Dispatcher Hiring Process

Application, University of Kentucky Jobs Website

To be considered a viable applicant for the University of Kentucky Police Communications officer hiring process, submit an application for an open position on the UK jobs website. Search “Police Communications officer.” If no position is available, check back regularly. Once a position is posted, it is available for at least seven days. 

Phone Interview 

Candidates will complete a phone interview with the Communications Supervisor. 

Oral Board, University of Kentucky campus 

Candidates are invited to an oral board interview with the various University of Kentucky Police Department employees. 

Background Investigation Interview, University of Kentucky campus 

A background investigation interview is conducted by one of the officers from UKPD’s Special Operations Team. Background investigation interviews typically last one hour. Candidates will be asked to supply the following information when appearing for the interview: 

1. Copy of driver’s license 

2. Copy of social security card 

3. Copy of High School Diploma or certified copy of transcript, GED Equivalency, and College Transcript if applicable 

4. Military discharge papers if applicable (DD 214) 

5. Certified copy of Birth Certificate, Naturalization Papers or Passport. 

6. Contact information (phone number, email address, physical address) for one family or spouse reference and three personal references (other than family members).

Please be sure that all copies are completed prior to the background interview. Note that all copies will be collected and placed in the candidate's hiring file and will therefore stay within the department. 

Polygraph Examination, University of Kentucky campus 

Before completing the Polygraph, candidates will be required to complete two hard copy questionnaires that must be provided to the in-house polygraph examiner. Average duration of a Polygraph Exam is two hours. Polygraph Exams are considered valid for one year from the date of hire. 


Offer and Academy 

Candidates who are extended a full offer, start as soon as possible regardless of the Academy start date. 

Newly hired Police Communications officers attend a 4-week, live-in academy at the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training in Richmond, Kentucky unless already certified by the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council as a Kentucky Police Communications officer.