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Police Officer Full-Time Open Until Filled
Telecommunicator Full-Time Open Until Filled

For more information regarding police officer employment, send an email to Police Recruiting or call 270-444-8573.

For more information regarding telecommunications employment, send an email to Telecommunicator Recruiting.

Supplementary Documents

Police Recruit Officer Information Packet

Physical Testing - Medical Exam Form and Endorsement

Police Officer - Minimum Qualifications

Police Officer - Reasons for Disqualification


If you are interested in becoming a Paducah Police Officer, apply above through the online application during periods when applications are being accepted or call the City of Paducah - Human Resources Department at 270-444-8540. The Paducah Police Department is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Affirmative Action Policy


     1. A certified copy of your birth certificate or passport showing you are at least 21 years old. (If United States citizenship is not confirmed by your birth certificate, include additional documentation to show citizenship.
     2. A copy of your driver's license.


     1. A transcript showing a minimum of 60 credit hours from an accredited college, community college, or vocational school.
     2. A high school diploma or GED and proof of one year of sworn, full-time law enforcement experience. Out-of-state lateral officers must apply for reciprocity with the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council.
     3. A high school diploma or GED and proof of two years of full-time military service. (DD-214)
     4. A high school diploma or GED and an employment verification letter indicating four consecutive years of full-time (40 hours or more a week) work experience with the same employer. The four consecutive years of employment must be within five years of the date of application.

Hiring Process 

After submitting the application and once it is determined that you meet the minimum qualifications required of a Paducah Police Officer, you will be placed on the list for the next testing session.

See Minimum Qualifications for a list of the minimum qualifications required to become a Paducah Police Officer. 

The testing process involves a physical agility test and a written test, administered consecutively on the same day. Those who receive a passing score on these exams will be scheduled as soon as possible for an interview. For an overview of what to expect from the physical agility test, see the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council's Prep information.

Based on your testing and interview results, as well as the number of vacancies in the Department, an investigation into your background is initiated. Former employers, co-workers, friends, and neighbors will be asked about your character and integrity. There will also be checks of your criminal history, traffic record, and credit report.

Hopefully, after a comprehensive review of your application file, you will now be among those eligible finalists to be selected as Paducah Police Officer Recruits.

Police Officer Applicants may be disqualified during the selection process when it is determined that the applicant is not qualified or suitable for the job.

See Reasons for Disqualification for a list of criteria that serve as guidelines to assist in determining disqualification.

The Academy

Paducah Police Department Recruits and Telecommunicators attend the Department of Criminal Justice Training (DOCJT) located in Richmond, KY. For telecommunicators, the Academy is 4 weeks long, and for recruits, the Academy is 20 weeks long. Both telecommunicators and peace officer recruits will train with others from throughout the state during this time. 

It became the first Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA)-an accredited public safety training academy in the United States and Canada in 2003. It was also the first public safety training academy to be designated a CALEA Flagship Agency in 2006. DOCJT became dually accredited when it received accreditation from the International Associated of Continuing Education and Training (IACET) Commission in 2013.

See the Department of Criminal Justice Training to learn more.

Recruitment Video

Paducah Police Department Recruitment Film - "The Basic Value of Love"

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