Employment Application:

Your process will begin by turning in a complete and signed employment application. If your application is incomplete or is not signed, it will not be accepted and you will not be invited to test for the position.


Written Examinations:

The pre-employment written examination will measure cognitive abilities that are necessary for effective performance as a public safety officer. The cognitive section includes problem-solving, reading comprehension, mathematics and writing ability.



Candidates who successfully complete the written examination will be scheduled for an oral assessment (normally the same day). This interview will be conducted by a panel of current North Myrtle Beach DPS employees. You will be assessed on dimensions of work history, education, training, community service, customer service, and interpersonal skills and problem solving skills.


PSO Physical Agility Test:

Candidates who attain a passing score on the written exam and oral assessment will advance to the PAT that afternoon. The test is covered in detail on the SCCJA website.

The course measures a total of 870 feet (290 yards/ 265.2 meters). The course consists of a series of nine interspersed individual tasks, arranged in a continuous format that are viewed as being essential (physical) job-tasks for law enforcement training:

running; jumping (low hurdle); climbing stairs; low crawling; jumping (broad-type); climbing a fence (chain-link/four feet); climbing through a window; moving/dragging a weight (150 pounds); changing direction on the run.

Fire Fighters will undergo a separate Physical Agility Test

The applicant’s name will be placed in the selection pool at the conclusion of the testing based on scoring throughout the process. This pool of candidates is good for one year. If you are not selected after one year, you must complete the entire selection process. If you are selected you will enter the background process.


Background Investigation:

A rigorous and thorough background investigation is conducted to review information obtained from but not limited to: DMV abstract, consumer credit report, criminal history check, any and all social media accounts, and interviews with previous employers, teachers, neighbors, landlords, and personal references. The applicant will also have a personal interview with the background investigator.

Once complete the background file is presented to Chief’s office for review and upon approval a tentative job offer will be made.


Medical and Psychological Evaluations:

Upon successful completion of the medical exams a final job offer will be considered.