Police Officer Applicants must be 21 years old or older, possess U.S. citizenship, have a clean police record, a valid driver's license, Bachelor's Degree and above or Associate's Degree with 2 years of prior full-time Sworn Law Enforcement or Active Duty Military Experience, or High School/GED with 4 or more years of full-time Sworn Law Enforcement or Active Duty Military Experience.
The Charleston Police Department's organizational values include:
In keeping with the spirit of our values, we try to maintain open communications with our applicants regarding our expectations and to facilitate their success in the selection process. If you are selected to be a Charleston Police Officer, this organization and the general public will be entrusting you with a very high level of authority. For this reason, we have given considerable thought to each step of our selection process and take great care to determine that we are hiring individuals who will be guardians of the trust granted them. An applicant whose background includes any of the following concerns would not be permitted to continue in the selection process.
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. Examples of areas of concern may include, but are not limited to, the following: