Blue Path program announced, provides education at STCC and job with MPD

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A new program will give some high school graduates a job with Memphis Police while they work toward an all-expenses-paid criminal justice degree from Southwest Tennessee Community College.

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland, MPD Director Michael Rallings and STCC President Dr. Tracy Hall announced Monday the details of the program, called Blue Path.

The program will accept 150 graduating high school seniors to start June 2017.

A statement from the city described it as “a pathway for young people to serve in police services and develop as well-rounded, community-focused police officers in the city of Memphis.”

Those in the program will work full-time with MPD as police service technicians, with a $26,000 salary, while completing courses at STCC to get an associate’s degree in criminal justice.

When they get the degree and are 21 years old, they are eligible to become an MPD officer.

“I believe the Blue Path program can become the major pipeline for our future police workforce and I couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity it will provide for our young people,” Rallings said.

Hall shared Rallings’ enthusiasm about the program benefiting both MPD and students: “We are so pleased to deliver a customized workforce solution for MPD. Thanks to the Tennessee Promise, we will provide a college degree completely free of charge to students and free of charge to MPD.”

Learn more about the program at the Blue Path website.