BLUE PATH PROGRAM Frequently Asked Questions


What is Blue Path?
Blue Path is a career pathway program with the Memphis Police Department designed to employ bright, talented young adults and provide them with the training and education to to become police officers on an accelerated 24-36 month time table. The program offers immediate, well-paying employment and a free college education that provides the foundation needed to become the Best in Blue. The program is a partnership between City of Memphis, TN Promise and Southwest Tennessee Community College.

Who’s eligible to apply to Blue Path?

  • Memphis area high school seniors on track to graduate by June 2017
  • Must have met TN Promise requirements
  • Must be age 18 before June 26
  • Must desire to serve your community, and exhibit good moral character
  • Must be a US citizen and a resident of Shelby County
  • Must have a driver license before June 26
  • Must be free of felony convictions and drug use.

Three steps of the Blue Path application

  1. Attend one Blue Path information session on February 18 or March 11
  2. Complete the Blue Path online application no later than March 12 (Hint: Don’t leave this to the last minute )
  3. Complete the Blue Path Challenge

When and where are the Blue Path information sessions?

  • Saturday, February 18, 8:30-10:00 a.m. OR 3:30-5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 11, 8:30-10:00 a.m. OR 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Location: Southwest Tennessee Community College– Macon Campus (5983 Macon Cove) — Bornblum Library Auditorium (ML 122). Free parking is available.

Why do I have to apply for TN Promise to be eligible for Blue Path?
Because TN Promise will pay for the education required for you to become a police officer. As part of Blue Path, you’ll be taking coursework at Southwest TN Community College which will result in you earning an Associate’s Degree of Applied Science (AAS) in Criminal Justice. The coursework has been custom tailored for this program to ensure you get the education foundation necessary to become a great police officer.

When will I know if I’m selected for Blue Path?
You’ll receive a letter after the BluePath Challenge on March 18.

When does the Blue Path program start?
BluePath “Pre-Employment” Sessions begin Saturday, March 25.

What’s included in the “Pre-Employment” part of the Blue Path program.

  1. Five-Six Saturdays where you’ll:
    • Learn about careers within MPD
    • Participate in career readiness training
    • Complete 8 hours of community service required for your TN Promise Application
    • Complete a Southwest TN Community College application
    • Complete the MPD Police Service Technician application and screening process

What do I have to do to seal the June 2017 employment deal with MPD?
You must successfully complete all aspects of the “Pre-Employment” part of the Blue Path program and graduate from high school.

What if I start the Pre-Employment part of the Blue Path program but am unable to, or choose not to, complete it?
If for whatever reason you don’t complete it, and assuming you at minimum successfully graduate from high school and complete both the Southwest TN Community College Application and TN Promise requirements, you will have taken all the steps necessary to begin a free college education in the Fall of 2017 with or without MPD/Blue Path.

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