Police Add 100 Recruits To Train At Academy
One hundred more Memphis Police recruits have the opportunity to become commissioned MPD officers in January with this week’s start of the 124th Basic Recruit Class Session at the MPD Training Academy.
A group of 76 officer recruits started the academy today. An additional 24 recruits, a group comprised in part of police service technicians (PSTs) seeking to become commissioned officers, will join on Oct. 9, bringing the total number of officer candidates in this class to 100.
Graduation is currently scheduled for Jan. 12, 2018.
“In addition to increasing opportunities for young people and connecting Memphians with jobs, rebuilding the Memphis Police Department is a key part of our multi-faceted crime reduction strategy,” Mayor Jim Strickland said. “We’ve tackled this challenge head on, and I’m proud of the work MPD and our Division of Human Resources have done to make this happen.”
The current class comes on the heels of MPD graduating its largest class of commissioned officers (85) in about a decade earlier this month. One hundred and eight officer candidates were in that class.
MPD has 1,989 commissioned officers, up from a low of 1,913 in early August. The city’s goal is to rebuild MPD to 2,300 commissioned officers by 2020.
“These men and women have chosen to come off the sidelines and make a difference in our city,” MPD Director Michael W. Rallings said. “I urge the citizens of Memphis to support them as they embark on the challenging training required to wear the badge — and be the ‘Best in Blue’.”
To learn more about becoming a Memphis Police officer, visit joinmpd.com.