Testing & Employment Process

The Clarksville Police Department tests for police officer on an as needed basis.

Physical Fitness Test

The physical fitness test will consist of a 1.5 mile run, a 300 meter run, 1 minute sit ups and 1 minute pushups. Applicants will participate in all four events and must successfully complete three out of the four events. It is mandatory for all applicants to pass the 1.5 mile run to move on to the other three events.

The physical fitness test is based on standards set by the Cooper Institute, Dallas, Texas.

Review your times and repetition by viewing Fitness Standards (PDF).


Applicants must bring their photo ID to the physical agility testing and if they don’t bring their ID they will not be able to test.

Written Exam

Applicants will be required to produce a photo ID prior to taking the written examination that is administered at the American Job Center. If the applicant is not able to produce a photo ID, they will not be permitted to participate in the written examination.

Final Phases

The third phase consists of an extensive background investigation.

The fourth phase is an interview with two members of the Command Staff.

The final phase is an interview with the Chief of Police.

Conditional Offer of Employment

The Chief of Police selects the applicants that will be given a conditional offer of employment. This job offer is contingent upon the applicants successfully completing a physical exam, drug screen, psychological exam, and a polygraph test.

Failing the Test

If an applicant fails the physical agility test or written examination they will be eligible to re-apply by submitting a new application to the Tennessee Career Center for the next available testing date. The duration of the hiring process for the Clarksville Police Department can take up to one year depending on the background investigation and available testing dates.

Further Information

The Clarksville Police Department has a lateral program for applicants with prior law enforcement experience. Those that qualify would still have to complete all phases of the hiring process. For questions, contact Detective Alan Morgan at 931-648-0656, ext. 5334. or Sgt Rodney Lifsey, 931-648-0656, ext. 5298