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.