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Metro Nashville Government Police Officer Trainee in Nashville, Tennessee

Police Officer Trainee

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Police Officer Trainee


$54,900.89 Annually


Nashville, TN

Job Type

Full-Time Civil Service

Job Number

C15 FY25


Police Officer Trainee

Opening Date


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Position Description

Attends and completes an in-service and field training program in police science. Performs related duties as required.


$54,900.89 annual salary rate for weeks 1-24

$60,501.08 annual salary rate for weeks 25-50 (Police Officer 1)

$62,316.11 w/Associate's Degree, $64,131.15 w/Bachelor's Degree

$66,185.22 annual salary rate starting at week 51 (Police Officer 2)

$68,170.78 w/Associate's Degree, $70,156.33 w/Bachelor's Degree

The Metro Nashville Police Department is a 24/7 operation. Employees must be able to work any day and/or shift, as needed, to include weekends, holidays and other mandated assignments.

Typical Duties

This classification spends considerable time in a classroom environment and requires some physical exertion such as running, walking, climbing, bending, stooping, stretching, or similar activities.

Completes a basic training program that consists of courses in criminal law, firearms training, physical training, first aid, traffic accident investigation, traffic law enforcement, human relations, crime scene research, riot control, patrol procedures, departmental policies, report writing, and other related areas.

Minimum Qualifications

  • At least sixty (60) semester hours of course work from an accredited college or university with an overall G.P.A. of 2.0 ("C" average) or above

* OR *

  • High School/GED Diploma or Transcript plus one of the following:

  • at least two (2) years active military duty (Honorable Discharge)

  • at least two (2) years as a full-time, certified (Tennessee P.O.S.T. Certification or equivalent State certification) active law enforcement officer

  • three (3) years responsible, full-time work experience

* No Other Substitutions *

NOTE: Once hired, employees are required to successfully complete the Metro Nashville Police Training Academy.

Note: Per Metro Ordinance No. SO94-1078. All employees of the Metropolitan Government shall be residents of the State of Tennessee or become residents of the state within six (6) months of employment as a prerequisite to employment with the Metropolitan Government.


Valid Driver License


  1. Must be a minimum of 21 years of age by the time you start the MNPD Training Academy.

  2. A U.S. citizen at the time of hire, or per Tennessee House Bill 0765, a permanent legal resident of the United States who is an honorably discharged veteran of the United States armed forces may be employed as a Police Officer. The officer must apply for or obtain citizenship within six (6) years of the employment start date.

  3. Must pass a medical examination with standards set out in the Metropolitan Charter and applicable Civil Service policies.

Review the Police Officer Trainee Employment Standards (https://joinmnpd.com/hiring-standards/) before applying.

The following required documents MUST be submitted at the time of application:

  • Birth Certificate

  • High School Diploma or GED

  • Official College Transcripts - If you wish to qualify under the college path, we need a copy of your official college transcript. Transcripts Issued To Student are accepted only if they include the registrar's signature/seal (showing 60 semester hours and 2.0 GPA).

  • Military Discharge, DD214 member 4-long form - If you wish to qualify under the military path. According to the Tennessee P.O.S.T. Commission Law Enforcement Officer Certification Requirements, applicants must not have been released or discharged under any other than honorable discharge from any of the armed forces of the United States.

  • P.O.S.T. Certification - If you are an existing Police Officer.

  • If you wish to qualify under the three+ years of full-time work experience, be sure to include a detailed employment history in the Work Experience section of the application.

Candidates with accreditations earned in a foreign institute are encouraged to apply.

All supporting documents must be attached to your online application at the time of application. Each document should be saved individually in a PDF format. Do not include resumes, cover letters, driver's license, social security cards, or various training certificates.

We are an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at all levels. All individuals, regardless of personal characteristics, are encouraged to apply.

Requests for ADA accommodation for the recruitment process should be directed to 615-862-6640.

Our police officers enjoy premium benefits.

  • 34 paid days off per year after one calendar year (20 vacation days, 3 personal days, 12 holidays)

  • 1 sick day per month accumulated up to 120 days

  • 20 paid military days per year

  • Up to 30 work days of Paid Family Leave (http://www.nashville.gov/document/ID/3dcf8b95-ac35-4cf9-8cd0-632cb0ea90dc/Proposed-Civil-Service-Rule-and-Policy-420-Paid-Family-Leave) (upon meeting eligibility guidelines)

  • State supplemented in-service pay of $800 each year

  • Overtime pay: In fiscal year 2016 our Police Officer 2's averaged $5,057.50 (in addition to regular salary)

  • Longevity pay (in addition to regular salary)

  • MetroMax 457 Deferred Compensation Plan which allows employees to contribute to a retirement plan tax-deferred and earnings on the retirement money are also tax-deferred.

