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Become a Police Officer in Nashville

Contact our recruiters today at 615-862-7341.

The MNPD is an Equal Opportunity Employer

We are now hiring and Music City is a great place to be a police officer.

Our officers earn highly competitive salaries and enjoy premium benefits!

How to start your career with the MNPD

For those applicants who meet the Police Officer Employment Standards:

Step 1: Apply Online 

When you apply, keep in mind that you will be required to attend a test date within 2 months of us receiving your application. Available test dates will be provided to you by our Recruitment Unit.

More information about Pre-Employment Testing

Step 2: Complete your Personal History Statement

Step 3: The Civil Service Written Test and Physical Agility Test

Step 4: Background Investigation

Step 5: Structured Oral Interview

Step 6: Psychological Assessment

Step 7: Medical Examination and Drug Screen

Step 8: CVSA (Computer Voice Stress Analyzer) Test

Step 9: Start the Police Academy!

Employee Benefits

Do you get 34 paid days off per year?

Does your employer pay 75% of your health insurance?

We do and we're hiring!

Do you have the passion and heart to be a guardian...See how you earn the badge and privilege to serve!

Learn why Music City is a great place to live and work as a police officer.

We encourage females to join!

Nashville communities like their police officers.


Upcoming Training Academies

  • May 1, 2020 (Lateral Class-Deadline for application is March 9, 2020)
  • August 17, 2020

Which one will you be in?

MNPD Excellence and Community Outreach Overview

See what your police department is doing to engage your community.

Community Outreach Overview

Public Approval Rating

According to a March 2018 Vanderbilt Poll, the Metro Police continue to earn high marks from the public, with an overall 84 percent approval rating.

Lateral Class

For the first time in over 13 years, the MNPD will be offering a lateral class.

The class is scheduled to begin May 1, 2020 and will last approximately 13 weeks (½ the normal police officer training class time). The deadline to apply is March 9th.

Our benefit package is one of the best in the country! Salary will begin at $49,836.02 with educational incentives of 3% for an associate's degree and 6% for a bachelor's degree.


  • a minimum of (2) two years of uninterrupted, full-time, certified law enforcement experience.
  • certification as a law enforcement officer through a State Police Standards and Training Commission or equivalent.

Physical fitness portions of the academy will be proportionate to the academy training time allotted. Graduation standard for the lateral class is 25 sit-ups in 1 minute, 27 push-ups, 70 second 300 meter run and 1.5 mile run in 15:52. The stress inoculation portions of the academy will not be a focus as lateral trainees have already successfully completed or been exposed to similar training. Lateral officers will have 2 six-week rotations with Field Training Officers unless more time is needed.

Apply now for the lateral training class

Military Veterans

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
  • Discipline