Police Employment
The Memphis Police Department is now hiring! Contact our Recruit Team for Applications.

Memphis Police Training Academy
4371 O.K. Robertson
Memphis, TN 38127
(901) 354-1730
1-800-318-4164 (toll free)


Email: Officer Blake or Sergeant Foster for more info!

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Call or write us for information and for application packets. A detailed description of qualifications, benefits, and salary can be obtained by contacting us by email or by phone. Applications cannot be sent by email at this time. In order for us to mail you an application, we will need:

  • Mailing Address
  • Date of Birth
  • Social Security Number
  • Phone Number

Employment questions?
Check out our Frequently Asked Employment Questions or Salary Info sections. You can also learn about our Lateral Transfer CriteriaLearn about steps_entry-level process   COPS - Career Opportunities in Public Safety - Career Opportunities in Public Safety
A career in law enforcement can be an exciting, rewarding experience for those who can meet the challenge. We are currently seeking intelligent individuals of unquestionable integrity, who want challenges not complacency, who can be brave and strong, yet compassionate and gentle.

We are looking for individuals who want peace and are willing to work to help keep it and for those individuals who have the ability to lead and the wisdom to follow. Our standards are the highest. Our officers are the finest.

If you feel you possess the minimum requirements and have the maximum desire to serve your community then a career in law enforcement may be the right career for you.

Typical tasks of a Memphis police officer
A Memphis Police Officer works under the direction of an assigned supervisor to perform a wide range of tasks to promote the public safety and security. As a police officer you will:

  • Make Arrests
  • Direct Traffic
  • Investigate Crimes
  • Write Reports
  • Assist Citizens
  • Serve Warrants
  • Conduct Searches
  • Preserve Crime Scenes
  • Respond to Emergencies of all Types

    Age: Applicants must be at least 21 years of age upon completion of the Police Basic Training Program at the Police Training Academy.

    Criminal Record: Applicants must not have been convicted of, or pled guilty (or entered a plea of Nolo Contendere) to any felony charges. This also applies to violations of any federal/state laws or city ordinances relating to force, violence, theft, dishonesty, gambling, liquor or controlled substances.

    Other Requirements:
  • Valid driver's license (Must obtain a TN driver's license if hired.)
  • Successful candidate must establish residence in Shelby County within six months of hire date.

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

    Benefits enjoyed by MPD members include:
  • 25 Year Retirement
  • Paid Sick Leave, Vacations, Holidays
  • Uniform Allotment
  • Medical/Life Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • College Incentive Pay
  • College Tuition Reimbursement

    Basic Training
    The John D. Holt Police Training Academy offers recruits a 21-week instructional and physical training program. The fully-equipped Training Academy is spacious, and structured to accommodate classes of all sizes. The facility features a 150 seat auditorium, two 50 seat classrooms, four breakout rooms, gymnasium with weight room, video production lab, computer lab, driver training track, 24 lane indoor shooting range, 50 lane outdoor shooting range, and a skeet range. Basic training includes, but is not limited to, classroom instruction in law enforcement policies and procedures, firearms use/handling and intensive physical training.

    After graduation from the academy, recruits are assigned to the Uniform Patrol Division. Upon completion of recruit probation, officers are eligible to bid for many of the Specialized Units based on employment seniority and job openings.

    Employment Process
    Written Exams
    ABLE (Adult Basic Learning Exam)
    WRAP (Work Readiness Adaption Profile)

    Physical Ability Test
    Applicants will participate in a series of tests that will simulate routine physical tasks performed by Memphis Police Officers. Learn More About Police Recruit Physical Ability Testing.

    Background Investigation (which consists of):
    Driving History Review; Criminal History Review
    Contact with Personal & Employment References

    Psychological Tests and Interview

    Comprehensive Medical Examination (test includes):
    Hearing; Vision (20/125 in each eye corrected to 20/20 with normal color vision and depth perception); Laboratory test to determine drugs or alcohol use; Stress Test

    To obtain an application:
    Applications for local applicants may be obtained in person at the following locations Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm.

    Any Memphis Police Department Precinct
    MPD Training Academy Background Investigation Unit
    4371 O.K. Robertson Road

    MPD Personnel Office 201 Poplar Avenue 12th Floor
    Out-of-town applicants (individuals residing farther than 100 miles from Memphis) may request an application by calling the Recruiting Office at 1-800-318-4164 or by email.

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