The Police Academy

The Memphis Police Department Training Academy

Your training begins at the Memphis Police Training Academy, where you will draw a full salary for 21 weeks as a Police Officer Recruit. At the MPD Training Academy, you will learn real-life skills, including but not limited to —

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

The Memphis Police Training Campus offers state-of-the-art training, to prepare you for every aspect of your career as a Memphis Police Officer.

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


Our Mission

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



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

Basic training includes, but is not limited to, classroom instruction in law enforcement policies and procedures, and intensive physical training.


Upon graduating from the Academy, you will be assigned to a shift of one of our Police Stations throughout the city. Under the supervision of a Field Training Officer providing on-the-job training support and evaluation, you’ll apply your Academy training skills by working as a probationary patrol officer over the next year.

  • 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