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Working for the Myrtle Beach Police Department is more than just another day in the office — it is the opportunity to make a difference, protect your community, and be a part of a mission.

A career with MBPD presents new challenges every day, career satisfaction, opportunities to excel and grow, competitive benefits and salary, and the excitement of being called to a higher honor.

If you can see yourself facing new challenges every day and making a difference, then a job with the MBPD is for you. Answer the call to a higher honor today. 

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WORKING FOR MBPD

The opportunity of a lifetime is waiting.

The Myrtle Beach Police Department is committed to protecting, serving and enhancing the lives of the visitors and residents of The Beach through preserving peace and upholding the constitutional and civil rights. Joining MBPD is a great opportunity to live your dreams and help the community, you can specialize in a variety of areas. 
Patrol
Special ops
Special Teams
Communications
DISPATCH
DEtention
OUR DIVISIONS

Patrol Units

Joining one of our patrol units is a great way to contribute to the safety of the community and learn valuable life skills in the process.

The Patrol Division is a unique division as it holds most of the personnel within the police department.

Because of this, it is often referred to as the “backbone” of the department. The Patrol Division is made up of five separate units to include Uniform Patrol, the Waterfront Unit, the Traffic Unit, the Beach Patrol Unit and the Family Services Unit.

Officers will generally patrol in clearly marked vehicles, patrol assigned jurisdictional areas, respond to calls for assistance, act as a deterrent to crime, enforce state and local laws and respond to emergencies 24 hours per day seven days per week.

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Special Operations

The special operations division is comprised of four individual Specialty units — Marine, Traffic, Community service and K9 — which each offer unique opportunities to grow your career in law enforcement.

Marine Unit provides coverage for approximately 10 miles of coastline and Intracoastal Waterway located within the City.

Because of our city's appeal as a tourism destination, Traffic is a fast-paced division for MBPD that takes a distinctive, proactive approach to traffic enforcement for the more than 20 million visitors per year who visit our area.

Community Service Officers assist in reducing the workload and response time of sworn officers. These full-time, non-sworn employees perform a variety of fieldwork to support basic police operations and functions. 

K-9 officers provide unmatched assistance in suspect tracking, narcotics recovery, explosive & detonation searches, school searches, and numerous specialized rescue and reconnaissance missions.

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Special Teams

The Special Teams unit is a challenging and rewarding chance to make a real difference for MBPD. This division consist of the following:

The SWAT Team are specialists in building and vehicle entries, tactical trauma care, active shooter response and high profile event security. These highly-trained officers use special tools and vehicles to respond appropriately to any incident that may arise.

The Critical Incident Negotiations Team (CINT) is modeled after the FBI Crisis Negotiation Unit and the NYPD Hostage Negotiation Team.  This team responds to barricaded persons, hostage incidents, suicidal persons and persons in crisis who need a non-traditional response.

The Civil Emergency Response Team (CERT) responds to occurrences that require police presence, while at the same time allowing for rights of the public that are guaranteed by the First Amendment. These incidents may include a small gathering of people in need of police attention or incidents that are citywide in scope. 

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Communications

Becoming a communication officer is a great way to join the MBPD team and serve a key role for the department with a lower barrier to entry in terms of training requirements.

Our Communication Officers are responsible for receiving, dispatching and prioritizing both police and fire calls for service.

The Dispatch Center answers emergency 9-1-1 and non-emergency calls for the city of MB around the clock and dispatch police, fire, animal control, and after hours public works calls. They also utilize the National Crime Information Center terminal.

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Detention

A key role within our Support Services Division is the Detention Section. 

This team is responsible for housing adults and juveniles for within the 48-hour detention facility located at the main police department headquarters at 1101 North Oak Street.

At this location, Detention is responsible for processing inmates, providing jail and courtroom security, and transporting inmates to other facilities.

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More Roles at MBPD

The units listed here are just some of the MANY different career paths you can choose with the MPBD.

We're always in need of good men and women to join the force in roles such as Communications and Dispatching, Animal Control, Street Crimes, Investigation and much more.

In all, we employ more than 300 full-time employees across five divisions including Administrative, Investigative, Patrol, Special Operations and Support Services.

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We're committed to a diverse workplace.
The Myrtle Beach Police Department serves a diverse area and fosters a diverse workforce. We are people of the community and for the community that work together to promote equality and justice for all. The City of Myrtle Beach is an Equal Opportunity Employer and, as such, will recruit and hire employees without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, political affiliation, or disability, except when physical condition is a bona fide occupational qualification.
THE BENEFITS

The rewards are worth the work.

