+ HOW DO I SCHEDULE MY APPLICANT FOR A PHASE I TEST?
The testing schedule is on the web site under Testing > Phase I Information. You can choose a date from the schedule and then fax (859) 622-5943 or email KLECS@ky.gov a Form A to our office to schedule your applicant. Please print out directions from the Phase I Information page and give them to your applicant. Our office will email you the PHQ (Personal History Questionnaire) within 24 hours if your applicant is taking the suitability screener test. Your applicant should have a photo ID and if taking the physical agility test a completed T1 and a T1A (if they answered yes to any of the questions 1-10 on the T1 form) with them the day of the test.
+ HOW DO I SCHEDULE MY APPLICANT FOR A PHASE II TEST?
Once you have all the results for your applicant from Phase I and have reviewed them, call our office, (859) 622-6218 to get a date, time and location for Phase II. You will then need to fax (859) 622-5943 or email KLECS@ky.gov a Form A to our office to schedule your applicant. Please print out directions from the Phase II Information page and give them to your applicant. Your applicant should have a completed Form I-2-Polygraph Questionnaire and photo ID with them the day of the test.
+ HOW LONG DOES MY NEWLY HIRED PEACE OFFICER HAVE TO COMPLETE BASIC TRAINING?
Peace officers must complete basic training within one year from their hire date.
+ MY APPLICANT FAILED THE PHYSICAL AGILITY TEST. CAN I HAVE THEM RETEST?
Yes, your applicant can retest. They must wait at least 48 hours and no longer than 60 days to complete a retest. Applicants only have to retest any portion of the physical agility test that they failed to score points. Any other parts of the test where points were registered carry over to the retest. A failure to score points during any retest would require the applicant to complete another FULL test. An agency may utilize retesting for an individual up to 4 times a year.
+ I AM READY TO HIRE A NEW PEACE OFFICER WHO NEEDS TO COMPLETE BASIC TRAINING. WHAT FORMS DOES KLEC NEED?
+ I HAVE AN APPLICANT THAT WENT THROUGH THE HIRING PROCESS AND WAS HIRED AND RESIGNED BUT THEY DID NOT GO TO BASIC TRAINING AS A PEACE OFFICER. I WANT TO HIRE THEM BACK. DO THEY NEED TO RETEST?
Please call our office to verify what your applicant will need to do. All pre-employment testing is good for one year from the test date or the hire date, however, a new drug screen must be completed for any new employment cycle.
+ I DID NOT COMPLETE MY IN-SERVICE TRAINING FOR THE YEAR. WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS?
You can request an extension for training. If the extension is granted, it will give you 180 days from January 1 to complete your previous year’s training. You will have until June 30 to do so. You will still be required to complete your 40 hours for the current year.
+ WHAT ARE THE FIREARMS QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE YEAR?
Agencies must complete and submit a Form 68-3 for all certified officers by the end of each calendar year. You may fax (859) 622-5943 or email KLECS@ky.gov the 68-3 forms to the KLEC office. The KLEC staff will enter the forms and the Compliance staff will determine how often and when they will audit your agency rosters to determine if your agency has fulfilled the requirement. A person cannot qualify themselves. You must shoot from a minimum of 21 feet. You may shoot more than the minimum, but attest to doing the minimum. The rounds must be done under the supervision of a certified peace officer who has successfully completed a Kentucky Law Enforcement Council approved firearms instructor course, a Department of Criminal Justice Training certified police firearms instructor or instructor trainer or a Department of Criminal Justice Training certified concealed carry instructor or instructor trainer. Only submit qualifications once per person per year.
+ WHAT IF MY APPLICANT DOES NOT HAVE A GED OR STANDARD HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA BUT HAS A HOME SCHOOL OR OTHER TYPE OF DIPLOMA? HOW DO I DOCUMENT THIS PROPERLY FOR THE FORM D?
You need to provide your applicant with an Applicant Education Verification Form and place it in their POPS, TPS or CSO file for documentation.
+ HOW LONG ARE MY TEST RESULTS VALID?
