Learn everything you need to know about becoming a police officer in Kansas including salary, pays scale, requirements and disqualification factors

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3 Red Flags That May Lead to Disqualification

history of lawlessness

everyone ought to know that having a felony conviction on your criminal record is essentially a modern day scarlet letter that will prevent anyone from becoming a police officer, however having a pattern of lawlessness and a clear disregard for the law will also prevent you from getting a law enforcement job.

Poor Credit Report

If you have a number of accounts in collections that you've ignored, they will likely come back to hunt you as a number of agencies are now reviewing your financial history to evaluate you as a viable candidate. If you do have outstanding debts in collections, contact the appropriate collection agency to set up a payment plan.

Social Media posting

constantly ranting on social media about social events, and Posting tasteless photos of yourself getting drunk or using drugs is another common red flag that will reflect negatively on you as a prospective recruit. Agencies are looking for applicants with good moral characters and posting tasteless photos aren't a good sign.

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Kansas Police Requirements:

Minimum Qualifications

Here are some of the basic requirements to become a police officer in Kansas. Note some agencies may have additional requirements

Disqualification factors to be aware of:


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Written Exam
Application Evaluation
Initial Interview
Background Investigation
Command Staff Interview Board
Civil Service Board Interview
Polygraph Examination
Medical/Psychological Exam

Police Training Academy Courses


  • Taser
  • First Aid
  • DUI/OWI Enforcement
  • Traffic Enforcement
  • Criminal Law
  • Traffic Law
  • search and seizure
  • ethical issues
  • use of force;
  • firearms
  • defensive tactics
  • drug investigations
  • securing crime scene
  • burglary investigation
  • theft investigation
  • fingerprinting
  • financial crimes
  • sexual offenses
  • child abuse and neglect
  • laboratory services
  • criminal investigation

Specialized Units in Kansas

911 Communication Center
Air Support Unit (Air 1)
Bomb Squad
Canine Unit (K9)
Crime Scene Investigations (CSI)
Data Systems
Fleet Management
Honor Guard
Motorcycle Unit (Solo Motors)
Planning & Research
Special Events Unit
Staff Inspections
Tact Team (SWAT)
Traffic Investigations (Signal 30 And Hit & Run)
Special Projects & Major Violators
Vice Enforcement Unit
Office Of Professional Standards
Criminal Intelligence
Gang Enforcement
Predator Interdiction Unit
Crime Analysis & Cyber Crime Unit
Violent Crimes Task Force (VCTF)
Drive-By Shooting Investigations
Criminal Enterprise And Financial Investigations Unit
Graffiti Unit

According to U.S. labor of bureau statistics (2018) the average salary for a police officer in Oklahoma is...

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Average Salary
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* The base pay above does not Include holiday pay, longevity pay, education level, uniform allowance, shift differential and overtime. Cops can potentially earn more than the figure above suggest.

Average Pay Percentile Breakdown

The percentile wage estimate below is the value of a wage below which  certain percent of workers fall. Data collected from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2018)

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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. 

State Patrol Qualifications

  • Must be a United States Citizen of at least 21 years of age.
  • Possess a High School Diploma or G.E.D. Equivalence.
  • Be Free of Conviction of Any Crime Punishable by Imprisonment in a Federal or State Peniteniary.
  • Good Physical Condition Required.
  • Possess a Valid Kansas Driver’s License.
  • Must Pass a Vision / Hearing Standards.
  • Be Willing to Live and Work Anywhere within the State of Kansas.

Salary / Benefits:
Trooper I Salary – Range




Starting Pay

Note: After 4 years of service a Trooper I is normally advanced to Trooper II if eligibility requirements have been met.

Benefits Include:

Rewarding and Professional Career

Competitive Salary

State of the Art Training Academy

  • On-the-Job Training
  • Vehicle Provided
  • In-Car video Cameras
  • Uniforms and State of the Art Equipment Provided
  • Uniform Cleaning Allowance
  • Advanced Educational Opportunities
  • Promotions and Retirement Benefits
  • Paid Vacation and Sick Leave
  • Health / Dental Insurance and Optional Insurance for Family Members
  • Optional Life Insurance
  • Honor Guard

Exam Format:

What is being measured in the test?

