Police Applications Down Dramatically In Nashville
The number of people applying to be police officers in Nashville has dropped by more than 50 percent since 2010. The Metro Police Department says the scrutiny officers receive keeps potential candidates from applying. Huggins says young people aren’t choosing the profession for a number of reasons – the scrutiny, the economy is competitive, and many families don’t want their loved ones to become officers. The starting salary in the police academy is about $39,000 per year. That number increases to approximately $48,000 when an officer hits the streets without a trainer. A recent study shows a person needs to make $70,000 per year to live comfortably in Nashville. The Metro Police Department has 1,429 sworn officers and another 60 in training. The department is currently hiring.