The University of Kentucky Police Department (UKPD) is seeking Police Officer/Recruits to serve the University community.
If you're called to use your skills, spend your time, and share your talents serving your community, we're proud to offer you a unique policing experience to do just that. If selected to join our team, our priority and responsibility is to teach you what you need to serve your community with confidence, compassion, and competence. Our team trains hard, whether it's improving our de-escalation skills, hands on tactical training, maintaining our physical fitness, or attending leadership courses.
Once you're trained through the 20-week police academy by the Department of Criminal Justice Training and complete our in-house training, you'll begin your law enforcement career mastering basic policing responsibilities. These include foot, bike, and mobile patrol, responding to service calls, investigating crimes, preparing and presenting testimony in court, community relations with students, staff, and campus partners, providing security and traffic control for special University events, writing reports, completing training, and engaging in professional development.
As your career progresses, you'll have the opportunity to participate in specialized units – one of the most enriching parts of an Officer's career. Examples of these teams include our motorcycle unit, K9 unit, dignitary protection team, athletics liaison team, investigations unit, among many others.
You can't do what we do anywhere else. At UKPD, we're big enough to make an impact but small enough to know everyone's name. So, if you're looking for a unique place to make a difference, to support a progressive and inclusive community, and to challenge yourself beyond what you thought possible, you belong at UKPD.
To see our service and commitment in action, watch our department video here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6rf8Id6Hms.
The first two steps of this hiring process are a written test and a physical fitness test. Below is more information about these tests.
The written test has four sections – math, reading comprehension, grammar, and writing skills. If you are interested in study materials, please visit https://www.applytoserve.com/Study/ for study guides and practice tests to prepare for the National Police Officer Selection Test (POST).
Physical Fitness Test
For more information about the Physical Fitness Test and preparation, visit https://klecs.ky.gov/physical-agility-prep.
For a full depiction of our hiring process visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNltGBY05Ug.
Citizen of the United States
At least twenty-one (21) years of age
High school graduate or has successfully completed a General Education Development (G.E.D.) examination
Possess a valid driver's license to operate a motor vehicle
Has not been convicted of a felony
Has not received a dishonorable discharge, bad conduct discharge, or general discharge under other than honorable conditions
Not prohibited by federal or state law from possessing a firearm
Not had certification as a peace officer permanently revoked in another state
Must complete Department of Criminal Justice Training (DOCJT) Basic Training Academy within one year of hire date if not already certified.
Position Time Status: Full-Time
Required Related Experience:
No experience required.
Required License/Registration/Certification :
Valid Driver’s License.
University Community of Inclusion:
The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.
As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.
Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.
Adjacent to downtown Lexington, UK is nestled in the scenic heart of the beautiful Bluegrass Region of Kentucky. UK's campus covers more than 814 acres, with more than 30,700 students and 13,500 full-time employees, including nearly 2,400 full-time faculty and librarians.