Handling Stress & Responsibility
This component measures the ability to deal effectively with on-the-job stress, such as dangerous situations, conflict, and emotional interactions. In addition, this component measures the degree to which an individual assumes personal responsibility for his/her own actions and decisions.

Emotional Skills, Work Attitude
These skills include Optimism, Personal Influence, Self-Control and Impulse Control, Respect for Authority, and Ethics. These are skills and values that are generated within a person and are demonstrated in the person’s integrity, dependability, initiative, and self-confidence.

Interpersonal Skills
Interpersonal skills have been ignored by traditional selection tests, yet the ability to deal with others is one of the most important skills a LEO can have. Interpersonal skills refer to the various abilities required to deal effectively and positively with others. These skills include Compassion and Empathy, Teamwork, Conflict Resolution, Oral Communication, Service Orientation, and Flexibility. This test component has a strong multicultural basis and measures an applicant’s ability to work cooperatively and effectively with diverse groups of people, within the department in which they work, and with members of public.

Practical Skills
Practical skills refer to the ability to handle everyday problems and situations, to understand how to work with people, how to accomplish goals, how to use good judgment and common sense in everyday work and life. LEO’s must be able to think clearly, quickly and logically in complicated situations. They must be able to identify, analyze, and solve problems. Part of solving complicated problems is the ability to recognize several different ways of solving a problem choosing the most effective solution in each particular situation. This test component includes Problem Solving and Judgment.

Cognitive Skills
This component of the test includes more traditional measures of ability related to the job, such as Reading, Writing and Mathematical abilities. Cognitive abilities measure a person’s acquired knowledge (such as ability to do basic mathematics), ability to succeed in job training, and ability to comprehend, learn and retain information necessary for doing the job.

The scores in the different components are combined into a Total Score to provide a final score and ranking for each applicant.




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Physical Agility Testing:

Physical Agility Test Description
Station Instructions


Cartridges are non-firing (dummy) rounds. After the assessor has demonstrated to you the act of loading a magazine, you will be allowed one minute (timed) to familiarize yourself with the magazine loading process. The magazine and eight cartridges will be placed on the table, at the command to start, begin loading the magazine. Time will start with the beginning command and shall end when all eight rounds have been inserted, and the loaded magazine is returned to the tabletop. Time allowed is 30 seconds.


Ensure the handgun is not loaded. After the assessor has demonstrated to you the act of pulling the trigger, you will be allowed one minute (timed), to familiarize yourself with the weapon’s functions. With your feet in a designated area, the handgun held in your dominant hand and pointing downwards by the side of your leg, you will be given the command to start. As quickly as possible, raise the weapon, place the barrel within the circumference of the metal ring and simulate the act of firing the handgun, double action, with each hand, seven times. Time will start with the beginning command and will end when all simulated firing has stopped and the weapon is returned to a position of rest by your leg. Time allowed is 20 seconds.


Ensure the shotgun is not loaded. After the assessor has demonstrated to you the action of cycling a pump shotgun, you will be allowed one minute (timed), to familiarize yourself with the weapon’s function. With your feet in a designated area, with the shotgun held in the port-arms position (weapon held diagonally across the body, with the muzzle near the left shoulder), you will be given the command to start. As quickly as possible, raise the weapon and place the barrel within the circumference of the metal ring. Then simulate the act of firing the shotgun. Four times while held at the right shoulder and four times from the left shoulder, changing hand positions as you change shoulders. Time will start with the beginning command, and will end when all simulated firing has stopped and the weapon is returned to port-arms position. Time allowed is 20 seconds.

General – The course must be completed in 2 minutes and 45 seconds, or less. Applicants will wear a weighted vest throughout the course. The vest weights approximately fifteen pounds. Touching any cone, bar or obstacle, will result in a time penalty.