  • Compensated for time spent in court

  • Vested for pension after 10 years

  • Vested for medical pension after 10 years

  • Use of Montgomery GI bills and Post 9/11 GI bills (http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/) , in first year of training

  • Paychecks are automatically deposited on the 7th and 22nd of each month.


  • Health Insurance: BlueCross BlueShield PPO or Cigna Choice Fund and may choose either individual or family coverage. Both companies provide coverage for mental health/substance abuse.

  • Metro pays 75% of the medical premium with employees only paying 25% of the premium

  • Life Insurance: Metro provides active employees-at not cost-with $50,000 in basic life insurance and $50,000 in AD&D insurance. Supplemental life and dependent life insurance is available to purchase. Supplemental life can be purchased by new employees up to $200,000 without proof of good health and up to $500,000 with evidence of insurability (EOI). You may enroll your spouse/domestic partner with $10,000 without proof of good health (EOI) if you enroll when you first become eligible-either at benefit eligibility or within 60 days of your marriage.

  • Dental Insurance: Metro provides BlueCross BlueShield single dental coverage at not cost to employees. Family dental plans are available to purchase.

  • Optional vision insurance

  • Additional coverage available through payroll deductions

Clothing and Equipment Allowance

  • $1,000 every year for uniform maintenance

  • Basic equipment and sidearm issued during academy training


    Are you a United States citizen or a permanent legal resident of the United States who is an honorably discharged veteran of the United States armed forces?

  • U.S. Citizen

  • Permanent legal resident of the United States and an honorably discharged veteran of the United States armed forces

  • None of the Above


    Do you have a valid Driver License?

  • Yes

  • No


    Do you have a High School Diploma or Equivalent?

  • Yes

  • No


    Applicants must be a minimum of 21 years of age by the time you start the MNPD Training Academy. I have attached a copy of my birth certificate to this employment application.

  • Yes, I have attached a copy of my birth certificate to the application

  • No, I have not attached my birth certificate


    Are you fluent with a language, other than English, in both written and spoken word?

  • Yes

  • No


    If you are bilingual, list the language(s) other than English in which you are fluent.


    Do you have a felony conviction?

  • Yes

  • No


    Have you ever sold any kind of narcotic, dangerous drug or marijuana?

  • Yes

  • No


    In the past 6 months, have you lawfully or unlawfully used marijuana or any marijuana derivatives, CBD, heroin, LSD, PCP, cocaine, crack cocaine, mushrooms, ecstasy, methamphetamine or similar substances, anabolic steroids, or any prescription not lawfully prescribed to you? Although CBD is not considered illegal in Tennessee, you should be cautioned that the use of CBD could potentially cause you to test positive on a drug screen for marijuana, which would disqualify you from moving forward in the process.

  • Yes

  • No


    Do you live in Tennessee? if not, are you willing to relocate to Tennessee if offered the Police Officer Trainee position?

  • Yes

  • No


    Which of the following best describes your qualifications for Police Officer Trainee?

  • I have earned 60 or more semester hours of college credit from an accredited college or university and have a 2.0 GPA or higher

  • I have two or more years of active military service and have/will receive an honorable discharge

  • I have three or more years of full-time work experience (post high school graduation or 18th birthday).

  • I am/was a Police Officer for two or more years and have POST certification or equivalent


    Based on your qualifications, mark the answer below to indicate which document(s) you will attach to your application for Police Officer Trainee. NOTE: Each document must be attached as a separate file.

  • College credit - Attach a copy of your "official" college transcripts. "Official" transcripts can be those Issued To Student and they must have the schools registrar's signature. Transcripts printed from the school's website are not acceptable

  • Military credit - Attach a copy of your DD214 member 4-LONG FORM that lists discharge information. If you are currently serving a letter from your commanding officer stating that you will receive an honorable discharge is acceptable. Also attach copy of proof of education (i.e. High School Diploma, G.E.D. transcripts, or college transcripts)

  • Work experience - Attach a copy of High School Diploma or G.E.D. Transcripts

  • Prior police experience - Attach a copy of high school diploma, G.E.D. transcripts, or college transcripts and a copy of P.O.S.T. certificate or equivalent


    Per TCA code 38-8-106, applicants for Public Safety positions shall "Not have been convicted of or pleaded guilty to or entered a plea of nolo contendere to any felony charge OR to any violation of any federal or state laws or city ordinances relating to force, violence, theft, dishonesty, gambling, liquor, controlled substances". Do you have any violations related to the above stated code that would prevent you from continuing in the application process?

  • Yes

  • No


    I understand that all related work history/experience, education, certification and/or licenses must be reflected on my application for this position. All required documents should be attached before I click the submit button on my application for Police Officer Trainee. I further understand that an incomplete application or missing documents will result in disqualification.

  • Yes

  • No

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Metropolitan Government of Nashville & Davidson County


Human Resources Department 700 President Ronald Reagan Way, Suite 201 Nashville, Tennessee, 37210


(615) 862-6640




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