Recruitment & Training

Front Desk

Jackson Police Department
Training Academy
3000 Saint Charles Street
Jackson, MS 39209


The mission of the Jackson Police Department’s Division of Standards and Training is:

  • To recruit the highest qualified candidates for the Jackson Police Department
  • To provide training that will develop and engage each recruit to reach their full potential
  • To enable them to contribute to the goal of making the Jackson Police Department the epitome of law enforcement agencies
  • To provide ongoing training to all police personnel on relative issues and modern policing philosophies
  • To foster community support for the police department through outreach programs such as the Police Athletic League, Police Explorers, and Youth Citizen Police Academy
  • To serve as a support function in the Jackson Police Department’s mission of enhancing the overall quality of life for all citizens of the City of Jackson


Qualifications  / Requirements

  • Must be 21years of age
  • Possess a valid drivers' license
  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED
  • No felonies or domestic violence convictions

When applicants are scheduled for testing, a written notice will be provided advising the candidate of the testing date.

Required Testing

  • Written Exam (Includes Reading, Problem Solving Assessments, General Knowledge)
  • Physical Fitness Test
  • Background Investigation
  • Psychological Test & Interview
  • Medical Assessment


Training begins with the knowledge recruits will receive at the Jackson Police Training Academy. While at the Academy, recruits will draw a full salary; recruits are required to stay at the Academy during the training process.

During the 12-week training period, a variety of subjects will be taught, including:

  • History and Principles of Law Enforcement
  • Traffic Direction and Control
  • Report Writing
  • Firearms Training
  • Defensive Tactics
  • Driver Training
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