Recruitment (Now Hiring)

Kenton County Officer performs traffic stop.

The Kenton County Police Department is a 37 officer agency located in Northern Kentucky just south of Cincinnati, Ohio. We serve a range of communities including rural, suburban and urban.

A Tradition of Excellence

The Kenton County Police Department is currently hiring Lateral Police Officers.

Lateral Police Officer


  • Candidates must have a minimum of two (2) years law enforcement experience and be KLEC Certified or have law enforcement training that is transferable under KLEC regulations. 
  • Lateral transfer candidates must be currently employed in law enforcement, or have left service in good standing in the prior year. 
  • Candidates selected to enter the lateral eligibility process will be scheduled to  complete a mandatory Peace Officer Professional Standards (POPS) physical agility test.  
  • Upon passing the POPS test, candidates will be interviewed by the merit board and possibly invited to interview with the Command Staff.

Salary & Benefits:

  • Base salary of $52,462.43 – $63,587.42 (based on years of service)
  • Hybrid merit and step raises pay scale
  • KLEC certified officers are eligible for KLEPF funds of $4,000 per year
  • Holiday pay (between $2,000 and $2,500), overtime opportunities, yearly Certified First Responder incentive ($1,000) and education incentive($250 associate/$500 bachelor) 
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Immediate health benefits, plus vision and dental at a low cost premium 
  • Take home fleet within Kenton, Boone, Campbell, Pendleton and Grant Counties
  • Uniforms and equipment provided
  • Deferred comp opportunities 
  • 12 hour shifts with every other weekend off
  • State of the art equipment & technology
  • Positive relationships & community support

Examples of Duties:

  • Patrols unincorporated area of Kenton County or other designated area to enforce local and state criminal laws
  • Enforce Kentucky traffic laws and ensure safe roadways
  • Answers a wide variety of calls for service, including but not limited to; property crimes, drug violations, traffic collisions, disputes, and any other citizen complaint
  • Respond with fire departments and EMS to calls that necessitate police assistance and may have to render CPR or first aid
  • Interview complainants, witnesses, victims, and suspects at calls for service to determine the nature of a crime
  • Conduct investigations that may require collecting evidence and filing appropriate criminal charges
  • Conduct vacation and business checks looking for suspicious activity
  • Complete crime and collision reports and testify in court
  • Foster and maintain a positive relationship with the community
  • Work in cooperation with other local, state, and federal agencies
  • Perform other related law enforcement and civic duties that contribute to the effective and efficient operations of the department

Full job description is available on NeoGov.

Multiple Specialties, Task Forces & Career Opportunities:

The Kenton County Fiscal Court is an Equal Opportunity Employer, currently employing approximately 273 full-time employees and over 50 seasonal and part-time employees throughout the various county departments.