About the Kentucky Peace Officers' Association, Inc.

Having been organized in 1935 and incorporated in 1941 as a non-profit corporation, the Kentucky Peace Officers' Association, Inc. is the Commonwealth's oldest professional organization for law enforcement officers. Full-time, sworn peace officers in Kentucky from all walks are eligible for active membership. Those who are employed full time as law enforcement administrators or instructors are eligible for active membership provided they have been sworn peace officers prior to becoming an administrator and/or instructor. Retired peace officers are also eligible for active membership.


  • To advance the science and art of police administration and crime prevention;

  • To develop and disseminate approved administrative and technical practices, and to promote their use in police work;

  • To foster police cooperation and unity of action, exchange ideas, information and experience among the police officers of this state; and

  • To encourage adherence of all police officers to high professional standards of conduct.

Become a Member of KPOA

If you wish to join the KPOA, you may submit a membership application. Membership dues are $30.00 annually. Payments are due by July 1st of each year. The KPOA is committed to promoting the exchange of ideas, information and experience among the police officers of this state, and relies on its members to reach this goal.

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Early in its history, the KPOA initiated the first organized training for peace officers at locations around the state. Classes were taught by qualified members at no charge to individuals, their departments or agencies. The association worked for many years for passage of mandated training for all sworn peace officers in the state and for the Sheriff's Succession Amendment, as well as being active in other legislative matters. The president of KPOA or his designee is a member of the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council (KLEC) as provided by Kentucky Revised Statute.

Throughout the years, the association has provided financial assistance to individual law enforcement officers in need of help due to catastrophic medical expenses not covered by other types of aid; was a major contributor to the Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation, Inc.; supported programs to provide school children with educational training and prevention of drug abuse; provided assistance to the families of officers killed in the line of duty; was a sponsor of summer camps for underprivileged and high-risk children; supported the Kentucky Child Crime Victim's Trust Fund, the Century Shield Club, Inc., Kentucky Youth Assembly, Special Olympics, Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run, advocacy programs for abused children, the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund, and other worthy projects. Technical equipment has been contributed to individual agencies in Kentucky.

Membership Benefits

Annual dues include a subscription to the associationís official publication, On Guard newspaper, which is published three times per year. Members are also entitled to free networking and hospitality at all meetings of the board of directors, which are held five times per year at locations around the state.

Associate Membership

Those who do not qualify for active membership but are employed in the criminal justice field, have a special interest in law enforcement or are recognized for other professional attainments are eligible to become associate members. The annual dues for associate members are $30.00 per year and include a subscription to On Guard newspaper plus all other benefits afforded to active members except those of holding office, voting and making motions. Associate members are welcome to attend any meetings and participate in discussion. Applications for Associate Membership can be made using the KPOA Membership Application form. A link to that form can be found above.

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