MPD is not accepting applications for P.S.T. at this time.
Whether you’ve just graduated from high school, returning to college, or thinking of changing careers, MPD has an excellent and rewarding Career Path to becoming a Law Enforcement Officer as a PST.
The PST program is designed for applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements to apply as a Police Officer Recruit.
Now – High School Seniors and Juniors can get a jump start in a career path to law enforcement by Following The Blue Path To Success!
REQUIREMENTS TO APPLY FOR P.S.T.
- U.S. Citizen
- Eighteen (18) years of age
- High school graduate or equivalent
- Valid Tennessee driver’s license
- Good driving record
- Establish residency in Shelby County, TN within six months of hire date
- Stable employment history and/or school attendance
- Honorable discharge from Military, if applicable
- No guilty felony convictions or charges relating to force, violence, theft, dishonesty, gambling, alcohol (liquor), or controlled substances
- Exemplify good moral character, leadership skills, honesty, integrity, personal responsibility, and commitment to treat others with dignity and respect
- No history of addiction to drugs and/or alcohol
PREPARATION FOR P.S.T. TESTING
- 1.5 mile run (within 16:30 minutes or less)
- Obstacle Course (foot chase simulation) within 160 seconds or less
- Two (2) written exams (W.R.A.P. & A.B.L.E.)
Your primary duties can vary from conducting minor accident investigations to assisting with traffic control at major city events as well as interacting with the public, while attending a tuition paid college.
First, you’ll attend a six week training course at the Memphis Police Academy where you will receive a salary and comprehensive training in:
- City traffic laws
- Police radio procedures
- Basic lifesaving skills such as CPR and physical training
- Traffic accident and non-moving violation investigation
- High-tech equipment and procedure certification
- Control and direct traffic
- Respond to crash scenes
- Issue citations for parking and crash violations
- Assist in the identification and recovery of stolen vehicles
- Report criminal behavior observed
- Complete necessary reports
- Testify in court
- Assist the public
Upon graduation you will be assigned to the Traffic Division for field training and assigned a Field Training Officer (FTO).
PROGRESSION TO POLICE OFFICER RECRUIT
As a PST, you will attend a regionally accredited college, determined and paid by the City of Memphis, to earn a Criminal Justice Associate’s degree within three (3) years, to successfully transition from PST to Police Officer Recruit.