Requirements

Qualifications

All candidates MUST meet the following:

  • Attain 21 years of age upon completion of the Police Basic Training program (note: there is no maximum age limit).
  • An Honorable discharge from military service, if applicable.
  • Possess and maintain a valid driver’s license with a good driving record as a condition for continued employment.
  • Not have been convicted of, pled guilty to, or entered a plea of Nolo Contendere to any violent misdemeanor or felony charges.
  • Not convicted of charges/violations of any federal/state laws relating to force, theft, dishonesty, gambling, alcohol (liquor) or controlled substances.
  • A Citizen of the United States OR a permanent legal resident of the United States who is an honorably discharged veteran of the United States Armed Forces (requires such an individual to apply for and obtain citizenship within six years of the employment start date).

Character Requirements

  • Honesty
  • Integrity
  • Leadership
  • Personal Accountability
  • Dignity and Respect
  • Stable Employment Record
  • Good Driving Record
  • No History of Addiction to Drugs and/or Alcohol

Basic Recruit Minimum Requirements

  • An Associate degree (or a minimum of 54 semester hours with “C” grades or better) earned at a regionally accredited college or university.

OR

  • A minimum of an Associate degree in Criminal Justice earned at a nationally accredited college or university, recognized by the U. S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. (e.g. DETC, COE, ACCSC)

OR

  • Possess five (5) cumulative years of full-time, verifiable, responsible work experience within the last seven (7) years as of the date of their application and a High School Diploma or education equivalency. (Special Requirement: Applicants who qualify under this stipulation must obtain an Associate degree from a regionally accredited college/university within four (4) years from date of employment.)

OR

  • Two (2) years of cumulative active duty military service with a honorable discharge, stipulated on DDform214 (member 4 copy).

OR 

  • Five (5) years of active reserve military service (any branch including national guard), stipulated on DDform214, DDform256 and/or NGB22.

Basic Recruit applicants must successfully complete and pass the following entry level requirements:

  • 1.5 mile run within 16:30 (mins/secs) or less
  • Obstacle Course (a foot chase simulation) 160 seconds or less
  • One Written Exam >>> Take a Practice Test by clicking Written Exam and entering this code: FEF92CBC6CDF75D2
  • Behavioral Interview
  • Background Screening
  • Psychological Exam
  • Clinical Interview
  • Medical Assessment
  • Finger Printing

Fast Track Lateral Requirements

  • Five (5)+ years of combined, continuous full-time, post-academy service as a paid, sworn officer, with a verifiable work record with a Tennessee law enforcement agency that employs 20 or more paid, full-time officers within the last 12 months
  • No college education or military experience required
  • Verifiable Personnel File
  • Graduate of Memphis Police, Shelby County Sheriff, or Tennessee Law Enforcement (Donelson) Training Academies

– or –

  • Three (3)+ years of combined, continuous full-time, post-academy service as a paid, sworn officer, with a verifiable work record with a Tennessee law enforcement agency that employs 20 or more paid, full-time officers within the last 12 months; and 54 college semester hours or two (2) years active military service (or comparable military reserve experience) with honorable discharge.
  • Must meet MPD’s minimum college education or military experience requirement
  • Verifiable Personnel File
  • Graduate of Memphis Police, Shelby County Sheriff, or Tennessee Law Enforcement (Donelson) Training Academies

Lateral Transfer Recruit Requirements

  • Five (5)+ years of combined, continuous full-time, post-academy service as a paid, sworn officer, with a verifiable work record with a law enforcement agency that employs 20 or more paid, full-time officers within the last 12 months
  • No college education or military experience required
  • Verifiable Personnel File

– or –

  • Three (3)+ years of combined, continuous full-time, post-academy service as a paid, sworn officer, with a verifiable work record with a law enforcement agency that employs 20 or more paid, full-time officers within the last 12 months; and 54 college semester hours or two (2) years active military service (or comparable military reserve experience) with honorable discharge
  • Must meet MPD’s minimum college education or military experience requirement
  • Verifiable Personnel File

Lateral Recruit applicants must successfully complete and pass the following:

  • Firearms proficiency course
  • Background Screening
  • Personnel file review – provided by qualifying agency
  • Psychological Assessment
  • Clinical Interview
  • Medical Exam
  • Finger Printing

Physical and Written entry exams are NOT required as a condition of hire for lateral applicants.

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