Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some common questions asked by most new recruits. Click a question to read the full answer.
- Must be a Citizen of the United States
- Must be 21 years of age (documentation / birth certificate)
- Must have a high school diploma or the equivalent (documentation required)
- Hold a valid current driver's license (If you are hired you will need to become a South Carolina resident).
- Credit Check with favorable results
Yes. The police department does have a policy regarding tattoos. Please read the general order below.
General Order 03.22.25 Uniforms & Equipment:
8. “Department members will not have any tattoos that are visible to the general public, except those that were present prior to this policy revision (10/2007), or prior to being hired, provided the tattoos are not offensive, obscene, sexually suggestive, profane, or discriminatory”
9. “Visible tattoos received prior to this policy revision will be documented by the department and placed in the appropriate personnel file, and will not be altered”.
10. “Tattoos obtained after the effective date of this policy must be located in an area that can be covered by the departmental summer uniforms. No tattoos are permitted on the neck, face, head, hands, fingers, lower arms, elbow, or the area of the chest visible in any authorized uniform or attire.”
Officers are not authorized to wear long sleeve uniforms year around to cover tattoos.
A final decision on the tattoo will be made the Chief or his designee.
The Police Department is located on the corner of Black St. and Dave Lyle Blvd. Our address is 120 E. Black St. Rock Hill, SC 29730. We are directly across from the county library. There is a parking deck across the street for your convenience. If you walk into the lobby and see a Police Motorcycle you are in the right place!
Yes, many officers supplement their income with overtime assignments from special events or patrol functions. Off-Duty overtime is also available at different locations within the city. Once officers complete the field training program they are permitted to sign up for off-duty overtime.
Most off-duty assignments pay $25 an hour to officers.
Yes, you may apply, however, if hired, your work schedule prior to attending the Criminal Justice Academy will be Monday-Friday, 8AM-5PM. Once you begin basic training at the Criminal Justice Academy, you will be required to remain on campus each week from Sunday evening until class ends on Friday afternoon.
With regards to active duty military, you can begin the process of employment while on active duty, however you will need to be on reserve status prior to beginning your employment with the Rock Hill Police Department.
I was discharged from the military with a general discharge under honorable or uncharacterized conditions. Can I still apply for Rock Hill Police Department?
The RHPD will review each discharge and make a decision on a case-by-case basis depending on the reason for discharge.
Yes. The RHPD will review each discharge and make a decision on a case-by-case basis depending on the reason for discharge.
Please visit the City of Rock Hill website at www.cityofrockhill.com
Applicants should wear business interview attire after the PAT test if selected to continue the process. The applicant will need to arrive on their test date in gym attire for the physical agility test.
I need to withdraw from the hiring process or I can't make my scheduled testing dates. How do I notify the Recruiting unit?
Go to the "Contact Us" section of the web site and email the Recruiting Unit with your name and reason for withdrawing. Please make sure you contact the Recruiter within a week prior to the test date.
New officers are assigned to Field Training for 20 weeks of one on one training. Officers in Field Training will be assigned to several different Officers (Patrol, Detective Division, Narcotics) to receive hands on training.
Students who wish to participate in the internship program should contact the internship coordinator with their school. The applicant must have an academic referral to be considered for the internship program.
The internship program through the police department is a non-paid position.
I have been disqualified or was previously disqualified from the hiring process. How long will it be before I can re-apply?
If you were disqualified for an integrity issue or failed the polygraph you will be permanently disqualified from the hiring process. If you fail to meet a standard during the physical agility test or POST test you may reapply after 6 months.
The academy is 12 weeks total in length for new officers. The first 4 weeks are at RHPD and the final 8 weeks are at the SC Criminal Justice Academy in Columbia, SC. Previously certified officers who qualify or out of state lateral transfers who qualify will usually attend a 3 week training course. For those who qualify normally 2 weeks at RHPD and 1 week at the SC Criminal Justice Academy.
The SC Criminal Justice Academy offers a modified academy for out of state certified officers. Once hired by the agency, the Training Sergeant will send the applicant's training file to be evaluated by the academy. If all prerequisites are covered the applicant will attend a 3 week academy instead of the standard 12 week academy. For lateral transfer officers 2 weeks are at RHPD and 1 week is at the SC Criminal Jutice Academy.
At this time we are authorized at 154 police officers.
RHPD Officers must reside in South Carolina. If officers want to be eligible for a take home car they must live in the Rock Hill School District Three or live inside the city limits.
Yes, you can get a practice test and study guide here.
Yes, please speak to your recruiter or background investigator when you apply. It is highly recommended that all applicants who make it to the background phase participate in a ride along.
What will happen if I omit important information or am deceptive in the hiring process regarding my background history?
Honesty and integrity are important values found in Rock Hill Police Officers. If you omit important information or are deceptive, you will be disqualified from the hiring process. You must successfully complete a background investigation, polygraph, and a psychological evaluation in order to continue in the hiring process.
Yes. All applicants are required to take a drug test.
Normally the SC Criminal Justice Academy will start a new academy class every 3 weeks throughout the year. Each academy class has a limited number of seats, therefore new hires will be placed in the next available class.
No waivers are allowed at any time.
As an out of state applicant how many trips will I need to make to Rock Hill during the hiring process?
Three. One for the Obstacle Course, POST Test, and Oral Board interview, the second for Polygraph, Psychological, Physical and Drug Test, and the third to meet with the Chief of Police for a final interview.
Approximately 2 – 5 months.
In order for your application to be processed the City of Rock Hill Application and the Personal History Statement must be completed. Supporting documents such as transcripts and driving history can be obtained and turned in as you continue in the process.