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Lateral Sessions


The Memphis Police Department will allow applicants who have obtained a P.O.S.T Certification and who meet the requirements of this program to transfer to the Memphis Police Department Lateral Entry Program. Applicants who meet the criteria of this program will be required to attend and complete a twelve (12) week abbreviated training curriculum.


  1. Lateral Selection Process
    1. Submit an application
    2. Written exams
      • Current pre-employment exams
    3. Final Fitness Test*
      • Simulation of routine physical tasks performed by MPD Officers and measures agility and total body endurance.
    4. All lateral applicants must attend a weapons safety course and pass a firearms proficiency course. The weapon and gear will be provided for this course. The four (4) hour session will cover the following topics:
      • Weapons Safety
      • Sig 229R nomenclature
      • Marksmanship Fundamentals
      • Sig 229R Familiarization
      • Practice Qualification Course
      • Lateral Pre-Qualification Course with level one holster (Minimum Pre-Qualification Score 80%)**
    5. Background Investigation
      • Traffic/Driving History
      • Arrest History
      • Employment History – to include specific review of performance evaluation, firearms proficiency, citizens and other complaints, vehicle accidents, academy training records and other documents related to police employment
      • Interview of selected police personnel at previous agency
      rifle training
    6. Psychological battery of appropriate psychological tools as screening instruments which includes a clinical interview
    7. Oral interview (optional)
    8. Medical Examination
    9. Pre-employment orientation
  2. Lateral Curriculum
    • A twelve (12) week 480 hour training course
  3. Lateral Field Training Officer (FTO) Program
    1. Each experienced recruit is expected to progress within this accelerated program at a rate of their levels of knowledge, skill and experience.
    2. The PIIPT will be exposed to varied trainers/FTO during this accelerated training program while performing related police duties.
    3. PIIP trainees (PIIPT) will be assigned to the FTO program for one (1) year. The Accelerated FTO is divided into two parts:
      1. Part 1:
        • Phase 1 – Daily Observation Reports (DORs) are submitted for 20 Days.
        • Phase 2 - 4 – Begins at precinct “changeovers” with daily monitoring by FTOs without the completion of DORs. An End of Phase report will be submitted at the conclusion of each phase (monthly).
      2. Part 2: One-Officer unit (Solo Unit)
    4. Should a recruit possessing prior police training fail to respond to training, he/she may be transitioned from the accelerated program into the basic FTO program with the approval of the Director of the Memphis Police Department.
    5. At the end of the (1) year probationary period the supervisors will complete an End of Probation evaluation form provided by the FTO Coordinators.
    6. In the event the trainee displays performance deficiency during his/her probationary period, the supervisors should bring it to the attention of the FTO staff by submitting a memo.

Lateral Requirements

  • Please contact a recruiter for updated requirements.

Program Advantages

  • Competitive salary
  • Mobilization of Police Officers to the street sooner
  • Shorter training and adaptation period
  • Expand applicant pool
  • Mature, experienced Police Officers
  • Trend in top law enforcement
  • Accommodate
    • law enforcement community


    1. Salary:
    • Date of hire through successfully completing probation – PII rate with 1-2 years of experience.
    • After successfully completing probation – PII rate with 2-3 years experience.
    • College incentive pay cannot be received until after successfully completing the probationary period.
  1. Probation:
    • Lateral officers will be subject to customary 1-year probation period after training.
  2. Promotional eligibility:
    • Requires five years of continuous service as a MPD officer to be considered for promotion.

* Final Fitness Test

A minimum Score of 75% is required for successful completion of the physical profile. The Physical training tests will consist of five (5) events, which require the recruit to pass all events at or above the 75 percentile in all combined events. 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



Basic & Lateral Applicants – Pre-Qualification Course (Sig-Sauer P229)
(50 Rounds - Minimum Score 80% Out of a Possible 100%)

Load all (3) magazines with (11) rounds each. Place (2) magazines in the pouch and (1) magazine into the weapon. Draw weapon, charge, press check and then holster and strap the weapon in.
3 Yards        
From the Holster      
  2 Shots 4 Seconds   COVER THE TARGET
  2 Shots 2 Seconds   COVER THE TARGET
  2 Shots 2 Seconds    
Place the weapon into your weak hand for one handed shooting
  Reload, charge, press check, holster and strap it in. Recover the empty
magazine and place it in your pouch.
7 Yards From the Holster 2 Shots 4 Seconds COVER THE TARGET
    2 Shots 2 Seconds COVER THE TARGET
    2 Shots 2 Seconds  
  Perform a Tactical Reload. Take the magazine from the weapon and replace it with the one from the pouch. Make sure the magazine is properly seated. Place the weapon into your strong hand for one handed shooting.
    5 Shots 5 Seconds Holster strap it in
10 Yards From the Holster 3 Shots 6 Seconds COVER THE TARGET
    8 Shots 18 Seconds w/ Magazine change - Holster
Recover both magazines. Load (1) magazine with 11 rounds. Load (1) magazine with 6 rounds. Place the 6 round magazine into the pouch. Place the 11 round magazine into the weapon. Draw, charge, press check, holster and strap it in.
15 Yards From the Holster 5 Shots 15 Seconds Kneeling - Holster - Stand
  From the Holster 4 Shots 10 Seconds Standing - Holster
20 Yards From the Holster 4 Shots 30 Seconds w/ Magazine change
  The first (2) Shots will be standing and the next (2) Shots will be Kneeling. Holster weapon first and then stand.
25 Yards From the Holster 1 Shot Prone Position
    1 Shot Kneeling Strong Side of Barricade
    1 Shot Standing: Left side with left hand
    1 Shot Standing: Right side with Right hand
  You have 45 Seconds for all (4) Shots. When finished with course of fire, stay on line with slide locked to rear, until everyone is finished.

Police Officer-Lateral Salaries
  Hourly Monthly Annually
12 Weeks of Training + 1 Year $22.15 $3,839.37 $46,073.82
2-3 Years $23.82 $4,129.04 $49,550.02
3 Years + $26.27 $4,553.61 $54,644.98
*26 pay periods per year.

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