Steps on Becoming a Police Officer – Requirements Become a Cop in KS

How to Become a Police Officer in Kansas

Kansas law requires certification of all police officers in the state and certification can be achieved only by successfully completing a minimum of 560 hours of basic law enforcement training at an academy.

The two main academies that offer the program for municipal police officers are the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center and the Wichita-Sedgwick County Law Enforcement Training Center.

Hiring Process/ Recruit Selection Standards

In order to be certified, applicants must be employed full time by a county of city law enforcement agency or other police agencies, such as a university, railroad or a tribal agency of an Indian nation. Before being hired by an agency or admission to a course conducted at a training center, candidates will have to show that they meet certain minimum requirements.

They have to be at least 21 years old, a U.S. citizen, and have a high school diploma or a GED certificate. Candidates with military service in their background must have received an honorable discharge or a discharge under honorable conditions. A  Kansas driver’s license is required.

Police Officer Disqualify Factors

All applicants will be fingerprinted and local state and national fingerprint files will be search for evidence of any criminal record. Felony convictions of certain misdemeanor convictions, such as any crime of domestic violence, will disqualify a candidate from being hired.

Candidates will undergo psychological testing and a physical examination to ensure they are free of any physical or mental conditions that could adversely affect performance as a police officer.

Kansas Police Academy Training Requirements

Candidates who make it through the screening process and who are hired by an agency will undergo a basic training curriculum that has been developed by the Kansas Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (KS-CPOST) www.kscpost.org/kscpost.htm. The KS-CPOST website is a good source of information on the details of becoming a peace officer in Kansas.

Another good site to review is the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) http://www.kletc.org/, part of the University of Kansas. KLETC trains the overwhelming majority of municipal, county and state law enforcement officers in Kansas, on average over 400 a year. The complete basic training program can be found under the link for Training Curriculum on the menu down the left side of the home page.

The other primary academy in Kansas, the Wichita-Sedgwick County Law Enforcement Training Center trains recruits for the Wichita Police Department and Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Department. The website for that training center can be found at www.wichita.gov/CityOffices/Police/Training/RecruitTrainingSection.htm.

Average Salary & Pay Scale

According to the Bureau Of Labor Statistics (2010), a police officer in the state of Kansas makes between $27,060 – $38,820 per year. However the data collected by BLS is not very accurate since it does not take into account overtime pay or off duty paid work. These two factors, if included in the data, would have dramatically increase the average salary of a police officer in Kansas.

Police Officer Jobs in Kansas

There are several law enforcement job openings in Kansas. Simply visit our Career Job Opening or go to the official website of the agency you are interested in to complete an application of employment. Below is a list of all the law enforcement agencies in the state of Kansas.

