Yes! The Metro Police Department has recently instituted a "progressive hiring" stance. This allows us to hire the very best candidates to join our department and bring them on board very quickly prior to having established a definitive start date for the next recruit class. These employees are paid as Police Officer Trainees, but work in a civilian administrative capacity until enough people are hired to start the next recruit class.
On average, the hiring process for police officers is 4 to 8 months.
No, the hiring process is the same for both. However, the lateral training classes are different than the regular recruit training classes.
Read the Police Officer Trainee Fitness / Wellness Program Summary.
No, college hours for the Police officer application do not have to be in the Criminal Justice Field.
No, only active duty time counts. If you are a reservist or guardsman who has been activated you must have 2 years of active duty time to qualify for the education waiver.
You can find out the next Orientation and Civil Service test dates on our Pre-Employment Testing page.
Yes! With some exceptions. Please see our Employment Standards page for information regarding tattoos, body art, and physical alterations.
No. Trainees will attend training Monday through Friday and will go home every evening.
No, but you must reside in Tennessee.
Yes, but there are other factors. Please read our Previous Drug Use Criteria.
The most common reason is poor physical fitness. Trainees must be able to run at a 10-12 minute pace for at least 2 miles on their very first day at the academy.
The applicant shall have been a sworn member of the police department for a minimum of 3 years of uninterrupted service immediately preceding the date of application for transfer.
Our officers earn a highly competitive salary and enjoy premium benefits. The current pay scale can be found at Police officer Pay Scale and Benefits.
After 4 years as a police officer, defined as beginning at the time the candidate became a sworn member of the Police Department.
Yes! In fiscal year 2016 our Police Officer 2's averaged $5,057.50 in addition to regular salary.
Yes! After graduation from the academy and proof of education, they earn an extra 3% for an Associates Degree or an extra 6% for a Bachelors Degree.
34 paid days off per year after one calendar year (20 vacation days, 3 personal days, 11 holidays). In addition, they get 1 sick day per month and can accumulate those up to 120 days.
Yes! Currently, employees have the choice of joining either Cigna or BlueCross for either individual or family health coverage. Unlike many employers, Metro Government pays 75% of health insurance premiums.
Two academy classes are normally offered per year with start dates in February and August.