Police Officer (City of Lawrence)
City of Lawrence, KS
STARTING SALARY: $23.22 PER HOUR AT BEGINNING OF ACADEMY
*$1500 SIGN ON BONUS FOR FLUENT SPANISH SPEAKERS*
RESPONSIBILITIES: The City of Lawrence is currently seeking to fill open Police Officer positions. 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.
We are seeking men and women who have character and competence and 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 Police Department. 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.
QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must be U.S. Citizens who are at least 21 years of age by date of hire, and have earned a high school diploma or G.E.D. College degree preferred but not required. Experience in meeting and dealing with the public is a plus. 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.
- Health, Dental and Life Insurance: $10 Premium per pay period for single coverage. Various dependent coverage levels available.
- Vacation: 12 days per year (Plus 3 days Personal Leave)
- Holidays: 9 days per year
- Retirement: Kansas Police and Fire Retirement System
TO APPLY, VISIT: WWW.LAWRENCEKS.ORG/JOBS
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*Half of bonus to be paid upon hire and the other half paid after successful completion of Field Training Program
**The City of Lawrence is pleased to provide an online application process. As of January 8th, 2007 Human Resources will no longer accept paper applications by mail, e-mail or fax. If you do not have access to a home computer to submit an application, computer access is available at public libraries, the Lawrence Workforce Center or City Hall, Human Resources.
Human Resources Division Employment Information Line: (785) 832-3333
City of Lawrence, Kansas
City Hall, 2nd Floor
Toll Free: (800) 444-8321 | Phone: (785) 832-3203 | Fax: (785) 832-3228
City of Lawrence, Kansas Web Page: www.LawrenceKs.org
LAWRENCE POLICE DEPARTMENT
HIRING TIMELINE 2022
|January 10th, 2022||Hiring Process Opens|
|January 10th - December 31st||Online Written Testing Available|
|January 10th - December 31st||Physical Agility Testing Available|
|January 10th - December 31st||Board Interview Panels|
**Background Packets Due at Time of Oral Board**
|January 10th - December 31st||Background Investigations|
|January 10th - December 31st||Polygraph Examinations|
|January 10th - December 31st||Psychological Examinations|
|January 10th - December 31st||Medical / Physical Examinations|
|January 10th - December 31st||Final Offer / KLETC Attendance*|
|December 31st||Hiring Process Closes|
The Lawrence Police Department conducts Board Interviews and Physical Agility testing once per month at the Training Center; 4820 Bob Billings Parkway, Lawrence, KS for applicants who pass the online written test. The remaining steps of the hiring process are conducted on an as needed basis dependent upon the number of available applicants.
*Academy Appointment is subject to position availability.
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.
- I have been convicted, have an expunged conviction, or received diversion for any misdemeanor domestic violence offense.
- 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.
- I am currently on probation, parole or diversion.
- 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.
- I have been dishonorably discharged from the military.
- I have been convicted of a court martial offense.
ALL APPLICANTS WILL BE PROVIDED WITH A COPY OF THIS DOCUMENT AT THE TIME OF THE WRITTEN TEST AND IT MUST BE SIGNED BY APPLICANT PRIOR TO TESTING
LAWRENCE POLICE DEPARTMENT'S POLICE OFFICER SELECTION PROCESS
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.