All individuals interested in becoming an Overland Park police officer must meet specific minimum eligibility requirements.
Applications received from individuals who do not meet the minimum eligibility requirements will not be given further consideration and will receive notification that they do not meet the standards.
Minimum eligibility requirements
- Must be a United States citizen.
- Must be at least 21 years old at the time of testing (Explorers Program: ages 14-19)
- Must have a high school diploma or furnish evidence of successful completion of an examination indicating an equivalent achievement (e.g. a General Education Development test).
- Cannot have any members of your immediate family employed full-time or part-time by the city.
- While there is no requirement to reside in the State of Kansas or Overland Park, police officers must be able to respond from their residence to the Police Department within 90 minutes.
- Must take and pass a physical agility test, a written examination and an oral board interview.
- Must successfully pass a Police Department administered polygraph exam.
- Must complete an in-depth background investigation.
- Must complete a physical and psychological examination from a licensed physician or practitioner after a conditional offer of employment.
- Must be able to achieve and demonstrate technological proficiency in the areas directly connected to daily assignments.
- Must be able to achieve and maintain a level of physical fitness that allows officers to safely and competently perform the essential functions of the job.
- Must complete a drug screen.
- Sworn and civilian members of the Overland Park Police Department are not permitted to have any tattoos visible while working in an official capacity, as well as when working off-duty in a Department uniform. Exceptions to this prohibition are: Tasteful cosmetic tattoos such as eye liner; tattoos which symbolize marriage; and medically necessitated tattoos may be permissible. Other exceptions may exist based upon assignment. All exceptions will be handled on a case-by-case basis and must be approved by the Chief of Police.
- Unless otherwise approved by the Chief of Police, any visible tattoo must be covered by: clothing; a flesh-colored item such as bandage; "sleeve"; or "concealer" cream or make-up, while on-duty or in uniform.
- Members, sworn or civilian, are prohibited from obtaining any tattoo, any place on their body, which is offensive, immoral, or presents an unprofessional appearance, as deemed by this or any Department or City policy, or the Chief of Police. Tattoos meeting this criteria include those which depict: racial or gender discrimination; any nudity; violence; criminal act; sex act; sex organ; profanity; subversive group; or gang symbol.
Past criminal activity
- Must not have committed, been convicted of, had a conviction expunged for or been placed on diversion by any state or federal agency for a felony crime.
- Must not have sold, distributed, manufactured or transported "any" illegal drug.
- Must not have used "any" illegal drug(s) or within the past 10 years with the exception of marijuana.
- Must not have used marijuana in the past three years.
- Must not have ever used any prescription drug or used an legally obtainable substance in a manner for which it was not intended within three years (36 months) preceding the date of application for employment.
- Right to legally own or use a firearm must not be revoked or curtailed under federal, state or local law, including but not limited to provisions of the Gun Control Act of 1968.
- Must not be currently charged with or under indictment for any criminal activity other than minor traffic violations.
- Must not be currently on criminal probation.
- All applicants are subject to a thorough, comprehensive background investigation.
- Must possess a valid driver's license prior to beginning employment with the city.
- May not have been convicted of, plead guilty or no contest to or been diverted on four or more moving traffic violations within the past three years.
- May not have been convicted of, plead guilty or no contest to, or been diverted on a serious traffic violation within the past three years. Serious traffic violations include DUI, reckless driving, hit and run, vehicular homicide, transporting an open container of alcoholic liquor or cereal malt beverage, eluding a police officer and negligent homicide.
For an entry level police officer, the annual salary is $3,590 per month with a maximum of $6,287, reachable after 12 years in the salary step plan. The city offers excellent benefits, including health and dental insurance, a defined benefit retirement plan as well as a defined contribution retirement plan.
Lateral entry may be considered, based on prior experience as a full-time police officer.
Officers work five eight-hour or four 10-hour work days during a normal work week, depending on shift assignment:
- An officer's initial shift assignment generally is patrol officer. The Patrol Division is staffed 24-hours by three work shifts and three relief teams. The department also has one permanent day shift and one permanent evening shift.
- Officers are assigned through a bidding system, based on seniority, to a team for a 12-month period.
- Officers assigned to the day shift work eight months of days and four months of evenings.
- Officers assigned to the evening shift work eight months of evenings and four months of days.
- Officers assigned to the day/evening relief, midnights, and midnights relief shifts work their assigned shift for the entire year.
- Transfers to specialized units (criminal investigations, bomb, Dive Team, K-9, tactical response, etc.) is based on the needs and best interests of the organization.
The department pays time and one-half for assigned overtime (more than 40 hours). All personnel are subject to overtime assignments as necessary.