How old do I have to be to become a Memphis Police Officer?

You must be at least 21 years of age to become a Memphis Police Officer. You can apply 6 months prior to your 21st birthday. Visit our Requirements Page for more information.

Is there a maximum age limit to apply and join?

No, there is no maximum age limit to become a Memphis Police Officer.

Do I have to be a Shelby County resident to become a Memphis Police Officer?

Not at the time of submitting an application, however, you must establish permanent residency in Shelby County within 6 months of your hire date.

Am I required to have college credits to become a MPD officer?

College is not required if you have 2 years of cumulative active military service or 5 years of military reserve service with an honorable discharge. Otherwise, a minimum of 54 semester hours from a regionally accredited college/university – with “C” grades or better – is required, preferably an Associate degree.

Under our new employment qualification, applicants with a history of 5 years, full-time verifiable employment – within the last 7 years – are eligible to apply without the initial required college qualification but have an understanding and commitment to earn the minimum college requirement within 4 years from the date of employment to maintain continuous employment.

I don’t have my high school diploma. How long do I have to submit my diploma?

Applicants are required to present their diploma timely. We recommend to re-order your high school diploma from your respective high school or education administration office as rapid as possible. However, this will not hinder you from submitting your application to the MPD Training Academy for employment processing. You will have less than 4 weeks to obtain and submit your diploma to the Employment Unit, otherwise, your application will not progress in the employment process for employment consideration and will be place on hold.

How long does the hiring process take?

Pre-employment process can take between 2 to 5 months.

How long is the training?

Basic Recruit Candidates = 23 weeks paid training
Lateral Recruits = 12 weeks paid training
Fast Track Laterals = 6 weeks paid training
P.S.T. Program = 6 weeks paid training

If I have been arrested in the past, does that prevent me from applying to become a Memphis Police Officer?

Any felony or violent misdemeanor convictions will automatically disqualify you for employment consideration. While other convictions or arrests may not prohibit your employment, however, providing false information can serve as consequence of not being hired or to be terminated. Always be truthful in your application and background submissions.

What is a Lateral Police Officer? Do I qualify for lateral entry?

To be considered as a lateral entry candidate, you must have already completed 2+ years of employment as a P.O.S.T.  certified officer at a law enforcement agency with a minimum of 20 full-time commissioned officers. Visit our Requirements Page for more information. College education or Military experience is not required to qualify as a lateral candidate.

I formally worked security, corrections or another related-career that I think is applicable to the job. Can I skip some training?

No. While your skills from other careers are helpful when working as a police officer, you must be an experienced police officer – who has worked for another P.O.S.T. certified law enforcement agency for at least 2+ years – to qualify for lateral entry with the MPD. Visit our Requirements Page for more information. Security officers and Correctional officers do not qualify for acceptance in our lateral transfer program.

What benefits for my military service can I receive as a Memphis Police Officer?

The Memphis Police Department is a V.A. Certified training facility. The “Military Kicker” program offers you additional payup to $1,561.00 per month – if you are eligible for V.A. educational benefits, such as the Post 911 G.I. Bill, for on-the-job training as a Police Officer Recruit, while attending the training academy as well as the 12-month probationary period after graduation.

If you are active reserve and need to attend drills, you will be compensated 20 paid work days per year to meet your military obligations. Visit our Benefits & Salary Page for more information.

How can I advance within the MPD?

You can advance within the MPD through either promotion or assignment with an out-of-rank pay.

Do I have to pay for my training?

No, Memphis Police recruit officers do not pay for the Memphis Police Academy training program. In fact, you will draw a full salary through 23 weeks as a police recruit. The City of Memphis will purchase all clothing and classroom materials necessary to successfully start the Training Academy at no cost – a $300 savings!

Do I stay on campus while in the Training Academy?

No, our training academy does not have barracks, dormitory or campus housing. Recruit candidates are responsible for selecting and acquiring their own living arrangements.

Your training salary, accompanied by Memphis’ low-cost of living, typically cover desired housing needs within, and outside of, Memphis city limits – allowing candidates freedom of choice to live and commute – at leisure – as a Memphis Police recruit.

I’m an out-of-town applicant, how many times am I required to come to Memphis?

All out-of-town applicants are only required to make a one (1)-time visit (investment) during the entire employment process.

How many days and hours are Memphis Police Officers scheduled to work?

MPD shifts are eight (8) hour; five (5) day work weeks with rotating off-days every four (4) weeks.

Every (3) months, officers enjoy a shift changeover that gives officers (5) off-days as a mini-vacation (Wednesday – Sunday) and still have unused accrued vacation time to burn.

How many shifts and what are the scheduled work hours for Memphis Police Officers?

MPD uniform patrol officers have (4) daily shifts that overlap.

A (Alpha) shift:    1130 – 0730 hrs

B (Bravo) shift:    0700 – 1500 hrs

C (Charlie) shift:  1400 – 2200 hrs

D (Delta) shift:     1700 – 0100 hrs

Interested in Joining The Best in Blue? Contact one of our Recruiters.