The rewards of working with us go well beyond a paycheck. In addition to the satisfaction of knowing you've helped serve a great community of locals — and more than 20 million visitors per year — MBPD also offers a generous benefits package which includes:

Full Medical Insurance Package
Access to Family Health Clinic
Annual Merit or Pay increases
Health & Wellness Incentives
Paid Vacations and Holidays
Education Reimbursement
Relocation Incentive
Paid Sick Leave
PORS/SORS Retirement
Free 24/7 Gym Membership
Holiday Bonus
Overtime Opportunities

Salary Details

Starting salaries for MBPD are very competitive with others in the region and stack up well to other departments when combined with our area's low cost of living (see calculator):
Certified Officer
$45,760 - $50,336/year
Increases based on experience & training
Non-Certified Officer
$41,600/year
Detention / Dispatch
$37,252/year
Community Service Officer
$26,436/year
HOW TO APPLY

Ready to apply? Here's how it works.

We're not going to lie, becoming a police officer isn't easy. But you didn't come here looking for easy. You came here to make a difference in the community and join one of the most rewarding professions there is. If you think you've got what it takes to protect and serve and you're ready to take on the challenge then follow the steps below.
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1. Check your Eligibility

Before you apply, you'll need to make sure you meet the prerequisites for joining the MBPD including:

Minimum requirements

  • 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 (Police and Detention only)

Prerequisites

  • No felony convictions or convictions for crimes of moral turpitude
  • Good driving history (Recent DUIs or suspensions 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

Additional Requirements

  • Medical Physical Examination to include Drug Testing
  • Psychological Examination (Police and Detention only)
  • Willingness to work shifts, weekends, holidays and natural disasters, such as hurricanes or tornadoes.
  • Candidates must be available to work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. (Exception: Records Clerk)

2. Apply to Join MBPD

Before you apply, you'll need to make sure you meet the prerequisites for joining the MBPD including:

Application Process

  • Complete the City of Myrtle Beach Application online for the position you would like to apply for. 
  • Positions include: Certified Police Officer (police officers who have already been through training with another force), Police Officer Recruit (new individuals looking to join the police force), Detention Officer, Community Service Officer, Communications Officer, and more. 
  • Submit credit history

Testing Process

To join the MBPD in a Police Officer role, the testing requirements are as follows. To see further details on other roles click the corresponding button below.

  • This written exam focuses on 4 components — arithmetic, grammar, reading comprehension and report writing. An essay portion will also be required. The National Police Officer Selection Test is graded immediately after all applicants have finished the test.
  • The physical agility course must be completed within 2:06 minutes or less and is a requirement of the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy. This test will be taken immediately following the written test. See video of the course.
Communications OfficerCommunity Service OfficerDetention OfficerRecords Clerk

Interview Process

  1. Interviews will be scheduled by the recruiting coordinator and are done remotely.  We will send you a link, and you can start your hiring process without any need to travel!  The interviews are done by a panel of police officers and city staff, and the questions are based on the core competencies of the position of Police Officer.
  2. After the interview process, the best-qualified candidates will be given a conditional offer of employment and asked to come to Myrtle Beach to complete additional testing, including a psychological test, a polygraph, a written test, and a physical exam

3. Officer Training

Before beginning your career as an MBPD officer you'll need to complete the following training:

Pre-Service Training

  • After the initial employment offer has been made, the department places new officers in a pre-service training program which includes the first four weeks of the Police Academy Training in Myrtle Beach.
  • The new officer will attend a legal course, driving course, firearms qualifications, and various other courses.

Police Academy Training

  • Upon completion of our pre-service program, officers will attend the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy (SCCJA) in Columbia, SC for the remaining eight weeks of Academy Training to become certified police officers.

Out-Of-State Certification

  • Certificate of Completion (Basic Training Course Certificate)
  • Curriculum/Syllabus showing hours and topics of training (Must be official document from academy/military training)
ABOUT THE BEACH

Work where others play.

When you choose to serve with the Myrtle Beach Police Department, you'll work to protect one of the biggest and best vacation destinations in the world.

Myrtle Beach isn’t just a beach. It’s The Beach.

Families, couples and those in search of a warm welcome will find more than just a day at The Beach when they come together to connect and enjoy vibrant entertainment and family attractions, world-class golf, and excellent dining.

Myrtle Beach is home to the iconic Boardwalk, Broadway at the Beach, SkyWheel, and more.

Learn more about The Beach
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