Police Officer


Are you ready to begin your career as a police officer? Protect and serve citizens while making a positive impact on your community. The Bowling Green Police Department's purpose is to protect life and property by enforcing all city statutes, ordinances and the laws and regulations of the state.

The City of Bowling Green is a vibrant, growing, and diverse community located in south-central Kentucky. It is the 3rd largest city in the state and conveniently located between Nashville and Louisville. Bowling Green offers a combination of big-city amenities and small-town feel.

Public Safety Job Register

Minimum Requirements, Compensation, Benefits, & Hiring (PDF)

Why become a police officer?

  • Competitive salary ($42,015 annual rate) ($46,015 after completing basic training)
  • Take home vehicle for officers residing in Warren County
  • Cash in personal, holiday, and appreciation leave (twice a year)
  • 24/7 fitness facility
  • Dental and vision care provided at 100% for employee
  • State retirement program
  • $50,000 Term Life Insurance provided by the City
  • Dental and Vision Care Insurance
  • Tuition reimbursement to obtain college degree: $4,800 annually after probationary period

For a more detailed list of benefits, view the following document:

Police Officer Application Information (PDF)

Minimum Requirements: 

  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • Must be a US Citizen
  • Valid driver's license
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Good driving, police, personal, & employment record
  • Males aged 18-26 must be registered with the Selective Service 
  • Tattoos cannot be visible while in uniform and  body studs and/or earrings will not be worn while on-duty

Peace Officer Professional Standards (POPS) Test

As part of the application process, all applicants must take and pass a state certified physical agility test (POPS). This test consists of five events: 

  • Bench Press (% of body weight)
  • Sit-ups (repetitions)
  • 300 Meter Run (seconds)
  • Push-ups (repetitions)
  • 1.5 Mile Run (min: sec)

This test uses an overall scoring scheme, allowing a lower score on one event to be compensated by a higher score on another event. In order to meet the state standard, an overall minimum score of 50 points must be achieved.

For more information about this test, you can view the following document:

POPS Phase I Testing Information

The City of Bowling Green is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Schedule (Fall 2020)

Deadline for submitting application and testing registration
Friday, November 20, 2020
POPS Physical Testing
Police Headquarters
911 Kentucky St
Friday, October 23, 2020, 12:30pm
*Must present completed T1 and T1a forms to enter.
Police Headquarters
911 Kentucky St
Saturday, October 24, 2020, 7:30am
*Must register for POPS physical test.
POPS Physical Testing
Police Headquarters
911 Kentucky St
Wednesday, November 4, 2020, 4:30pm
*Must present completed T1 and T1a forms to enter.
Police Headquarters
911 Kentucky St
Thursday, November 5, 2020, 2:30pm
*Must register for POPS physical test.
Final date to submit packets (8:00am - 4:00pm)
Wednesday, December 2, 2020
HR contact applicants to schedule Polygraph and Psychological Evaluation
December 21, 2020 - January 1, 2021

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