Police Officer

Clinton, SC
Clinton Police Department

Open until filled

Position Summary:

Under general supervision, protects and serves the citizens of the City of Clinton. Enforces state and local laws.

Performs specialized police operations included in the Police patrol program and others. Patrols assigned area or neighborhood and responds to emergency calls to protect persons or property from both criminal and civil in nature, and other hazards. Answers non-emergency calls for service. Completes all associated paperwork as required. Performs related work as assigned.

Essential Functions:

  • Answers requests for service involving automobile accidents, misdemeanors, felonies, burglaries and a wide variety of domestic-related disturbances involving but not limited to assistance with mentally or physically ill persons, neglected children, etc. Interview persons with complaints and inquiries in attempts to make proper disposition or direct them to proper authorities.
  • Conducts major and minor accident investigations and preliminary investigations at the scenes of crimes; conducts larceny and burglary investigations; administers first-aid to persons; gathers evidence; locates and questions witnesses in court.
  • Patrols a designated area of the City in a patrol car, prevents and discovers commission of crime; apprehends and arrests criminals and offenders; signs and serves warrants; enforces vehicle and traffic laws; conducts property checks when residents are out of town; makes police presence known in a manner that contributes toward deterrence of law violations.
  • Participates in specialized police work on an assigned basis, including crime prevention, community relations, and school liaison programs.
  • Transports prisoners as needed; transports and/or escorts monies to and from banks.
  • Responds to medical service calls administering emergency medical aid to victims as required.
  • Participates in a continuing program of training and instruction and attendance at schedule drills and classes.
  • Performs assignments and instructions in accordance with Departmental rules and regulations, which are received in general terms from a superior officer who reviews work methods and results through reports, observations, and discussions.
  • Provides assistance to other police officers and other departments as needed.
  • Directs traffic as required; maintains traffic during special events such as parades.
  • Receives, reviews and processes various reports and records including vehicle maintenance records, property lists, warrants, NCIC papers, incident reports, traffic reports, traffic tickets, booking reports, etc.; prepares and processes incident reports, wreck reports, laboratory reports, training reports, etc.
  • Operates, utilizes and maintains a variety of law enforcement equipment and tools such as a patrol car, NCIC computer, radio, camera, computer/tablet and other specialized electronic equipment, etc.
  • May be required to train, obtain, and maintain First Aid/CPR/AED and First Responder Certification and respond as a first responder.
  • This position must meet the residency requirements per city policy.
  • This position is classified as a safety sensitive position subject to ongoing random drugscreening.
  • Successful completion of future physical and mental fitness tests may be periodically required to maintain position.


  • Requires a high school diploma or GED from an acceptable accredited high school. Most “online” diplomas/GED’s are generally not accepted. The City of Clinton reserves the right to ascertain the validity of the document presented on a case by case basis.
  • Possess or be able to possess and maintain certification for Class I law enforcement officers as administered by the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy for Law Enforcement.
  • Must be a minimum of 21 years of age.
  • Possess and maintain a valid South Carolina Drivers’ License and a good driving record.
  • Operates within all established routine working, personnel, ethical, and safety guidelines, rules, and regulations.
  • Must be able to pass all physical and psychological demands of the position to include a pre-employment physical and psychological screening.
  • Must be able to physically, emotionally, and mentally handle the demands and high stress, crime and vehicle scenes, and deal with a variety of people and situations at their worst.
  • Must meet and maintain residency requirement policy while in this position.