The City of Sevierville Police Department is always seeking ethical, intelligent people to join our department. If you have a good driving record, a personal and professional record showing sound judgement, a work history free of disciplinary issues, poor attendance and/or discharge; and no history of criminal involvement, the SPD wants YOU! We accept applications for Dispatcher and Police Officer year-round. Submitted applications will be kept on file for six months.
The selection process utilized by the City of Sevierville Police Department is thorough to ensure the best qualified candidates are selected. The following are the components of the selection process which must be completed by every applicant, or time which may be required to be completed by the department. The hiring process is subject to change at any time.
|Completing online application||1 hour|
|Written/Video Examination (Entry Level Officers)||3.5 hours|
|Physical Agility Test (Officers)||1 hour|
|Assessment Panel Interview||1 hour|
|Chief's Interview||1 hour|
|Sign Condition Offer||30 minutes|
|Background Investigation||30-45 hours|
|Medical Examination (Officers & Dispatchers)||1 hour|
|Psychological Screening (Officers & Dispatchers)||2 hours|
|Drug Screening||1 hour|
The entire process may take a minimum of four weeks to a maximum of six weeks depending on an applicant’s background, the number of applicants in the process, etc. All applicants will be notified by email or phone of all scheduled procedures and examinations. Candidates can discuss their denial of employment at any by contacting the Deputy Chief at (865) 453-5506.
A job description will be posted with any job opening announcements. The successful candidate must be able to meet all of the required skills and abilities.
Testing dates, times, and any additional information will be sent via email to applicants that have a current application on file.
Written/Video Exam-Entry level officer applicants will be required to attend the written/video testing. Information for the testing may be found here:
The physical agility portion will consist of a series of continuous obstacles that could be routinely encountered while conducting the day to day duties of a police officer. It will test upper body strength, agility, and cardiovascular endurance by completion of the circuit of obstacles within an allotted period of time.
The top candidates will be asked to return for an assessment panel interview, consisting of the department command staff, and a Human Resources representative. Following the panel interview, you will meet with the Chief of Police.
Each person chosen to be hired will be asked to sign a Conditional Offer of Employment Agreement.
Once a conditional offer of employment is signed, a comprehensive background investigation is conducted. Sensitive and confidential aspects of the applicant’s personal lives may be explored.
Potential officers and dispatchers must pass a physical examination and psychological screening. All potential new employees must pass a drug screen.
Non-certified officer applicants hired by the City of Sevierville Police Department will be considered probationary employees and expected to enroll in the Basic Police Recruit School within six months of employment. The tuition will be at the department’s expense, and the probationary employee will be paid their salary while in attendance at the recruit school. Sevierville Police Department utilizes the Walters State Community College Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy in Greeneville, TN.
Entry level officers must complete a sixteen-week field training program. Previously P.O.S.T. Certified officers must complete an abbreviated field training program, based on previous experience.
All dispatchers must attend NCIC training in Nashville, TN, and complete a 12-week Dispatch Training Program.
One year from date of hire for Police Officers, Dispatchers and Civilian Positions. This time is used to train and evaluate the candidate to determine if they are suited for law enforcement.
Sworn officers must reside in an area such that the maximum driving response time to return to the Police Department is 45 minutes, or a 30 mile radius to be issued a take home car.
All applicants not chosen for a position will be notified either by email or phone of their final standing in the testing/interview process. Applicants not chosen may reapply for future vacancies.