Hiring Process

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This process applies to Police, Detention, Communications, and Community Service Officer, Records Clerk or any clerical position for the police department.

Eligibility and testing requirements for applicants

The Myrtle Beach Police Department appreciates your interest and wants you to succeed in becoming a member of our department.  Completing the hiring process is the first step.  The eligibility requirements for all positions in the police department are listed below, along with links to applications and other materials which must be completed and submitted.

 

 

Eligibility (All positions):

  • US. Citizen (Born or Naturalized)
  • High School Graduate or G.E.D. Equivalency
  • At least 21 years of age (Exception: Community Service Officer – 18 years of age)
  • Possess a valid driver’s license and obtain a South Carolina license (Police and Detention only)
  • No felony convictions
  • Good driving history (Recent DUIs or suspensions will disqualify you from the process.)
  • Clean Criminal History (Convictions for crimes of moral turpitude will disqualify you from the process.)
  • Registered for the Selective Service Process if you are a male and between the ages of 18 to 26
  • Pass a Medical Physical Examination to include Drug Testing
  • Pass a Psychological Examination (Police, Detention, Community Service)
  • Willing to work shifts, weekends, holidays and natural disasters, such as hurricanes or tornados.
  • All positions must be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. (Exception: Records Clerk)

Testing and Interview Process

This part of the process usually lasts two to three hours. If your application is in good standing with all documentation in place, you will be contacted with your testing date/time. DO NOT BE LATE!  Applicants who are late for the testing time will NOT be permitted to test. Applicants not meeting the eligibility or failing to complete the application correctly, including required documentation will not be permitted to test. IF YOU ARE NOT CONTACTED TO TEST, YOU WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO TEST!  Roll call will be conducted at test time. Applicants should dress in jogging/running attire due to the fact that the physical agility testing will commence immediately after the testing process.

Police applicants will take the National Police Officer Selection Test.  This test has four components:

  1. Arithmetic Tests a candidate’s ability to perform simple arithmetic, such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. This section presents scenarios related to law enforcement that need to be answered, but does not require previous law enforcement experience.  You will have 20 minutes to complete this section, which has 20 questions.
  2. Reading Comprehension – Tests a candidate’s ability to understand written words, as well as the ideas and concepts associated with them. Information is presented in a law enforcement context without requiring previous knowledge of law enforcement to answer questions. You will have 25 minutes to complete this section, which has 25 questions.
  3. Grammar – Tests a candidate’s ability to spell and use grammar and punctuation correctly. This section requires candidates to correctly complete sentences and identify misspelled words. You will have 15 minutes to complete this section, which has 20 questions
  4. Report Writing – Tests a candidate’s ability to produce complete sentences with correct spelling, grammar and punctuation. The section requires writing answers based on an incident report form. You will have 15 minutes to complete this section, which has 10 questions.

Detention, Communications, Records, and all other positions    in the department will take the Nelson Denny Test.  This test has two components:

1.Vocabulary – Tests a candidate’s vocabulary.  You will have 15 minutes to complete this section, which has 80 questions.

2.Comprehension – Tests a candidate’s ability to understand written words, as well as the ideas and concepts associated with them. Information is presented in a law enforcement context without requiring previous knowledge of law enforcement to answer questions. You will have 20 minutes to complete this section, which has 38 questions.

Essay (Police Only) 

After completing the National Police Officer Selection Test, you will be required to write a 300-word essay on a topic to be given on the date of the testing. This written exam is graded later in the process. The National Police Officer Selection Test is graded immediately after all applicants have finished the test. Results will be available within 30 minutes. You must pass the exam to continue on to the next phase of the process.

Physical Agility Course (Police, Detention and Community Service Officer only)

The physical agility course will be conducted immediately following the National Police Officer Selection Test (Police) or Nelson Denny (Detention/Community Service Officer).  Please be dressed in running/jogging attire.  Shorts are permitted, but not recommended.  The physical agility course must be completed within 2:06 minutes or less.  Not meeting the time limit (Police only) or not completing the physical agility course will result in disqualification.

