Eligibility requirements

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For additional information, contact a Lexington Police Recruiter: 

Email: joinlexpd@lexingtonpolice.ky.gov

Call: (859) 425-2325

Minimum requirements for police recruits

  • High school diploma or GED certificate
  • Be 21-36 years old at filing deadline 
  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Have a valid driver's license
  • Not prohibited by federal or state law from possessing a firearm
  • Not been convicted of a serious misdemeanor within 12 months prior to the application deadline date or during the hiring process
  • Never been convicted of a felony
  • Not used any illegal drugs within 12 months or during the hiring process
  • Not used any prescription medication other than prescribed by a health care provider within 12 months during the hiring process
  • Not been fired or forced to resign within 12 months preceding application
  • Not had certification as a peace officer permanently revoked in another state
  • Not received a dishonorable discharge, a bad conduct discharge or discharged with other than honorable conditions from any branch of the United States military

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*UPDATED* Tattoo information

Effective March 2019, officers are permitted to have approved visible tattoos and body alterations while on-duty in a regulation uniform. The tattoo or body alteration must not be (or perceived to be) vulgar, indecent, sexist, racist, anti-social, gang-related, extremist group-related, or something that could discredit the department.

  • Sleeve tattoos and tattoos that appear on the hands, neck, or above the neck are prohibited. A single ring tattoo around the base of one finger may be permitted if approved by the Chief of Police or Chief's designee.
  • All applicants will be visually inspected wearing shorts and a short sleeve shirt to identify any tattoos, brands and body modifications.
  • Prior to being permitted to participate in the Chief’s selection, all applicants must demonstrate compliance with the requirements of General Order 1973-05CC (Personal Appearance of Sworn Officers) as it pertains to any tattoos, brands and body modifications.