PHOTOS COURTESY OF MEMPHIS POLICE DEPARTMENT
File photo of former Memphis Police Service Technicians (PSTs)
The Memphis Police Department (MPD) is now looking for recruits to fill a new (but old school) police squad.
Last year, MPD announced it would revive its Police Service Technician (PST) program, which was phased out slowly over several decades. PSTs will handle minor accidents, direct traffic at major city events, and interact with the public.
Police techs won’t have guns and can’t make arrests, but they can write tickets and make crash reports, among other things.
Police techs will aid MPD officers and free them up to handle more serious police work.
MPD is looking for 30 police techs. The deadline to apply is Friday, Feb. 5th, and applications can be picked up and returned at several MPD locations across Memphis. See here for complete information.
Successful applicants will attend a six-week training class at the Memphis Police Academy. That training will include city traffic laws, police radio procedures, basic lifesaving skills like CPR and physical training, traffic accident and non-moving violation investigation, high-tech equipment, and procedure certification.
Successful recruits will be assigned to MPD traffic division.