LMPD Police Recruit Application and Selection Process

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The application and selection process includes many steps designed to fully examine the applicant's abilities and interest in law enforcement. The following information is provided so that you may know exactly what is expected of an applicant.

The recruitment, application, examination and selection process involves the efforts of the Louisville Metro Police Department, the Louisville Metro Police Merit Board and the Human Resources Department of the Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government. The Merit Board is a civilian body created by state law, separate from the police department, which conducts the application and examination process (and other employment matters) in such a way that each candidate's merit for selection is fully evaluated.

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MINIMUM AND SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR POLICE RECRUIT

High school graduation or equivalent and one of the following:

  • Completion of 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) of college from an accredited college or university OR
  • Completion of active military tour of duty with an honorable discharge or a discharge under honorable conditions or currently assigned to a reserve or a National Guard unit for a period of not less than four years OR
  • Employment as a full-time sworn police officer in the United States within the last twelve months with a minimum of one continuous year sworn police officer experience.

Special Requirements

  • Must be eligible for certification as a state peace officer.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must be 21 years of age or over.
  • Must not have been convicted of a felony or have any criminal action pending against them.
  • Misdemeanor convictions will be considered on an individual basis.
  • Must not have an accumulation of nine or more points for traffic violations.
  • Must possess a valid driver's license.
  • Must pass a pre-employment medical examination.
  • Must not be a current user of illegal drugs.
  • Must not have bought, sold or possessed marijuana within three years prior to time of application; or bought, sold or possessed any controlled substance or narcotic drug without a prescription within six (6) years prior to time of application.
  • Must pass a test for drug detection.
  • Must take a pre-employment written and oral psychological evaluation.
  • Must take a pre-employment polygraph examination.
  • Must pass a pre-employment physical agility test.
  • Must not be prohibited by federal or state law from possessing a firearm.
  • Must have received an honorable discharge or a general discharge under honorable conditions if having served in any branch of the armed forces of the United States.
  • Must not have had certification as a peace officer permanently revoked in another state.
  • Must work a varied work schedule.
  • Must not within a period of two (2) years hired himself/herself out, performed any service or received any compensation from any private source for acting as a privately paid detective, policeman, guard, peace officer or otherwise as an active participant in any labor dispute or conducted the business of a private detective agency or of any agency supplying private detectives, private policeman or private guards or advertised or solicited any such business in connection with any labor dispute.
  • Must be vaccinated for hepatitis B, have provided evidence of immunity or have signed a declination form within 10 days of initial assignment.
  • Must wear protective and/or safety equipment as mandated by OSHA.

All applicants for the position must meet the above stated minimums. Those who do not meet the minimums will be disqualified from the process.


 
DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS

You must meet the minimum qualifications as outlined above before you can be scheduled for testing. Numerous documents will be collected and verified during the background investigation process. It is the responsibility of the candidate to obtain and provide the following in a timely manner:

  • Signed Authorization for Police Criminal History and Records Checks (this form is available at www.louisvilleky.gov/HumanResources/Recruitment).
  • Verification of Education - If you are qualifying using college credit, an unofficial transcript may be provided to demonstrate the college hour requirement has been achieved. However, an official college transcript must be provided when scheduled for the background interview.
  • Verification of High School Education must be provided even if you are providing a college transcript.
  • Verification of Birth Date
  • Copy of Driver's License
  • DD214 if Former Military
  • Military ID card showing enlistment date and current rank if current military, current reserve or National Guard Unit


ACCEPTABLE FORMS OF VERIFICATION


Any of the following may be used to verify your education, date of birth and driver's license.


EDUCATION

The Kentucky Law Enforcement Council requires that prospective police recruit employees verify high school education or GED using copies of one of the following documents:

  • High school diploma (pocket diplomas and college transcripts and/or diplomas are NOT acceptable to verify high school education)
  • High school transcript (must be signed and dated; must specify date graduated and rank in class)
  • Letter from Board of Education verifying high school education
  • GED certificate from an approved State Department of Education with a certificate number affixed to the certificate if applicable in your state

One of the ways candidates can qualify for the position is to have 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) of college credit. If you are qualifying based on college credit, you must provide the following:

  • Official college transcript with the registrar's signature and raised seal, showing the courses taken, number of credit hours per course and grade in course must be provided if you are qualifying based on education credits.


BIRTH DATE


A copy of one of the following documents is necessary to verify your age:

  • Birth certificate
  • Passport
  • Notification of birth registration

Please note: If you are hired, you must submit a certified birth certificate to the Louisville Metro Police Department. Information on how to obtain certified birth certificates is available upon request.

You must be 21 years of age at the time you submit a resume.


VALID DRIVER'S LICENSE


You must have a valid driver's license at the time of testing.


DD214

If former military or if qualifying based on military experience, you must submit a copy of your DD214 which includes dates of service and any disciplinary action taken against you.


