Police Officer

Bluffton, SC
Bluffton Police Department

Salary: $24.43 Hourly.

Position Summary:

The purpose of this position is to perform protective service work and enforce laws for the Town of Bluffton (Town). Duties include; enforcing laws; investigating criminal activity; ensuring safety of public; maintaining records and files; testifying in Court; and preparing reports.

Essential Functions:

  • Operates patrol vehicle or walks to observe for violations of traffic laws, suspicious activities or persons, and disturbances of law and order; operates specialized police equipment; and maintains a visible police presence throughout the community.
  • Interviews victims and witnesses; obtains additional information regarding crime, accident, violation, etc.
  • Investigates crimes; collects and processes evidence; and conducts searches.
  • Responds to radio dispatches and answers calls and complaints; serves warrants, summons, etc.; and completes arrest records.
  • Participates in illegal drug enforcement operations; conducts surveillance.
  • Makes arrests and testifies in Court; prepares incident and various special reports.
  • Conducts traffic stops; enforces traffic laws; investigates accidents; issues traffic citations; directs traffic; and provides first responder medical assistance.
  • Provides police escorts, directs traffic; performs residential and commercial security checks.
  • Participates in a variety of in-service and special training programs.
  • Responds to and investigates domestic disputes; assists other law enforcement agencies when assigned.
  • Reports dangers of defective streets, sidewalks, traffic lights or other hazardous conditions.
  • May be assigned to collateral duty assignments such as school resource officer, investigations, etc.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


  • High school diploma or equivalent; and two (2) years of law enforcement work experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Valid South Carolina driver’s license.
  • Possess a South Carolina Criminal Justice Training Academy certification.
  • Certifications/Training/Exams preferred: Pass Police Officer II Exam; CMT Operator; DUI//SFST Certification; Radar; Basic SWAT; Basic Investigations: and FTO Certification.