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Training

Cadets train at the firing range during Trooper recruit schoolThroughout the 18 week training, recruits will participate in classes on the following subjects:


  • Commercial Vehicle Training
  • Weapons Training
  • Emergency Vehicle Operation
  • Defensive Tactics and Ground Fighting
  • Criminal and Constitutional Law and Procedure
  • Physical Fitness TrainingRecruits learn how to inspect a tractor trailer
  • Emergency Medical and CPR Training
  • 250 Hours of Patrol Procedures
  • Professional and Ethical Conduct
  • Interpersonal Communication Skills
  • Stress Management
  • Workplace and Sexual Harassment
  • Diversity Training

Physical Requirements

Recruits will be provided with detailed physical requirements when they initially report to the Department of Safety Training Center for their Physical Assessment. The Tennessee Highway Patrol employs the Cooper Standards for Law Enforcement as well as a job task oriented challenge course as the physical standardsNew recruits during physical training. for all recruits.

Cooper Standards Include:

  • Maximum Push-Ups in Two Minutes
  • Maximum Sit-Ups in One Minute
  • 300 Meter Run
  • Vertical Leap
  • 1.5 Mile Run