Recruitment (Now Hiring)

Kenton County Police Cruisers.

The Kenton County Police Department is a 37 officer agency located in Northern Kentucky just south of Cincinnati, Ohio. We serve a range of communities including rural, suburban and urban.

A Tradition of Excellence

The Kenton County Police Department is currently hiring Lateral Police Officers and is accepting applications for a New Hire Eligibility list.

  1. Lateral Police Officers
  2. New Hire Eligibility List


  • Candidates must have a minimum of two (2) years law enforcement experience and be KLEC Certified or have law enforcement training that is transferable under KLEC regulations. 
  • Lateral transfer candidates must be currently employed in law enforcement, or have left service in good standing in the prior year. 
  • Candidates selected to enter the lateral eligibility process will be scheduled to  complete a mandatory Peace Officer Professional Standards (POPS) physical agility test.  
  • Upon passing the POPS test, candidates will be interviewed by the merit board and possibly invited to interview with the Command Staff.

Salary & Benefits:

  • Base salary of $57,625– $95,861 (based on years of service)
    • A laterals entry base pay is determined by years of service, but future salary growth is determined by a hybrid of merit and step raises.

      Examples of Entry Base Pay:
      5 Years of Service$61,372 base pay
      10 Years of Service$72,786 base pay
      13 Years of Service$75,835 base pay
      17 Years of Service$81,690 base pay
    • After seventeen years, pay scale maxes out at $95,861
  • Hybrid merit and step raises pay scale
  • KLEC certified officers are eligible for KLEPF funds of $4,200 per year
  • Holiday pay (between $2,000 and $2,500), overtime opportunities, yearly Certified First Responder incentive ($1,000) and education incentive($250 associate/$500 bachelor) 
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Immediate health benefits, plus vision and dental at a low cost premium 
  • Take home fleet within Kenton, Boone, Campbell, Pendleton and Grant Counties
  • Uniforms and equipment provided
  • Deferred comp opportunities 
  • 12 hour shifts with every other weekend off
  • State of the art equipment & technology
  • Positive relationships & community support

Examples of Duties:

  • Patrols unincorporated area of Kenton County or other designated area to enforce local and state criminal laws
  • Enforce Kentucky traffic laws and ensure safe roadways
  • Answers a wide variety of calls for service, including but not limited to; property crimes, drug violations, traffic collisions, disputes, and any other citizen complaint
  • Respond with fire departments and EMS to calls that necessitate police assistance and may have to render CPR or first aid
  • Interview complainants, witnesses, victims, and suspects at calls for service to determine the nature of a crime
  • Conduct investigations that may require collecting evidence and filing appropriate criminal charges
  • Conduct vacation and business checks looking for suspicious activity
  • Complete crime and collision reports and testify in court
  • Foster and maintain a positive relationship with the community
  • Work in cooperation with other local, state, and federal agencies
  • Perform other related law enforcement and civic duties that contribute to the effective and efficient operations of the department

Full job description is available on our hiring site.

Multiple Specialties, Task Forces & Career Opportunities:

The Kenton County Fiscal Court is an Equal Opportunity Employer, currently employing approximately 273 full-time employees and over 50 seasonal and part-time employees throughout the various county departments.