Lateral Sessions

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The Memphis Police Department encourages applicants who have obtained a P.O.S.T. Certification and who meet our minimum requirements to transfer to the Memphis Police Department through our Lateral Entry Program. Applicants who meet the criteria of this program will be required to attend and complete a 12-week abbreviated training curriculum.

Lateral Sessions

  • Written exams
  • Final Fitness Test
    • 1.5 mile run – test endurance capacity
    • Push-ups – tests upper body muscular endurance
    • Sit-ups – tests abdominal muscular endurance
    • Sit & Reach – measures flexibility
    • 300 meter run – tests anaerobic power
  • Firearms Safety Course
    • Weapons Safety
    • Sig 229R nomenclature
    • Marksmanship Fundamentals
    • Sig 229R Familiarization
    • Practice Qualification Course
    • Lateral Pre-Qualification Course with level one holster
  • Background Investigation
    • Traffic/Driving History
    • Arrest History
    • Employment History
    • References from selected police personnel at previous agency
  • Psychological Screening
  • Oral Interview (optional)
  • Medical Examination
  • Pre-employment Orientation


Lateral Curriculum

A 12-week 480 hour training course


Program Advantages

  • Competitive salary
  • Faster Mobilization of Police Officers
  • Shorter Training Period
  • Expanded Applicant Pool
  • Mature, Experienced Officers



  • Salary:
    • Date of hire through successfully completing probation – PII rate with 1-2 years of experience.
    • After successfully completing (1) year probationary period – PII rate with 2-3 years of experience.
    • College incentive pay cannot be received until after successfully completing the probationary period.
  • Promotional eligibility:
    • Requires five years of continuous service as a MPD officer to be considered for promotion.


Should a lateral recruit fail to respond to training, he/she may be transitioned from the accelerated program into the basic FTO program with the approval of the Director of the Memphis Police Department.


Police Officer-Lateral Salaries:

Hourly Pay Period* Annually w/Bachelor’s Degree x 7.5%
12 Weeks of Training + 1 Year $22.76 $1,820.80 $47,340.80 N/A
2-3 Years $24.48 $1,958.18 $50,912.68 $54,731.13
3 Years + $26.99 $2,159.53 $56,147.78 $60,358.86
12+ years $27.26 $2,180.54 $56,694.04 $60,946.09

*26 pay periods per year.


Firearms Training

Basic & Lateral Applicants – Pre-Qualification Course (Sig-Sauer P229)
(50 Rounds – Minimum Score 80% Out of a Possible 100%)

Load all (3) magazines with (11) rounds each. Place (2) magazines in the pouch and (1) magazine into the weapon. Draw weapon, charge, press check and then holster and strap the weapon in.

3 Yards
From the Holster
2 Shots 4 Seconds COVER THE TARGET
2 Shots 2 Seconds COVER THE TARGET
2 Shots 2 Seconds
Place the weapon into your weak hand for one handed shooting
Reload, charge, press check, holster and strap it in. Recover the empty magazine and place it in your pouch.
7 Yards
From the Holster
2 Shots 4 Seconds COVER THE TARGET
2 Shots 2 Seconds COVER THE TARGET
2 Shots 2 Seconds
Perform a Tactical Reload. Take the magazine from the weapon and replace it with the one from the pouch. Make sure the magazine is properly seated. Place the weapon into your strong hand for one handed shooting.
5 Shots 5 Seconds Holster strap it in
10 Yards
From the Holster
3 Shots 6 Seconds COVER THE TARGET
8 Shots 18 Seconds w/ Magazine change – Holster
Recover both magazines. Load (1) magazine with 11 rounds. Load (1) magazine with 6 rounds. Place the 6 round magazine into the pouch. Place the 11 round magazine into the weapon. Draw, charge, press check, holster and strap it in.
15 Yards
From the Holster
5 Shots 15 Seconds Kneeling – Holster – Stand
4 Shots 10 Seconds Standing – Holster
20 Yards
From the Holster
4 Shots 30 Seconds w/ Magazine change
The first (2) Shots will be standing and the next (2) Shots will be Kneeling. Holster weapon first and then stand.
25 Yards
From the Holster
1 Shot Prone Position
1 Shot Kneeling Strong Side of Barricade
1 Shot Standing: Left side with left hand
1 Shot Standing: Right side with Right hand
You have 45 Seconds for all (4) Shots. When finished with course of fire, stay on line with slide locked to rear, until everyone is finished.
Interested in Joining The Best in Blue? Contact one of our Recruiters.