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TO CONTACT A RECRUITER, PLEASE CALL AT 865-215-7111, OR SEND EMAIL TO: Policerecruiter@cityofknoxville.org

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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.


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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.
KPD Recruitment
POLICE OFFICER

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 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

    BENEFITS

  • Annual leave
  • 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
  • Longevity pay
  • 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 system
  • Deferred Compensation Program
  • Wellness program
  • Employee Assistance program
  • Educational Tuition Reimbursement program
  • Educational Incentive program

    ADDITIONAL INCENTIVES

    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.

    HIRING PROCEDURE

  • An Application submitted
  • Civil Service written exam and physical performance test
  • Interview and tentative selection
  • Orientation
  • Background Investigation, Psychological, Medical Evaluation, Review Panel
  • Recruit Academy
  • Academy Graduation
  • Field Training Officer Program

    TRAINING

    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

  • Patrol Operations
  • 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
  • K-9 Unit
  • Special Operations Squad
  • Recruitment Team
  • Bomb Squad
  • Neighborhood Bicycle Unit
  • Motorcycle Unit
  • Marine Patrol
  • 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
  • Training Staff
  • Administrative Staff
  • Supervision

    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 policerecruiter@cityofknoxville.org.

    ACCELERATED ADVANCEMENT

    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
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