Police Recruit

Jackson, MS
Jackson Police Department

Salary range: $45,011.20-$45,011.20.

Position Summary:

A police recruit is a non-sworn employee who attends the Jackson Police Departments Training Academy, in hopes of becoming a police officer with the City of Jackson. In addition to training, you may observe professional police officers as they perform their duties. A police recruit must graduate from a police academy before moving on to work as an officer on a probationary basis. Police Recruits are expected to learn and perform the responsibilities of an entry-level peace officer which include interacting with a culturally and socially diverse population, employing discretion in solving problems, maintaining public order, preventing crime, enforcing laws and ordinances, conducting investigations, making arrests, issuing summonses/citations and warnings, and assisting the public. Upon successful completion of academy instruction, the incumbent receives further training in the Field Officer Training Program.

Essential Functions:

  • Attend and Participate in classroom and practical instruction in law enforcement, criminal procedure, police methods and practices, departmental policies and procedures and related subject matters; participate in field training programs, physical fitness and related training.
  • With a Field Training Officer, patrol a designated area of the city to preserve law and order, discover and prevent the commission of crimes, and enforce traffic and other laws and ordinances, answer calls and complaints involving automobile accidents, robberies, and related misdemeanors and felonies.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • High School Diploma or Equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade.
  • Some experience in dealing with the public is required.
  • Possession of a valid Mississippi driver’s license is a requirement for this job.
  • Must pass a pre-employment criminal background check.
  • Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age before graduation.
  • Moderate physical activity.
  • Requires handling of average-weight objects up to 25 pounds or standing and/or walking for more than four (4) hours per day.