Military ID Card

If current military, reserve or National Guard, you must submit your Military ID Card which shows your current rank and enlistment date.

 
THE SELECTION PROCESS


REVIEW OF MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Based on information in the on-line resume, the Human Resources staff will review the resume to ensure that the candidate meets the minimum qualifications. Information on the application will be verified later in the background investigation phase of the process. It is the responsibility of the candidate to be honest and to provide accurate information on the employment application. Failure to be forthcoming may result in disqualification of the application.



DISTRIBUTION OF PHYSICAL AGILITY STANDARDS AND PREPARATION MANUAL

  • It is to your benefit to start training and enhance your physical skills.
  • An abbreviated explanation of the physical agility standards is included with this packet. Begin training immediately by running and lifting weights.
  • Candidates can download a detailed version of the KLEC physical fitness testing standards from our website by clicking here.


PRE-POLYGRAPH BOOKLET/BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION BOOKLET 

  • Candidates will be directed to a website with a list of forms that must be completed and turned in at the Physical Agility Test. The information obtained will be used later in the process during the background investigation.


PHYSICAL AGILITY TEST

  • Candidates who are selected based on a review of their application will be scheduled by email to take the Physical Agility Test according to standards established by the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council, effective January 1, 2010.
  • Candidates scheduled for the Physical Agility Test will be given a list of documents required by the Louisville Metro Police Department to be brought to the Physical Agility Test.


ORAL EXAMINATION / WRITTEN EXAM

  • The oral exam consists of a candidate being presented with 3 situations similar to what a police officer may encounter while on duty. Candidates are asked to respond to the situations orally and are rated by a live panel of police officers and Police Merit Board staff members.
  • At the exam site, applicants will also be asked to complete a written exam consisting of questions that measure reading comprehension, reasoning ability and written communication skills.


ELIGIBILITY LIST CERTIFICATION

  • Candidates who have passed the oral written examinations will be placed on the Police Recruit Eligibility List.
  • Candidates' scores on the oral test will determine their place on the eligibility list.
  • Candidates will receive an email providing their score information.
  • All candidates on the eligibility list will be referred to the Louisville Metro Police Department for further evaluation.


CHIEF'S STAFF INTERVIEW

An interview is conducted by a panel appointed by the Chief to determine the suitability of applicants for employment as a police officer.


CREDIT REPORT


Credit reports are to be submitted at the interview for the background investigation. The LMPD Recruitment Unit will review each candidate's credit history. Based on a set of standardized criteria, candidates' credit history will be combined with other factors to determine if they will continue in the process. The credit report must be from one of the following major credit agencies: Experian, Equifax or Transunion.


BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION / POLYGRAPH EXAMINATION

A subgroup consisting of the most qualified candidates will be selected for a background investigation. The following factors are some of the criteria reviewed during the background investigation:

  • Test scores
  • Education above the minimum requirement, especially if it is related to law enforcement
  • Job experience
  • Military experience
  • Financial and credit history
  • Ability to speak other languages
  • Community service
  • Other relevant factors

The investigation includes verification of information provided on your employment application, obtaining and reviewing references from previous employers, interviews with some of your neighbors, a credit check and investigation of your driving, military and police records. Your fingerprints are used for the extensive national check of your police record performed as part of the background investigation.

Questions posed during the polygraph examination will include any arrests, convictions, employment history and alleged false information provided on the employment application. Specific questions will be reviewed immediately prior to the examination. 


CONDITIONAL OFFER OF EMPLOYMENT

Candidates will also be given a conditional offer of employment by the police department. This offer of employment is conditional upon completing more steps and meeting established standards for a position.


MEDICAL EXAMINATION

  • Occupational Physician Services of Louisville provides a complete medical examination for police recruit candidates. The following information is made available in order to orient the candidates regarding what type of examination he or she will be having. The medical examination will consist of a self administered medical data history, vision test, hearing test, standard measure of height and weight, pulmonary function analysis, blood pressure and pulse rate, temperature and respiration, electrocardiograph, hemocult test (optional) and other procedures including blood and urine tests, CBC chemcyme plus test, chest x-ray, drug screening and physical examination.
  • Corrected vision should be at least 20/30 for both eyes together. Due to likelihood of dislodgement or breakage, candidates who are able to wear glasses must meet an uncorrected standard of 20/100 for both eyes together.
  • Color vision, depth perception, peripheral vision, night blindness and vision with contact lenses are also evaluated.


PSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATION

Candidates who advance further will receive a psychological evaluation consisting of two parts. During the first part, candidates complete self-administered written tests. During the second part, a licensed psychologist will conduct interviews with the candidates based on the results of the written tests. The purpose of the psychological evaluation is to determine those candidates who are best suited to handle the stress of an extremely demanding career.

