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Police Officer (Ottawa, KS)

The Ottawa Police Department is seeking highly motivated applicants for the position of Police Officer who are interested in a long career with our Department. The men and women of the Department are guided by the following values: human life, integrity, the laws and Constitution, excellence, accountability, cooperation, problem-solving, and our role in the community. To accomplish our goals we use the latest in technology and police practices. The department is accredited by the Commission on Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).

With an authorized strength of 29 officers serving a growing population of nearly 13,000 there is room for advancement. Positions include Detective, Drug Detective, DARE Instructor, School Resource Officer (SRO), Master Police Officer, STAR Team (Special Tactics and Rescue).

The Department operates a modern weapons range as part of a comprehensive training program. The range has a rifle range up to 150 yards and is equipped for night shooting. Each officer qualifies with the standard issue Glock 17 Gen. 4 handgun, AR-15 rifle (in each car), Less-Lethal munitions and the Taser X-26. The Department has a fitness room in the Law Enforcement Center equipped with free weights, Nautilus weights, treadmill and aerobic area.

Date Opened: August 22, 2016
Date Closed: September 18, 2016
Classification: Full Time, Rotating Shift Work
Starting Salary: $39,395 ($18.94 per hour)
Additional Starting Pay Incentives:

 3% Honorable Military Discharge
 2% Associate’s Degree
 4% Bachelor’s Degree
 7% Master’s Degree

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

 2% Successful Completion of KLETC Basic Training
 2% Successful Completion of the Field Training Program
 1% (average) for each performance evaluation at 6 months and 12
          months of service.

Lateral Transfer: Certified police officers may start at a higher salary depending on experience. Lateral transfers are also eligible for the additional pay incentives listed above.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Employees must be a Kansas resident, 21 years of age at time of appointment and a U.S. citizen, possess a valid Kansas driver’s license upon appointment, and be insurable by the city’s insurance carrier; high school diploma or GED is required, college credit preferred. Applicant must establish and maintain residency within Franklin County or within a driving distance of 35 miles of the Ottawa City Hall, AND within the state of Kansas within one year of hire. Applicants must successfully complete the following: written entrance exam, physical agility testing, and oral panel interview. Candidates recommended for hire will be required to successfully complete a pre-employment drug screen, polygraph, psychological, and physical exams.

NOTE: Police Officers certified by KS-CPOST are exempt from written testing.


  • 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 (3) 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.
  • 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 abuse. 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.

OBTAINING AN APPLICATION: Apply online at www.HRePartners.com. Call the City of Ottawa, Human Resources at 785-229-3634 for questions.

The City of Ottawa will drug screen all potential candidates being considered for hire.
The City of Ottawa is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.
The City of Ottawa is a nationally recognized Playful City USA community.


Job Title: Police Officer
Department: Police/Patrol
Reports To: Police Sergeant
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt (eligible for overtime pay)
Salary Grade: 10
Retirement: KP&F
OSHA: Bloodborne Pathogens
Last Update: April 2015

This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees may be required to follow other job-related instructions and to perform other job-related duties as requested, subject to all applicable state and federal laws. Certain job functions described herein may be subject to possible modification in accordance with applicable state and federal laws.


The Police Officer performs duties in the protection of life and property and the preservation of order in the City of Ottawa. The employee in this position responds to calls for service, enforces all traffic laws, performs case investigation, and performs various other law enforcement duties.

Essential Job Functions

  • Listen to mobile and portable radios and respond to calls for police assistance from the public, including emergency calls.
  • Patrol city streets for traffic violations and investigate motor vehicle accidents. Conduct traffic stops and write citations as necessary.
  • Enforce all criminal and related federal, state, and local laws and ordinances.
  • Investigate felony and misdemeanor crimes. Conduct interviews, collect evidence found at crime scenes, write reports, and assist with processing of crime scenes when needed.
  • Patrol business and residential areas of the city.
  • Identify and arrest violators of laws and ordinances. Apply for and serve court warrants as needed.
  • Appear and testify in court proceedings.

Ancillary Job Functions

  • Prepare reports and maintain records.
  • Perform backup duties for the Evidence and Property Tech such as checking evidence in and out.
  • Maintain and clean patrol vehicle.
  • Comply with all City ordinances and policies, as well as federal and state laws and ordinances.
  • Assist other departments and perform other related duties as assigned.

Education and Experience – An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience will be considered.

  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • KLETC police certification.
  • Must complete 40 hours of annual continuing education training in police procedures and techniques.
  • CPR and first aid certification.
  • Must maintain a valid driver’s license.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities which may be representative, but not all-inclusive, of those commonly associated with this position.

  • Thorough knowledge of criminal and related federal, state, and local laws and ordinances.
  • Interview and interrogation skills.
  • Ability to conduct crime scene investigations from start to finish with limited oversight.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to operate all policing emergency vehicles, communications equipment, firearms, and other related equipment.
  • Knowledge of photography and evidence collection techniques.
  • Ability to cooperate well with others and accept the lines of authority.
  • Public speaking skills for presentation of information in a court of law.
  • Considerable knowledge of department rules, regulations, safety policies, and procedures.
  • Ability to establish and maintain successful working relationships with other employees, City officials, businesses, and the public.
  • Ability to effectively organize and prioritize work as well as concentrate on multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Ability to work under general supervision and make responsible decisions.
  • Ability to use good judgment and think quickly and rationally in difficult or stressful situations.

Work Environment – Environmental or atmospheric conditions commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job.

  • May be required to work in confined spaces, hazardous traffic conditions, or high/dangerous places.
  • May be exposed to wet/humid conditions, inclement outdoor weather, vibration, extreme temperatures, oils, airborne particles/fumes, moving mechanical parts, risk of electrical shock, potentially hazardous bodily fluids, or potentially hazardous or cancer-causing agents/chemicals.
  • May be required to wear a respirator in certain situations.

Physical Abilities commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job. The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

  • Must be able to sit, talk, hear, feel attributes of objects, grasp, push, stand, walk, drive, reach with hands/arms, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, climb, balance, operate mechanical equipment, and move up and down from/to sitting position on the floor.
  • Must be able to have repetitive wrist/hand/finger movement and manual dexterity.
  • Must have clarity of vision, three-dimensional vision, ability to identify and distinguish colors, and precise hand-eye coordination.
  • Must be able to occasionally lift 100 or more pounds.
  • Regular attendance is a necessary and essential function.
Kansas Sheriffs' Association
Sandy Horton, Executive Director
P.O. Box 1122 • Pittsburg, KS 66762 • 620-230-0864 • Fax 620-230-0866
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