Do you want to do something worthwhile?
Are you looking for a career that's a bit different, where you will face new and challenging situations daily?
Perhaps you are interested in a vital role supporting day-to-day police activities?
Whichever position is right for you, you can find out more
Anderson Police Department is currently seeking highly motivated individuals for police officers. SC certified applicants are highly encouraged to apply. We will be recruiting applicants on an on-going basis. Applicants may apply by receiving the application online at www.cityofandersonsc.com . When there click on the "Jobs" link. You may also obtain an application from the Personnel Office at City Hall, 401 South Main Street, Anderson, SC. Applications for this position will only be accepted until it is filled. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.
The Anderson Police Department currently participates in Veterans on the job training program. Veterans may be eligble for on the job training incentives and housing allowances.
Please visit Anderson Police Department's website at www.Andersonpd.com
Salary is dependent upon experience.
Requirements to Become a Police Officer
Police officers are responsible for enforcing laws and maintaining peace. In addition to earning a high school diploma, most police officers complete degree programs in law enforcement. Officers with further education many times have an advantage over those who have not better prepared themselves through educational opportunities.
High School Diploma/GED Required
Anderson Police Department requires at least a high school diploma or equivalent education to become a police officer. APD requires potential officers to be at least 21 years old.
Complete College-Level Training
Completing an associate or bachelor's degree program in criminal justice, law enforcement or a related discipline can be helpful in obtaining a job as a police officer with Anderson Police Department. While not required by this agency, applicants may find formal education advantageous when vying for officer positions. Officers with college education and degree-holders typically advance more quickly to higher ranks. The City of Anderson will even provide tuition assistance to officers seeking degrees in pertinent fields.
Attend Police Academy
Anderson Police Departments sends recruits to the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy to complete training. This program lasts 12 weeks and includes classroom instruction in civil rights, state and local laws, crime investigation and constitutional law. Recruits gain supervised experience with real-life situations such as patrol, accident and emergency response, firearm use, self-defense and traffic command. SC Criminal Justice Academy training prepares our prospective police officers for active duty.
Pass All Applicable Examinations
In order to gain a position on the Anderson Police Force, candidates are required to pass various examinations to ensure competence. In addition to passing written exams, which are administered through Support Services, we also administer physical tests of agility as well as drug and lie detector tests. We also conduct psychiatric or background interviews to assess a recruit's personal characteristics and overall suitability for a career in law enforcement.
Earn a Promotion
After gaining initial experience as a police officer, candidates may be given the opportunity to pursue specialized police work or advance to such positions as detective, lieutenant or captain. To be eligible for promotions, police officers are typically required to pass a written exam and demonstrate exceptional performance on the job. These positions generally require officers to manage administrative duties and personnel as well as to direct taskforces and other projects.