If you meet the minimum requirements and want to serve the Memphis community as the “Best in Blue,” APPLY TODAY.
The hiring process to become the “Best in Blue” (a Memphis Police Officer) or PST begins after completing the initial online application and consists of multiple steps, including physical and academic testing, pre-employment screenings, psychological and medical assessments.
1. Complete the initial online application qualification questionnaire.
– click the “Apply Today” icon on our Home page
– create or log into account (using a valid email address of which you check periodically)
– click “Career Opportunities” at the lower left hand corner of the screen
– click “Menu” at the upper left hand corner of the screen
– search and select the job posting title (i.e. “Police Recruit” or “Police Service Technician”)
– read and review job description, benefits, and qualifying questions tabs
– click “APPLY” at the upper right hand corner of the screen
– complete general information and qualifying questions (uploading attachments are not required “for police positions only” )
– advance to review, then Submit
You will immediately receive an acceptance confirmation via email.
2. All qualified applicants will receive an email notification from City of Memphis HR
Within days, you will receive an email notification to self-schedule a battery of tests for the position of Police Recruit or PST.
The tests will include a 1.5 mile run, an obstacle course, and two written exams.
3. Schedule entry testing and receive confirmation email
Log into your account and follow the instructions (provided in your email notification).
4. Attend and successfully pass the scheduled entry exams
- Running Test (1.5 miles within 16:30 minutes or less)
- Obstacle Course (a foot chase simulation within 160 seconds or less)
- Two Written Exams (W.R.A.P. & A.B.L.E. )
Note: (All Lateral applicants must – first – complete and pass the firearms proficiency course)
All applicants are only required to bring and present a valid driver’s license to be admitted for testing unless otherwise instructed.
5. Submit a completed MPD employment application
All successful applicants will receive a MPD employment application via email or before departing on the day of testing.
Follow instructions in the application (emailed recipients, please print one-sided copies only).
Complete and submit your application IN-PERSON to:
MPD Training Academy
4371 O. K. Robertson Road
Memphis, TN 38127
All Out-of-Town “Police Recruit” applicants, who reside more than 75 miles outside Memphis can mail the Police Recruit application along with copies of the original documents requested on page one (1) of the application. DO NOT mail original documents. Once your documents are received in our office, you will be contacted by phone.
All out of town applicants will be required to make only two visits during the entire application process:
- PAT/Written exams – hiring process step #4 (above)
- Pre-employment screening – hiring process step #8 (below)
6. Successfully pass the background investigation screening
The following factors will be obtained and reviewed for employment consideration:
– Personal, criminal, military, education, traffic and employment history
7. Accept the contingent job offer
Candidates are not selected on a first come, first serve basis; but by individual merits. Police Recruit classes will be filled as needed based on the candidates’ succession through all phases of the employment process.
8. Successfully test and pass a battery of pre-employment screening and reviews
1st – Psychological Assessment
2nd – Clinical Interview
3rd – Medical Exam and Finger Printing
9. Receive and accept the final job offer
Note: The employment process generally requires a three (3) to six (6) month span to determine an applicant’s suitability for employment.
10. Attend Human Resources Orientation
11. Complete 21 weeks of paid training as a Recruit and graduate from the Memphis Police Training Academy
As a successful Police Recruit candidate, you will complete an intensive 21-week training program and graduate to become P.O.S.T. certified, followed by a 12-month probationary period as a Patrol Officer under the supervision of a Field Training Officer (F.T.O).
As a successful P.S.T. Recruit candidate, you will complete a 6-week training program and graduate to become a qualified PST Officer, followed by a 6-month probationary period under the supervision of a Field Training Officer (F.T.O).