MDN: City, Southwest Collaborate On Police Officer Program
A new program announced Tuesday, Oct. 18, will offer no less than 100 graduating high-school seniors full-time employment with the Memphis Police Department beginning in June 2017.
The all-expense paid college education will result in an associate’s degree in criminal justice from SWTCC and a position as a police service technician with MPD.
“I believe the Blue Path program can become the major pipeline for our future police workforce,” Rallings added.
Southwest has worked with the MPD Training Academy to create an academic curriculum for an associate’s degree in criminal justice. Students will complete coursework together as a cohort over a period of four semesters, during which time they will be employed by MPD as police service technicians with an annual salary of $26,000 per year. Once they complete the degree and reach age 21, graduates are eligible to undergo MPD’s sworn officer training and become a police officer.
Students intending to apply for the Blue Path program must attend one of five informational sessions this month. Parents or guardians are encouraged, but not required to attend. All sessions will be held at Southwest Tennessee Community College’s Macon Campus, 5983 Macon Cove, in Bornblum Library Auditorium (ML 122).
Free parking is available.
The sessions will be:
· Saturday, Oct. 22 – 9 a.m to 11 a.m.
· Saturday, Oct. 22 –3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
· Monday, Oct. 24 – 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
· Tuesday, Oct. 25 – 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
· Wednesday, Oct. 26 – 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
To be eligible for Blue Path, all students must submit an application for Tennessee Promise by Nov. 1. Visit http://www.BluePathMemphis.com for more information.