Employment

The University of Kentucky Police Department has a variety of options for those interested in entering an exciting field in public service. This includes positions in administrative support, security services, police dispatching, and service as a peace officer. If you are interested in becoming a member of our team, please apply for each available employment opportunity here.

Police Officer

University of Kentucky Police Officers are responsible for providing the University community with a safe and secure environment in which to work, live and learn.

The department is service oriented and specializes in meeting the needs of the campus’ diverse population of students, faculty, staff, and visitors. The major job responsibilities of the University of Kentucky Police Officer include patrol and investigations, public relations and service, community oriented policing, professional development and training, and report writing.

Specific duties include foot, bike, and mobile patrol, responding to service calls, investigating crimes, preparing and presenting testimony in court, community relations with students and campus partners, providing security and traffic control for special University events, writing reports, completing training, and engaging in professional development.

Officers shall positively interact, enhance relations, and represent the University with local law enforcement and community partners.

Minimum Police Applicant Qualifications

  • 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

  • Possesses 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

Telecommunications Officer

University of Kentucky Telecommunications Officers serve as lifelines for all emergency responders on campus. This includes Campus Security, Medical Center Security, and UK Police.

A successful dispatcher must be able to remain calm in all situations and be able to determine the appropriate level of emergency response required for a given incident based on a minimal amount of information. In addition, dispatchers must be able to multi-task communications through radio, telephone, computer, in person, or any other medium while maintaining high levels of customer service.

Dispatchers also serve as a point of contact and liaison for Lexington Police, Lexington Fire, and other public safety officials. Candidates must be able to work weekends, holidays, and special events.

Minimum Telecommunications Applicant Qualifications

  • Citizen of the United States

  • At least eighteen (18) years of age

  • High school graduate or has successfully completed a General Education Development (G.E.D.) examination

  • Possesses a valid driver's license to operate a motor vehicle

  • Has not been convicted of a felony or other crimes involving moral turpitude