Requirements

Qualifications

All candidates MUST meet the following:

  • Attain 21 years of age upon completion of the Police Basic Training program (note: there is no maximum age limit).
  • An Honorable discharge from military service, if applicable.
  • Possess and maintain a valid driver’s license with a good driving record as a condition for continued employment.
  • Not have been convicted of, pled guilty to, or entered a plea of Nolo Contendere to any violent misdemeanor or felony charges.
  • Not convicted of charges/violations of any federal/state laws relating to force, theft, dishonesty, gambling, alcohol (liquor) or controlled substances.
  • A Citizen of the United States.

Character Requirements

  • Honesty
  • Integrity
  • Leadership
  • Personal Accountability
  • Dignity and Respect
  • Stable Employment Record
  • Good Driving Record
  • No History of Addiction to Drugs and/or Alcohol

 

Basic Recruit Minimum Requirements

  • An Associate degree (or a minimum of 54 semester hours with “C” grades or better) earned at a regionally accredited college or university.

OR

  • A minimum of an Associate degree in Criminal Justice earned at a nationally accredited college or university, recognized by the U. S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. (e.g. DETC, COE, ACCSC)

OR

  • Five (5) years of full-time responsible, verifiable work experience and a High School Diploma or education equivalency. (Special Requirement: Applicants who qualify under this stipulation must obtain an Associate degree from a regionally accredited college/university within four (4) years from date of employment.)

OR

  • Two (2) years of cumulative active duty military service with a honorable discharge, stipulated on DDform214 (member 4 copy).

OR 

  • Five (5) years of active reserve military service (any branch including national guard), stipulated on DDform214, DDform256 and/or NGB22.

 

Basic Recruit applicants must successfully complete and pass the following entry level requirements:

  • 1.5 mile run within 16:30 (mins/secs) or less
  • Obstacle Course (a foot chase simulation) 160 seconds or less
  • One Written Exam >>> Take a Practice Test by clicking Written Exam and entering this code: FEF92CBC6CDF75D2
  • Behavioral Interview
  • Background Screening
  • Psychological Exam
  • Clinical Interview
  • Medical Assessment
  • Finger Printing

 


Fast Track Lateral Requirements

  • Five (5)+ years of combined, continuous full-time, post-academy service as a paid, sworn officer, with a verifiable work record with a Tennessee law enforcement agency that employs 20 or more paid, full-time officers within the last 12 months
  • No college education or military experience required
  • Verifiable Personnel File
  • Graduate of Memphis Police, Shelby County Sheriff, or Tennessee Law Enforcement (Donelson) Training Academies

– or –

  • Three (3)+ years of combined, continuous full-time, post-academy service as a paid, sworn officer, with a verifiable work record with a Tennessee law enforcement agency that employs 20 or more paid, full-time officers within the last 12 months; and 54 college semester hours or two (2) years active military service (or comparable military reserve experience) with honorable discharge.
  • Must meet MPD’s minimum college education or military experience requirement
  • Verifiable Personnel File
  • Graduate of Memphis Police, Shelby County Sheriff, or Tennessee Law Enforcement (Donelson) Training Academies

 

Lateral Transfer Recruit Requirements

  • Five (5)+ years of combined, continuous full-time, post-academy service as a paid, sworn officer, with a verifiable work record with a law enforcement agency that employs 20 or more paid, full-time officers within the last 12 months
  • No college education or military experience required
  • Verifiable Personnel File

– or –

  • Three (3)+ years of combined, continuous full-time, post-academy service as a paid, sworn officer, with a verifiable work record with a law enforcement agency that employs 20 or more paid, full-time officers within the last 12 months; and 54 college semester hours or two (2) years active military service (or comparable military reserve experience) with honorable discharge
  • Must meet MPD’s minimum college education or military experience requirement
  • Verifiable Personnel File

 

Lateral Recruit applicants must successfully complete and pass the following:

  • Firearms proficiency course
  • Background Screening
  • Personnel file review – provided by qualifying agency
  • Psychological Assessment
  • Clinical Interview
  • Medical Exam
  • Finger Printing

Physical and Written entry exams are NOT required as a condition of hire for lateral applicants.

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