Law Enforcement Accelerated Program (LEAP)

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Q. If I am a police officer in another state, am I eligible to apply for the LEAP class?:

A. No. You must be currently working for a Kentucky Law Enforcement Agency or not have been separated or retired from Agency for more than twelve (12) months.

Q. What do I have to do to take the test?

A. You must contact the nearest Kentucky State Police Post and submit the following documentation by October 31st.

  1. Notarized LEAP Application
    1. EEO Form
    2. Test Date Request Form
    3. KSP Sworn Officer Recommendation Form
  2. Birth Certificate (copy) *hospital copies will not be accepted
  3. Operator's License (copy)
  4. High School Diploma or GED Certificate (copy)
  5. Copy of Peace Officer Professional Standards (POPS) Certificate

You will be required to schedule an interview with the Post Commander at the nearest Kentucky State Police Post.

Q. What do I do if I cannot find my high school diploma and the school does not keep copies of the diploma?

A. You may request a copy of your high school transcript from the school and if it includes the graduation date we will accept this in lieu of the diploma.

Q. Where do I get an application and what do I do with it when it is completed? Can I e-mail the application?

A. The application may be completed on-line but must be printed off to be signed and notarized. It must be sent along with the other required documents to your local State Police Post.

Q. How long is the Academy?

A. The length of the training for this accelerated cadet class will be 11 weeks.

The cadet class has been tentatively scheduled to start on April 15th, 2012 with a projected graduation date of July 1st, 2012.

Q. I have several tattoos; will these disqualify me from the application process?

A. It depends on the location of the tattoo. According to KSP policy, candidates can not have tattoos or body piercings visible while wearing an agency uniform. The uniform that exposes the most skin is the summer uniform, which is a short sleeve shirt and long pants. Tattoos that are visible in the uniform shirt are usually below the midpoint of the upper arm may be grounds for disqualification. The nature of the tattoo is insignificant regarding the enforcement of this policy. Other areas of concern would include the neck, head and hands. Typically, agency uniforms cover most other areas. All candidates with tattoos in these areas will be screened by agency personnel prior to the written exam. There are no waivers to this policy.

Q. Where will I be assigned when I graduate the Academy?

A. Each member of the graduating cadet class will be assigned to their home Post Location. We cannot guarantee your assignment within the Post Location.

Q. How soon can I transfer to another post or specialty assignment?

A. Each trooper must remain at his/her initial assignment for a minimum period of one (1) years before being eligible for a transfer to another Post Location. All Troopers work the road for three (3) years before being eligible for any specialty assignments.

Q. How much are the health insurance premiums for state employees?

A. Table includes maximum premiums for Plan Year 2011 and does not include the discount available for the cross-reference option nor the higher premiums for smokers.

Monthly Cost to Employee for Health

Monthly Cost to Employee for Health Insurance
Standard PPO $0.00 $8.28 $282.18 $288.44
Maximum Choice $29.98 $118.66 $364.78 $434.16
Capitol Choice $36.54 $156.98 $483.98 $573.16
Optimum PPO $61.52 $192.40 $511.78 $611.66

Q. Is there a probationary period for cadets that graduate from the Academy?

A. Yes. Upon graduation from the Academy, Troopers shall be on probation for a period of one (1) year from the official date of graduation from the State Police Academy, and may be dismissed from employment at any time during the probationary period, with or without cause.

*Additional questions and answers will be added once received by an applicant.

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