UPCOMING PT TEST DATES: Thursday, May 23RD AND Friday May 24TH, 2019.  THE APPLICATION CUTOFF DATE IS May 17, 2019.


•Be at least 21 years of age on the date you submit your application.
•Have a High School Diploma or G.E.D.
•Criminal Activity - The Peace Officer Standard and Training Commission of Tennessee may consider a waiver from pre- employment requirements relating to criminal activity on an individual basis and depending on the circumstances excluding felony charge or domestic violence.
•Possess a valid drivers license
•Be a Citizen of the United States
•Honorable Discharge from the Armed Forces if prior military (MUST BE WITHIN 30 DAYS OF EITHER TERMINAL LEAVE OR ETS TO BE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY)
•Completely fill out an application for employment
•Be able to pass an extensive background investigation, polygraph, and drug screen
• Meet State law Requirements concerning mental health and physical condition

Benefits of Employment with the Clarksville Police Department

•Beginning salary as a cadet is 34,252.  When the training period is completed, salary will be $37,676.
•State Retirement Plan,
Mandatory Retirement Age of 60, 62 if in an administrative position.
•12 Vacation Days & 12 Sick Days per year
•11 Paid Holidays a year
• A medical insurance package is offered by the City of Clarksville at a minimal cost to the employee
•Longevity Pay
•Uniforms/Equipment Provided
• Military, Reserve, National Guard Leave
•Voluntary Incentive Program to maintain physical fitness
•The Clarksville Police Department and the City of Clarksville are Equal Opportunity Employers


PHASE 1 is a four week in-house training program that will help you become accustomed to the department. You will be provided instruction in firearms, policy and procedures, chemical weapons, impact weapons, DUI enforcement and other areas.

PHASE 2 is a twelve week Basic Police School conducted at the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy in Donelson, TN, near Nashville . Completion of these twelve weeks provides you with a certification from the State of Tennessee . If you have a certification from another state you may be eligible to attend a three week transition academy.

PHASE 3 is a 14 week period where recruits are assigned to a Field Training Officer. After successful completion of the program, you are then assigned to a shift and begin solo patrols.

For further assistance contact CPD Recruitment at: (931) 553-5111.

How to apply

We no longer accept paper applications.  You can fill out an application by following this link to the website.


Simply enter police and your zip code.



The Clarksville Police Department tests for police officer candidates three times per year in January, May and September. 

The physical fitness test will consist of a 1.5 mile run, a 300 meter run, 1 minute sit ups and 1 minute pushups.  Applicants will participate in all four events and must successfully complete three out of the four events. It is mandatory for all applicants to pass the 1.5 mile run to move on to the other three events.

The physical fitness test is based on standards set by the Cooper Institute, Dallas, Texas.

To review your times and repetition please click here Fitness Standards 

Applicants must bring their photo ID to the Physical agility testing and if they don't bring their ID they will not be able to test.

Applicants will be required to produce a photo ID prior to taking the written examination that is administered at the American Job Center. If the applicant is not able to produce a photo ID, they will not be permitted to participate in the written examination.

The third phase consists of an extensive background investigation.

The fourth phase is an interview with two members of the Command Staff.

The final phase is an interview with the Chief of Police.

The Chief of Police selects the applicants that will be given a conditional offer of employment. This job offer is contingent upon the applicants successfully completing a physical exam, drug screen, psychological exam, and a polygraph test.

If an applicant fails the physical agility test or written examination they will be eligible to re-apply by submitting a new application to the Tennessee Career Center for the next available testing date. The duration of the hiring process for the Clarksville Police Department can take up to one year depending on the background investigation and available testing dates.

The Clarksville Police Department has a lateral program for applicants with prior law enforcement experience. Those that qualify would still have to complete all phases of the hiring process. For questions, contact Detective Michael Patterson at (931) 553-5111 or Detective Alan Morgan at (931) 648-0656 ext. 5334.













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