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Metropolitan Nashville Police Department



Nashville, TN

Job Type

Full Time

Application Deadline




The MNPD is the 24th largest police department in the U.S., and has the capacity of about 1500 full-time sworn members.  The department responds to more than one million police calls per year.  The MNPD is decentralized, meaning its division commanders and precinct commanders control their own resources to address issues and crime trends in their areas.  The department is divided into eight precincts:  North, South, East, West, Central, Hermitage, Madison, and Midtown Hills.  The precincts are supported by Administrative services, Investigative Services, and Special Operations Division personnel, all in an effort to deter, detect, prevent, and respond to crime trends

The great city of Nashville is continuing to grow exponentially and the MNPD is constantly looking for the right qualified and diverse individuals to join our team.  There are five characteristics that we value in our officers:  Being a good communicator, a critical thinker, having empathy, integrity, and being a good problem solver.  We need people who have a high level of personal integrity and are committed to serving the public, protecting the vulnerable.  MNPD is an equal opportunity employer.  Applicants will not be discriminated against in employment on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, national origin, political affiliation, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender identity, or military status.   


The duties of the MNPD police officer, focus on protecting people and property.  We patrol communities in which we are assigned.  We preserve peace, detect and prevent crime, respond to calls for service, enforce laws, make arrests, issue citations, and testify in court cases.  We often provide first aid to someone injured until paramedics arrive.  Much of our time is divided between patrolling, writing reports, and engaging the community.  The patrol level consists of three shifts: A-detail (0630-1500), B-detail (1430-2300), and C-detail (2230-0700).


> You can qualify four ways:

>Two years (60 Semester hours) of general academic studies from an accredited college or university with an overall Grade Point Average of 2.0 ("C" Average) on a 4.0 scale. Hours for remedial courses will not be counted. The cumulative hours and Grade Point Average (GPA) must appear on the transcript. Candidates must submit "official" transcripts that meet Metro's Educational Standards. At least one half of the total hours must be taken in residence, no more than half may be earned in non-traditional credits.

>Applicant must have at least 2 years of active military duty and possess a high school diploma or GED. Must not have been released or discharged under other than Honorable from any of the Armed Forces of the United States.

>Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED and have 3 years of full time (40 hour per week) responsible work experience.

> Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED and documentation of a minimum of 2 years full-time law enforcement experience in a patrol capacity with a certification from Tennessee P.O.S.T. or equivalent State certification board.

  • AND
  • Must be a minimum of 21 years of age by the time you start the MNPD Training Academy.
  • Must have normal depth perception and must meet minimum color vision requirements in order to perform essential job functions. Candidates passing the PIP, Farnsworth D-15 or the HRR 4th Edition color vision test, with a color vision deficiency severity classification no greater than "mild" or "medium", will be deemed to have met the color vision requirement.
  • Valid "Class D" Driver's License.
  • Be a citizen of the United States, OR a permanent legal resident of the United States who is an honorably discharged veteran of the United States armed forces; requires such an officer to apply for or obtain citizenship within six years of the employment start date.
  • Have not been convicted of or pleaded guilty to or entered a plea of nolo contendere to any felony charge or to any violations of any federal or state laws or city ordinances relating to force, violence, theft, dishonesty, gambling, liquor or controlled substance.
  • All arrest history SHOULD be expunged and the expungement paperwork MUST be included with the personal history statement.
  • Your driving record will be considered part of the background investigation for this position. Multiple offenses and/or chargeable accidents are grounds for disqualification or removal from the eligibility register.
  • Honorable discharge from Military Service (if applicable).
  • The medical requirements for enlistment or appointment to either the Army or Navy are the basis for physical suitability at the time of appointment.
  • Meet standards set by the Tennessee Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission and adopted by the Tennessee General Assembly on June 24, 1983, T.C.A. 38-8-106.

Previous Drug Use Criteria

  • Drug use will be viewed in the context of the applicant's age at the time of use, type of drug, how recently it was used, and the frequency of use. No illegal drug use will be allowed within 12 months of the date of application. No marijuana use within 6 months of application.
  • No sale of any drugs.
  • Could have permanent disqualification for use of heroin, LSD, PCP, crack cocaine, and methamphetamine or similar substances.
  • Any prior drug use, admitted or discovered, will be evaluated in determining employment eligibility.
  • No pattern of abuse of legal or legend drugs (including steroids).
  • Must pass polygraph or CVSA concerning use.

Tattoos, Body Art and Physical Alterations

All employees shall adhere to generally accepted business standards for appearance with respect to body art and physical alterations. Not a generally accepted standard for appearance in law enforcement would be facial tattoos or neck tattoos that are exposed even with a collared shirt, and some hand tattoos.

  • Tattoos of an offensive or provocative nature are prohibited.
  • Tattoos and brands visible on the body that are obscene and/or advocate sexual, racial, ethnic, or religious discrimination are prohibited.
  • Employees are prohibited from displaying excessive tattoos or body paintings that would detract from an appropriate professional appearance.
  • Visible physical alterations of the body that are not consistent with generally acceptable business standards of appearance are prohibited. (i.e. tongue splitting).
  • These provisions would not preclude employees from undergoing required medical procedures to ensure the health of the employee.

If you have questions concerning this policy, please contact our Recruitment Office.


  • Submit online application to www.joinmnpd.com (fill out a Personal History Statement, PHS)
  • Civil Service Testing (physical agility test and written exam)
  • Background Investigation & Interview (assigned a background investigator, includes two part interview)
  • Deputy Chiefs Review Panel
  • Conditional Offer of Employment (contingent on passing remaining selection criteria, includes psychological evaluation, medical examination, drug screen, and CVSA)
  • Final Panel (upon approval, training academy date will be provided)
  • MNPD Training Academy (approximately 24 weeks of training on site)
  • FTO Program (probationary period of 6 months training with different Field Training Officers)


The Mission of the MNPD is to provide community-based police products to the public so they can experience a safe and peaceful Nashville.


  • In carrying out our mission, members of the department will continue to value:
  • Organizational excellence & professionalism
  • The impartial enforcement of the law
  • The people we serve and each other
  • Problem-solving partnerships
  • Open communication
  • Ethics and integrity


Our Pay Scale

Officer Classification


Pay Period (92.08 Hours)


Associates Degree Incentive (3%)

Bachelor’s Degree Incentive (6%)


Police Officer Trainee (24 Weeks in Training Academy)




not applicable

not applicable


Police Officer 1 (6 Months with Field Training Officer)







Police Officer 2 Step 1






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