Kentucky State Police accepting applications to join its ranks


Kentucky State Police is accepting applications to join Cadet Class 105.

The deadline to join the class is June 30, with opportunities for applicants to work close to home.

Candidates selected for the final hiring register who are from Posts 1, 2, 5, 6 and 16 will receive guaranteed assignments at their home post location. All other applicants will be assigned to their home or bordering post based on vacant positions and agency need.

Individuals accepted to join Cadet Class 105, which is slated to begin in November 2024, will earn $67,500 annually and have access to an improved retirement system with a sick leave buyback program. Interested applicants should visit the online portal to submit their application. The portal allows individuals to apply from any electronic device.

“We have a very short window for individuals to apply to become a state trooper, so I encourage interested applicants not to wait and to apply today,” KSP Recruitment Branch Commander Sgt. Michael Murriell said. “The streamlined reciprocity process will allow current police officers to fast-track their careers and become a trooper in 14 weeks, opposed to the 24-week academy required by traditional applicants.”

KSP is recruiting both new officers for Cadet Class 105 and currently certified peace officers for the law enforcement accelerated program (LEAP). To qualify for the 14-week LEAP training at KSP, a candidate must have been a full-time certified law enforcement officer for a minimum of two years. The candidate must not be under a local government contract with their current or previous police agency.

For more information on the application process, minimum requirements and a list of required supporting documentation, visit KSP’s website.

For questions or assistance with applying, email the KSP recruitment branch at

By Ken Howlett, News Director

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