1. Getting out of car seat: Begin in the car seat with the seatbelt fastened, with hands resting on the knees. The assessor escort will indicate when to begin, at which time the clock will start. Unfasten the belt and begin the course.

2. Run and obstacle jump: Go to a designated mat and touch one knee to the mat, on the floor. Advance to and around a marked set of cones, changing direction. Then proceed to and go over a two-foot bar. A time penalty will also be assessed for failure to kneel on the pad. Note: Use caution when jumping over the bar, as the weighted vest may make you off-balance. You can step over the bar.

3. Kneel and crawl: Touch one knee to a mat on the floor, then proceed to crawl on your knees, or duck walk under the obstacle. An additional time penalty will be assessed, for failure to kneel on the pad. Proceed around a marked set of cones, changing directions.

4. Serpentine Run: Go through a serpentine of seven cones spaced five feet apart. The first cone will be to the left and the applicant must run to the outside of the cones. A time penalty will be assessed for failure to pass through the cones in the proper sequence. Advance to and around a marked set of cones, changing directions. Proceed in a straight line to cones marked end of obstacle events (events 2, 3 and 4). A time penalty will be assessed for exiting the course in improper place.

5. Weight drag: Advance to a 70-pound weight bag and grasp the bag by the handles, or pick it up. Drag or carry the bag to and around a cone. Drag or carry the weight bag back to its original position. The station is completed once the applicant drags or carries the weight bag to its original position and places the bag within the boundaries of the square. Note: Use your legs to lift, keeping your back straight to avoid injury.

6. Stair climb: Go up the stairs. Hold the railing and touch every step during the climb. Time penalties will be assessed for failing to hold the railing and for taking more than one step at a time.

7. Drop and push-up: Touch your chest to the mat, on the floor, keeping hands within the red taped rectangular area, then push off the mat to standing position.

8. Dummy takedown: Approach and take down a 90-pound life sized dummy (with a resistance line attached), pinning the dummy to the mat. This task must be completed with the square marked by red tape. Station will be completed when the dummy’s chest is fully pinned to the mat. Time penalties will be assessed for using straps or ropes to assist in the takedown , or for pinning the dummy outside the confines of the red square. Note: Pin the dummy by putting your weight directly on the shoulders. Push the dummy straight down, keeping it directly under the pulley.

9. Stair descent: Proceed down the stairs. Hold the railing and touch every step during the descent. Time penalties will be assessed for failing to hold the railing and for taking more than one step at a time.

10. Getting in to car seat: Return to the car seat. Fasten the seatbelt around waist. The assessor escort will stop the clock when the seatbelt has been fastened.

11. Reaction test: Applicants will immediately be escorted to a separate station. Use the baton to touch a series of pads numbered 1 to 10, which are mounted on a wall. The numbers will be in a random pattern. Keep one foot on the “X”, on the floor and you may hold the baton in whichever hand is most comfortable. Find each number on the wall and hit it with the baton, while saying the number aloud. Go through the numbers in order. Go through the series of numbers once as a practice trial. Following the practice trial, the applicant will be timed going through the numbers two times without stopping. This event is timed separately. Time penalties will be assessed for removing your foot from the “X”, on the floor, failure to call out numbers when struck, or for not striking the numbers in sequence.

Physical Agility Test Penalties




2. Run and obstacle jump

Failure to kneel on pad

3. Kneel and crawl

Failure to Kneel on pad

4. Serpentine run

Running through the cones in the
improper sequence

5. Weight drag

Bag not deposited within the confines of red square

6. Stair climb

Failing to hold the railing or taking more than one step at a time

8. Dummy take-down

Using straps/rope to assist take-down

9. Stair descent

Failing to hold the railing or taking more than one step at a time

11. Reaction course

Striking numbers out of sequence.
Failing to call our numbers when struck.
Remove foot from “X” on floor

Career Options:
Honor Guard

Breath Alcohol Unit

Criminal Interdiction

Executive Protection

Motor Carrier Inspection

Special Response Team


Flight Operations

Critical Highway Accident Response Team (CHART)

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List of Police Departments in Kansas

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

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