Police Officer Trainee

Nashville, TN
Metro Nashville and Davidson County
Salary: $39,312.54-$51,103.56 Annually

Attends and completes an in-service and field training program in police science. Performs related duties as required.

$39,312.54 – $51,103.56 Annually


This classification spends considerable time in a classroom environment and requires some physical exertion such as running, walking, climbing, bending, stooping, stretching, or similar activities.

Completes a basic training program that consists of courses in criminal law, firearms training, physical training, first aid, traffic accident investigation, traffic law enforcement, human relations, crime scene research, riot control, patrol procedures, departmental policies, report writing, and other related areas.


Minimum Qualifications
The Metro Nashville Police Department is a 24/7 operation. Employees must be able to work any day and/or shift, as needed.

At least sixty (60) semester hours of course work from an accredited college or university with an overall G.P.A. of 2.0 ("C" average) or above
*** OR ***
High school diploma or GED plus one of the following:
* at least two (2) years active military duty (Honorable Discharge)
* at least two (2) years as a full-time, certified (Tennessee P.O.S.T. Certification or equivalent State certification) active law enforcement officer
* 5 years responsible, full-time work experience

*** No Other Substitutions ***

NOTE: Once hired, employees are required to successfully complete the Metro Nashville Police Training Academy.

Note: Per Metro Ordinance No. SO94-1078. All employees of the Metropolitan Government shall be residents of the State of Tennessee or become residents of the state within six (6) months of employment as a prerequisite to employment with the Metropolitan Government.


Valid Driver License


1. Must be a minimum of 21 years of age by the time you start the MNPD Training Academy.

2. A U.S. citizen at the time of hire, or per Tennessee House Bill 0765, a permanent legal resident of the United States who is an honorably discharged veteran of the United States armed forces may be employed as a Police Officer. The officer must apply for or obtain citizenship within six (6) years of the employment start date.

3. Must pass a medical examination with standards set out in the Metropolitan Charter and applicable Civil Service policies.