The Police Services Division is responsible for administering and coordinating community relations, training, the communications center, jail, Reserve Officer Program, Citizen Police Academy Program, employee hiring and recruitment, Neighborhood Watch and special events. For more information, contact Inspector Keller at Akeller@Germantown-TN.gov or (901) 757-7339.
The Community Relations unit coordinates all public presentations and programs. The unit plans and organizes the department‘s efforts at special events including Germantown Charity Horse Show, July Family Fourth Celebration, Germantown Night Out, Germantown Festival, Business and Senior Expos, Germantown Half Marathon, Race for the Cure, Holiday Parade and others.
Community relations officers are available to speak to community groups and also schedule appearances by McGruff the Crime Dog and Eddie Eagle's Gun Safe Program. To request a visit from an officer, contact Lieutenant Ed McGee at EMcgee@Germantown-TN.gov or (901)757-7349.
Reserve Officer Program
Interested in contributing to the community? Members of the Germantown Police Reserve Officer Program are directly involved in events that provide a sense of pride in the community. The program also plays a large part in ensuring the fiscal responsibility of the City by reducing the cost of overtime from hours worked by full-time officers during special events.
Reserve police officer recruits attend a twelve-week basic training class. During this time, reserve recruits gain the initial knowledge and skills required to perform the basic duties of a police officer. Reserve recruits are equipped with duty uniforms and boots, duty equipment, safety gear, duty weapons and body armor. Additionally, a yearly allotment is provided to each reserve officer to replace any duty items. Once training is successfully completed, reserve officers are required to work specific special events throughout the year, attend annual local training classes, and obtain a minimum of sixteen duty hours per month. For information about becoming a Germantown Police Reserve Officer, contact , Lieutenant Ed McGee at EMcgee@Germantown-TN.gov.
Citizen Police Academy
The Citizen Police Academy provides an opportunity for citizens to learn first-hand about police operations. Through classroom lectures, simulated activities, ride-alongs with patrol officers, guest speakers, demonstrations and hands-on experiences, citizens receive training similar to that of a police officer. The program educates citizens about the realities of law enforcement in their community and fosters better cooperation and communication between police and the public. Through 2015, 256 citizens have completed the program.
Classes generally occur each spring and fall. Those who would like to enroll, must submit both an application and a background consent form. For information about participating in the GPD Citizen's Police Academy, contact Lieutenant Ed McGee at EMcgee@Germantown-TN.gov or (901) 757-7349.
For the application, click here.
For the background consent, click here.
The Germantown Police Department strongly emphasizes employee training and continuing education. Through quality training programs, employees gain more competency and confidence in their abilities.
The Tennessee Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission requires police officers to receive a minimum of 40 hours of training annually. During 2015, Germantown officers attended 9,246 hours of training with an average of 100 hours per officer. These training hours include in-house training conducted by Department personnel and specialized training programs presented by other agencies or private companies.
Take Me Home Program
The Germantown Police Department has made the commitment to participate in the Take Me Home Program. The Take Me Home program is a database developed for people who may need special assistance if they are alone or during times of emergency. Caregivers are required to complete a form with the individual's demographic information, a current digital picture and contact information for the caregiver. A digital signature is also required with the form. For more information, contact Inspector Alan Keller at AKeller@Germantown-TN.gov or at (901) 757-7326.