The Kentucky Peace Officer Professional Standards Act administered by the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council (KLEC) sets the standards for becoming a municipal police officer in Kentucky, although some local jurisdictions may have additional requirements.
Police officer candidates must earn certification from a police academy or graduate from a two-year college. In Kentucky most local police departments favor applicants who have attended college and some even require a college education.
KY Police Academy Requirements
Those candidates who attend a certified police training academy will find the course rigorous and demanding. The curriculum of 760 hours in a residential setting is mentally and physically challenging. But, even before considering the education requirements of becoming a police officer in Kentucky, candidates will be screened to make sure that they meet certain other minimum standards.
Selection Process/Hiring Standards
The minimum age is 21 by the application filing date. Holding a driver’s license is a requirement. The minimum education is a high school diploma or GED equivalent but given the partiality that many jurisdictions have for a college education, high school may simply not be enough. The education requirement is something you’ll have to check on with local jurisdictions.
Kentucky lists a number of factors that will prevent you from becoming a police officer. A felony conviction will disqualify you, as will any conviction of a serious misdemeanor within 12 months preceding the application filing date. Illegal drug use within those 12 months will prevent you from being hired.
In addition, you may not have been involved in cultivating, manufacturing, distributing or trafficking in illegal drugs or substances. Nor can you have been fired or forced to resign from any job within 12 months of filing.
If you have worked as a security guard or similar in a labor dispute situation within two years of applying, you will be disqualified.
Police Physical Fitness Test Requirements
Kentucky also specifies minimum physical fitness requirements. You must be able to bench press 64 percent of your body weight, complete 18 sit-ups within one minute, finish a 300-meter run in 65 seconds, perform 20 push-ups and run 1.5 miles in less than 18 minutes. However, the minimums are higher in order to graduate basic training.
Within five days of the final date of basic training, recruits must bench press 73 percent of body weight, perform 18 sit-ups in one minute, run 300 meters in 65 seconds, complete 25 push-ups and run a mile and a half in sixteen minutes, 15 seconds.
A good source to get detailed information on requirements in Kentucky is
http://docjt.jus.state.ky.us/recruit_info.html, the website of the Department of Criminal Justice, Training Page. But try, also, the website for individual police jurisdictions for requirements specific to those agencies.
Average Salary & Pay Scale
According to the Bureau Of Labor Statistics (2010), a police officer in the state of Kentucky makes between $27,060 – $38,820 per year. However the data collected by BLS is not very accurate since it does not include overtime pay or off duty details. These two factors, if included in the data, would have increased the average salary of a police officer in Kentucky.
Police Officer Jobs in Kentucky
There are several law enforcement job openings in Kentucky. Simply visit our Career Job Opening or go to the official website of the agency you are interested in to complete an application of employment. Below is a list of all the law enforcement agencies in the state of Kentucky.
FAYETTE COUNTY (Lexington-Fayette Urban County)
JEFFERSON COUNTY (Louisville-Jefferson County Metro)