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Organized in 1935 and incorporated in 1941 as a non-profit corporation, the Kentucky Peace Officers’ Association, Inc. (KPOA) 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 as full time law enforcement administrators or instructors are eligible for active membership as well, provided they have been sworn peace officers prior to becoming an administrator and/or instructor. Retired peace officers are also eligible for active membership.

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. The KPOA was a major contributor to the Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation, Inc., and supported programs to provide school children with educational training and prevention of drug abuse. We have provided assistance to the families of officers killed in the line of duty. We are a sponsor of summer camps for underprivileged and high-risk children, and we support worthy projects such as: 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 others. Technical equipment has been contributed to individual agencies in Kentucky.

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our Leadership

The Executive Officers are elected from the active membership.

Chip Nowlin

April Brown




Barry Cecil
1st Vice President

Randy Kaplan


2nd Vice President

Jerry Shouse

Sgt. at Arms

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