First off, becoming a police officer in Kentucky entails at least having a driver’s license with no more than 6 demerit points at the time of the application. In addition, candidates are required to have at least 60 hours of college credit hours or an Associate’s Degree from an accredited Kentucky college or university.

Also, the latter prerequisite can be balanced with a minimum of 2 years of active military duty or 2 years of being a police officer in other states. Nonetheless, even with experience, applicants are required to possess a high school diploma or a recognized equivalent. Let’s find out more about how to become a police officer in Kentucky.

A Summary of the Minimum Requirements

  • Should be at least 21 years of age.
  • Must be have U.S. citizenship.
  • Some counties (Kentucky has 120)  may require you to have residency in that particular county.
  • Must have at least 60 hours of college credits in an accredited school or university in Kentucky or…
  • Have served in active duty in the military or the Kentucky National Guard or Army reserve.

Potential Dis-qualifiers

  • A felony conviction.
  • Use of illegal drugs.

Physical Entry and Exit Tests

Upon meeting the general admission criteria, candidates will be eligible to participate in an entry physical test consisting of 5 basic exercises. However, while undergoing training within the police academy, cadets have the responsibility of considerably improving their fitness condition.

Following is a list of the standards students should meet during entry and exit physical examination:

  • Bench press – 64% of body weight for entry, 73% of the body weight for graduating
  • 1.5 mile run – must be completed within less than 17’12” for entry and 16’15” for graduating
  • 300 meter run – upon entry and graduating from the police academy the standard is 65” or less
  • Sit-ups – for both physical entry and exit examination the cadets must be able to perform a minimum of 18 sit-ups
  • Pushups – the entry standard for pushups is 20, while the requirement for graduating is 25

Out of State Basic Training

According to the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council, candidates from out of state are eligible for reciprocity certification on one condition: showing proof of working as a sworn police officer in the state where they received the basic law enforcement officer training. 

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 For more information on becoming a police officer in Kentucky, visit the Kentucky state police website.

Click here to check out the various police officer jobs in Kentucky.

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