Citizen Opportunities

Service Over Self

College Internship


The intent of the Internship Program is to offer college students, who are interested in a possible career in law enforcement, a rewarding and insightful experience by providing an educational program working in various divisions within the Charleston Police Department. The student intern will be given the opportunity to learn and observe the general methods and procedures of the Charleston Police Department. The intern will work with experienced police officers, and other non-sworn employees to further his/her opportunities for a career as a sworn police officer.


In order to enhance the quality of people entering the law enforcement profession in general and to facilitate recruitment efforts, the Charleston Police Department will actively participate in an Internship Program for college students who are studying criminal justice related or related programs. The Chief of Police will determine the number of internships that will be authorized during the semester to limit the impact on the departmental operations.

Payment/Time Commitment

Interns will receive no monetary payment for participation and must complete 120 hours at the Charleston Police Department accumulated over the semester. The Internship Program is designed for the intern to rotate to the various divisions and programs within the department. The schedule of the intern could change from week to week depending on the assignment. All attempts will be made to work around the intern’s class schedule.

The Recruiter, with the oversite of the Recruitment Supervisor,is responsible for designing the student intern’s schedule and overseeing the intern’s progress throughout his/her stay with the department.


  • Interns must be 18 years of age or older;
  • Must be currently enrolled in a college/university criminal justice or related program;
  • Must be at considered a junior or senior at the college/university;
  • Must be recommended by his/her instructor or staff member of that respective educational institution;
  • Must successfully pass an application and background check performed by the Charleston Police Department;
  • Must be willing to complete any and all waiver requests;
  • Must agree to abide with all program requirements and rules

Application: The Recruiter will conduct a detailed review and evaluation of each application and resume to determine if the applicant meets the minimum recommended requirements for the position. An oral interview will be conducted by the Recruiter to evaluate the applicant’s overall fitness for the position, including professional appearance, self-expression, mental alertness, and suitability for internship duties as well as the applicant’s educational record and interest level in a law enforcement career.After the interview, the applicant will complete all necessary paperwork. A background investigation will be completed on each applicant prior to acceptance by the Charleston Police Department as a student intern. The background check will consist, at minimum, of the following:

  • A criminal history check with appropriate criminal justice agencies
  • NCIC Query
  • Academic criteria may be required

Scheduling: Schedule of activities will be developed, in memorandum form, for each student intern. The schedule will identify the dates, times, locations, and number of hours the intern will work on/in each shift, unit or division within the agency. Each shift, unit, or division commander involved will be consulted to ensure there is no conflict with the scheduling of a student intern. Once finalized, a copy of the schedule will be sent to the following:

  • The student intern
  • Each shift, unit, or division commander listed on the schedule
  • The student intern file maintained by the Recruiter
  • The dates and times on the schedule could change based on police department operations

If interested in a Charleston Police Department internship, please contact the Recruiter, Officer T Cherry, (843) 720-2470 or email

Community Opportunities

Citizen's Academy

Service Over Self

Citizen's Academy

The purpose of the Citizen’s Academy is to educate and increase the public’s understanding of police policies, practices, operational procedures and investigations. Anyone who is 18 years of age or older and live within the City of Charleston are eligible to participate in this free opportunity. All potential applicants will be subjected to a background check and to be eligible for graduation you must attend 5 to 6 classes. The academy will take place 1 night a week for 6 weeks at the Charleston Police Department headquarters training room, 180 Lockwood Blvd, and one or two topics will be covered per evening. Presenters will include officers, commanders, and the Chief of Police.


Through classroom presentations, hands on experiences, and patrol ride a longs you can expect to learn:

Police Officer Training & Expectations

Fair & Impartial Policing

Traffic laws


Specialized Units

Response to Resistance & Aggression


Canine Demonstration

Professional Standards and more…

If you or anyone you know are interested in attending the academy, please contact Lt. Murray, the commander of the Community Outreach Division, at or (843) 720-2376.


Explorer Program


Explorer Post 11 meets on Mondays from 6 pm – 8 pm at the Charleston Police Department, located at 180 Lockwood Blvd, Charleston, SC 29403.  We also train at various other locations and dates and with other police departments.

We train on various topics, such as ethics, legals, drill, patrol tactics, traffic stops, active shooter, drug search warrants, crime scene, forensics, marine patrol, crisis negotiations, bomb response, K-9 tactics, SWAT, and many other topics.

Our Explorers participate in ride-a-longs with our advisers, who come from various parts of our Police Department such as School Resource, Patrol, Traffic, Harbor Patrol, and more.  These ride-a-longs allow our Explorers to see first-hand what our Police Officers do to serve our community.  Our Explorers have been instrumental in assisting with special events, investigations, and helping citizens.

Service to Our Community

The Charleston Police Department strives to serve our community in every way possible.  The Explorer Post is one example of this goal.  Explorer Post 11 participates in numerous community events, ranging from local Crime Prevention booths to the Cooper River Bridge Run.  This service to the community helps promote well-rounded youth, helps our community, assists with college eligibility, and more.


The South Carolina Association of Law Enforcement Explorers (SCALE) hosts a winter and summer competition every year.  Various agencies throughout the state host each competition.  These competitions include individual events such as mental and physical agility tests and team events involving various dispatched calls for service.  Explorer Post 11 has a long history of success in these competitions, and just recently took home a trophy at the 2019 Winter Conference hosted by the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office!


Explorer Post 11 has a long history of success from its former Explorers.  Our post has helped produce numerous Law Enforcement Officers, Military Service-members, First Responders, Dispatchers, college graduates, and even a recent West Point nomination.  We have even had a former Explorer become a Chief of Police!

Our Police Explorer Post 11, comprised of youth from local high schools and colleges, serves as another bridge between our department and our community, especially our youth. Furthermore, Post 11 is a great tool for recruiting.


Young adults, 14-20 years old, who are mature, motivated, and willing to learn about Law Enforcement. In addition, Explorers must be good students, non-users of drugs, tobacco, or alcohol, and must not have an arrest record.

Contact Information

If you are interested in the Explorer Program you can contact the Community Outreach Division at (843) 720-3786 or email

The City of Charleston Police Department