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RPD Recruitment Information

Minimum Officer Requirements

  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.
  • No convictions for a felony or domestic violence offense.
  • High school diploma or G.E.D.
  • There are no specific height or weight requirements; candidates must pass a physical agility test.
  • Good driving, police, and employment record
  • Please see our Tattoo and Body Art Policy

RPD Tattoo and Body Art Policy

Body art is defined as procedures used to alter the body’s appearance, such as branding, body piercing (other than the earlobe for earrings), scarification, or tattoos.

In order to present a positive and professional image to the community, body art on the hands, neck, face or any part of the head is prohibited. Members are prohibited from having visible body art, excluding tattoos, on any part of the body, while in uniform or while performing an official duty in non-uniformed attire, unless otherwise approved by the Chief of Police. This includes secondary employment in an official capacity.

Sleeve tattoos are likewise prohibited. A sleeve tattoo is a very large tattoo, or a collection of smaller tattoos, that covers, or almost covers, a member’s entire arm or leg. Half-sleeve or quarter-sleeve tattoos that are visible to the eye, while in uniform or while performing official duty in non-uniformed attire, are likewise prohibited. A half-sleeve or quarter-sleeve tattoo is defined as a very large tattoo, or a collection of smaller tattoos that covers, or almost covers, the entire portion of an arm or leg above or below the elbow or knee.

Tattoos that are sexist, racist, vulgar, anti-social, gang-related, extremist group-related or may bring discredit upon the Richmond Police Department are prohibited. Whether a tattoo’s content is deemed appropriate or inappropriate is at the discretion of the Chief of Police.

Prohibited body art will be concealed while on-duty, via one of the following methods:

  • Cover the body art with approved clothing/uniform (long shirt year around).
  • Cover the body art with a patch, elastic bandage or other material that is similar in color to the member’s skin tone.
  • Conceal the body art with a black or blue covering.
  • Have the body art removed at the member’s expense.


  • Salary: $43,909.00 ($47,908.00 upon completion of basic training academy).
  • Lateral Transfers: $51,778 (includes KLEFPF Fund)
    • Minimum 3 years prior experience
  • Paid Time Off: Earn 15 vacation days, 12 holidays, and 1 personal day per year.
  • Sick Leave: Accumulate one day per month to 120 days max.
  • Retirement: Employees join County Employee Retirement System.
  • Insurance Program: The following insurance coverage is provided at little or no cost to employee:

    1. Health insurance
    2. Life insurance
    3. Unemployment insurance
    4. Worker’s compensation
  • Uniforms: All uniform items, including body armor, are provided.
  • Tuition: Assistance Based on the availability of funding, the City of Richmond may reimburse an employee for half the cost of tuition.
  • Fitness: The police and fire department has a fully equipped fitness facility available 24 hours, 7 days a week.

Testing Process

  1. Physical agility test (see D.O.C.J.T.)
  2. Written exam (general police aptitude and comprehensive writing skills)
  3. Applicant background interview
  4. Suitability Screener
  5. Oral interview
  6. In-depth background investigation
  7. Polygraph
  8. Drug Screen
  9. Medical physical

For more information or questions, email us at recruitment@richmond.ky.us