Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities



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/files/Images/Home Pictures-Logos/waving flag_1.gif      Trenton Police Department       /files/Images/Home Pictures-Logos/tn flag1.gif
      309 S. College Street        
Trenton, TN  38382

Phone: 731-855-1413
Fax:     731-855-0779







Performs patrol of the streets of Trenton and places of business and residential districts to enforce city ordinances and state laws.

Responses to fire, police, rescue and accident calls.

Investigates suspected crimes, reports finding and arrest suspected individuals.

Directs and controls traffic.

Direct and controls traffic and school crossing

May be assigned to football and basketball games and other events sponsored by the schools.

Issues traffic citations.

Enforces motor vehicle laws.

Testifies in court.

Performs emergency first aid.

Offers assistance to citizens in need or distress.

Assist in advancing the public relations program.

Assist in insuring the proper and economical use of department property and equipment.

Observes the high ethical standards for the performance and conduct of officers.

Show professional restraint against verbal and mental abuse when confronted with hostile views and opinions of suspects and other people encountered in an antagonistic environment.

Prepares investigative and other reports, including sketches, using approved grammar, symbols and mathematical computations.

Exercises independent judgment when there is reasonable suspicion to detain, when probable cause exists to search and arrest and when force may be used and to what degree.

Perform searches of buildings, people, vehicles, and large outdoor areas which may involve detecting and collecting evidence and substances that provide the basis of criminal offenses and infractions that indicate the presence of dangerous conditions.

Assist other departments or agencies with law enforcement activities.

Responsible for the accomplishments of the goals and objectivities formulated by the Chief of Police.

Understands supports and commits to the Community Orientated Policing philosophy applying the philosophy to everyday situations, where applicable, at the field level.

Acts as a problem solver.



The employee will operate a variety of equipment including firearms, radio and communication equipment, police vehicles, radar units, drug test kits, computers, fingerprinting equipment and emergency equipment.

The demands of this position can be stressful both mentally and physically.  The employee may be required to run, jump, bend, climb, crawl, squat, lift and carry heavy objects. 

The employee will work both indoors and outdoors with the possibility of being exposed to adverse weather conditions and hazardous or extremely dangerous situations.



May be assigned to foot, bike, stationary or mobile patrol.

Subject to call 24 hours a day.

May be assigned to work a variety of shifts on a permanent or temporary basis.

Performs other duties as required loginby the Chief of Police.



Must be physically able to operate a variety of office equipment, such as a telephone, copy machine, and typewriter, fax machine, computer, etc.  Must be physically able to operate a variety of law enforcement equipment such as a two-way radio, chemical sprays, police baton, flashlight, gas mask, etc.  Must be physically able to operate a motor vehicle in the State of Tennessee.  Must be able to exert up to one hundred pounds of force occasionally and/or up to fifty pounds of force frequently.  Physical demand requirements are at level of those for physically active work.  Must be able to lift and/or carry/drag up to one hundred fifty pounds. Must be able to run moderate distance and be able to remain physically active using chemical sprays, nightsticks and other issued weapons. Must be able to sprint short distances while remaining physically active using chemical sprays and other issued weapons. Must be able to use physical force when required to apprehend persons who are physically resistive.



The employee must have thorough knowledge of the policies, procedures and activities of the City and of law enforcement practices as they pertain to the performance of duties relating to the position of Uniformed Patrol Officer.  Has thorough knowledge of the law enforcement and standard police practices as necessary in the completion of daily responsibilities.  Has thorough knowledge of current criminal and civil law including the laws of arrest, rules of evidence and courtroom procedures.  Has thorough knowledge regarding modern criminal investigative techniques, principals and methods and how they relate to law enforcement and police work.  Know how to keep abreast of any changes in policy, methods, computer operation, equipment needs, ect. as they pertain to departmental operation and activities of the department.  Is able to effectively communicate and interact with supervisors and all other groups involved in the activities of the department.  Is able to assemble information and make written reports and documents in a concise, clear and effective manner.  Is able to use independent judgment as situations warrant.  Has the ability to handle required calculation using percentages and decimals.  Has the ability to meet all annual state and local minimum training requirements, has the ability to enforce laws firmly, tactfully, equally and with respect to others.  Has the ability to run, jump, bend, crawl, squat, lift, and carry heavy objects.  Has knowledge of first aid procedures.  Has the ability to react quickly and calmly in emergency situations and to determine the proper action.  Is able to determine and act with the necessary level of force required to enforce state and local laws and protect life and property?



High school diploma or equivalent required or any combination of education, training and experience that provides the requisite of knowledge, skills and ability for this job.

