Join the MPPD

We are a nationally accredited agency, sanctioned by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. and became a flagship agency in 2005. The department employs 157 sworn officers and 43 civilian personnel, serving a population of 85,000. The Police Department embraces a Community Oriented Policing philosophy of service delivery, which requires officers to work together with citizens to identify community problems, determine the underlying causes, and develop solutions which address these causes in order to resolve the problem. 

The department has divided the Town of Mount Pleasant, which encompasses 73 square miles, into seven patrol districts. Each patrol district is assigned to a specific officer on each shift, who is responsible for maintaining protection and problem resolution on a continuing basis. The Mount Pleasant Police Department was featured in the November 1996 issue of Good Housekeeping as one of the top eight suburban police departments in the nation.

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Sworn Officer Qualifications

Qualifications Include:

  • 21 years of age
  • An associate degree (or 55 credit hours) or higher from an accredited college or university
  • A current South Carolina driver's license
  • No conviction of a felony or a crime of moral turpitude
  • United States Citizenship

The selection process to become a police officer for the Mount Pleasant Police Department takes approximately 45 days from the formal application. A thorough background investigation will be conducted and include checks on criminal history, education verification, driving record, and a credit history; a polygraph test; a psychological screening; and a review of personal and employment references. A medical examination and a drug screening will be done following a conditional offer of employment. Applications are considered active for a period of one year. After one year, reapplication must be made, provided there have been no disqualifications.

Job Opportunities

You can view a list of current job opportunities on our website.


$40,227.20 annually - With excellent benefits total compensation is $54,306.72 annually.

Employee Benefits

Benefits available to full time employees

Online Application

You can create an account and fill out an online job application.

If you have any questions regarding the selection process, contact Lt. Craig Harris in the Office of Professional Standards at 843-884-4176 or email him at