Join Our Team

Becoming a police officer is much more than just a job or career; it is a calling. We focus on the growth and development of our team members. We want our team members to enjoy coming to work and achieve their professional goals while also contributing to the success of the organization. At the Tega Cay Police Department, we take pride in our relationships with the members of our community. Every day, we strive to deliver excellence and approach common tasks in a unique and exceptional way. We aim to establish ourselves as a well-respected and trustworthy organization that provides the Tega Cay Community with the highest standard of police services while maintaining our ethical and effective approach.

Come join a department that will invest in you in a variety of ways and enjoy the Tega Cay good life!

Galloway, Lauren

Lieutenant Lauren Galloway                803-578-4970                                          lgalloway@tegacaysc.gov

  1. Salary and Benefits
  2. Minimum Requirements
  3. Immediate Disqualifiers
  4. Hiring Process
  5. Important Documents

Compensation

  • The starting salary for an uncertified officer is $52,000 dependent on education with additional pay increases upon completion of the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy and the Field Training Officer Program.
  • The starting salary for a certified officer (In-State/Out-of-State) is $54,000 with additional pay increases dependent on experience and education. 
  • Base salary increases are available for officers who have an associate's, bachelor's, or master's degree.
  • $50 minimum pay per hour for Extra Duty Employment

*Upon completion of the FTO program, officers assigned to night shift receive a 5% night shift differential pay.

Benefits and Incentives

  • South Carolina 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
  • South Carolina 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
  • 12.5 paid holidays per year
  • Medical Insurance - The City pays the employee’s premium for coverage, and currently subsidizes a portion of the dependents’ premiums.
  • Vision Insurance - Tega Cay provides vision benefits at no charge to the employee and pays 50% of the cost of the plan for employee's dependents.
  • Dental Insurance- Tega Cay provides dental benefits at no charge to the employee and pays 50% of the cost of the plan for employee's dependents.
  • Prescription Coverage
  • Deferred Compensation (401K) – (voluntary program )
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Free use of the department gym while on or off duty
  • Officer Wellness program 
  • Chaplin program
  • Bereavement leave
  • Annual and Sick leave accrual:  
Employee TypeYears of ServiceHours Accrued
Pay PeriodAnnual
8-HourFirst pay period until 5th completed year of service.3.0880
First pay period after 5-years of service until 10th completed year of service.4.62120
First pay period after 10-years of service until separation of employment.6.15160
First pay period after 15-years of service until separation of employment.7.69200
12-Hour (Police)First pay period until the 5th completed year of service.3.3186
First pay period after 5-years of service until 10th completed year of service.4.96129
First pay period after 10-years of service until separation of employment.6.62172
First pay period after 15-years of service until separation of employment.8.27215


Equipment Incentives

  • Take Home Car Program
  • Uniforms and equipment are provided by the department
  • Patrol Rifle Program
  • Advanced Training Opportunities