The Career Development Program (CDP) began in January of 2003 and is administered by the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council. It is a voluntary program that recognizes you as a law enforcement officer or telecommunicator for meeting specific standards within training, education, and experience as you proceed forward in your career. Professional certificates are awarded to law enforcement officers in the career paths of patrol, investigations, traffic, advanced deputy, and management. Telecommunicators can earn a certificate at the basic, intermediate, and advanced levels as well as in management.

  • 503 K.A.R. 1:170 states the definition of and the statutory requirements for the Career Development Program for peace officers and public safety dispatchers for the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council.

The CDP encourages you to organize your training which results in the study of a focused and comprehensive body of knowledge within a particular career path. It assists you in setting training and educational goals from year to year. To earn a certificate you must take certain core training courses and/or courses that teach you a specific technical, human, or conceptual skill. In addition, you must also meet requirements in full time experience as well as education through a college degree or by accumulating educational training points from annual training or college hours completed.

If you are in management it can aid you in building a comprehensive and organized training plan for your agency, help in the planning and envisioning of future personnel needs and be a factor in the recruitment and retention of professional officers and telecommunicators.

The CDP program is associated with many agency pay increases and is being incorporated into agency promotional processes. It is also associated with college credit for both Bachelor and Master programs at specific Universities.

If you need further assistance with CDP please contact the KLEC office.