Benefits and Incentives for Police Officers

  • SC Police Officer Retirement System: Class II - Those with a membership date on or before June 30, 2012 are eligible to retire and receive vested benefits after completing 25 years of service in the retirement system, or after attaining age 55 with 5 or more years of service in the system
  • SC Police Officer Retirement System: Class III - Those with a membership date on or after July 1, 2012 are eligible to retire and receive vested benefits if the member has 8 years or more of earned service in the system, has reached the age of 55 or has 27 years of service credit, and has separated from service 
  • Medical and dental insurance (the City pays a portion of the coverage)
  • 11 paid holidays per year
  • Paid Military Leave
  • Paid General Leave
  • Longevity bonus every 5th year of service
  • Funeral leave
  • Credit Union enrollment available
  • $25,000 life insurance policy
  • Educational tuition reimbursement
  • Employee Assistance Program (Personal and family counseling)
  • Free annual medical physicals
  • Long and short-term disability plan (Voluntary)

Equipment Incentives
◦ Take Home Car Program (after completion of the FTO Program)
◦ 12-hour shifts with two 3-day weekends per month
◦ Uniform, gun, vest, Taser, shoes, and other equipment
◦ Bilingual compensation of 5% (must pass competency test)

Compensation Incentives
Base salary increases are available for firefighters who have an associate's, bachelor's, or master's degree, or who have prior law enforcement or military experience.