All test results are valid for one year from the date of the test prior to being hired. For police and court security officer applicants, all test results are valid for one year from their hire date if those test results have not expired prior to them being hired. For telecommunicators, all test results are valid one year from the date of the test prior to being hired.
+ MY OFFICER IS ON MILITARY LEAVE. WHAT TRAINING WILL THEY BE REQUIRED TO DO WHEN THEY RETURN?
An officer is exempt from training for the calendar(s) in which they were activated/deployed. This does not include any weekend or 1-2 week deployments. There is no pre-certification extension, therefore if an officer is activated prior to basic training or during basic training and their tests expire, they must retest.
+ MY RANK HAS CHANGED. HOW CAN I UPDATE THIS INFORMATION?
+ I AM AN OUT OF STATE OFFICER. WILL MY BASIC TRAINING TRANSFER TO KENTUCKY?
Kentucky does accept reciprocity requests. A reciprocity applicant will need to fill out the Kentucky Reciprocity Application and submit all of the following:
- A copy of your basic training graduation certificate
- A copy of your basic training transcript listing each individual class completed with the hours per class
- A letter stating how many years full time you have worked in law enforcement in the state you graduated basic training. If you have worked in multiple states, you will need letters from each department.
- Military ONLY – a copy of your DD-214 and a letter from your Commanding Officer stating in detail your job duties as a military police officer
The Kentucky Reciprocity Application can be found under the Programs > Reciprocity on the web site.
+ I WANT TO HIRE A CERTIFIED PEACE OFFICER AS A COURT SECURITY OFFICER. DO THEY HAVE TO GO TO THE 80-HOUR COURT SECURITY OFFICER BASIC TRAINING?
No, they do not have to attend the 80 hour court security officer basic training. Per KRS 15.3971 (3), certified peace officer who has previously attended law enforcement basic training and met the certification requirements of KRS 15.380 and 15.382 shall not be required to meet the requirements of this section to be appointed a court security officer, but shall meet the requirements of KRS 15.386 (3). KRS 15.386 (3) is the inactive to active statute that states what classes an officer must take when returning to work. So, instead of being required to take the 80-hour basic training course, a certified peace officer would be required to complete the following:
If the person has been inactive for a period of less than 3 years:
- Legal Updates: Penal Code
- Legal Updated: Constitutional Procedures
- Mandatory Training per KRS 15.334
If the person has been inactive for a period of 3 years or more:
- Legal Updates: Penal Code
- Legal Updated: Constitutional Procedures
- Mandatory Training per KRS 15.334
- One of the following 40 hours courses which is most appropriate for the officer’s duty assignment:
- Basic Officer Skills
- Orientation for New Chiefs of Police
- Mandatory Duties of the Sheriff
+ HOW DO I PARTICIPATE IN THE CAREER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM?
You begin the Career Development Program by filling out the CDP Form 1 (Participant Commitment Form) and submitting it back to our office via fax (859) 622-5943 or email KLECS@ky.gov. For more information concerning the Career Development Program please call our office.
+ HOW DO I GET CREDIT FOR OUTSIDE TRAINING CLASSES?
If the class you completed was a KLEC approved course that was not taught by an academy, you can receive credit for it and have it added to your transcript by submitting a Form 68-1 along with a certificate from the class to our office via fax (859) 622-5943 or email KLECS@ky.gov.
+ CAN I USE MY COLLEGE COURSES FOR IN-SERVICE TRAINING CREDIT?
You may use your college classes one time every three years for in-service credit by submitting Form 68-2 along with a certified copy of your transcript to our office via fax (859) 622-5943 or email KLECS@ky.gov.
+ HOW DO I GET TEST RESULTS FOR MY APPLICANTS?
The physical agility letter is mailed from our office within 3-5 business days. Your agency can download the suitability screener results from Law Enforcement Services, Inc. which take about 5-7 business days from the date of the test if the applicant has completed the Personal History Questionnaire and submitted it online. The polygraph and drug screen report will be mailed from our office within 5-7 business days from the date of the test.
+ HOW WILL MY AGENCY BE BILLED FOR THE TESTING?
Invoices are mailed to agencies at the first of the month. Complete test costs are $181.00. The suitability screener is $65.00, drug screen is $16.00 and the polygraph is $100.00.
