Officer (Airport Police)

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As infrastructure critical to the region’s growth and prosperity, BNA is a vital asset for Middle Tennessee and serves as a gateway to Music City and beyond. According to a recent study, in 2019 alone, BNA generated more than $9.9 billion in total economic impact, supported more than 76,000 jobs in the region and produced more than $443 million in state, local and federal taxes. BNA receives no local tax dollars. For more information, visit Follow us on Facebook: @NashvilleInternationalAirport, Twitter: @Fly_Nashville and Instagram: @FlyNashville. Learn more about BNA® Vision, our growth and expansion plan for the airport, at

Accepting applications until: July 16th

If selected, the prior documents will be required to attend testing if applicable:

  • Birth Certificate 
  • High School/GED Diploma or Transcript
  • College Diploma/Transcripts (if applicable)
  • Copy of P.O.S.T. Certification or State Equivalent (if applicable)
  • EMT Certification (if applicable)
  • DD214 (if applicable)

All supporting documents may be attached to your online application at the time of application. Each document should be saved individually in a PDF format. Do not include resumes, cover letters, driver's license, social security cards, or various training certificates. 

Written and physical fitness test: Friday, July 26th- Applicants selected to test will be notified by email. If selected, you must confirm attendance by Friday, July 19th.

Starting Salary: $55,450 (uncertified); $61,106 (certified)

Shift:  12-Hour Shifts – rotation of every other weekend off; Teams A & B, 5:45 am – 6:15 pm; Teams C & D, 5:45 pm - 6:15 am. 

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Public Safety Salary Step Structure

An exciting career awaits you...

If you are committed to a career as a public safety professional, you will find an excellent opportunity with the MNAA's Department of Public Safety.

The Nashville International Airport's Department of Public Safety is a certified agency that provides full police service as well as aircraft fire rescue and emergency medical services to airport visitors.

The department adheres to all hiring, training and performance standards established by the Tennessee Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) Commission. The department is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).

 Hiring Process:

  • Submit employment application
  • Applications are reviewed and dispositioned by DPS/Talent Acquisition
  • Qualified applicants are invited to the written and physical fitness examinations
  • Candidates passing the written and physical fitness examinations will be invited to complete the background investigation packet. Packet must be completed and returned to Talent Acquisition Specialist within five (5) days to continue in the process
  • After DPS has completed the initial background check and confirmed with Human Resources that there are no issues with the candidate being considered for hire, an interview will be scheduled
  • Interviews and selection
  • Job Offer
  • Final Background Check which includes: Ten (10) year background check, including criminal history check, motor vehicle check, credit check, pre-employment physical and psychological evaluation)
  • Start date confirmed

 Required Training: 

  • Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy
  • Basic Fire Academy
  • Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) School
  • Field Training Officer (FTO) Program


Benefits Overview Guide

  • Health, Dental, Vision, Life – eligible upon hire
  • Disability Insurance
  • Health Screenings
  • Retirement Plan:
    • 457 Plan - 100% match of up to $4,500/year.
    • In addition, contribute 1% of your annual salary to the 457 Plan, and the Authority will contribute 10% of your base salary into the Defined Contribution 401(a) Retirement Plan per year. (10% contribution by Authority for Officer Trainee $4,889 & Certified Officer $5,432.70 – based on starting salary.
  • Educational Assistance
  • Shift Pay - $1,742/per year for Teams C&D
  • State supplemented in-service pay of $800/per year (in addition to regular pay)
  • 10 Paid Holidays & 1 Floating Day
  • 17 Days Paid Time Off (PTO) per year – eligible upon hire
  • Bereavement Leave
  • Military Leave – 15 days paid/per year
  • Paid training
  • Specialized training
  • Uniforms and equipment

Job Summary:

The Officer is responsible for protecting the life and property of the general public within the Nashville International Airport's (BNA) jurisdiction by recognizing and reporting unsafe conditions, actions, or environmental hazards. Other responsibilities include operating Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) vehicles including firefighting mechanisms and performing vehicular and pedestrian traffic control.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Ensures strict compliance with Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA) and Transportation Security Administration
      (TSA) standard operations, policies and procedures.
  • Ensures utilizations, reports, and training records are properly logged.
  • Serves, at minimum, as first responder for medical emergencies.
  • Upholds the laws of the United States and the State of Tennessee.
  • Handles police responsibilities for traffic crashes, moving citations, traffic control, and emergency calls.
  • Investigates reported crimes, obtains arrest warrants, makes arrests, and apprehends suspects as necessary.
  • Sweeps concourses for prohibited items such as explosives or dangerous weapons.
  • Answers calls, including medical, unattended bag, water/fire alarms, and door alarms.
  • Patrols terminal, parking lots, and perimeter fence looking for suspicious activity and unsecured areas.
  • Responds to aircraft emergencies, including plane crashes, fuel spills, and aircraft escorts.
  • Responds to malfunctions in perimeter fence gates.
  • Works with other agencies’ warrants in other counties or states.
  • Identifies environmental hazards and addresses in accordance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations.
  • Operates ARFF vehicles, including the firefighting mechanisms.
  • Performs vehicular and pedestrian traffic control.
  • Helps individuals in need, including finding shelter for the homeless and transporting individuals to mental health facilities when necessary.
  • Conducts disaster exercise training.
  • Maintains regular and on-time attendance.
  • Follows all safety regulations.
  • Supports MNAA’s commitment to its culture and values, including Respect, Integrity, Service and Excellence (RISE).
  • Performs other duties as assigned.




  • High school diploma/equivalent and three (3) years of successful work experience. Successful work experience is defined as:
    • Continuous full-time employment, averaging 30 hours or more per week; and 
      • Overall positive reviews of work performance from employers; and 
      • No negative terminations of employment; and 
      • Multiple employers are accepted if the above factors are met or;
  • High school diploma/equivalent with certification as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) in the State of TN or nationally recognized certification or;
  • High school diploma/ equivalent with two (2) years of military experience and an honorable discharge or;
  • High school diploma/equivalent and Certified by the Peace Officers and Standard Training (POST) Commission on hire date. 
  • Valid Class D drivers license 



  • Two (2) years (60 semester hours) of academic studies from an accredited college or university.
  • 1-2 years of experience in law enforcement, Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) or Emergency Medical Services (EMS)