The Hiring Process

If you meet the minimum requirements and want to serve the Memphis community as the “Best in Blue 

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 qualification profile questionnaire application.

 click the “Apply Today” icon on our Home page or above

 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 “APPLYat the upper right hand corner of the screen

– complete general information and qualifying questions (uploading attachments “for police positions only” are not required)

advance to review, then Submit

You will immediately receive an acceptance confirmation via email.

Lateral Transfer and Fast Track applicants – – Skip steps 2 through 5.   Go to step #6

2. All qualified applicants will receive an email notification from City of Memphis HR

Within days, you will receive an email notification, prompting you to self-schedule a battery of tests for the position of Police Recruit (or PST). If you have not received the confirmation email in your ‘inbox,’ please check your ‘spam folder.’

The entry tests will include a 1.5 mile run, an obstacle course, one written exam, and a behavior interview.

3. Applicant to self-schedule their individual entry battery of tests

Open your email account to reference the ‘self-schedule’ link or log into your account to self-schedule yourself to attend the next best available date of choice.

You can only choose one test date. Click the “Full Calendar” prompts on the main page of the website to view other future testing dates not listed as a choice. Be mindful, applicants can only schedule the dates listed as selection choices. All other posted dates are considered tentative and may be chose later, but are not guaranteed.

4. Complete the Quick App Pro application

Following the completion of self-scheduling, you will receive an email notification with a link to complete an online MPD employment application.

Please follow all instructions in the application. All successful applicants are required to complete and submit the application prior to attending their entry testing.

5. Attend and successfully pass the scheduled entry exams

All applicants are required to present a valid driver’s license to be admitted for testing.

The following entry tests for basic recruit (and PST) applicants will be conducted at the:

MPD Training Academy
4371 O. K. Robertson Road
Memphis, TN 38127

Click the hyperlinks below (Obstacle Course / Written Exam) for instructions and study guide

  • Running Test (1.5 miles within 16:30 minutes or less)
  • Obstacle Course (a foot chase simulation within 160 seconds or less)
  • One Written Exam
  • Behavior Interview

Note: (All Lateral Transfer and Fast Track applicants are not required to participate in the entry battery of tests)

ALL APPLICANTS [including Out-of-Town “Police Recruit” applicants who reside more than 75 miles outside Memphis] are required to bring the following documentation on the day of testing:

  • valid driver’s license
  • original/certified birth certificate
  • high school diploma

If applicable:

  • military forms – DD214 (member 4 copy) / NGB22 / disciplinary articles, etc
  • military letter of good standing (for current reserve military officers)
  • court documents or marriage license supporting name change
  • criminal expungements and/or supporting documents

All out of town applicants will be required to make only two visits during the entire application process to complete the following:

  1. P.A.T. / Written exam – hiring process step #5 (above)
  2. 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

For Lateral Transfer and Fast Track applicants (only) – the 1st course of action requires applicant to successfully complete and pass the firearms proficiency course prior to participating in the battery of pre-employment screening and reviews

9. Receive and accept the final job offer

Note:   The employment process generally requires a two (2) to six (6) month span to determine an applicant’s suitability for employment.

10. Attend Human Resources Orientation

An informational session and opportunity to sign-up for employee benefits. Health and Life insurance are 1st day coverage plans.

11. Complete 22 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 22-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). Lateral Transfer Recruits will complete 12-weeks and Fast Track Recruits will complete 6-weeks of abbreviated training.

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).

Interested in Joining The Best in Blue? Contact one of our Recruiters.