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TBI Police Officers serve as first responders to any emergency that may arise. They maintain access points at TBI facilities and patrol the grounds, buildings, and surrounding areas.

Officers investigate and report suspicious persons and activities, maintain order, protect citizens, conduct background investigations on perspective TBI employees, and promote good community relations.


Additionally, TBI police officers also travel across the state in support of TBI operations and special events.

minimum qualifications

  • Education and Experience: Graduation from an accredited college or university with an associate's degree, or two years of college coursework. Substitution of Experience for Education: Qualifying full-time professional law enforcement or police work can be substituted for the required education to a maximum of two years.

selection timeline

July 28th - August 10th 

Our TBI Police positions will be posted on the Tennessee Department of Human Resources website. 


August 11th

Candidates will receive preliminary selection questions to complete in an online form.


August 19th

Candidates will learn whether they'll continue to the formal interview stage.


August 24th - TBD       

In-person interviews will take place at TBI Headquarters in Nashville.


September 2nd (If Not Sooner)

Conditional offers will be extended to selected candidates. We'll also notify those not selected to continue in the hiring process via email.


To Be Determined

We'll conduct background checks and polygraphs on those conditionally selected for employment.  Candidates will participate in pre-employment psychological and physical (medical) testing as required by the TN POST commission.


To Be Determined (Anticipated: Early October)

We'll extend official job offers to selected candidates.

Applicants: what to expect

A Thorough Background Investigation

If conditionally offered a position as a TBI Police Officer, candidates will be subject to an intense background investigation, which includes, but is not limited to, a check of state and federal criminal records, driving history, social media accounts, credit history, education, military record, previous employment, drug use, and reference verification.

Candidates will also be subject to a pre-employment polygraph examination as part of the background process.

Direct & Sometimes Difficult

Credibility is a cornerstone of being a TBI employee, so candidates should expect some potentially personal questions during the interview process.


A candidate must not have been convicted of, pleaded guilty to, or entered a plea of nolo contendre to a number of crimes to include, but not limited to: force, violence, theft, dishonesty, gambling, DUI, or controlled substances. This includes a sufficient number of misdemeanors, of any nature, to establish a pattern of disregard for the law.


Violations considered "youthful indiscretions" or experimentation (domestic related offenses excluded) may be considered on a case by case basis.

Frequent Communication Through The Process

We're committed to making sure your experience of applying for a job with TBI is a pleasant one. 

We're committed to communicating, as we can, about the status of your application. We do, however, expect to receive a high volume of applications for these open positions, so we'll provide updates as we can, and prefer to do so via email.

If hired, TBI Police Officers can expect a detailed onboarding process, designed to efficiently and thoroughly acclimate you to employment with the State of Tennessee and the TBI.

If Hired, Extensive

After joining our team, new Officers must successfully complete the 12-week Basic Police School held at the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy in Donelson, TN that includes, but is not limited to, the following coursework: Physical training, Firearms training, Defensive tactics, Interviewing and Interrogation; Criminal and Constitutional Law, Officer Survival, Drug Enforcement training; Communication Skills; Case Organization training; Emergency Vehicle Operations; Human Relations; Police Operations, etc.


Additional in-house training will be provided in how to conduct background investigations.

Prior law enforcement experience is not a minimum qualification, but is preferred for TBI's Police Officer positions.

questions? let us know!

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