ASHLAND POLICE DEPARTMENT ASHLAND, KENTUCKY
Ashland, Kentucky is a city of 23,622 people. The City sits on the bank of the Ohio River near the confluence of the Big Sandy River. The Ohio River is the boundary between Kentucky and Ohio, and the Big Sandy River is the boundary between Kentucky and West Virginia. Ashland is a part of a larger area, the Huntington/Ashland Statistical Area, WV-KY-OH, which has a population of 314,875 and covers 2,607 square miles. The three largest cities in this region are Huntington, West Virginia, Ashland, Kentucky and Ironton, Ohio. The Ashland community is comprised of a largely homogeneous population and is often referred to as a blue collar town.
Ashland is organized as a home rule community and governed through the commission/manager form of government. The city manager is the chief administrative officer for the City. He reports to the board of commissioners. All department heads report to the city manager. The city manager is responsible for the day to day operations of the City, but by statute does not have the authority to hire or fire personnel. That authority is granted exclusively to the majority of the board of commissioners.
Today's police department has an authorized strength of 56, with 48 sworn officers. There are three civilian employees serving administrative support roles and five parapolice assigned to handle tasks not requiring the services of a sworn officer, e.g., parking enforcement, information center, records management, and property control.
Each Ashland police officer is required to successfully complete 30 weeks of state and local mandated training before serving. Each sworn officer is required to successfully complete 40 hours annual in-service training as approved by the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council. In return for meeting and maintaining training requirements, each officer receives $3,100.00 from the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Police Officer, Ashland Police Department
Requirements: by the date of submission of the application be twentyâ€‘one (21) years of age per KRS 15.382; provide birth certificate copy with application; be a high school graduate or have earned a GED Diploma for high school level and provide copy of diploma with application. If a veteran of any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, provide copy of DD214 showing the reason for discharge. The applicant shall not have received a dishonorable discharge, bad conduct discharge or general discharge under other than honorable conditions. Be an orderly, lawâ€‘abiding citizen with no prior felony or domestic violence convictions, not prohibited by federal or state law from possessing a firearm; not have had certification as a peace officer revoked in KY or any other state; be a person of sobriety and integrity, and of sound mind and body; be willing to become a resident of KY prior to administration of Oath of Office, if employed; be willing to undergo and successfully complete thorough physical agility tests; be willing to complete a suitability screener examination; be willing to be fingerprinted and undergo and successfully complete thorough personal background investigation; be willing to submit to and successfully complete polygraph testing; provide a truthful statement certifying no use of illicit drugs for the past 12 months; as a preâ€‘condition to employment and a condition to continued employment, execute a waiver to submit to random testing for illicit drugs to remain in force as long as employed; after a conditional offer of employment, be willing to undergo and successfully complete thorough medical examination; possess a valid license to operate a motor vehicle and provide copy of license with application; be willing to execute a repayment agreement for continued employment with the APD for a minimum of thirty-six (36) months; be willing to attend the DOCJT basic training academy in Richmond, KY; and, be free from tattoos or body piercing that will be visible while in any departmentally issued uniform. Body piercing does not include piercing of the ear lobe. Any applicant who is a â€œCertified Peace Officerâ€� as defined in KRS 15.310(3) must provide a copy of the Peace Officer Professional Standards Certification issued by the KY Law Enforcement Council with application and will be evaluated prior to processing all non-certified applicants.
The City offers a complete benefits package including hazardous duty retirement; health insurance-$15/pay period single, $30/pay period family; sick leave-1 day/month accumulated to 120 days; three (3) weeks paid vacation; $25,000 term life insurance and additional voluntary life insurance; and ten (10) paid holidays per year. Applicants must provide copy of high school diploma/ged or verification of receipt; copy of birth certificate; copy of drivers license and copy of dd214, if applicable, with application. The application can be downloaded and printed from the document center at www.ashlandky.gov for completion.
Applications will be kept on-file for 1 year. Minority candidates and certified peace officers are encouraged to apply. Equal Opportunity Employer