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We're looking for the "Best and Brightest".

There is no other profession that is more rewarding than being a professional police officer. The Chattanooga Police Department is actively seeking qualified applicants to train as police officers. If you have the integrity, good judgment, strong communication skills, and a commitment to making a difference in the lives of citizens in Chattanooga, we're looking for you.

The Selection Process

On the average, the selection process lasts about six months. All applicants must successfully pass each of the following phases in order to qualify for the academy:

  • Complete application and return all required documents.
  • Entry level—Written Exam
  • Work Sample (Physical Ability Test)
  • Preliminary Questionnaire and Interview Extensive background investigation of criminal history, employment history, residences, scholastic record, credit history and driving history.
  • Polygraph Examination
  • Final Interview
  • Psychological Test
  • Medical Examination and Drug Testing Written exam and physical ability retesting available on next scheduled date.

Academy Training

The Chattanooga Police Academy offers the most thorough and extensive training available to police officers in this region. Cadets receive full pay while attending the Police Academy. Academy training consists of twenty-two weeks of expert instruction to provide cadets with the skills to perform the duties of a professional law enforcement officer. Academy graduates display their new skills under the guidance of experienced officers in the Field Training program (FTO).   The following is a list of just some of the subjects that are taught in the basic academy:

  • Criminal law
  • Cultural diversity
  • Laws of arrest
  • Search and seizure
  • Firearms
  • Building search
  • Unarmed self defense
  • Defensive driving
  • Physical fitness
  • Spanish for law enforcement
  • Report writing
  • Traffic accident investigation
  • DUI enforcement
Career Paths

After three years of patrol service, an officer may request assignment to one of the department's specialized units. A few of the vast amount of career opportunities are as follows:

  • Auto Theft
  • Juvenile
  • Bike Patrol
  • Missing Persons
  • Burglary/Robbery
  • Child Abuse
  • Narcotics/Vice
  • Crime Prevention
  • Recruiting Unit
  • Criminal Intelligence
  • School Resource Officer Program
  • Gang Intelligence
  • Major Crimes/Homicide
  • Training - Police Academy
Special Ops. -
  • K-9 Unit
  • S.W.A.T./H.N.T./E.O.D.         
  • Traffic/Motrolcycle Patrol/DUI Task Force

CPD Basic Requirements for Police Officer

Tennessee State law and Chattanooga City Ordinances set forth the following basic requirements:

  • Age: At time of hire, you must be at least 21 and less than 40
  • Fitness: Must successfully complete a physical examination.
  • Education: Must have at least a high school diploma or GED; preference will be given to applicants with one hundred twenty (120) or more semester hours or one hundred eighty (180) quarterly hours at an accredited college or university with a minumum grade point average of 2.0.
  • Citizenship: Must be a citizen of the United States.
  • Police Record: Must be free of any felony conviction or serious misdemeanor. Meet standards set forth in Tennessee Code Annotated.
  • Residency Requirement: All employees of the Chattanooga Police Department must be residents of the state of Tennessee.
  • Military: Honorable military discharge if applicable.

To file an application, contact the City Personnel Department

  • The City of Chattanooga Police Department is an equal opportunity employer and shall ensure that no person be refused employment, given preference, or otherwise discriminated against because of race, sex, age, religion, ethnicity, national origin, disability, disabled or Vietnam era veterans, or sexual orientation, unless such action is consistent with applicable federal, state or local law.

Chattanooga Police Department
3410 Amnicola Hwy.
Chattanooga, TN 37406 (map)

Office hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 AM through 5:00 PM

Emergencies: 911

To report a crime or request assistance: (423) 698-2525

General Information:
(423) 643-5000

Employment Information:
(423) 643-7200

Crime Prevention and Community Outreach:
(423) 643-5090

Crime Stoppers Hotline:
(423) 698-3333

Drug Tip Hotline:
(423) 493-BUST (2878)

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