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Police Officer (Lateral/Experienced Hires) (Open Positions: 5)

Department: Police
Job Status: Full-Time
Days Worked: Sun., Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat.
Status: Accepting Applications
Details: Starting Salary Range: $21.97 and up hourly, D.O.Q.; Open Until Filled
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Job Summary

We are seeking experienced/certified law enforcement officers who are interested in serving the Lawrence community in the time honored profession of Law Enforcement. If you want to make a difference in the community, we challenge you to consider a career with the Lawrence, KS Police Department. Depending on qualifications, officers may start the pay range at $21.97 or higher an hour.  We pay for experience. It will be the most rewarding work you have ever been involved with; we welcome your interest in our department and wish you luck in the selection process.


(Half of bonus to be paid upon hire and the other half paid after successful completion of Field Training Program)

For more information on the department, check out our website- www.JoinLawrencePD.org

Job Responsibilities

100% - Duties include patrolling designated areas of the City to preserve law and order and to prevent the commission of crime, responding to general public service calls, investigating misdemeanor and felony complaints, and enforcing state and municipal laws as well as traffic ordinances. An officer must be able to maintain good working relationships with citizens and actively promote police/community relations. An officer will be required to do a variety of technical and administrative functions that serve the public and the police department. An element of danger is associated with the position and an officer will be subjected to extreme, adverse, and stressful conditions. Work is supervised, but officers must be able to function independently for most of the workday.


Qualifications - Applicants must be law enforcement certified in the state of Kansas or other state certification from outside Kansas. Applicants must be U.S. Citizens who are at least 21 years of age and have earned a high school diploma or G.E.D. College degree preferred but not required. Applicants will be required to pass a written exam, physical agility test and oral interview board. Final candidates will be required to pass an extensive background investigation which includes a polygraph examination. A conditional post job offer psychological evaluation and physical are required. The physical and medical screen include measures of cardio respiratory function, muscular function, strength and endurance, flexibility, visual acuity, audiometric function and a drug screen

Benefits Information

Health/Dental/Vision/Life Insurance: $10 premium per pay period for employee-only coverage. Various dependent on coverage levels available; FREE Well Care Clinic through LMH; free/discounted gym memberships, other wellness benefits/perks

Paid Time Off: 12 Vacation days, 12 Sick days accrued per year; 3 days Personal Leave, 9 Paid Holidays

Retirement: Kansas Police and Fire (KPF) Retirement System


If any of the following statements apply to you, you do not meet the qualifications and cannot
continue in the hiring process.

 Reasons for Disqualification

I have been convicted, have an expunged conviction, or was granted diversion for a felony.

I have been convicted or received a diversion for a misdemeanor, other than DUI, which had a possible jail sentence of six months within the past five years.

Domestic Violence
I have been convicted, have an expunged conviction, or received diversion for any misdemeanor domestic violence offense.

Driving Record
I have had a DUI conviction or received a diversion for a DUI within the past three years.
I do not have a valid driver’s license and am not able to attain one prior to the start of employment.

Probation/ Parole
I am currently on probation, parole or diversion.

Narcotics/Controlled Substance
I have used an illegal drug, other than marijuana, within the past five years.
I have sold or manufactured any controlled substance within the past ten years.

I have used marijuana in the past year.

Military Discharge/Conduct
I have been dishonorably discharged from the military.
I have been convicted of a court martial offense  



 The Lawrence Police Department conducts its hiring process without showing special preference to any individual. Scheduling parameters are applied to all applicants equally, and all applicants must be prepared to personally appear at all phases of the
hiring process outlined below. The Lawrence Police Department will make every effort to reasonably accommodate qualified
applicants with disabilities.

The Lawrence Police Department may grant some exceptions to the hiring process schedule for applicants living outside a 400-
mile radius of Lawrence. Any exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis, and will be solely at the discretion of the
Chief of Police. Requests for exceptions should be made well in advance of the appointment in question. The Lawrence Police
Department’s hiring process consists of the following phases:

1. Written Test
The test consists of questions on reasoning, problem solving, decision-making, data and rule interpretation, understanding instructions, reading comprehension, and writing. Applicants must complete the test within the allotted time. After the standard test, applicants will be given a writing task.
2. Physical Agility Test
The test consists of job related tasks, including but not limited to running, climbing, jumping, pushing and pulling heavy objects. Applicants must perform all tasks and complete the test in the allotted time to qualify for an interview with the oral interview board.
3. Oral Interview Board
The oral interview board is comprised of law enforcement professionals. Applicants will be ranked based on their responses to a list of standardized questions.
4. Background Investigation
Applicants will be fingerprinted and their records will be checked both locally and with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Before appointment, a comprehensive investigation including a polygraph examination will be made of the applicant’s character, which must be above reproach. Applicants may not have any felony convictions. Misdemeanor convictions will not cause automatic disqualification, but will be seriously evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Minor traffic violations are not considered criminal offenses. Serious or repeated traffic infractions, however, may be cause for disqualification.
5. Post-offer Psychological Evaluation
A professional psychologist will administer and evaluate several standardized psychological tests to individuals who are offered a position with the department. A written test will be administered by the psychologist; the psychologist will then conduct a personal interview with all applicants.
6. Post-offer Physical
Individuals offered a position must pass a post-offer physical. The physical will determine if the applicant is able to perform the essential functions of the position, with or without accommodations. The physical will measure cardio-respiratory fitness, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, visual acuity, and audiometric function. The medical staff will administer a drug screen.