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Contact the Police Department
Emergencies call 911

Non-Emergency (859) 356-3191
Hours: Available 24/7

Administration (859) 356-2697
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Hiring Lateral and Contract Officers

The City of Independence is hiring Lateral and Contract Officers

To apply, send a resume to Capt. Russell Woods and Capt. Brian Ferayorni via email

Seeking Qualified Lateral or Contract Applicants

We are seeking to hire hardworking, self-motivated individuals who enjoy working in an autonomous environment to better their community. As community leaders, we strive to maintain the prestigious reputation of being one of Kentucky’s safest cities. As one of the fastest growing communities in the state we offer state of the art equipment and benefits. The Independence Police Department offers varying 8-, 10-, and 12-hour shifts to better accommodate the family atmosphere to which we strive, matching 401K, healthcare, and competitive pay ranging from $51,000 to $68,000 for laterals and up to $71,400 for contract employees.  Opportunities include: SWAT, Accident Reconstruction, Criminal Investigation Unit, K9, Honor Guard, Evidence Collection Team, Field Training Officer, Bike Patrol, and more. Join our team today!


This is skilled and responsible work in the protection of life and property through the enforcement of law and ordinances. An employee in this class is responsible for maintaining law and order, protecting life and property, and performing other police related activities including patrol, investigation, crime scene preservation, and crime prevention. This position receives moderate to close supervision from the Police Sergeant and Lieutenant which reports directly to the Assistant Chief and the Chief of Police.


Physically apprehends criminals using mechanical or non-mechanical means. Safely care for and use necessary law enforcement equipment in the performance of duties to include: firearms, patrol vehicles, radar, and Intoxilyzer instruments. Work during inclement weather and at varied hours of the day. Communicate accurately with other officers, other police agencies, government agencies and the general public regarding accidents, crimes and emergency response situations. Apply federal, state, local laws and ordinances to accidents, crimes, and emergency response situation. Must satisfactorily complete Bureau of Training course, as well as subsequent 40 hours of annual training.


Patrols city on foot, bicycle, and in a cruiser, often during inclement weather and varied hours of the day. Responds to emergency calls and takes proper action. Safely care for and use firearms and patrol vehicle in the performance of law enforcement duties. Prevents and discovers citations for traffic violations.  Testifies in court when necessary, serves legal documents for the court. Controls traffic at school crossings, accidents, fires, and parades.  Secures the scene of crimes and accidents, conducts preliminary investigations, gathers evidence, and interview witnesses. Conducts building security checks, reports defective streetlights and traffic signals, street hazards, and other safety problems. Assists in emergency situations including administering first aid.  Completes and submits reports that detail the facts of crimes, accidents, emergency response situations and other situations responded to during tour of duty. Provides security and funeral escorts when needed. Operates detection equipment such as Intoxilyzer and radar as part of enforcement duties. Serves as representative of the police in connection with school and community public education programs. Maintains job certifications through necessary training. All other duties as assigned.


Graduation from high school or the equivalent. Graduation from the 400-hour Basic Training Course at the Department of Criminal Justice Training, or any combination of approved training and experience which provides the desired knowledge, skills, and abilities.


Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other city employees and officers, outside agencies, government agencies and the general public. Knowledge of the geography of the jurisdiction. Intermediate knowledge of federal, state and local laws and ordinances. Ability to prepare reports accurately. Ability to analyze situations and act quickly and efficiently. Intermediate knowledge of proper procedures regarding the collection of evidence. Intermediate knowledge of how to use departmental equipment including the safe care and use of firearms, radar, and Intoxilyzer instruments.  Ability to maintain proficiency with department firearms in accordance with range qualifications and use of force standards.  Intermediate knowledge of first aid. Ability to operate a motor vehicle at high speed, or in a dangerous situation. Ability to multitask and think critically. Ability to properly assist the mentally ill, handle suspicious persons, locate and identify drugs, and investigate crimes.


Possession of, a valid vehicle operator’s license. Must have completed, or be eligible to complete, the Basic Training Course at the Department of Criminal Justice Training, which is to include 40 hours of annual in-service training as required.


An individual in this class must meet the requirements of all-applicable Kentucky Revised Statutes and local ordinances.


Graduation from high school, or the equivalency, supplemented by previous work experience or any combination of training and experience which provides the desired knowledge, skills and abilities.


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