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Become a Police Officer

The MNPD is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Metropolitan Nashville Police Officer! This is a GREAT police department, and we are constantly looking for the right men and women to join our team. Upon completion of the police academy, our officers are some of the most professional, well-trained officers in the country. They will have gained a new sense of pride after pushing themselves far beyond what they ever thought they could achieve.


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Your journey begins here

The first step of the process is to apply online with Metro's Human Resources Department. You will need to gather documents such as birth certificate, high school diploma or GED, official college transcripts (if applicable), military discharge long form DD214 (if applicable) and P.O.S.T. Certification (if you are currently a police officer). It may take ten to twelve weeks from the time a person completes the online application to receive notification from Metro Human Resources of a date to take the Civil Service Examination. Notification to participate is generally provided four weeks prior to the testing dates. Upon arrival at the testing site, you will be required to turn in your Personal History Statement along with any supporting documents.

Applicants who are not already in great physical condition may find the Physical Agility Test challenging and the Personal History Statement is quite lengthy. Therefore, it's never too early to begin work on both!

Our Recruitment Section offers helpful orientation sessions for potential applicants. At the orientation, persons will learn about the hiring process, civil service testing, physical agility testing, training academy expectations, as well as the role of the Field Training Officer program.

Upon completion of the Civil Service Examination, the applicant will typically receive notification of his/her test scores within two weeks. All applicants scoring in the outstanding category will be invited to attend the Applicant Panel Interview. Please note that it is only at this point that the applicants' names are forwarded to the police department. The applicants will be scored and ranked at this stage of the process. Applicants will be able to check their ranking by going to Current Applicant Standings on this web site. Those applicants who score in the upper portion of the scale will be sent on for Background Investigation.

Given the high number of applicants, and the thoroughness required of background investigations, the background phase could take several months. Applicants' timeliness, completeness, and accuracy can greatly effect this timeline. Applicants are urged to supply the most updated information (phone numbers, email and home addresses) on references to help expedite the process. During the background investigation, an interview will be conducted between the applicant and his/her background investigator. The purpose of the interview is to update and/or clarify any remaining information that the investigator may need in order to recommend the applicant for a conditional employment offer.

A conditional offer of employment will be extended to the applicant who successfully completes the background investigation. Following the conditional offer of employment, the applicant must complete a battery of tests, including a medical examination, drug screen, psychological assessments, and Computer Voice Stress Analysis.

It is to your advantage to BE COMPLETELY TRUTHFUL in answering all questions on your application and during all interviews. Everyone has done things they're not proud of, but the worst possible action is to try to hide it or not disclose it.

Based upon the results of these tests, a determination is made by the police department as to whether the applicant is qualified to join the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department as a Police Officer Trainee. If so, depending on the timing of the next training class(es) and other considerations, the candidate will be offered a position as a Police Officer Trainee. As funding permits, Police Officer Trainees may be offered immediate employment in a police department support role while waiting for the next academy class to commence.

Once the applicant is offered a full time position as a Police Officer Trainee, he/she should have ample time to give proper notification (two weeks) to his/her current employer.

In summary, the total application time frame (on average, up to eight months) is broken into its major steps is as follows:

  • Completion of the on-line application to notification of the test date: 10-12 weeks.
  • Notification of Civil Service Exam/Physical Agility Test results: 2 weeks.
  • Background Investigation (including interview, battery of tests, candidate review and potential employment offer): 4-6 months. The Metro Nashville Police Department typically conducts trainee classes every January and July.

Civil Service Physical Agility Test

The police officer applicant does not need any special law enforcement training to successfully complete this test. The Physical Agility Test will consist of the following components: (The applicant must pass 3 of the 4 components to be considered eligible.)

  • 1 minute sit-ups 15 or more = PASS
  • 21 push-ups (not timed) = PASS
  • 300 meter pursuit run in 77.0 seconds or less = PASS
  • 1.5 mile run in 17:17 or less = PASS

applicants running


  • Applicants should keep in mind that these are the MINIMUM STANDARDS to proceed in the testing process and that they should strive for the GRADUATION STANDARDS which are 1.5 mile run in 14:20 or less, 300 meter pursuit run in 62. seconds or less, 35 or more sit-ups in 1 minute, and 32 push-ups (not timed).
  • Applicants should refer to the video for proper form when performing push-ups and sit-ups
  • Applicants should be aware that all four components of the Physical Agility Test will be conducted in succession with only a few minutes of rest between each.
  • Applicants should wear outdoor athletic shoes and clothing.

Civil Service Written Test

The police officer applicant does not need any special law enforcement knowledge to successfully complete this test. Allow for at least 4 hours to complete the testing process.

The test is comprised of four categories:

  • Basic Education
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Self-Awareness
  • Practical Intelligence

applicants taking the written test


  • Base all your answers on the information and guidelines provided in the test.
  • Knowledge of police procedures are not needed to answer the questions correctly, but rather look at this test as a common sense approach to answering the questions.
  • Attempt to answer every question. If you are unsure of the correct answer, mark the one which you think is the best.
  • Read carefully and follow the directions given in the booklet.
  • Do not spend too much time on any one question.
  • No question is meant to be a “trick” or catch question.
  • Interpret words according to their generally accepted meaning.
  • Check carefully to be sure that you have not skipped any questions.
  • Plan your time so that you complete the examination within the time allowance. You will be told when to start and stop. If you have extra time, check your work.
  • Relax and work steadily.

Conversion Charts for Civil Service Test

Written Test

Score = Points

  • 94 - 100 = 5
  • 86 - 93 = 4
  • 78 - 85 = 3
  • 70 - 77 = 2

Physical Agility Test

  • 1 minute sit-ups 15 or more = PASS
  • 21 push-ups (not timed) = PASS
  • 300 meter pursuit run in 77.0 seconds or less = PASS
  • 1.5 mile run in 17:17 or less = PASS

Applicants must pass 3 of the 4 components. If the applicant passes 3 of the 4 components, they will receive 4 points. If the applicant passes all 4 components, they will receive 5 points. The points from the written test and the Physical Agility Test are combined. Applicants must have 6 or more points to be placed in the outstanding category and continue the application process.

Hiring process flow chart

Visit Pre-Employment Testing for further details.

Military Veteran?

Military veterans make good police officers because of the following traits:

  • Integrity
  • Sense of service and commitment
  • Attention to detail
  • Firearm skills
  • Responsibility
  • Ability to work effectively in teams or individually
  • Experience dealing with difficult situations
  • Ability to problem solve
  • Discipline

Not a U.S. citizen?

According to Tennessee House Bill 0765, Law Enforcement - As enacted, permits a permanent legal resident of the United States who is an honorably discharged veteran of the United States armed forces to be employed as a police officer; requires such an officer to apply for or obtain citizenship within six years of the employment start date.

Female United States soldier talking to children.

Metro Police Detective Hammond, with the Tennessee Army National Guard, is seen here on a counter terrorism mission in the village of Taji, Iraq.

United States soldier

Metro Police Officer Burgess is a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve. (Rank of major at time of photo.)

United States soldier talking to children in Iraq.

Metro Police Officer Graham, a captain with the 810th Military Police Company, is seen here patrolling the streets of Basra, Iraq.