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Spartanburg South Carolina
Police Department

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Are you calm under pressure, quick thinking, trainable and enjoy working with the public? We are looking for dedicated men and women to join our Police Department!  Find out if you have what it takes...

  Join our next  
Civil Service Exam 
March 18, 2023 

Not sure if you qualify to become a Police Officer? Check out our Recruiting FAQ page below. 


With over 100 law enforcement officers and civilian support staff, Spartanburg's Police Department is the City's largest and often its most visible presence. We provide emergency police response for residents as well as thousands of local businesses, their employees and customers.

The Spartanburg Police Department is committed to providing the City with high quality services. Utilizing the latest in law enforcement and response technology to increase efficiency, providing swift responses for citizens. We are dedicated to keeping our residents, businesses and visitors safe. #OneSpartanburg #UpstateSC

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Accreditation is a coveted award that symbolizes professionalism, excellence, and competence. Spartanburg Police Department was awarded National Accreditation on March 20, 1999 by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). 


The Department is also recognized as an accredited agency with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Accreditation Council (SCLEA) and is a member of the South Carolina Police Accreditation Coalition.

Proof that compliance to national standards has been maintained is required to CALEA every four years.


Application Packet:

Drop off your Paper Application Packet at City Hall in beautiful downtown Spartanburg.

 Easy Online Application:



You will be asked to provide copies of the following documents:

  • Driver's License

  • Birth Certificate

  • High School Diploma or GED,

  • Social Security Card and

  • DD214 (if applicable) 

Ride Along Form:

Applicants are eligible for a ride-along! This is an arrangement for a civilian to spend a shift in the passenger seat of a police car.











To request a Ride Along Form Click Here

A few sample questions to ask during a ride along:

  • What do you like best or worst about being a police officer?

  • Why did you become a police officer?

  • How is it to work in this community?

Please dress conservatively (casual business attire) during your Ride Along.


Minimum Requirements:

  • 21 Years of Age

  • HS Diploma or GED

  • Valid Drivers License

  • United States Citizen

Entry-Level Civil Service Exam:

  1. Written Nelson-Denny Test

  2. Timed Agility Course 

  3. 3-Person Panel Interview 


Check out our Police Officer Agility Obstacle Course videos on YouTube.












Applicants Should Have:

  • No Felony Convictions

  • No Illegal Drug Use in the past two years (experimentation with more than two controlled substances will result in permanent rejection)  

Be An Honest & Moral Citizen!


You must be able to Pass a Background Investigation, Polygraph, Psych Evaluation, Drug Screening & Physical.

Use the contact form below if you have any questions or concerns. 


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The City of Spartanburg is offering very competitive salaries for Police Officers.





Annual Starting Pay (as of July 2022)

$42,972.80 for Non-Certified &

$45,094.40+ for Certified Officers


Questions or Concerns?






The City of Spartanburg offers:

  • Paid Holidays & Vacation Days

  • Fixed 10 Hour Shifts & Longevity Pay

  • General Leave Accrual

  • Health, Dental & Vision Insurance

  • Dependent Eligibility & Flexible Spending Account (FSA)

  • Retirement Program

  • Credit Union

  • Job Training & Career Development

  • Access to FREE onsite health clinic

  • Off-time earning potential 

Now Hiring Master Patrol Officers:


Police Officer Applicants should have basic computer knowledge and be able to understand modern law enforcement principles, practices, and procedures. 

As an entry-level Police Officer you will patrol high and low crime areas. You will talk to people in the community, check security of buildings and apprehend offenders.

Investigate traffic accidents, use measurement devices and eyewitness accounts to determine violators. Assist motorists in filling out, or exchange insurance information.

Conduct criminal investigations by gathering information, process crime scenes and interview witnesses. You will testify in Court and transport arrested persons to correctional facility.

 You will serve criminal papers, locate people under indictment, serve warrants, orders for arrest, criminal summons and perform other related law enforcement work as required.

Policing in Partnership!

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Civil Service Exam 

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