KNOXVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT (KPD)|
TO CONTACT A RECRUITER, PLEASE CALL AT 865-215-7111, OR SEND EMAIL TO: Policerecruiter@cityofknoxville.org
CLICK HERE FOR APPLICATION [PDF]
CLICK HERE FOR TESTING INFO [PDF]
CLICK HERE FOR FAQS [PDF]
Knoxville, a city of 170,000, combines high technology with southern hospitality. Just a short drive from the Great Smoky Mountains and from TVA’s Great Lakes of the South, Knoxville has a tremendous variety of recreational activities.
The city’s strong economy supports a mix of manufacturing and service industries. Many educational opportunities are found here with the University of Tennessee, numerous junior colleges, and an excellent public school system.
A career in law enforcement can provide a challenging and rewarding way to serve the Knoxville community. Our officers must meet the highest standards and show service excellence while serving the community. If you feel that you possess the qualities and desire to excel as a law enforcement officer, a career with the Knoxville Police Department may be right for you.
The Knoxville Police Department is an internationally accredited police department, which currently employs approximately 400 sworn and 120 civilian personnel.
Twenty-one (21) years of age
Legal citizen of the United States
Valid driver’s license
High School graduate or equivalent
No felony convictions
|IF YOU ARE BETWEEN 17 AND 20 YEARS OF AGE AND WOULD LIKE TO BECOME A KNOXVILLE POLICE CADET, PLEASE CLICK HERE
1 to 3 years of service [10 (8 hour) days annual leave]
3 to 7 years continuous service [15 (8 hour) days annual leave]
7 to 12 years continuous service [20 (8 hour) days annual leave]
12+ years continuous service [24 (8 hour) days annual leave]
Sick leave [12 (8 hour) days per year (accumulative)]
Holidays 9 paid holidays
Pension plan eligible for retirement at 50 years of age with 25 years of service
$500 annual uniform allowance
Health insurance - individual coverage provided - family coverage available
Life insurance equivalent to one and one-half times annual salary up to $50,000 plus
$25,000 one time death benefit in line of duty
Long-term disability insurance plan
State pay supplement may be awarded for successful completion of in-service training
Career Development plan which provides for advancement through the merit promotion
Deferred Compensation Program
Employee Assistance program
Educational Tuition Reimbursement program
Educational Incentive program
Liberal drive-home vehicle policy (25 mile radius), provision of duty weapon and body armor, numerous training opportunities, career development plan, employees assistance program, etc.
An Application submitted
Civil Service written exam and physical performance test
Interview and tentative selection
Background Investigation, Psychological, Medical Evaluation, Review Panel
Field Training Officer Program
Basic Recruit Training consists of 24 weeks of intensive instruction and testing in areas that cover all aspects of law enforcement including, but not limited to the following: City, state and constitutional law, firearms, police driving, arrest procedures, accident investigation, officer survival, physical fitness, defensive tactics, report writing, diversity training, and criminal investigation training. The KPD Academy is located in Knoxville, and is nonresidential, so you can return home daily. Our academy typically operates during daytime hours, Monday – Friday. Following completion of Basic Recruit Training and certification as a Police Officer, the new officer will be required to complete a 16-week FTO (Field Training Officer) program before being given a work assignment.
CAREER OPTIONS & SPECIAL TEAMS
Major Crime Unit
Family Crime Unit
Property Crime Unit
Organized Crime Unit
Fraud and Forgery Unit
Internet Crime Against Children Task Force
Safety Education Unit
Special Operations Squad
Neighborhood Bicycle Unit
Search and Recovery Team
Honor Guard Team
Peer Support Team
Patrol Rifle Officers
Crisis Negotiation Team
Commercial Vehicle Enforcement
Mobile Field Force
Repeat Offender Squad
Crime Suppression Unit
OBTAINING AN APPLICATION
An application in [PDF] format is available by CLICKING HERE. Please download, print, fill out, and return to the Civil Service Department.
If you do not have access to a printer, then you should contact City of Knoxville’s Civil Service Department at 865-215-2106.
If you are interested in working at the Knoxville Police Department, please contact a recruiter at 865-215-7313 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All uniformed officers must enter the Knoxville Police Department in the classification of Police Officer recruit. While enrolled in the Knoxville Police Academy, Officers have the opportunity to describe any law enforcement experience they possess outside the Knoxville police department. Information regarding outside experience is submitted on a form provided to each recruit. The information provided in this form will be used to determine whether an officer may be accelerated through the police Officer career path.
During an officer's first year in the Police Officer Classification, a panel will review the officer’s law enforcement experience obtained outside the Knoxville Police Department.
The amount of experience determined by the qualifying panel may be used to accelerate Police Officers through the Career Development Plan. All officers must serve at least one year in each level of Police Officer series. Once this required period has been served, any Officer who possesses enough law enforcement experience and meets all applicable minimum requirements to move to the next level of the series may sit for the appropriate examination when it is posted.
We are an equal opportunity employer