Become an OFFICER

YOUR FIRST STEP STARTS HERE

SERVING THE COMMUNITY

6 IMPORTANT STEPS TO BECOMING AN OFFICER

STEP 1

Online Application
Online Application

STEP 2

Take Written and Physical Exam
Take Written and Physical Exam

STEP 3

Sit for an Interview
Sit for an Interview

STEP 4

Pass the Medical, Psychological, and Background Check
Pass the Medical, Psychological, and Background Check

STEP 5

Enter the Academy
Enter the Academy

STEP 6

Receive Your Badge
Become an Officer

STEP 1

ONLINE APPLICATION

Becoming an officer with the Knoxville Police Department starts by filling out an online job application and upload your:

  • Resume
  • Birth certification
  • High school diploma or GED
  • DD-214 if a military veteran

DO I QUALIFY?

  • Is 21 years old by the start of the Police Academy.
  • Has a high school diploma or GED.
  • Applicant must be a U.S. Citizen or a Permanent Legal Resident of the U.S. who is an Honorable Discharged Veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces and applies for or obtains U.S. Citizenship within six years of hiring.
  • Has a valid driver’s license.
  • Has no felony convictions.
  • Is in compliance with our tattoo policy.
  • Has been Honorably Discharged if they served in the military.
  • Can pass a psychological and physical exam and background check.
  • Above all, shows integrity and good moral character.

Applications Accepted

October 1 – 31, 2021

STEP 2

TAKE WRITTEN AND PHYSICAL EXAMS

Next up is the written exam, physical performance test (PPT), and 1.5 mile run. You’ll receive an email within about a week of applying (if you haven’t received it, check your spam folder) that will inform you of your test date. Once you do, you’ll receive the necessary forms via email as well.

What to bring:

  • Valid photo ID
  • PPT Release of Liability Form
  • Medical Release Forms
  • Personal History Questionnaire

How do I prepare?

How to prepare for the written test:
The written test covers the following subjects: Arithmetic, Reading, Grammar, Writing, and Public Safety Practical Skills. This study guide can help you to prepare. 

How to prepare for the PPT and 1.5-mile run:
The PPT is designed to test your ability to complete tasks that police officers will have to undertake—you’ll run up and down stairs; jump on, off, and over obstacles; and dodge obstacles, among other tasks. Dress in comfortable clothes (ie, workout clothing) and sneakers and remove all watches and loose jewelry. Read our detailed Preparation Guide for specifics on the test and how to prepare.

The 1.5-mile run must be completed in 16:30.

Testing Held

Oct 18 – Nov 19, 2021

STEP 3

SIT FOR AN INTERVIEW

Eligible applicants will be notified to schedule a selection interview with the KPD. The department then meets to narrow down the list of applicants, who then continue through the last (and lengthiest) step of the hiring process.

SIT FOR AN INTERVIEW

Nov 29 – Dec 3, 2021

STEP 4

Pass the Medical Exam and Background Investigation

Our process is a little more thorough than that of some departments. We wouldn’t have it any other way.

During the roughly 6 weeks that Internal Affairs spends delving into the backgrounds of applicants who have made it to this stage, those applicants complete the remaining portions of the background investigation: a psychological evaluation, drug and alcohol testing, and polygraph test. They also undergo a medical exam. We’ll walk you through the steps and answer any questions.

MEDICAL, PSYCHOLOGICAL EXAM & BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION

Dec 16 – Jan 28, 2022

STEP 5

ENTER THE ACADEMY

If you get to this step – congrats. Here’s what comes next.

The KPD Academy’s Basic Recruit Training consists of 24 weeks of intensive instruction and testing. You’ll cover topics ranging including city, state, and constitutional law; firearms; police driving; arrest procedures and report writing; cultural competency training; and criminal investigation training.

ABOUT THE ACADEMY

The KPD Academy is a nonresidential academy located in Knoxville that operates during daytime hours, Monday through Friday. After completing Basic Recruit Training and certification as a Police Officer, you’ll complete a 16-week FTO (Field Training Officer) program before being given a work assignment.

Academy Starts

March 28, 2022

STEP 6

Receive Your Badge

We serve a population of just under 200,000. We offer the kinds of opportunities and career potential you would find in a city much larger. Among them:

• Patrol Operation
• Major Crimes Unit
• Family Crimes Unit
• Property Crimes Unit
• Organized Crimes Unit
• Forgery and Fraud Unit
• Internet Crime Against Children Task Force
• Safety Education Unit
• K-9 Unit
• Recruitment Section
• Neighborhood Bike Unit
• Motorcycle Unit
• Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit
• Repeat Offender Squad
• Crime Suppression Unit
• Training Unit Staff
• Administrative Staff
• Supervision

OUR SPECIAL TEAMS

  • Special Operations Squad
  • Bomb Squad
  • Marine Unit
  • Search and Recovery
  • Honor Guard
  • Peer Support Team
  • Crisis Negotiation
  • Mobile Field Force
  • Patrol Rifle Officer
  • K-9 Unit

Begin Career

September 2022

More questions?

Just ask a Recruiter

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A. Uniformed employees are permitted to have visible tattoos, providing that the tattoos are only visible on the arm(s) and the leg(s) while wearing any authorized KPD uniform.

B. Tattoos will not be permitted to be visible from the line where the wrist meets the hand and through the end of the fingers.

C. Tattoos will not be permitted to be visible above the collar bone.

D. Visible tattoo(s) that are inappropriate in nature will not be permitted. Tattoos considered inappropriate include, but are not limited to:

1. Any tattoo that contains nudity

2. Any tattoo that contains vulgarity

3. Any tattoo that symbolizes gang activity

4. Any tattoo that is sexually suggestive

5. Anything racial, sexist or ethnically motivated.