Nashville Police Department Officer Requirements
How to Become a Nashville, Tennessee Police Officer
1) The best course of action is to obtain a 2-year (Associate’s) or 4-year (Bachelor’s) degree from an accredited college; the Nashville Police Department will review other types of education and experience (see below).
2) Plan to attend a Test Date for Pre-employment Testing. Dates are listed on the Nashville Police website.
3) Contact a recruiter at (615) 862-7341 or simply apply online.
Nashville Police Officer Job Description
The Nashville police patrol the metro area of Nashville and the surrounding area to protect the lives and property of citizens. Additional special departments include tactical operations, emergency contingencies, SWAT and negotiation, traffic and school crossing, and bicycle and horse patrol. The 2009 population of the Metropolitan Nashville area was 1.6 million, and the area continues to grow.
Nashville Police Officer Training, Prerequisites and Educational Requirements
The educational requirements are two years (60 credit hours) of general academic studies at an accredited college or university with an overall GPA of 2.0 or higher. This education requirement can be substituted with two years of active service in the military and a high school diploma or GED, OR two years patrol experience in law enforcement with a certification from Tennessee P.O.S.T. or equivalent from another state, OR a high school diploma and five years of responsible work experience.
Applicants must be 21 years of age and hold a valid driver’s license, and be willing to pass a polygraph test concerning prior drug use.
The first step is submitting an application online. The complete hiring process is very involved and may take four to eight months, including orientation, training, and acceptance.
Nashville Police Officer Salary and Job Outlook
The Nashville Police Department has adopted a policy of progressive hiring, which means they are always accepting applications. Quality candidates can be hired first as police trainees until the next recruit class when they will complete full training and then be considered for the position of police officer. New police officers with the Nashville Police Department can expect to earn between 38,012.00 and 40,292.72 annually.