Police Officer Requirements – Kentucky

Kentucky Law Enforcement Council

Peace Officer Professional Standards and Court Security Officer Standards

  • Is a citizen of the United States;
  • Is at least 21 years of age;
  • Is a high school graduate or has successfully completed a General Education Development (G.E.D.) examination;
  • Possess a valid license to operate a motor vehicle;
  • Has been fingerprinted for a criminal background check;
  • Has not been convicted of a felony;
  • Is not prohibited by federal or state law from possessing a firearm;
  • Has been interviewed;
  • Has undergone a background investigation;
  • Has taken a polygraph examination;
  • Has taken a suitability screener;
  • Has passed a drug screening test;
  • Discharged under honorable conditions, if having served in the armed services;
  • Has received and read the Kentucky law Enforcement Officer’s Code of Ethics;

Peace Officer Applicants only must also meet the remaining minimum standards:

  • Has passed a medical examination;
  • Has passed a physical ability test;
  • Has not had certification as a peace officer revoked in another state.