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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)

Employment Unit Supervisor: Lieutenant Maxine Craig
Employment Unit: Sergeant Cleaven Foster
Lead Recruiter: Officer Kevin Moore
Military Recruiter: Officer Jerry Capps
College Recruiter: Officer Erika Moore
Special Events Recruiter: Officer Antonio Lanigan

Or visit for more information and/or general inquiries to detailed description of qualifications, requirements, benefits, salaries, lateral transfers, and to submit an employment application.

Employment questions?
Check out our Frequently Asked Employment Questions or Salary Info sections. You can also learn about our Lateral Transfer Criteria.

Learn about steps of the MPD entry-level process to join the “Best in Blue” COPS – (Career Opportunities in Public Safety).

Are you ready to start a career that’s bigger than you? Working as a Memphis Police Officer will push you to learn real leadership, take on great responsibility, and reach your full potential. 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 wants to create meaningful change in Memphis.

Our standards are the highest. Our officers are the finest. That makes our department the “Greatest Career Choice in Law Enforcement.”

If you possess the minimum requirements and have the maximum desire to serve and protect the Memphis community, then a career in law enforcement with the Memphis Police Department is the right career choice for you to become the “Best in Blue!”

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