Metro Nashville Police Department - Tennessee

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Updated June 24, 2015
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  1. It has been very fulfilling.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sergeant in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Sergeant in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at Metro Nashville Police Department - Tennessee full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I enjoy the good benefits, though they have been better in the past. This department also has a pension, which is becoming a rare thing in law enforcement. There is what seems like endless training opportunities and career advancement. This career field is one for a flexible person without a family in the beginning/or a flexible family who understands the commitment. The department is growing and plans to add another precinct in the next couple of years. Career advancement is on the rise here.

    Cons

    It is a dangerous profession. One that takes understanding by the employee's family that this is a serious commitment, and not just "another career choice". The hours are typically not very good for the first many years until seniority is built up. Count on working afternoons or midnights (B or C details). The pay could be better, and only a short time ago the department went almost five years without giving raises. On the upside to that, the rest of the country in the same situation was laying officers off. Metro did not. Officers are once again receiving raises.

    Advice to Management

    This is a structured organization, however, leadership would do good to recognize its subordinates are people with families. Finding out what their officers want out of this career and pushing them to that front is the sign of a fantastic leader. Take the time to get to know their subordinates. Not intimately, but professionally. We all have ambition which is how we got to where we are in the first place. If we can help others rise up to their best potential, then we have helped out the department and community as a whole.


  2. Civilian Support Staff

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Civilian Support Staff in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Civilian Support Staff in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Metro Nashville Police Department - Tennessee full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    When I worked there they had good benefits and I always believed Nashville was a great community to work for.

    Cons

    Posting this as a warning. Not to deter anyone from finding employment with MNPD. There is some elitism toward the civilian staff by sworn personnel and some upper management. As a civilian, you have to be able to swallow your pride a lot. So, just understand you will be seen as secondary to the sworn personnel and treated as such.

    Advice to Management

    Consider raising the pay scale to avoid civilian turnover and maybe offer more civilian promotions even if they are lateral.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Policing in 2015

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sergeant in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Sergeant in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at Metro Nashville Police Department - Tennessee

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great city. Good to have any type of pension these days. A multitude of special positions.

    Cons

    Administration needs fixing. People making decisions for street level officers haven't been patrolling in 20 years.

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget the little people. Your decisions effect entire families.


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  5. Good job, but don't make a mistake they'll hammer you

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Police Officer in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Police Officer in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at Metro Nashville Police Department - Tennessee full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    OK pay, good benefits, areas beyond patrol to specialize in

    Cons

    If you make a mistake you can almost guarantee you will get suspended. The union sucks, the FOP president answers to the Chief of police so no real power and and

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid to police, realize that in order to police you are going to make people in the community upset. Take it easy on officers on disciplinary issues, the disciplinary grid is harsh and in some scenarios extreme. If you don't back off of officers and boost morale turn over will continue.


  6. Helpful (3)

    An unfortunate dichotomy.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Police Officer in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Police Officer in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at Metro Nashville Police Department - Tennessee full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Outstanding academy (6mo long, and academically/physically intensive), quality gear issued, competent officers, lots of career path and specialization options. Officer mental health is a big concern (though ignores a big issue mentioned below). Great city worth patrolling. Besides the salary there are great benefitis/vacation time.

    Cons

    A "COMPSTAT" driven department using its debunked methodology. As a patrol officer you are simply a pawn in the precinct leadership's numbers game that essentially ignores the time you spend actually trying to help the citizens vs. pulling them over or arresting them. Imagine if you were a doctor or a nurse, and at the end of every insane night of diagnosing and saving lives the only question asked by your "leadership" was "how many flu shots did you give?" Couple this with no salary increases and a relatively poor salary at that for such a major metropolitan county in one of America's premiere cities (with some notably dangerous neighborhoods). Additionally (though I've never been disciplined, I've have had many friends go through this) the leadership will punish Officers for even the slightest infractions by taking days of your already low pay at a time, and the rebuttal process is just seen as not worth your already taxed time and patience.

    Advice to Management

    Find a better way to quantify your value to the public than by forcing and twisting "proactive" numbers. You've got a problem when the stress that management applies to "bring up numbers" approaches the stress of staying alert and alive causing the most disparaging and negative group of people I've ever worked with. This job could be so much more satisfying and produce such a better relationship with the citizens we SERVE. Also, find a way to pay commensurate with the requirements of the job, our final pay should be where it starts, not stops, at least provide financial motivation if everything else in the career is simply an impending negative.


  7. Excellent police department to work for.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Police Officer in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Police Officer in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at Metro Nashville Police Department - Tennessee full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Top-notch training. Good benefits package which includes thirty days off per year (vacation, holidays, personal days).

    Cons

    Raises have been frozen for five years. A first-year officer makes as much as an officer who has been on for five years.

    Advice to Management

    Reinstate raises.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Good Dept., but internal stress can be difficult

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Police Officer in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Police Officer in Nashville, TN

    I worked at Metro Nashville Police Department - Tennessee

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    The pay is higher than most police depts in TN with lots of opportunity for overtime. You are paid for court time and receive a uniform allowance. Benefits package is ok. It is a big city police dept. so there is lots of opportunity as an officer to move around and do a variety of things..Ex: investigations, K-9, narcotics, SWAT, etc. Because it's a big city, you will see every type of crime imaginable and work everything from a cow in the road to rape, robbery and murder. Most of your fellow officers are awesome guys who are professional (always a bad apple). Academy staff is awesome and try to make the most out of yearly in-service and give the guys the training they need.

    Cons

    The hours can be bad, as with any police job (it's a 24/7 business). There is NO opportunity for pay raise or professional career advancement unless you are looking to clime the ranks of promotion.Their pay has been frozen for several years. They drive their officers to always do more with less and will punish an officer at the drop of a hat. Senior leadership seems to be extremely disconnected from the front line officer and street supervisors are forced to micro manage their people.

    Advice to Management

    Don't micro manage, treat your people like adults and let them do their job. Find other ways besides promotion to allow an officer to advance their career and bump up pay. There is a lot of talent that is wasted. Not all great leaders want to be a Sergeant. Find other ways to harness, utilize, and reward that skill and talent.


  9. Helpful (3)

    MNPD

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Police Officer
    Current Employee - Police Officer

    I have been working at Metro Nashville Police Department - Tennessee

    Pros

    Good benefits, Secure. Vacation time.

    Cons

    You have to enjoy working weekends, holidays, nights. It's dangerous. They expect you to produce numbers ie traffic stops, arrest, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open with employees communicate better. Less discipline and suspensions be more understanding that at time mistakes are made and do not need to be dealt with harshly.



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