  • Allen County Sheriff’s Office
  • Anderson County Sheriff’s Office
  • Atchison County Sheriff’s Office
  • Barber County Sheriff’s Office
  • Barton County Sheriff’s Office
  • Bourbon County Sheriff’s Office
  • Brown County Sheriff’s Office
  • Butler County Sheriff’s Office
  • Chase County Sheriff’s Office
  • Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office
  • Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office
  • Cheyenne County Sheriff’s Office
  • Clark County Sheriff’s Office
  • Clay County Sheriff’s Office
  • Cloud County Sheriff’s Office
  • Coffey County Sheriff’s Office
  • Comanche County Sheriff’s Office
  • Cowley County Sheriff’s Office
  • Crawford County Sheriff’s Office
  • Decatur County Sheriff’s Office
  • Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office
  • Doniphan County Sheriff’s Office
  • Douglas County Sheriff’s Office
  • Edwards County Sheriff’s Office
  • Elk County Sheriff’s Office
  • Ellis County Sheriff’s Office
  • Ellsworth County Sheriff’s Office
  • Finney County Sheriff’s Office
  • Ford County Sheriff’s Office
  • Franklin County Sheriff’s Office
  • Geary County Sheriff’s Office
  • Gove County Sheriff’s Office
  • Graham County Sheriff’s Office
  • Grant County Sheriff’s Office
  • Gray County Sheriff’s Office
  • Greeley County Sheriff’s Office
  • Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office
  • Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office
  • Harper County Sheriff’s Office
  • Harvey County Sheriff’s Office
  • Haskell County Sheriff’s Office
  • Hodgeman County Sheriff’s Office
  • Jackson County Sheriff’s Office
  • Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office
  • Jewell County Sheriff’s Office
  • Johnson County Sheriff’s Office
  • Kearny County Sheriff’s Office
  • Kingman County Sheriff’s Office
  • Kiowa County Sheriff’s Office
  • Labette County Sheriff’s Office
  • Lane County Sheriff’s Office
  • Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office
  • Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office
  • Linn County Sheriff’s Office
  • Logan County Sheriff’s Office
  • Lyon County Sheriff’s Office
  • Marion County Sheriff’s Office
  • Marshall County Sheriff’s Office
  • McPherson County Sheriff’s Office
  • Meade County Sheriff’s Office
  • Miami County Sheriff’s Office
  • Mitchell County Sheriff’s Office
  • Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office
  • Morris County Sheriff’s Office
  • Morton County Sheriff’s Office
  • Nemaha County Sheriff’s Office
  • Neosho County Sheriff’s Office
  • Ness County Sheriff’s Office
  • Norton County Sheriff’s Office
  • Osage County Sheriff’s Office
  • Osborne County Sheriff’s Office
  • Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office
  • Pawnee County Sheriff’s Office
  • Phillips County Sheriff’s Office
  • Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office
  • Pratt County Sheriff’s Office
  • Rawlins County Sheriff’s Office
  • Reno County Sheriff’s Office
  • Republic County Sheriff’s Office
  • Rice County Sheriff’s Office
  • Riley County Sheriff’s Office
  • Rooks County Sheriff’s Office
  • Rush County Sheriff’s Office
  • Russell County Sheriff’s Office
  • Saline County Sheriff’s Office
  • Scott County Sheriff’s Office
  • Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office
  • Seward County Sheriff’s Office
  • Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office
  • Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office
  • Sherman County Sheriff’s Office
  • Smith County Sheriff’s Office
  • Stafford County Sheriff’s Office
  • Stanton County Sheriff’s Office
  • Stevens County Sheriff’s Office
  • Sumner County Sheriff’s Office
  • Thomas County Sheriff’s Office
  • Trego County Sheriff’s Office
  • Wabaunsee County Sheriff’s Office
  • Wallace County Sheriff’s Office
  • Washington County Sheriff’s Office
  • Wichita County Sheriff’s Office
  • Wilson County Sheriff’s Office
  • Woodson County Sheriff’s Office
  • Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office
  • Abilene Police Department
  • Altamont Police Department
  • Andover Police Department
  • Anthony Police Department
  • Argonia Police Department
  • Arkansas City Police Department
  • Arma Police Department
  • Atchison Police Department
  • Atwood Police Department
  • Augusta Police Department
  • Baldwin City Police Department
  • Basehor Police Department
  • Baxter Springs Police Department
  • Bel Aire Police Department
  • Belleville Police Department
  • Beloit Police Department
  • Blue Rapids Police Department
  • Bonner Springs Police Department
  • Burlingame Police Department
  • Burlington Police Department
  • Burrton Police Department
  • Caney Police Department
  • Carbondale Police Department
  • Cedar Vale Police Department
  • Chanute Police Department
  • Chapman Police Department
  • Chase Police Department
  • Cheney Police Department
  • Cherokee City Police Department
  • Cherryvale Police Department
  • Chetopa Police Department
  • Cimarron Police Department
  • Circleville Police Department
  • Clay Center Police Department
  • Clearwater Police Department
