety Factors: Occasional exposure to unpleasant environmental situations, conditions and/or hazards. Monthly exposure to wetness and/or humidity and noise. Seasonal exposure to extreme temperatures. Exposure to toxic or caustic chemicals. Daily exposure to physical danger or abuse from suspects as well as communicable diseases. Weekly exposure to mechanical and electrical hazards (e.g. Downed power lines, vehicles damaged in accidents, etc.).

Physical Demands: Continuously requires vision, hearing, and talking. Frequently requires standing, reaching, climbing, fine dexterity, handling, walking, using foot controls, balancing, carrying, bending, sitting, crouching, kneeling, twisting, lifting, climbing, crawling, and pushing/pulling. Perform duties in situations that range from inactive to situations requiring extreme physical exertion. Including but not limited to: the ability to make an arrest, physically wrestle a suspect following a prolonged pursuit, running over uneven terrain, chasing a suspect over many blocks or up flights of stairs while wearing duty equipment, climbing over fences, standing on a fixed post for extended periods of time, perform crowd and riot control activities, and exposure to adverse conditions and situations. Strength demands include constantly exerting 10 pounds, frequently exerting 20-50 pounds and occasionally may require exerting up to 150 pounds. Additional strength demands include the ability to wear duty equipment for prolonged periods weighing between 20-40 pounds.

Mental Demands: Frequently requires time pressures, emergency situations, frequent change of tasks, irregular schedule/overtime, performing multiple tasks simultaneously, working closely with others as part of a team, and noisy/distracting environment. Occasionally requires tedious or exacting work.

Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance
The City of Greenville is an Equal Opportunity Employer. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions. Prospective and current employees should contact Human Resources to request an ADA accommodation.

The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.


How To Apply:


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The City of Greenville will provide reasonable accommodations for otherwise qualified individuals. The City of Greenville does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, disability status or age in employment or provision of services.


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