Basic Recruit Sessions
Your career as a Memphis Police Officer begins with the extensive training you will receive at the Memphis Police Academy. While in the Academy, you will draw a full salary as a Recruit Police Officer.
During the 21 week training period, you will be taught a variety of subjects:
- Criminal law
- Report writing
- Principles of investigation
- Defensive tactics
- Police vehicle operations
- Firearms training
Upon completion of the Academy, you will be assigned at one of our precincts located throughout the city. During the next year you will apply what you learned in the Academy under the supervision of a Field Training Officer who will provide on the job training and evaluations.
Uniformed officers can be expected to perform a wide variety of duties:
- Answering radio calls to on-site actions
- Investigation of crimes and traffic accidents
- Making arrests
- Intervening in domestic disturbances
- Assisting the fire department and paramedics
As your career develops, there are promotional opportunities to the rank of sergeant, lieutenant, major and lieutenant colonel. As a sergeant you will be assigned to a bureau to conduct detailed investigations in areas such as burglary, robbery, homicide, auto theft, sexual assaults, narcotics and vice. In addition, you may qualify to perform in specialized areas such as tactical operations, training, or crime scene investigations.
John D. Holt Training Facilities
The John D. Holt Police Training Academy offers recruits a 21-week instructional and physical training program. The fully-equipped Training Academy is spacious, and structured to accommodate classes of all sizes. The facility features:
- A 150 capacity auditorium
- Two 50 seat classrooms
- Three Breakout rooms
- Gymnasium with weight room
- Video production lab
- Satellite link
- Computer lab
- Driver training track
- Tactical rappelling tower
Andy Allissandratos Firing Range
- 24 lane Indoor shooting range
- 50 lane Outdoor shooting range
- 300 yard Rifle range
- Outside Shoot house
- Three Indoor 15 yard Frangible ranges
- Two Indoor classrooms
- One Outdoor classroom
- Conference room
- Outdoor Skeet range
Basic training includes, but is not limited to, classroom instruction in law enforcement policies and procedures, firearms use/handling and intensive physical training.
* Final Fitness Test
A minimum Score of 75% is required for successful completion of physical training. The Physical training tests will consist of five (5) events, which require a cumulative average score of 7.5 (75%) or above in all events combined, resulting in a passing score. The overall physical training score is comprised of 25% of the recruit’s overall class standing.
- 1.5 mile run – test endurance capacity
- Push-ups – tests upper body muscular endurance
- Sit-ups – tests abdominal muscular endurance
- Sit & Reach – measures flexibility
- 300 meter run – tests anaerobic power
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After graduation from the academy, recruits are assigned to the Uniform Patrol Division. Upon completion of recruit probation, officers are eligible to bid for many of the Specialized Units based on employment seniority and job openings.