The Hiring Process

If you meet the minimum requirements as a Basic Police Recruit 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 (Police Service Technician) begins after completing the initial online application and consists of multiple steps, including but not limited to physical and academic testing, pre-employment screenings, psychological and medical assessments.

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1. Complete the initial (City of Memphis) online qualification profile application.

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

 log into existing or create new 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-Basic” 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

Applicant will immediately receive a confirmation via email – please continue to monitor your email days later.


2. Complete the ‘MPD Personal History Statement’

Within days, all qualified applicants will receive an email notification, prompting applicants to:

  1. Complete Personal History Statement
  2. Order high school (and college) transcripts as instructed in the application

Only applicants who complete the MPD Employment application will be allowed to advance and self-schedule the battery of tests.

If you have not received the confirmation email in your inbox, please check your spam folder.


3. Self-schedule a battery of entry test

The applicant will receive an email invitation that will contain a link to select and self-schedule a date of choice to attend a battery of test for the position of Police Recruit-Basic (or PST).

The battery of entry test will include:

  1. A running test
  2. An obstacle course
  3. A written exam
  4. A behavioral interview

All components for the battery of test are conducted on the date scheduled. The day of testing is expected to last 4-5 hours.

All dates posted are subject to change without notice.


4. Attend and successfully pass the battery of test

Testing for this portion of the employment process will be conducted at:

The Memphis Police Department Training Academy
4371 O. K. Robertson Road
Memphis, TN 38127

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

All applicants must successfully pass each of the four (4) test components to advance to the next. Applicants are only allowed to fail and retake the same test twice per application session.

Click below – where indicated – for testing preparation, instructions, and to take a practice test.

(1.) Running Test (qualifying time for 1.5 miles = 16:30 mins/sec or less)

(2.) Click>>Obstacle Course (completion time for simulation of foot chase = 160 seconds or less)*

*A five (5) second penalty will be imposed for each obstacle the candidate is unable to complete after two attempts.

(3.) Click>>>Written Exam (Take a Practice Test by clicking Written Exam – enter this code: FEF92CBC6CDF75D2)

(4.) The Behavioral Interview (Does not require applicant to change clothing)


5. Complete the application in-take process

ALL APPLICANTS must bring, and be prepared to present the following documentation on the day of testing:

  • a printed copy of the completed MPD Employment application including the notarized “Authorization Released” form
  • valid driver’s license
  • original/certified birth certificate
  • high school diploma

If applicable:

  • military forms – DD214 (member 4 copy) /DD256/ NGB22 / disciplinary articles, etc
  • military letter of good standing (for current military reserve officers)
  • court documents or marriage license supporting name change
  • criminal expungements and/or supporting documents

6. Accept the contingent job offer

Candidates are selected on individual merits; not a first come, first serve basis. Police Recruit classes will be filled – in accordance to budgetary allowance – based on the candidates’ succession through all phases of the employment process.


7. Successfully pass the background investigation screening

The following factors will be acquired and evaluated for employment consideration:

– Personal, criminal, military, education, traffic and employment history


8. Successfully test and pass a battery of pre-employment screening and reviews

  1. Finger Printing
  2. Psychological Exam
  3. Clinical Interview
  4. Medical Assessment
  5. Updated background check

9. Receive and Accept the final job offer

Note: The entire employment process generally takes two (2) to six (6) months to determine an applicant’s suitability for employment.


10. Attend MPD’s candidate processing session

All recruit candidates will be advised to attend a candidate processing session at the MPD Training Academy.

  • Bring all required forms as instructed
  • Tour the Academy facility
  • Review parking instructions
  • Receive 1st day expectations and instructions
  • Issuance of Benefits package
  • Meet the MPA (Memphis Police Association)

11. Attend Human Resources Orientation

This informational session will be conducted at:

City Hall
125 N. Main St.
Memphis, TN 38103

Opportunity to sign-up for employee benefits and other offerings.

Health and Life insurance are 1st day coverage plans.


12. Complete 22 weeks of paid training as a Recruit (6-weeks as a PST) and graduate from the Memphis Police Training Academy

A successful Police Recruit candidate 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).

A successful PST Recruit candidate 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.