Must possess a valid Tennessee driver's license.

Must meet and maintain minimum standards prescribed by the Police Department's General Orders and the P.O.S.T. Commission.

Must complete a basic training course within 6 months of employment.

Must meet the minimum Standards P.O.S.T. Law (TCA 38-112-106).

The applicant must score a minimum of 70% on the City administered basic skills test.




Patrolman Pay Scale (hourly)
Starting Pay            $13.30
After 3 Months        $13.70
After 6 Months        $14.06
After 12 Months      $15.43


Dispatcher Pay Scale (hourly)
Starting Pay            $11.30
After 3 Months        $11.63
After 6 Months        $11.94
After 12 Months      $13.10




  • 100% of employee's Medical and Life Insurance Paid by the City of Trenton
  • Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System
  • Employee choice of overtime or compensatory time
  • 12 ½ paid holidays per year
  • Take home car policy for officers living within the city limits.
  • Vacation 1 week after 1 year of service, 2 weeks after 2 years of service
  • Duty weapon and holster provided 
  • Paid sick leave accrued at 1 day per month  
  • Opportunity for Advancement





Law Enforcement Officer Certification RequirementsAll full-time commissioned law enforcement officers employed by an agency in the State of Tennessee are required to meet minimum standards and must meet pre-employment requirements and, upon completion of the required basic training, will be issued a POST Certification.


(1) Full-time Commissioned Law Enforcement Officers Pre-employment Requirements.  The Commission shall issue a certificate of compliance to any person who meets the qualifications for employment and satisfactorily completes a POST certified Basic Law Enforcement Training Academy.  All persons employed as a full-time law enforcement officer, after July 1, 1982, must be certified by POST and shall comply with the following pre-employment requirements.


            (a)  Be at least (21) years of age; 


            (b)  Be a citizen of the United States;


            (c)  Be a high school graduate of possess equivalence.  No waivers will be granted for minimum educations requirements;


            (d)  Not have been convicted of or pleaded guilty to or entered a plea of nolo contendere to any felony charge or to any violation of any federal or state laws or city ordinances related to force, violence, theft dishonesty, gambling, liquor or controlled substances;


            1.  The commission may consider a wavier from pre-employment requirements for a person who has been convicted of, or entered a plea of nolo contendere to any violation of any federal or state laws or city ordinances (excluding felony charges) relating to force, violence, theft, dishonesty, gambling, liquor (including driving while intoxicated), or controlled substances when the offense was classed as a misdemeanor.


            2.  No waiver shall be granted while an officer is under the jurisdiction of the court or considered on probation, whether supervised or unsupervised, and in the case of "driving while intoxicated" the officer shall have met all the requirements of the Tennessee Department of Safety and have been restored his/her permanent driving privileges und the laws of the State of Tennessee.



3.  A person who has had misdemeanor charges expunged may be considered for certification.  It is the responsibility of the officer and the employing agency to present information and court documents relating to expungement to the Commission.



4.  No waiver will be granted for felony convictions or a narcotics violation that could result in a felony charge.


5.  The agency must present a written request for waiver for these charges and provide a copy of the final court disposition of the case.


(e)  Not have been released or discharged under any other than honorable discharge from any of the armed forces of the United States;


(f)  Have his fingerprints on file with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation;


(g)  Have passed a physical examination by a licensed physician;


(h)  Have good moral character as determined by a thorough investigation conducted by the employing agency; and


(i)  Have been certified by a Tennessee Licensed Health Care Provider qualified in the psychiatric or psychological fields as being free from any disorder, as set forth in the current edition of the DSM, that would, in the professional judgment of the examiner, impair the subject's ability to perform any essential function of the jog.


            1.  No waiver will be granted for mental disorders.




Filing of an application

Individuals with applications on file are normally called and offered an opportunity to take the basic skills test.

The basic skills test is given on as needed basics. 

Most individuals who successfully pass the skill tests are called for an interview.

Interviews are conducted by Chief and Assistant Chief of Police

Perspective candidates are required to meet the following criteria before employment is final:


1.  Be examined by a medical physician and pass a medial examination

2.  Pass a drug and alcohol examination

3.  Be qualified by a psychiatric or psychological Health Care Provider.



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Click on the Link below to display the application.  

You can print it off, fill it out, and mail to the address below
or drop it off at the office.

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/files/Images/Home Pictures-Logos/waving flag_1.gif      Trenton Police Department       /files/Images/Home Pictures-Logos/tn flag1.gif
      309 S. College Street        
Trenton, TN  38382

Phone: 731-855-1413
Fax:     731-855-0779






Last Update 05-04-2007