Police officers respond to calls, investigate incidents and physical and internet crimes, fingerprint, and analyze evidence, develop relationships with residents and their neighborhood groups, perform tactical operations and much more. Officers' duties vary by assignment and shift.
Entry-level police officers earn $3,425 per month. Officers can earn up to $5,999 per month after 12 years in the salary step plan, and salary for lateral entry is considered based on previous experience. Overland Park offers health and dental insurance and defined benefit and defined contribution retirement plans.
The City also offers education assistance, paid time off for holidays, vacation and sick leave, employee assistance programs and a wellness program.
Life with OPPD
Officers work five, eight-hour or four, 10-hour work days during a normal work week, depending on shift assignment. Officers are paid time and one-half for assigned overtime, and all personnel are subject to overtime assignments as necessary.
Initial assignments are typical with the patrol division, which is staffed 24 hours a day by three work shifts and three relief teams. OPPD assigns officers to a team for a one-year period, through a bidding system. Transfers to specialized units such as investigations, dive team, K-9 are based on departmental needs.
Anyone interested in becoming an Overland Park police officer must meet minimum eligibility requirements. Some of those include:
- US citizenship
- 21 years or older
- Have a high school diploma or GED
- Pass a background check
- Live near Overland Park
- Take and pass a physical agility test, written examination and interview
- Apply for an open position, or contact a recruiter.
- If you are selected for an interview, a recruiter will contact you to schedule, typically within three weeks of the deadline date on the position listing.
- Overland Park requires a pre-employment drug test and criminal background/records check for all jobs.
- Once the position is filled, applicants will be notified.