The Franklin Police accepts applications for employment regardless of our hiring status. Any valid applications submitted will be included in the next hiring process if the applicant can be reached via phone. For further questions, Email Detective Canaan Scott.
Minimum qualifications to apply:
- Must be at least 21 years old
- Must be a high school graduate or have earned a GED
- Must have an honorable discharge if you have ever served in the Armed Forces
- Can never have been convicted of a felony or domestic violence
- Must be a citizen of the United States
- Have a valid driver’s license
Applications and other employment forms may be downloaded below. All application documents MUST be typed, printed out, signed where indicated, and submitted. Incomplete or hand written application documents will not be accepted. Applications are only available online since they must be typed. If you are unable to access a computer, the Goodnight Library offers computer use for free and a nominal charge to print. Please read the instructions carefully.
- Application Instructions (read first)
- Form A - Attesting to Minimum Standards
- Employment Application
- Information Release Authorization
Selection for sworn personnel includes the following:
- Each candidate who meets the minimum requirements must complete the Kentucky Police Officers Professional Standards (POPS) pre-selection physical fitness tests unless already a certified police officer by Kentucky POPS. The Kentucky Law Enforcement Counsel administers the test.
Click here for a detailed description of the PT training standards.
- Each candidate who proceeds to the next step of the process then completes a written examination for the position of Police Officer unless already a Kentucky certified police officer by the Kentucky POPS.
- Each candidate who proceeds to the next step of the process then goes before an oral board composed of Franklin Police Officers.
- Each candidate who proceeds to the next step of the process then undergoes an extensive background investigation.
- Each candidate then meets with a hiring board composed of the Chief of Police, the City Manager, the Personnel Director, and a law enforcement officer from another agency selected by the Chief of Police..
- Upon completion of the selection process, the Chief and the City Manager will recommend to the City Commission those candidates for employment. Final approval for appointment is subject to approval of the Franklin City Commission.
- After being approved by the City Commission , employees are given a conditional employment offer pending completion of a medical examination, psychological examination, polygraph examination, and drug screening. Previously certified employees may not be required to take a polygraph or psychological examination depending on how long ago these tests were performed, at the discretion of the Chief of Police. New employees are then required to take the Franklin Police Department Oath of Office.
- Unless already POPS certified, all newly hired officers shall be required to execute an employment agreement with the City of Franklin requiring the repayment of all training costs, including, but not limited to salary and travel expenses for Basic Training at the Department of Criminal Justice Training, and in house training if employed for less than three years.
- After being employed by the City Commission, employees, not already basic-certified, must complete basic training at Richmond, Kentucky.
- New officers are required to participate in and successfully complete Police Training Officer Program.
- New officers are on probationary status for one year from date of completing Police Training Officer Program. Probationary status may be defined as that period during which one's employment may be sustained or terminated by the City Commission on the recommendation of the Chief of Police. During probation, the continuing selection process shall include, but not be limited to, random drug-screen testing.
|Starting Salary prior to Academy Graduation (non-certified)||$33,446.40/year - ($17.08/hour)|
|Starting Salary after Academy Graduation (certified)||$37,440.00/year - ($19.25/hour - includes KLEFPF)|
|Years of Experience|
|1||$18.50/hour - (includes KLEFPF) Ineligible for promotion|
|2||$19.00/hour - (includes KLEFPF) Ineligible for promotion|
|3||$19.50/hour - (includes KLEFPF) Ineligible for promotion|
|4 - 5||$20.00/hour (includes KLEFPF) Eligible for promotion to Lieutenant - $25.00/hour|
|6||$21.00+/hour - (includes KLEFPF) Eligible for promotion to Lieutenant - $25.00/hour|
|7||$21.00/hour - (includes KLEFPF) Eligible for promotion to Lieutenant - $25.00/hour or Captain - $27.00|
|8 - 9||$21.50/hour - (includes KLEFPF) Eligible for promotion to Lieutenant - $25.00 or Captain - $27.00|
|10 - 11||$22.00/hour - (includes KLEFPF) Eligible for promotion to Lieutenant - $25.00/hour or Captain - $27.00/hour|
|12 - 13||$22.50/hour - (includes KLEFPF) Eligible for promotion to Lieutenant - $25.00/hour or Captain - $27.00/hour or Major - $30.00/hour (Salary)|
|14 - 15||$23.00/hour - (includes KLEFPF) Eligible for promotion to Lieutenant - $25.00/hour or Captain - $27.00/hour or Major - $30.00/hour (Salary)|
|16 - 17||$23.50/hour - (includes KLEFPF) Eligible for promotion to Lieutenant - $25.00/hour or Captain - $27.00/hour or Major - $30.00/hour (Salary)|
|18 - 19||$24.00/hour (includes KLEFPF) Eligible for promotion to Lieutenant - $25.00/hour or Captain - $27.00/hour or Major - $30.00/hour (Salary)|
|20 - 25||$24.50/hour - (includes KLEFPF) Eligible for promotion to Lieutenant - $25.00/hour or Captain - $27.00/hour or Major - $30.00/hour (Salary)|
|Additional certifications may be awarded in the future on a per hour stipend (Commission approval)|
|Int. Officer Certification||$.25/hour|
|Adv. Officer Certification||$.50/hour|
|Detective - On Call||$1.00/hour|
|LE Sup. Certificate||$.75/hour|
|LE Man. Certificate||$1.00/hour|
|LE Exec. Certificate||$1.50/hour|
|Police Chief||Salary is determined and set by the City Manager and City Commission - Salaried - Exempt Position|
|Health Insurance||Health insurance is available, effective the first of the month following employee's full time hire date. Employee/Spouse, Employee/Child, and Family plans are also available.|
|Dental Insurance||City pays 100% of employee only dental insurance effective the first of the month following employee's full time hire date. Employee/Spouse, Employee/Child, and Family plans are also available.|
|Life Insurance||City provides life insurance coverage to all full time employees in the amount of two times their annual salary at no cost to the employee, beginning the first of the month following employee's full time hire date. This coverage is increased to three times the annual salary of a Police Officer inf the death occurs in the line of duty.|
|Vacation||Full time employees accrue paid vacation as follows: Up to one year - One week; One to five years of service - two weeks; Five to ten years of service - three weeks; Ten years or more - Four weeks. Vacation time is accrued, and employees may carry over, from year to year, up to the total amount of vacation that they can accrue in the then current year, based upon the number of years of service with the City.|
|Medical Leave||Employees receive 8 days of paid medical leave per year with a maximum accrual of 180 days.|
|Personal Leave||3 days of earned personal leave per year. Employees must have 6 months without using sick leave, January 1 - June 30 to accrue one personal day. After one year of not using sick leave, (January 1 - December 31) employee earns an additional two personal days.|
|Family Medical Leave||Up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave. Employees must use any available paid leave during this time|
|Funeral Leave||Up to three paid days for immediate family.|
|Social Security||Employee automatically enrolled upon employment.|
|State Retirement||Employee must participate after the first 90 days of full time employment. Employees become vested in the system after five years of service. Retirement payments are based on total years of service and the date employee began participation.|
|Hazardous Duty||Employee contribution - 8% + 1% retirement insurance. City contribution - Amount changes annually on July 1.|
|Deferred Compensation Plan - 457 Plan||Participation is optional.|
|Uniforms||Provided by City.|
|Take Home Units||Available to officers who qualify.|