Phase 1: Application & testing

Lexington Police is not currently accepting applications, but please review the criteria outlined on this site and contact a recruiter so you can be ready when our next hiring process opens.

Talk to a recruiter! 


Call: (859) 425-2325

Apply for Police Officer – Recruit


1. Apply online

After submitting your application, a confirmation email will be sent and you will automatically be registered to take the written exam.  

Fill out the online application for Police Officer – Recruit


2. Attend a hiring prep course

The hiring prep course is optional, but applicants are strongly encouraged to attend this free event. You will get information about what to expect during the application, testing, and interview process. (Hiring prep courses have been canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions. We are working on a digital version of this class.)


3. Pass the written exam

Applicants are automatically registered and can attend any date listed below.


4. Pass the physical fitness tests

Applicants who pass the written exam will return the following day for physical testing. Additional information is below. 


5. Oral interviews

A panel of current police officers and members of the community will interview applicants who pass both the written and physical fitness tests.

Written exam

Present your driver's license and online application confirmation email during check-in. You will not be allowed to test without your license or submitting an online application.

Lexington Police administers the National Police Officer Selection Test to potential recruits. The exam includes:

• Mathematics 20 questions – 20-minute time limit

• Reading comprehension 25 questions – 25-minute time limit

• Grammar 20 questions – 15-minute time limit

While related to police work, no prior knowledge of law enforcement is needed. The written test will count 35 percent towards your overall score. The passing score is 65 percent. Once the written test is complete, each candidate will be immediately graded and given their scores. Candidates will be scheduled for the physical fitness exam by a member of the training academy after successfully passing the written test. 


Lexington Police Training Academy
Bluegrass Community and Technical College
500 Newtown Pike
Lexington, KY 40504

Physical fitness exam

Five physical fitness tests will be given in the following order. To meet the state standard, an overall minimum of 50 points must be achieved. Failure to meet the overall minimum requirement constitutes a failure for the test battery. The physical fitness test is pass or fail and does not count toward your overall score.

Bench press (video) – This is a test to measure absolute strength. Lower the bar until contact is made with the chest to the 3-inch sponge. Then, from the down position, raise the bar toward the ceiling, until the full, yet soft extension of the elbow is obtained.

Sit-up test (video– This is a test to measure the abdominal or trunk muscular endurance. While lying on the ground, the candidate will be given one minute to do as many bent-leg sit-ups as possible. Sit-ups are performed until the 11 point threshold is met or until the one-minute time limit is reached.

300-meter run (video) – This is a test to measure anaerobic power or the ability to make an intense burst of effort for a short period or distance. This test consists of sprinting 300 meters in 65 seconds or less. The entire body must cross the finish line.

Push-up test (video– This is a test to measure muscular endurance. While in the up position, arms fully extended and legs extended so the body forms a straight line. Push-ups are performed until the 11 point threshold is met or until the two-minute time limit is reached.

1.5-mile run (video– This is a test to measure aerobic power or cardiovascular endurance (the ability to have stamina over time). This test consists of running/walking or any combination as long as the appropriate distance is covered. The entire body must cross the finish line.

Physical fitness exam


The candidate must pass all five events in order to successfully pass the entry-level physical fitness testing. If the candidate fails any event, they may re-take that event no sooner than 48 hours and no later than 60 days. If a candidate withdraws from any event they will be required to complete the entire physical fitness testing at the next regularly scheduled exam. A candidate may participate in the physical fitness testing in its entirety (test and retest) up to four times in a one-year period, which shall be calculated from the first date of testing. Candidates will be required to pass another physical fitness examination prior to starting the Police Training Academy.

Oral board interview

Candidates who successfully complete the physical fitness examination will be scheduled for an oral board interview. The oral board interview will be weighed at 65 percent of your overall score. The oral board will consist of questions concerning your previous work experience, training and knowledge for successful performance as a police officer. 
Prior law enforcement experience or a degree in criminal justice are not required!

After the oral boards are complete, the scores from the written and oral boards are combined to compute the final score. A preliminary ranking will be established and candidates will be placed in rank order based on their combined scores.

Phase 2: Background & Polygraph Interviews

Candidates who complete the oral examination and are selected (any number designated by the Police Chief) will be scheduled for a pre-polygraph/background interview and polygraph exam. 

Go to Phase 2: Background & Polygraph Interview page