Police Service Technician (P.S.T.)

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Working as a PST (Police Service Technician) offers an excellent and rewarding career path to becoming a MPD Law Enforcement Officer.

Whether you’ve just graduated from high school, returning to college, or thinking of changing careers. 

The PST program is designed for individuals who do not meet the minimum requirements to apply as a Memphis Police Officer Recruit.


REQUIREMENTS to apply for P.S.T.

  • 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

PREPARATION for P.S.T. testing

  • A 1.5 mile run (within 16:30 minutes or less)
  • An Obstacle Course (foot chase simulation) within 160 seconds or less
  • Written Exam >>> Take a Practice Test by clicking Written Exam and entering this code: FEF92CBC6CDF75D2

DUTIES as a P.S.T.

Primary duties can vary from conducting minor traffic accident investigations to assisting with traffic control during major city events as well as interacting with the public, while attending a tuition paid college.

First, you’ll attend a six (6) week training course at the Memphis Police Academy where you will receive a salary and comprehensive training in:

  • City traffic laws
  • Police radio procedures
  • Basic lifesaving skills such as CPR and physical training
  • Traffic accident and non-moving violation investigation
  • High-tech equipment and procedure certification
  • Control and direct traffic
  • Respond to crash scenes
  • Issue citations for parking and crash violations
  • Assist in the identification and recovery of stolen vehicles
  • Report criminal behavior observed
  • Complete necessary reports
  • Testify in court
  • Assist the public

Upon graduation, you will be assigned to the Traffic Division for field training and assigned a Field Training Officer (FTO).

PROGRESSION to Police Officer Recruit

As a PST, you will attend a regionally accredited college – determined and paid by the City of Memphis – to earn a Criminal Justice Associate degree within three (3) years, to successfully transition from PST to Police Officer Recruit.


Hourly   Bi-Weekly   Annually 
$16.12 $1,289.60 $33,529.60

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