Police Officer (Ottawa Police Department)


The Ottawa Police Department is seeking highly motivated applicants for the position of Police Officer who are committed to a long career with our department.

The Ottawa Police Department is a modern, highly committed CALEA accredited department with an authorized strength of 31 officers. The Department serves a population of approximately 13,000 residents covering 12 square miles. The city has three major highways intersecting in Ottawa, Interstate 35, US 59 Highway and Kansas 68 Highway.

Officers hired, unless already certified, attend the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center for 14 weeks. Upon graduation officers complete an 11-week Field Training Officer Program. The Department has three divisions; Patrol, Investigations and Support Services. The Patrol Division is staffed by 1 Commander, 4 Sergeants and up to 14 Police Officers. There are four patrol shifts that operate on a 12-hour rotation from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for day shift and 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. for night shift. Using the 12-hour shifts, officers have two weekends off each month, one a four-day weekend and the other a three-day weekend. Detectives are assigned through a competitive lateral-transfer process and normally work Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and are subject to call out after work hours.

Advancement/promotion opportunities include Master Police Officer, Detective, Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Detective, Drug Enforcement Unit Detective, DARE Instructor, STAR Team (Special Tactics and Rescue), Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, Assistant Chief of Police and Chief of Police.  Some additional duties after specialized training include Hostage K9 Handler, Drug Recognition Expert, Advanced Accident Investigations, sUAS Pilot, Bike Patrol and Crisis Intervention Team.

The Law Enforcement Center was built in 2003 and has a full-service fitness room including locker rooms, free weights, functional fitness, treadmills, and mat area. Patrol cars are equipped with laptop computers, moving and stationary radar, Tire Deflation Devices, Patrol Rifles, Less Lethal Weapons, PBT, window tint meter, traffic cones, first aid kit, in-car and body worn digital video camera and a digital camera for scene photos. The department also has a modern firearms range. The range has a combat course range, steel plate range and a stationary target range out to 200 yards, and is equipped for moving targets, elevated platform, shooting from vehicles, and night shooting.

Officers are issued all equipment. Uniforms are dry cleaned with pick-up and drop in the Law Enforcement Center. Currently, officers carry the Glock G-17 Gen. 4 9mm handgun, Taser X-2, BOLA Wrap, expandable baton, OC spray, handcuffs, and flashlight. Each officer is issued an outer-vest carrier with all pouches supplied, including tourniquets.

We encourage officers to use all the tools, equipment and opportunities provided to make them the best, healthiest and safest officers we can.

Pay and Benefits:

Starting Pay: $20.40/hour. Patrol Officers are normally scheduled to work up to 2,184 hours annually; up to 104 of those hours may be scheduled overtime pay.

Additional Starting Pay Incentives:

• 3% Honorable Military Discharge
• 2% Associate's Degree
• 4% Bachelor's Degree
• 7% Master's Degree

Post-Hire Pay Incentives Earned within 12 Months: As part of an updated pay plan, the Department implemented additional pay incentives; these incentives are in addition to the starting salary and starting pay incentives listed above.

• 2% Successful Completion of KLETC Basic Training, or if already KLETC Certified
• 2% Successful Completion of the Field Training Program
• 1% (average) for each performance evaluation at 6 months and 12 months of service

Lateral Transfer: Kansas certified officers with road patrol experience may be awarded service credit for years of completed service at the discretion of the Chief of Police. The pay rate will be established based on comparable wages with current Ottawa Police Officers. Starting pay rates for completed prior years of service will be up to $23.99 hourly, or hire with discretion of the Chief of Police.

Uniforms, Firearms, Footwear: The Department provides all equipment. The Department provides dry cleaning for all uniforms with a pick- up and drop-off inside the Law Enforcement Center.

Minimum Qualifications:

• Applicants must by 21 years of age at the time of appointment.
• High School graduate or GED.
• Regular Full-Time employees must establish and maintain residency within Franklin County, or within a driving distance of 35 miles of Ottawa City Hall and within the State of Kansas.
• Possess a valid driver's license with a current address upon appointment.

Automatic Disqualifiers:

• No visible tattoos above the collar or on the head.
• Convicted of, or admission to a felony or any offense that would be constituted as a felony within the State of Kansas or the United States.
• Convicted of, or admission to, or diversion of a Class "A" or "B" misdemeanor or similar crime from another state within the past three years or been convicted of any crime of a sexual nature.
• Has been dishonorably discharged from any branch of the United States Armed Forces.
• Has had state certification as a Law Enforcement Officer denied, revoked or suspended.
• Falsified or lied about any information requested on a questionnaire or application as part of the hiring process.
• Exhibited any conduct or a pattern of conduct that would tend to disrupt, diminish, or otherwise jeopardize public trust in the law enforcement profession.
• Applicants who fail the written entrance examination are allowed to re-apply at the next hiring process; however, applicants who fail the written entrance examination a total of three times are not eligible to re-apply for a period of one (1) year from the date of the last test failure.
• If an applicant fails the physical agility test; or fails initial background check, they are not eligible to re-apply for the Police Officer position with the City of Ottawa for a period of one (1) year.
• If an applicant completes the initial screening process (oral board interview and/or polygraph examination is the final step in the initial screening process) and is not hired or placed on a hiring eligibility list, the applicant is not eligible to re-apply for the Police Officer position with the City of Ottawa for a period of three (3) years.

Drug and Alcohol Usage

• Have used marijuana or synthetic drugs within the past three (3) years.
• Have used prescription medication illegally within the past three (3) years.
• Have used any other illegal drug within the last five (5) years.
• Have an established pattern of prescription medication abuse.
• Have an established pattern of alcohol or drug abuse.

Driving Record

• Have had a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) conviction or diversion as an adult within the last five years or show a pattern of traffic law violations that indicate disrespect for traffic laws and disregard for public safety; or have had their driver's license suspended or revoked within the past three (3) years.

Date Opened: October 21, 2021

Date Closed: Open until filled.

Starting Pay: $20.40/hr. Scheduled 2184 hours annually, up to 104 of those hours may be scheduled overtime pay.

Range: $18.79 to $27.24

Hours: Day Shift: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Night Shift: 8 p.m. - 8 a.m. Rotating shift schedule.

Residency: Regular full-time employees are required to establish and maintain residency within a driving distance of 35 miles of Ottawa City Hall within one year from hire.

Testing: Testing dates will be scheduled as needed. Applications accepted will be notified of additional testing information. Testing will be held at:

Law Enforcement Center
715 W. 2nd St
Ottawa, KS 66067

Application:  https://cityofottawa.applytojob.com/apply/37FngkiYWN/Police-Officer

E-Mail Confirmation: After your application has been received by the City of Ottawa, you will receive confirmation by e-mail. Please check your SPAM filter or JUNK Mail. If you have not received confirmation within 48 hours of submitting your application, please call 785-229-3634 to verify your application has been received. For additional information, contact Human Resources at 785-229-3634 or e-mail humanresources@ottawaks.gov.