Interviews

After completing the physical agility course, you will be released pending your interview time. Interviews will begin at approximately 1:00 p.m. on the day of the testing process.  If we are unable to complete all interviews on the first day, interviews will continue at 8:00 a.m. on the next day and each subsequent day until all interviews are complete. The Myrtle Beach Police Department will attempt to complete out-of-state applicants in the first interviews; however, we cannot promise that this will happen in all processes.  Interview times cannot be scheduled prior to the completion of the testing process; if an applicant fails the test, they will not be scheduled for an interview.

  • Each applicant is allotted 30 minutes (Police) or 20 minutes (all other positions) for their interview. The interview panel is made up of one Human Resource representative and four police officers ranging from the rank of Captain to Patrol Officer.

Background Investigation

After the interview process, the department will begin the background investigation on the qualified applicants.  The Background Investigation process can take up to four weeks, or longer, depending on the number of applicants.

  • The background investigation consists of going over your applications and questionnaire to ensure honesty and accuracy. It is important for an applicant to be honest in completing each document. Any attempt to hide or falsely make any statements on the documents may result in being disqualified from the process.
  • Employer and Social references are contacted and questioned on your qualifications. (It is important that all phone numbers and email addresses are up-to-date on your applications. Failure to have up-to-date information, may result in being disqualified from the process)
  • Friends, family, and neighbors are contacted and questioned on your qualifications. It is important to include phone numbers and email addresses for these references and to let them know that you have given their name as a reference.
  • Criminal History, Drivers History, Complete Credit Report, Military History, High School/GED certification, Police Certification, College Certification are all examined for authenticity.

Chief Interview

Once the background is completed, applications will be sent to the Command Staff for review.

  • Applicants meeting the Myrtle Beach Police Department’s criteria will be contacted for a second interview with the Chief of Police
  • Following the Chief interview, the Command Staff will review all process documents and make decisions on conditional job offers.

Conditional Offer

  • A conditional offer is made pending the outcome of a medical and psychological exam.
  • If an applicant receives a conditional offer for any police department position, he/she must schedule a date to complete
  • A physical exam with the medical facility contracted by the City of Myrtle Beach (All applicants)
  • A Psychological Exam with medical staff contracted by the City of Myrtle Beach (Police, Detention and Community Service Officer Applicants)
  • These two processes will be completed during one visit whenever possible.
  • Upon passing the exams, Human Resources will provide a hire date.

In most cases, completing the entire process will require three visits to Myrtle Beach:

  1. Written Exam, Physical Agility Test, and Interview
  2. Second Interview with Chief of Police (To be determined)
  3. Physical and Psychological Exam (To be determined)

Pre-Service

The Myrtle Beach Police Department works hard to prepare new officers for the Academy. The department immediately places new officers in a pre-service training program. This program will prepare the new officer on all aspects of the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy (SCCJA). The new officer will attend a legal course, driving course, firearms qualifications, and various other courses that are taught at the SCCJA. Upon completion, officers are scheduled to attend the academy on a pre-set date. For additional information on the SCCJA, please visit http://www.sccja.org

Out-of-State Certified Officers

There is no way to know if your out of state certification will transfer to SC until after you are hired and your training files have been reviewed by SCCJA. Unfortunately, SC departments are unable to submit transfer reviews until after the department has hired the applicant.  Please have the following documentation ready for review when you receive a conditional offer:

  1. Certificate of Completion (Basic Training Course Certificate)
  2. Curriculum/Syllabus showing hours and topics of training (Must be official document from academy/military training)

The Myrtle Beach Police Department wishes you well in your venture to become a police officer.  For additional information on our police department, please contact our training personnel at 843-918-1800 or via e-mail at pdtraining@cityofmyrtlebeach.com or our Human Resource Department at 843-918-1121 or via e-mail at nmckinnon@cityofmyrtlebeach.com.


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