Phase 2: Background & polygraph

Candidates must complete a Background Booklet. Police recruit candidates who complete Phase 1 of the application process and are selected (any number designated by the Chief of Police) will be scheduled for a pre-polygraph/background interview and polygraph exam. Please ensure you have provided an accurate email address to receive correspondence from the Background Investigation Unit.

Note: Any applicant/candidate who has engaged in fraud or made a misstatement of material fact on their application and/or examination shall have his or her name removed from the academy register. 

Click here to access Background Booklet form and instructions


1. Pre-polygraph/Background Interview

Required documents to bring with you for Polygraph/Background Interviews:

  • Birth Certificate - Official copy from the State Bureau of Vital Statistics (Hospital/Health Department birth records CAN NOT be substituted for this State document; no photocopies).

  • High School Diploma or GED Certificate or College Transcripts with original seal and signature (no photocopies).

  • Five (5) year driving record from your County Clerks Office or your State DMV.

  • Copy of Form DD 214 and all military I.D.'s

  • Copy of any and all certificates; achievements, certifications, awards, etc.

  • Copy of Social Security Card

  • Copy of Vehicle Registration and Proof of Insurance for every vehicle in your name.

  • Out of State Applicants must obtain a Local Criminal Records Check from their respective jurisdiction.

2. Polygraph examination and background investigation

The department will conduct a polygraph examination and complete a background investigation including educational and work experience, police record check and reference verification on selected candidates. 

3. Psychological suitability screening

A psychological suitability screening test approved by the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council will be conducted on selected candidates.

4. Selection 

Upon completion of Phase 2, all components from Phase 1 and Phase 2 shall be reviewed and taken into consideration when recommending candidates for selection to the police training academy.

5. Post-offer; pre-employment physical agility exam (pass/fail)

Each candidate recommended for selection shall successfully pass a pre-academy physical fitness test. This exam will consist of the same five components given during the pre-employment testing phase. However, this is an additional requirement solely for LFUCG purposes and, therefore, no retest options are provided. 

6. Medical examination

A medical examination will be given to those candidates recommended for appointment by the Police Chief. Those candidates recommended must successfully pass the medical examination. The medical examination will be job-related and will include drug/illegal substance screening, which must be successfully completed before any candidate’s name can be submitted to the Urban County Council for ratification.

In addition, under OSHA Standards 29 CFR 1910.1030, all individuals who would possibly be exposed to hepatitis based on their job duties will be offered immunization at no cost after their first day of employment.

The medical examination will also include an assessment to determine if other immunizations are up-to-date. Past immunization records should be brought to the medical examination and anyone needing other immunizations may obtain such on a voluntary basis. However, such other immunizations will not be the responsibility of the Urban County Government and the individual candidate must pay any costs incurred.

Any potential employee is subject to a blood-alcohol and other appropriate tests. Candidates reporting for a pre-employment medical examination with a blood alcohol level at .02 or above will be disqualified and not recommended for employment with the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government. 

7. Recommendation

After the aforementioned requirements have been met, the Police Chief shall forward his recommendation of selections to the mayor. The mayor may accept or reject any recommendation and shall have the sole prerogative to make the final appointments, subject to the ratification by the Urban County Council.

8. Police Training Academy

Police officers attend an in-depth training academy. The first few weeks are primarily a general orientation program. This is followed by state mandatory police basic training classes, which will include training in law, firearms, patrol techniques, crime prevention, first aid, driving, and many other areas. After the academy, successful candidates will be recommended for appointment as sworn employees of the Urban County Government. Those individuals appointed as a police officer will be enrolled in the pension system and will be on probation for 12 months. 

There is no lateral transfer policy into the Lexington Police Department. Everyone must go through the procedures outlined above, provided they meet the requirements. 

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