Police Employment
The Memphis Police Department is now hiring! Contact and meet the MPD Recruiting Team.

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


Lead Recruiter, Officer Kevin Moore
Employment Unit, Sergeant Cleaven Foster

Or visit MPDacademy.com for more information and/or general inquiries of detailed description of qualifications, requirements, benefits, salaries, and lateral transfers.

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
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