Become a Police Officer

See Yourself Here

Known for its parks, paths and picturesque Main Street, Greenville, SC 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.

  2. Hiring Requirements
  3. Hiring Process
  4. Training

Criminal Justice Career Expo

Thursday, May 5
10Am - 2pm
Mcalister square

225 S. Pleasantburg Drive, Greenville SC 29607

Meet GPD recruiters at the Criminal Justice Career Expo held locally at McAlister Square in Greenville!

fittest of SC 

SaturDAY, MAY 14
9AM - 4PM

five forks athletics

405 Scuffletown Road, Simpsonville, SC 29681

Meet GPD recruiters at the Fittest of SC fitness competition held locally at Five Forks Athletics in Simpsonville!

Police Officer Application:  How To Apply

The application for Police Officer will open from April 18 - May 27, 2022.  


Applications must be submitted online through the City of Greenville's jobs portal prior to the above deadline to be considered for employment. 

If you are viewing this job posting on an external website, please note that resumes and employment applications are not accepted from 3rd party websites. All applications for employment must be made by going to  

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

Hourly Rate
Jan 1, 2022)
Annual Salary
(43-hr work week)
Starting Salary
Associate's degree
+$1.00/hr incentive
Qualified Veteran*
​*Honorable Discharge or still serving
+$1.00/hr incentive
Bachelor's/master's degree
+$1.50/hr incentive

​Lateral/sworn officers
Salary based on
prior experience and
formal training. 
Language incentive
+$0.75/hr incentive

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