Become a police officer: start here

Welcome to the Lexington Police Department! If you believe your work should do more than just pay the bills -- that it should improve the community and make a difference in someone's life -- then a career in law enforcement may be for you.

NOW HIRING!! We are currently accepting applications for police recruits through April 19, 2018.

Police officers see their work matter every day: responding to a traffic collision, helping a family in crisis, investigating a crime. It's something different every day. We are looking for men and women from a variety of backgrounds who care about people and want to help solve problems.

Why Lexington?

Lexington is a growing, diverse community that is a wonderful place to work and raise a family. The city is home to the University of Kentucky, Transylvania University, several hospitals, and businesses representing a wide range of industries. In 2017, Lexington was named one of the best large cities for first-time home buyers.

While many of our applicants are from Central Kentucky, we also see recruits from out of state. Hear from officers why they chose to call Lexington home:

Learn more about Lexington at VisitLex and Commerce Lexington

About Lexington Police

With an authorized strength of 630 sworn officers and nearly 150 civilian personnel, the Lexington Police Department is the largest division within the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government. The agency's mission is to serve and protect all residents and visitors in the city with a high level of integrity, transparency and dedication to community policing. Following the retirement of Chief Mark Barnard in January 2018, the department will be under the direction of Ron Compton as interim chief.

Lexington's local government is a merged city-county system, so our police department has jurisdiction over all of Fayette County. Patrol beats range from urban areas, to suburban neighborhoods, to rural countryside dotted with horse farms.

Officers earn competitive pay and have many opportunities for growth through a variety of assignments within the department. The department is comprised of four bureaus:

Each bureau is home to several units, with responsibilities ranging from traffic control, patrolling neighborhoods, criminal investigations, assisting crime victims, officer training and more.

I'm interested. Now what?

The application process takes several months and includes: 

  • Online application
  • Written exam
  • Physical fitness test
  • Oral board interviews
  • Thorough background check
  • Polygraph

This website outlines each step of the process, and applicants are also encouraged to speak directly with a recruiter about specific questions or scheduling a ride-along with a current officer. Thank you for your interest in joining the Lexington Police Department and good luck!

For additional information, contact a Lexington Police Recruiter: 

E-mail: joinlexpd@lexingtonpolice.ky.gov

Call: (859) 425-2325

or visit our Frequently Asked Questions Page