Do you already have experience as a Police Officer?

The Owensboro Police Department is accepting applications for the position of Police Officer-Lateral.   If you have any questions or want to confirm our receipt of your application, call Jo Hall at 270-687-8861 or Officer Boggess at 270-687-8867.

Up to $12,000 Sign On Bonus Available!

Lateral Transfer Police Officer (From Kentucky)

To be considered for a lateral transfer, applicant must:

  • Currently be a full-time peace officer and have 3 years full time law enforcement experience.
  • Be POPS certified and such certification must be portable, or POPS certifiable and such certification must be obtained without having to attend the DOCJT Basic Training Academy.

To Apply, “Click Here”

Accepting applications for lateral police officer, does not mean that we currently have a vacancy. The City is under no obligation to hire if we do have a vacancy or to process applicants.


Lateral Transfer Police Officer (From Outside of Kentucky)

  • You must currently be a full time peace officer and have 3 years full time law enforcement experience.
  • Before your application can be considered, you must first be approved through the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council (KLEC).
  • You will need to send your Basic Training Transcript which needs to include the amount of hours (along with a Certificate of Completion) to KLEC, see the link below.

Click here to view the KLEC website and obtain information on how to contact them.

To Apply, “Click Here”

Accepting applications for lateral police officer, does not mean that we currently have a vacancy. The City is under no obligation to hire if we do have a vacancy or to process applicants.


Reserve Police Officer

  • All POPS and other police requirements must be met as would be for a full time police officer.
  • Post-offer, pre-employment requirements will be the same as when hiring lateral transfer candidates.
  • Typically, retired Owensboro Police Department officers are considered for these positions. However, the Chief may consider offering such position to any other POPS certified officers from other employers, following the same pre-employment and post-offer requirements used for the hiring of lateral transfer police officers.

To Apply, “Click Here”

Accepting applications for reserve police officer, does not mean that we currently have a vacancy. The City is under no obligation to hire if we do have a vacancy or to process applicants.