Police Department



We are currently accepting applications for highly motivated lateral police officers to join our team. Learn more

Police Officer Career Requirements

Applicants for a Bardstown police officer position must meet the following requirements:
  • Citizen of the United States
  •  21 Years Old
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Valid Kentucky Operators License
 College is not required but is preferred.
 Military preference is given.

Tests and Evaluations
Applicants must also be able to pass several interviews and tests, including:
  • Physical Agility Tests (POPS Standards)
  • Psychological Evaluation
  • Polygraph Examination
  • In-Depth Background Investigation
  • Credit Check
  • Drug Screen
  • Criminal History Background 

Application Process

  1. Submit an application to the City of Bardstown (When accepting applications).
  2. The Chief's interview.
  3. Physical agility test- Police Officer Professional Standards (POPS).
  4. Psychological test / Interview.
  5. Agency background investigation to include:
    • Military background
    • Criminal history background for any criminal offenses
    • Credit report
    • Education / Special training
    • Employment history
    • Reference checks
    • Over all, in-depth investigation of an applicants character and background.
        6. Drug screening.
7. Mayor's interview.
8. Any follow up interview(s).
9. Selection of candidate.
10. Conditional job offer.
11. Successfully complete a 20-week academy at The Department of Criminal Justice Training in Richmond Ky.
12. After completing the 20-week academy, you must complete a 16-week field training evaluation with a Police Training Officer.

Police Officers Professional Standards (POPS) Physical Agility Test

POPS consists of the following battery of test:

  • 1 bench press repetition (percent of body weight - conversion)
  • Sit up repetitions with a 1-minute time limit.
  • 300-meter run in 65 seconds
  • Push up repetitions with a 2-minute time limit.
  • 1.5-mile run in 16.15 minutes.

For more information click on this link:  Physical Fitness Testing Information