The Police Academy

The Memphis Police Department Training Academy

Your training begins at the Memphis Police Training Academy as a Police Officer Recruit, where individuals will learn real-life skills to become and improve their law enforcement abilities, including but not limited to —

  • Human relations
  • Criminal law
  • Report writing
  • Investigation procedures
  • Community policing
  • Defensive tactics
  • Vehicle operations
  • Firearms training

The Memphis Police Department’s Training Academy (MPDTA) is nationally recognized as an Accredited Public Safety Training Academy. The MPDTA campus offers state-of-the-art training to more than 50+ law enforcement agencies throughout the region and the state of Tennessee to prepare individuals for a productive career as a Law Enforcement Officer.

The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Public Safety Training Academy Accreditation CALEA

 

MPDTA’s Mission

To provide law enforcement training and education that meet the needs of the Memphis Police Department, the City of Memphis, the State of Tennessee, and the law enforcement community throughout the region.

 

 

Classroom instructions for basic training include, but are not limited to, Tennessee Annotated law, policy, procedures, firearm and physical training.

John D. Holt Training Facility

  • A 150 capacity auditorium
  • Two 50 seat classrooms
  • Three breakout rooms
  • Gymnasium and fitness center
  • Video production lab and studio
  • Computer lab
  • Driver training track
  • Tactical rappelling tower
  • Helicopter landing pad

 

Andy Allissandratos Firing Range

  • 24 lane indoor shooting range
  • 50 lane outdoor shooting range
  • 300 yard rifle range
  • Outside shoot house
  • Three indoor 15-yard frangible ranges
  • Two indoor classrooms
  • One outdoor classroom
  • Conference room
  • Outdoor skeet range

Upon graduating from the Academy, regional recruits will return to their respective law enforcement agency as a TN P.O.S.T. certified law enforcement officer. Memphis Police Recruits will be assigned to one of (4) four shifts at one of our nine (9) Police Stations throughout the city – under the supervision of a FTO (Field Training Officer) – providing On-the-job training support and evaluation, where recruits will apply their Academy training skills, working as a probationary patrol officer for 12 months.

  • Working alongside the community to solve problem and prevent crimes
  • Diffusing potentially volatile situations
  • Patrolling assigned areas, watching for suspicious activities
  • Investigating crime scenes
  • Interviewing and arresting suspects
  • Responding to routine and emergency calls
  • Maintaining peace at public meetings and events
  • Assisting the fire department, paramedics and EMT’s in emergency response
  • Making arrests
  • Responding to traffic accidents
  • Completing incident reports
  • Conducting traffic enforcement
  • Issuing traffic citations