  • Coffeyville Police Department
  • Colby Police Department
  • Columbus Police Department
  • Colwich Police Department
  • Concordia Police Department
  • Conway Springs Police Department
  • Council Grove Police Department
  • Derby Police Department
  • Dodge City Police Department
  • Edwardsville Police Department
  • El Dorado Police Department
  • Elkhart Police Department
  • Ellinwood Police Department
  • Ellis Police Department
  • Ellsworth Police Department
  • Elwood Police Department
  • Emporia Police Department
  • Enterprise Police Department
  • Erie Police Department
  • Eskridge Police Department
  • Eudora Police Department
  • Fairway Police Department
  • Florence Police Department
  • Fort Scott Police Department
  • Frankfort Police Department
  • Fredonia Police Department
  • Frontenac Police Department
  • Galena Police Department
  • Garden City Police Department
  • Gardner Police Department
  • Garnett Police Department
  • Girard Police Department
  • Goddard Police Department
  • Goodland Police Department
  • Grandview Plaza Police Department
  • Great Bend Police Department
  • Halstead Police Department
  • Harper Police Department
  • Haven Police Department
  • Havensville Police Department
  • Hays Police Department
  • Haysville Police Department
  • Herington Police Department
  • Hesston Police Department
  • Hiawatha Police Department
  • Highland Police Department
  • Hill City Police Department
  • Hillsboro Police Department
  • Hoisington Police Department
  • Holton Police Department
  • Horton Police Department
  • Howard Police Department
  • Hoxie Police Department
  • Hugoton Police Department
  • Humboldt Police Department
  • Hutchinson Police Department
  • Independence Police Department
  • Inman Police Department
  • Iola Police Department
  • Junction City Police Department
  • Kansas City Police Department
  • Kechi Police Department
  • Kingman Police Department
  • Kinsley Police Department
  • Kiowa Police Department
  • La Crosse Police Department
  • La Cygne Police Department
  • Lansing Police Department
  • Larned Police Department
  • Lawrence Police Department
  • Leavenworth Police Department
  • Leawood Police Department
  • Lenexa Police Department
  • Lewis Police Department
  • Liberal Police Department
  • Lindsborg Police Department
  • Louisburg Police Department
  • Lyndon Police Department
  • Lyons Police Department
  • Maize Police Department
  • Marion Police Department
  • Marysville Police Department
  • McPherson Police Department
  • Meade Police Department
  • Melvern Police Department
  • Medicine Lodge Police Department
  • Merriam Police Department
  • Minneapolis Police Department
  • Mission Police Department
  • Moran Police Department
  • Moundridge Police Department
  • Mt. Hope Police Department
  • Mulvane Police Department
  • Neodesha Police Department
  • Newton Police Department
  • Nickerson Police Department
  • North Newton Police Department
  • Norton Police Department
  • Nortonville Police Department
  • Oakley Police Department
  • Oberlin Police Department
  • Olathe Police Department
  • Onaga Police Department
  • Osage City Police Department
  • Osawatomie Police Department
  • Osborne Police Department
  • Oswego Police Department
  • Ottawa Police Department
  • Overbrook Police Department
  • Overland Park Police Department
  • Oxford Police Department
  • Paola Police Department
  • Park City Police Department
  • Parsons Police Department
  • Peabody Police Department
  • Perry Police Department
  • Pittsburg Police Department
  • Plainville Police Department
  • Prairie Village Police Department
  • Pratt Police Department
  • Protection Police Department
  • Quinter Police Department
  • Richmond Police Department
  • Riley County Police Department
  • Roeland Park Police Department
  • Rolla Police Department
  • Rose Hill Police Department
  • Rossville Police Department
  • Russell Police Department
  • Sabetha Police Department
  • Saint Francis Police Department
  • Saint John Police Department
  • Saint Marys Police Department
  • Salina Police Department
  • Scott City Police Department
  • Scranton Police Department
  • Sedan Police Department
  • Sedgwick Police Department
  • Seneca Police Department
  • Shawnee Police Department
  • Silver Lake Police Department
  • Smith Center Police Department
  • South Hutchinson Police Department
  • Spring Hill Police Department
  • Stafford Police Department
  • Sterling Police Department
  • Stockton Police Department
  • Tonganoxie Police Department
  • Topeka Police Department
  • Towanda Police Department
  • Troy Police Department
  • Udall Police Department
  • Ulysses Police Department
  • Valley Center Police Department
  • Valley Falls Police Department
  • Victoria Police Department
  • WaKeeney Police Department
  • Wakefield Police Department
  • Walton Police Department
  • Wamego Police Department
  • Wellington Police Department
  • Wellsville Police Department
  • Westwood Police Department
  • Wichita Police Department
  • Wilson Police Department
  • Winfield Police Department
  • Yates Center Police Department