What’s the difference in Blue Path and General PST?
- Blue Path is designed for graduating high school seniors.
- General PST is crafted for individuals who have already graduated high school.
Who Is Eligible to Apply
- Current high school seniors on track to graduate in May/June
- Must be age 18 before – May 31
- Must have valid driver’s license by Blue Path class start date – July
- Must desire to serve Memphis community, and exhibit good character
- Must be free of felony convictions and drug use
- Preferred: Minimum 2.0 High School GPA
- Must have submitted TN Promise Promise
Requirements by Nov. 1
- Students must file the 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal student Aid (FAFSA)
Who Is Eligible to Apply
- Must be eighteen (18) years of age
- Must have completed high school education or its equivalency
- Must be a United States citizen
- Must possess a valid driver’s license
- Must desire to serve the Memphis community and exhibit good character
- Must be free of felony convictions
and drug use
- Preferences will be given to candidates that currently have college credit which
may be applied to a criminal justice degree at a local community college
The Hiring Process
Complete the initial (City of Memphis) online application.
- Click the “Apply Today” icon on our Home page or “Apply Now” above.
- Advance to review, then Submit.
- You will immediately receive a confirmation via email – please continue to monitor your email account for updates
regarding your application status.
Complete intake processing
If you meet the minimum/preferred qualifications, a recruiter will reach out and you will be scheduled for intake at the Memphis Police Department Training Academy.Memphis Police Department Training Academy
4371 Academy Drive
Memphis, TN 38127
You must bring and present the following documentation to your intake appointment:
- Valid Driver’s License
- Original/Certified Birth Certificate
- High School Diploma (not required for students currently enrolled in high school)
- Military Forms – DD214 (Member 4 Copy)/DD256/NGB22/Disciplinary Articles, etc.
- Military Letter of Good Standing (for current military reserve officers)
- Court documents or marriage license supporting name change
- Criminal expungements and/or supporting documents
Only applicants who complete the MPD Employment Application will be allowed to advance and self-schedule the battery of
Self-schedule a battery of entry test (BAT)
After completing your intake processing, you will receive instructions via email to schedule a date to attend a battery of test (BAT) for the position of Police Service Technician (PST). Testing for Blue Path applicants will take place between March – May.
The BAT will include:
- A running test
- An obstacle course
- A written exam
- A behavioral interview
All components for the battery of test are conducted on the date scheduled. The day of testing is expected to last 4-5
All dates posted are subject to change without notice.
Attend and successfully pass the battery of test
Testing for this portion of the employment process will be conducted at:Memphis Police Department Training Academy
4371 Academy Drive
Memphis, TN 38127
All applicants are required to bring and present a valid driver’s license to be admitted for testing.
All applicants must successfully pass each of the four (4) test components to advance in the employment process. Applicants are only allowed to fail and retake the same test twice per application session.
Click below – where indicated – for testing preparation, instructions, and to take a practice test.
- Running Test (qualifying time for 1.5 miles = 17:38 min/sec or less)
- Obstacle Course (completion time for simulation of foot chase = 2:40 min/sec or less
- A five second penalty will be imposed for each obstacle the candidate is unable to complete after two attempts
- Written Exam (take a practice test by clicking “Written Exam” – enter this code: FEF92CBC6CDF75D2
- Behavioral Interview (does not require applicant to change clothing)
Accept contingent job offer
Contingent job offers are given with consideration of the applicant’s ability to successfully complete and pass the remaining screenings and assessments.
Candidates are selected on individual merits; not a first come, first serve basis. Police Service Technician (PST) classes will be filled – in according to budgetary allowance – based on the candidates’ succession through all phases of the employment process.
Successfully pass the background investigation screening
The following factors will be acquired and evaluated for employment consideration:
- Traffic and Employment History
Successfully test and pass a battery of pre-employment screenings and reviews
The Medical Assessment is administered by Occupational Health Services and consists of a full physical exam by a licensed physician and drug screen.
The Psychological Exam consists of two steps: a written exam and a clinical interview with a licensed psychologist. The clinical interview is the final step in the hiring process before being provided a final job offer.
Updated Background Check
The updated background check is performed by our background investigations unit.
Receive and accept the final job offer and complete 6 weeks of paid training as a PST
You will receive an email with the final job offer for the position of Police Service Technician via email. Once you accept and complete the final steps in the hiring/onboarding process, you will enter into the Memphis Police Training Academy as a PST Recruit.
A successful PST Recruit candidate will complete a 6-week training program and graduate to become a qualified PST Officer, followed by a 6-month probationary period under the supervision of a Field Training Officer (F.T.O.)
Once you reach the minimum qualifications for Police Recruit, you will transition out of the PST Program and into the Memphis Police Training Academy as a Police Recruit.
Note: The entire employment process generally takes two (2) to six (6) months – beginning with the completion of an online application- to determine an applicant’s suitability for employment.