Lateral & Fast Track Hiring Process

If you meet the minimum requirements as an experienced (Lateral Transfer or Fast Track) 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) begins after completing the initial online application and consists of multiple steps, including but not limited to, firearms proficiency testing, pre-employment screenings, psychological and medical assessments.

Click for >>> Out-of-Area <<- or ->> Basic Recruit <<< applicant’s Hiring Process.


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-Lateral” or “Police Recruit-Fast Track”)

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 “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 ‘Quick Pro App’ (MPD Employment) application

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

  1. Complete Quick Pro App
  2. Rapidly submit a notarized copy of the Authorization Release form (as directed)
  3. Order high school (and college, if applicable) transcripts as instructed in the application

Only applicants who complete the MPD Employment application will be allowed to advance and self-schedule the firearm proficiency test.

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


3. Successfully test and pass firearm proficiency test

Applicant will receive an email invitation to attend and perform a firearm proficiency test.

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

Click >>> The Firearm Proficiency Test requires a minimum score of 80% to pass and progress to the next step for employment consideration.

Testing will be conducted at:

The Memphis Police Department Firearms Training Facility
4399 O. K. Robertson Road
Memphis, TN 38127


4. Complete the application in-take process

ALL APPLICANTS must bring, and be prepared to present the following documentation on the same day of firearm proficiency 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
  • P.O.S.T. certificate
  • Academy training transcript

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

5. 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.


6. 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

All agency personnel files of the applicant’s respective law enforcement employer will be reviewed, and select interviews of the applicant’s supervisor may also be conducted as contingency for employment with the Memphis Police Department.


7. 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

8. 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.


9. 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)

10. 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.


11. Complete 12 weeks of paid training as a Lateral Transfer Recruit or 6-weeks as a Fast Track Recruit to graduate from the Memphis Police Training Academy

A successful Lateral Transfer Police Recruit candidate will complete a 12-week training program and graduate to maintain and/or earn Tennessee P.O.S.T. certification under the auspices of the Memphis Police Department, followed by a 12-month probationary period as a Patrol Officer under the advisement of a Field Training Officer (F.T.O).

A successful Fast Track Police Recruit candidate will complete a 6-week training program and graduate to maintain Tennessee P.O.S.T. certification under the auspices of the Memphis Police Department, followed by a 12-month probationary period as a Patrol Officer under the advisement of a Field Training Officer (F.T.O).