+ I AM A PEACE OFFICER THAT WAS GRANDFATHERED BUT DID NOT GRADUATE BASIC TRAINING. AM I STILL A CERTIFIED PEACE OFFICER?
After the December 1, 1998 Peace Officer Professional Standards (POPS) Act went into effect, anyone working on that day was grandfathered and certified as a peace officer. If you had completed a recognized basic training class, you will always be a certified officer and will never lose your certification. If you have never attended a recognized basic training class, and you leave your law enforcement position by either resignation, termination or retirement, you have exactly 100 days to become re-employed by another agency or you lose your grandfather status and you would have to complete the pre-employment testing and basic training to become certified again. This is stated in KRS 15.400 (1).
+ I AM AN APPLICANT AND WANT TO SEE MY TEST RESULTS. THE AGENCY I TESTED WITH IS REFUSING TO GIVE THEM TO ME. CAN YOU PROVIDE THEM FOR ME?
All testing is protected by KRS 15.400 from the open records act. You as the applicant are not allowed to see any of your test results. The agency is free to discuss results with you but they cannot give you those results.
+ AM I REQUIRED TO START A POPS OR CSO FILE FOR MY LATERAL HIRE WITH THE INFORMATION FROM THE FORM D1?
Yes. As of June 26, 2007 KRS 15.386 (3)c requires the Form D1 on all inactive to active peace officer hires be completed. Therefore, a new POPS file must be started for this lateral hire. The same is required for Court Security Officers by KRS 15.3977 (3)c and a CSO lateral file must be started.
+ MY 911 CENTER DISPATCHES EMERGENCY MEDICAL CALLS. DO WE HAVE TO BE EMD (EMERGENCY MEDICAL DISPATCH) CERTIFIED?
On July 14, 2018 a new law went into effect, KRS 15.550, that states if your center receives emergency medical calls your telecommunicators shall be trained in T-CPR or telephone cardiopulmonary resuscitation utilizing a nationally recognized emergency cardiovascular care guidelines. There are free online programs you can access at https://www.kena-apco.com/. If your agency already has and EMD program such as APCO, Medical Priority or PowerPhone, there is no requirement for additional T-CPR training.
+ I AM IN RICHMOND AND CANNOT FIND THE TESTING LOCATION. MY GPS IS NOT PINPOINTING THE ADDRESS.
Our Richmond location is on the Eastern Kentucky University College Campus and the address is the actual address of the mailroom. Please utilize our Phase I and Phase II testing directions on our web site. These will direct you to the location.
+ THE LOGIN INFORMATION FOR MY APPLICANT’S LESI (LAW ENFORCEMENT SERVICES, INC.) HAS EXPIRED FOR THE PHQ (PERSONAL HISTORY QUESTIONNAIRE). WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO REACTIVATE IT?
The PHQ login and password is only valid for 5 days after the applicant’s test date. At this time, the login and password issued will expire automatically. You must contact the KLEC office via email KLECS@ky.gov or phone (859) 622-6218 to have the login and password extended.
+ HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO COMPLETE THE INITIAL PROCESS TO BECOME A SPECIAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER (SLEO)?
You should allow 6-8 weeks for the process.
+ WHY DOES IT TAKE SO LONG TO COMPLETE THE SPECIAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER (SLEO) PROCESS?
There are multiple reasons the process takes so long. Connecting with references, fingerprint results being returned and invalid fingerprint readings.
+ IS THE SPECIAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER (SLEO) A ONE-TIME PROCESS?
No, the commissions are good for two years and you will then have to renew your application.
+ MY COMMISSION FOR SPECIAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER (SLEO) IS DUE TO EXPIRE. WHEN SHOULD I SEND IN A RENEWAL APPLICATION?
You should send in your renewal 8 weeks prior to your expiration date.
+ HOW MUCH DOES THE SPECIAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER APPLICATION COST?
The cost is $25.00.
+ WHO DO I WRITE THE CHECK TO FOR THE SPECIAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER COMMISSION?
Please make your check payable to the Kentucky State Treasurer.