Minimum Requirements.

To be eligible to join Memphis police department, you must meet the following minimum requirements:

Must be at least 19-years old.

Must be at least
19-years old.

Must be at least 21-years old.

Must be a US citizen (or permanent resident)

Must be at least 21-years old.

High school graduation certificate (or similar proof)

Must be at least 21-years old.

Completion of the entry hiring process (detailed below).

Must be at least 21-years old.

Graduation from Memphis police academy

Entry Requirements

Memphis Police Department Test.

Once you have met the above minimum requirements and once your initial application has been filled and submitted, you will be expected to undertake the following subtests.

The highest performing applicants in these subtests will be invited to enter the Memphis police training academy, where they will undertake an intensive 6-week course program.

Below, you can learn more about all police subtests you will be expected to undertake in Memphis police department.

01

Police Written Exam.

Subjects tested on the police written test include:

  • Math.
  • Grammar and spelling.
  • Map reading exercises.
  • Memory tests.
  • Situational judgment.
  • Reading comprehension.
  • Incident report writing.

Long-term preparation for the written exam is essential as only the highest performing applicants make it through to the later rounds.

02

Physical Abilities Test.

Tests include:

  • 1.5-mile run
  • Obstacle course
  • Sit-ups and push-ups

Additional physical tests may also be included, at the discretion of the department.

03

Background Investigation.

Your application to Memphis police department test must be honest and complete. All parts of your application must be filled out and evidence must be supplied where requested.

Your application form will be examined and reviewed. Any necessary additional checks to verify details in your form will be conducted later in the process.

04

Oral Board Exam.

Every applicant taking Memphis police department test must undertake an oral board exam.

During this exam, you will be interviewed on a wide variety of questions – both relating to you and your suitability for the role, as well as more critical questions that assess your judgment when applied to specific policing scenarios.

For instance, you may be asked dynamic oral board questions that assess your reaction to how you would respond to a given situation. The oral board panel will then alter the situation and immediately request your response.

You need to be prepared; to think on your feet, but to react proportionately and professionally throughout the test.

05

Final Evaluation Tests.

You may be called upon to take a polygraph exam. If you have answered questions honestly in your background investigation, there is no reason to fear this part of the exam.

At this stage, the department may get back to you if they have found any inconsistencies with your background investigation form or whether you need to supply any additional evidence to substantiate any specific claim. Additional tests taken at this stage include:

  • Medical evaluation
  • Psychological evaluation

These are standard tests that assess both your physical and mental preparedness to meet the challenges that come with a career in law enforcement.

06

Offer of Employment.

Applicants who pass all sections of the Memphis police department test will be issued an offer of employment.

You will need to accept this employment offer within the specified timeframe that the department has given you.

Measurements will also be taken for your uniform.

Once your offer of employment has been accepted, you will be given more details about when you can start training at Memphis police department. The entire process – from your initial application to the department to entering the academy itself – typically takes 6-8 months. It varies year to year.

Sample Memphis police Exam Questions.

Here, we put together some sample Memphis police department test questions; the style and standard of which are representative of the exam questions asked on the day of your police written test.


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About Memphis Police Department Test

Memphis Police Department (MPD) is the second-largest law enforcement agency in the state of Tennessee. It is staffed by 2,142 officers, of whom over 1,800 are full-time sworn officers and the rest are civilian personnel.

Motto: “Justice and Peace”

History: Founded in 1827, MPD is one of the oldest police departments to be established in the U.S.  It started out simply, with night-watch services, before going on to grow by 30% in new recruits in the post-Civil War period. The first patrol team that carried out patrolling duties in wagons were called “Black Maria”. Since its founding, 66 officers have their lost their lives in the line of duty.

Size: Memphis Police Department exercises its jurisdiction over an area of 315 square miles. Around 650,000 people reside in the 9 precincts of Memphis city.

Headquarters: 170 N Main St, Memphis, TN 38103

Divisions: The Department has 5 main divisions, namely: administrative department, investigative department, special operations department, uniform patrol department (subdivided into 2 units) and the information technology department.

How to become an officer: The process begins by filling out an online application form. This is followed by a series of tests conducted by the Memphis Police Department Training Academy (MPDTA). Candidates take the MPDTA Battery of Test, which comprises of a written examination, running test, obstacle course and a behavioral interview. Candidates are expected to have a detailed knowledge of the department’s functioning and to possess essential communication, logical reasoning and analysis, and teamwork skills.

Average salary: $49,727-$53,456 annually. The Salary increases experience, position, and responsibility.

Police academy: On passing the MPDTA Battery of Test, successful candidates join the police academy. Candidates are then expected to undertake a 23-week intensive training program, in which core skills are enhanced through theory and practice. Training takes place in the Memphis Police Department Training Academy, 4371 Academy Drive, Memphis, TN 38127. Training programs vary for different positions, such as Police Recruits and PST (Police Serving Technician) Recruits.

Registration: Further information on the application procedure and tests conducted can be found on the MPD’s official website. Due to the department’s renowned reputation, competition for places is very high and only the most competent applicants who pass the tests will be invited to attend the academy.

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