Police Recruit (Basic)

Memphis, TN
Memphis Police Department

Works under the supervision of Memphis Police Academy staff to learn to perform a wide range of tasks to promote public safety and security.

$40,194.96 Annually


Learns to perform general enforcement of the laws including patrolling assigned areas, apprehending and controlling suspects, and controlling traffic, writing reports, providing public information, maintaining records and material evidence, and providing court testimony. Attends training classes as required and meets mandatory training requirements. Exercises and comprehends rules, regulations, and policies of the MPD Training Academy and applicable federal, state, and local laws. Learns to execute basic criminal investigation principles, practices, and techniques for use in patrol-related activities. Exercises and uses basic interview skills to obtain information from suspects, victims, and witnesses. Learns to operate a patrol vehicle and uses appropriate weapons/equipment associated with law enforcement in a safe manner. Learns defensive tactic techniques in controlling and apprehending suspects. Learns to apply minimal levels of force to control subjects in patrol-related situations to ensure the safety of the officer and of the general public. Learns to recognize controlled substances and how to request assistance in handling the materials. Learns to provide first-aid assistance to those in need during emergency situations. Demonstrates critical thinking to solve problems in patrol-related situations. Learns to maintain tact and courtesy when interacting with various people and confidentiality when dealing with law-enforcement sensitive information.


• An Associate degree or fifty-four (54) semester hours obtained from a regionally accredited college or university, recognized by the U. S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. (e.g. MSCHE, NECCU, NCA)
• A minimum of an Associates degree, majoring in criminal justice, from a nationally accredited college or university; recognized by the U. S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. (e.g. DETC, COE, ACCSC)
• Five (5) years of full-time responsible, verifiable work experience and a High School Diploma or education equivalency. (Special Requirements: Applicants who qualify under this stipulation must obtain an Associate's degree from a regionally accredited college/university within four (4) years of date of employment.)
• Two (2) years of cumulative active military service with a honorable discharge, stipulated on DD214 form (member 4 copy) and high school diploma or GED.
• Five (5) years of reserve military service or national guard as stipulated on DD Forms 256 and/or 214 and a high school diploma or GED.
• Be a citizen of the United States, OR a permanent legal resident of the United States who is an honorably discharged veteran of the United States armed forces; requires such an officer to apply for or obtain citizenship within six years of the employment start date.
• Must not have been convicted of, or pled guilty (or enter a plea of Nolo Contendere) to any felony charges.
• Must be at least 21 years of age upon completion of the Police Basic Training Program.
• Must successfully pass entry level requirements and testing (physical, written, background investigation, psychological and medical) for Police Recruit.
• Must possess and maintain a valid driver license as a condition for continued employment.
Special Requirements
The City Charter requires that City Employees must establish residence within Shelby County within six (6) months from date of Employment. Proof of residence will be required at the time of hire.