Lexington Police is accepting applications NOW through April 13, 2021 for an officer recruit class that is anticipated to start this fall. Interested? Talk to a recruiter!
Call: (859) 425-2325
Apply for Police Officer – Recruit
Step 1. Apply online
After submitting your application, a confirmation email will be sent and you will automatically be registered to take the written exam.
Currently Closed: Fill out the online application for Police Officer – Recruit
Step 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. This year's hiring prep courses will be held via an online Zoom meeting.
Currently Closed: Send a prep course RSVP and a recruiter will email you the Zoom link
Step 3. Pass the written exam
REQUIRED: Applicants may attend any test date below, but are required to RSVP with a recruiter.
Currently Closed: Register for the written exam
Step 4. Pass the physical fitness tests
REQUIRED: Applicants who pass the written exam will return the following day for physical testing.
Step 5. Oral interviews
REQUIRED: A panel of current police officers and members of the community will interview applicants who pass both the written and physical fitness tests.
|Spring 2021 Police Applicant Testing Dates|
|MARCH||Hiring prep course||Friday, March 5||6 p.m. - via Zoom (Register for Zoom link.)|
|Written exam||Monday, March 8||2 p.m. and 6 p.m. (Applicants may attend either time; RSVP required.)|
|Physical fitness test||Tuesday, March 9||9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Applicants will be assigned a specific time to arrive.)|
|Oral interviews||Wednesday-Friday, March 10-12||9 a.m. - 1 p.m. (Applicants will be assigned a specific time.)|
|Written exam||Monday, March 22||9 a.m. and 6 p.m. (Applicants may attend either time; RSVP required.)|
|Physical fitness test||Tuesday, March 23||9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Applicants will be assigned a specific time to arrive.)|
|Oral interviews||Wednesday-Friday, March 24-26||9 a.m. - 1 p.m. (Applicants will be assigned a specific time.)|
|APRIL||Hiring prep course||Thursday, April 8||6 p.m. - via Zoom (Register for Zoom link.)|
|Written exam||Friday, April 9||6 p.m. (RSVP required.)|
|Written exam||Saturday, April 10||9 a.m. (RSVP required.)|
|Physical fitness test||Saturday, April 10||9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Applicants will be assigned a specific time to arrive.)|
|Oral interviews||Sunday, April 11||1 p.m. - 5 p.m. (Applicants will be assigned a specific time to arrive.)|
|APPLICATION DEADLINE TUESDAY, APRIL 13|
|Written exam||Monday, April 19||2 p.m. and 6 p.m. (Applicants may attend either time; RSVP required.)|
|Physical fitness test||Tuesday, April 20||9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Applicants will be assigned a specific time to arrive.)|
Wednesday-Friday, April 21-23
Monday, April 26
|9 a.m. - 1 p.m. (Applicants will be assigned a specific time to arrive.)|
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.
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.