 
COMMON REASONS FOR DENIAL OF EMPLOYMENT

The following is a list of the most common reasons why the Louisville Metro Police Department either denies employment to applicants for the position of police recruit or why candidates are not successful after being hired.

  • Falsification of background information
  • Arrest history
  • Drug usage
  • Unstable work history
  • Misunderstanding of job requirements
  • Driving record
  • Immaturity

 
ACADEMY AND STRUCTURE AND POST ACADEMY TRAINING

TRAINING FOR POLICE RECRUITS

The Louisville Metro Police Training Academy conducts basic law enforcement training for new recruits of the department. The academy provides over 1,000 hours of instruction over a 24 week training period. Those selected for hire are paid while attending the academy. The academy is located in Louisville, KY. Recruits do not live at the training facility. Designed for recruit level officers, the curriculum is segmented into various training areas: law offenses and procedures, patrol operations, traffic stops, investigative procedures, accident investigation, vehicle operations, self-defense, firearms (handgun and shotgun), physical fitness, practical performance exercises, LINK/NCIC and First Aid/CPR.


FIELD TRAINING FOR POLICE RECRUITS

  • Upon successful completion of the Louisville Metro Police Training Academy, the probationary officer will be assigned to the Police Training Officer program. This program provides a measure of the field performance of probationary officers and is used in the final decision regarding the retention or termination of employment.
  • The probationary officer will ride with three different Police Training Officers for a period of 8 weeks each for a total of 24 weeks. The probationary officer may be assigned to different divisions and work shifts. During that time, the probationary officers will be evaluated on at least 32 different criteria such as appearance, attitude, knowledge of policies, laws and vehicle codes, performance such as driving skills, report writing, field performance and communication skills and relationships such as with peers, supervisors and the community. Following that time period, and upon the recommendation of the PTOs, the probationary officer may ride solo for a period of 28 weeks. At the end of those 52 weeks, the final decision regarding retention or termination of employment will be made.


 
RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT

None.


 
PHYSICAL ABILITY TEST REQUIREMENTS AND VIDEO EXAMPLE

The following chart is used to determine the points earned for each event. In 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. Opportunities to retest are granted at the sole discretion of the hiring agency.

Event

9 pts

9.5 pts

10 pts

10.5 pts

11 pts

Bench Press
(% body
  weight)

55.3%

59.7%

64%

68.5%

> 73%

Sit Ups
(repetitions)

13

16

18

> 18

300 Meter Run
(seconds)

68

67

65

> 65

Push Ups
(repetitions)

14

17

20

23

> 25

1.5 Mile Run
(min:sec)

17:56

17:34

17:12

16:44

< 16:15


These are five physical fitness tests that will be given in 3 hours.


Bench Press - Video

  • Feet flat on the floor
  • Hips and back maintain contact with the bench
  • Full arm extension
  • Lift starts in the down position


Sit Ups - Video

  • Knees bent 90 degrees
  • Feet flat on the floor; feet being held
  • Back flat on the floor (start position)
  • Hands overlapped behind the head
  • Elbows to top of the knee (up position)
  • Top of the shoulder blade touch floor (down position)
  • Rest in the up position


300 Meter Run - Video

  • Run course as rapidly as possible


Push Ups - Video

  • Legs, hips and torso must stay in the same place
  • Hands shoulder width apart
  • Feet no more than six inches (6") apart
  • Lower chest to touch three inch (3") sponge
  • Return to full arm extension
  • Rest only in the up position


1.5 Mile Run - Video

  • Run/walk 1.5 miles as rapidly as possible


If you would like a copy of the Kentucky Law Enforcement's Physical Training Standards, please click here.

 
NOTE FROM THE STAFF:

The foregoing information is not exhaustive but should provide information on the processes involved in becoming a Louisville Metro Police officer. The information is not intended to discourage, but rather inform. It requires serious commitment to a law enforcement career to endure the long process.

We really appreciate your patience and thank you for your interest in becoming a LMPD officer. We will try to keep you updated during the process. Anytime you have a question , feel free to email Keaton Montgomery or any member of the Louisville Metro Police Department's Recruitment and Selection staff.


RESCHEDULING

Due to the expected applicant volume, we cannot make examination schedules for your convenience. Rescheduling requests are limited and must be made prior to the examination.


ADDRESS / CONTACT INFORMATION

If your name, address and/or phone number changes after you have submitted your application or if for any reason you no longer wish to be considered, we ask that you notify Keaton Montgomery. It is extremely important that you provide us with any phone, address or name change immediately.

On-line applicants should follow these instructions to update their contact information:

  • Go to the Metro Human Resources webpage at www.louisvilleky.gov/humanresources.
  • Click the "Search Online Jobs Now" link.
  • Click "Applicant Login".
  • Sign in using the username and password you used when you last logged into the system. 
  • Once logged in, click "My Account".
  • Click "Edit Contact Information".
  • Make changes and click "Save".