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"Disgusted former Supervisor"

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Former Employee - Police Supervisor in Charleston, SC
Former Employee - Police Supervisor in Charleston, SC
Doesn't Recommend

Pros

The benefits of the police department (health insurance), and retirement benefits are good. The pay is one of the highest starting in the state among police officers, however this comes at great expense as you will end up working nearly every holiday, weekend, and will be subject to extreme disciplinary action if you violate just one letter of policy.

Cons

Many supervisors (command staff) have serious competency issues. The command staff structure (Major, Captains) are all those who are "double dipping" the system, i.e., those whom have retired and returned and sitting on a salary of at least $75K a year plus their retirement. They will end there until their social security checks start to roll in so they can have a reasonable projection toward a six figure income.

Advice to Management

I was not greatly impressed with the leadership qualities and competencies of the department as a whole. As a retired officer with many years of experience, I can tell you that many other departments value their employees and consider them much more than this department did.

Other Employee Reviews for Charleston Police Department (South Carolina)

  1. "The Charleston Police Department is a good starting point, but not favorable to long term gain."

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    Current Employee - Police Supervisor in Charleston, SC
    Current Employee - Police Supervisor in Charleston, SC

    Pros

    The Charleston Police Department has a good reputation for building new officers and allowing them to go on to Federal law enforcement. The starting pay is competitive for the area, and there are several special units that are available for those that are interested, ie; dive, bomb, swat.

    Cons

    There is limited room for long term growth. The command staff (Lts and above) have been allowed to retire and then be rehired at their orginal ranks. There is no insentive for them to leave. As a result there are very few promotions past Sgt.

    Advice to Management

    Start observing your officers. They are so afraid of making minor mistakes and receiving harsh punishment that they are putting their lives at risk and failing to make decisions that might save their lives in a crisis sitation.


  2. "Police Officer"

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    Current Employee - Master Police Officer
    Current Employee - Master Police Officer

    I have been working at Charleston Police Department (South Carolina) full-time

    Pros

    Large department with great starting pay and automatic raises for first few years of employment

    Cons

    Can be political at times, as any rank and file place of employment

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