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?

Yes, 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 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 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 consideration and will be place on hold.

How long does the hiring process take?

Pre-employment process can take between 2 to 4 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 5+ 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 used to work in security, corrections or another 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 5 years – to qualify for lateral entry with the MPD. Visit our Requirements Page for more information.


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

The “Military Kicker” program offers you additional pay – up to $1,561.00 – if you are eligible for V.A. educational benefits, such as the Montgomery 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 are allocated 20 paid working days per year for 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 Officer Recruit. The City of Memphis will purchase all clothing and classroom materials necessary to successfully start the Training Academy at no cost.

Do I stay on campus while in the Training Academy?

No, there is no dormitory or campus housing. You are responsible for acquiring your own (personal) housing.

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 one (1) visit during the entire employment process.

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