Police Service Technician (P.S.T.)

*We are not currently accepting applications for General PST*



What is the difference between Blue Path and General PST?

  • General PST is an opportunity for individuals who have graduated high school and do not qualify for Police Recruit to serve as Police Service Technicians.
  • Blue Path is an opportunity for current high school seniors to serve as Police Service Technicians immediately after graduation.

What does a Police Service Technician do?

  • Responds to crash scenes. Obtains information and completes necessary reports; issues traffic citations and summons for violations that occurred during the course of a crash investigations; provides or requests other services as needed (i.e. a police unit, fire unit, ambulance, emergency rescue, towing service, etc.).
  • Directs and controls traffic hazards at crash scenes, congested areas, special events and areas where traffic hazards exist or traffic signals have malfunctioned.
  • Reports criminal behaviors observed while patrolling; provides assistance to the public.
  • Performs follow up investigations of crash cases.
  • Assists police officers in traffic related matters and crash investigations.
  • Issues citations for violations of parking ordinances.
  • Reports and processes abandoned vehicles; provides assistance in location, identification and recovery of stolen vehicles.
  • Testifies in court as needed.

Who is Eligible to Apply

  • The PST program is designed for individuals who do not meet the minimum requirements to apply as a Memphis Police Officer Recruit.
  • U.S. Citizen
  • Eighteen (18) years of age
  • High school graduate or equivalent
  • Valid Tennessee driver’s license
  • Good driving record
  • Establish residency in Shelby County, TN within six months of hire date
  • Stable employment history and/or school attendance
  • Honorable discharge from Military, if applicable
  • No guilty felony convictions or charges relating to force, violence, theft, dishonesty, gambling, alcohol (liquor), or controlled substances
  • Exemplify good moral character, leadership skills, honesty, integrity, personal responsibility, and commitment to treat others with dignity and respect
  • No history of addiction to drugs and/or alcohol
  • Hiring preferences will be given to candidates that currently have college credit which may be applied to a criminal justice degree at a local community college.

Prepare For Testing

Once you have applied, you will be invited to begin pre-employment testing.

Click here for information to prepare for testing

Must bring valid driver’s license or school ID and parent permission slip to participate, if under age 18. Permission slips are available upon request.

Testing Location:
Memphis Police Department Training Academy
4371 Academy Drive
Memphis, TN 38127

Once employed by MPD, then what?

– In June, you’ll be employed as a Police Service Technician (PST) trainee earning $33,529.60 per year.

– Complete a 7-week training course with the MPD Training Academy, earning credit hours toward an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from Southwest Tennessee Community College.

– In August, begin PST duties ranging from controlling and directing traffic to reporting criminal behavior while completing coursework toward an Associate Degree (tuition-free) to transition to Police Recruit.

Graduate to the Best In Blue!

Once you complete your Associate Degree, and are within 4 months of age 21, you will complete the remaining 17 weeks of MPD’s Training Academy to become a police officer, earning a $41,802.80 (per year) training salary. 

For questions, inquiries, and/or more information regarding the General PST program, please contact our PST Recruiters:


Tyler Stegall

Alexis Guyton