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Time to Prepare!

Charleston Police Department is currently accepting applications.  You do not need to be a South Carolina resident to apply. 

Please review our Application Instructions page before you apply. 

You must complete and bring the Personal History Questionnaire with you to the physical agility test.

If you are selected for testing, a representative from the Personnel Department will contact you to schedule a date to test.  It is recommended you bring a change of clothing in case of inclement weather on your day of testing.  

Questions regarding tattoos please review our tattoo policy.

Until then, you can prepare for the process by brushing up on basic adult education (reading comprehension, math, spelling, grammar). 

If you don't already exercise, now is the time to start a progressive training program so you can be physically prepared to complete all of the required events. 

Our physical agility test includes a 1.5 mile run, 300 meter run, sit ups, push ups, and a bench press.  Applicants must meet a minimum cut-off score in all physical agility events.  Please download our physical agility book for details. Physical Agility Testing Guide

Questions involving the Polygraph Examination, please see our Polygraph Exam Instructions.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 21 years old or older
  • United States Citizen
  • Clear criminal record
  • 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 full-time Sworn Law Enforcement or Active Duty Military Experience

Terry Cherry
180 Lockwood Blvd.
Charleston, SC 29403
Phone #843-720-2470

Tonatte Mitchell
Recruitment & Retention Supervisor
180 Lockwood Blvd.
Charleston, SC 29403
Phone #843-720-2431

Dana Paris-Jones
Background Investigations
180 Lockwood Blvd.
Charleston, SC  29403

Chantel Johnson
Recruitment & Retention Specialist
180 Lockwood Blvd.
Charleston, SC  29403

Personal History Questionnaire (To be brought to the physical agility test date)