All individuals interested in becoming an Overland Park police officer must meet specific minimum eligibility requirements. Eligible candidates:
- Are United States citizens,
- Are at least 20 years of age at time of application, and 21 years of age by date of hire,
- Have a high school diploma, GED, or evidence of equivalent achievement,
- Are able to respond from their residence to the Police Department within 90 minutes,
- Take and pass a physical agility test, a written examination, and an oral board interview,
- Successfully pass a Police Department-administered polygraph exam,
- Complete an in-depth background investigation,
- Complete and pass a physical and psychological examination from a licensed physician or practitioner after a conditional offer of employment,
- Complete and pass a drug screen,
- Achieve and demonstrate technological proficiency in the areas directly connected to daily assignments, and
- Achieve and maintain a level of physical fitness that allows officers to safely and competently perform the essential functions of the job.
Candidates may not have any immediate family members employed by the city in part-time or full-time capacities.
Overland Park does not have a city or state residency requirement. Officers must able to respond from their residence to the Police Department within 90 minutes.
Sworn and civilian members of the Overland Park Police Department may not have any visible tattoos while working in an official capacity or while working off-duty in uniform. Members of the police department are prohibited from obtaining tattoos anywhere on their body that may be considered offensive, immoral, or unprofessional by the Chief of Police or any city department or policy.
Exceptions can be made based on tattoo location, content, and medical necessity, and job assignments, and will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
Past Criminal Activity
Eligible candidates must not must not:
- Have been convicted, or have had a conviction expunged, diverted, or deferred for any state or federal felony crime or misdemeanor domestic violence crime convictions,
- Have used any illegal drugs, with the exception of marijuana or synthetic marijuana, within the last five years,
- Have used marijuana or synthetic marijuana in the last two years,
- Have an established pattern of prescription medication abuse,
- Have had revoked or curtailed the right to legally own or use a firearm under federal, state, or local law.
- Currently be charged with or under indictment for any criminal activity other than minor traffic violations,
- Currently be on criminal probation.
The following activities may not automatically disqualify an applicant for employment, but will be closely scrutinized on a case by case basis:
- Sales, distribution, manufacturing or transporting of any illegal drug.
- Unlawful use of medication not prescribed to the applicant within three years before the application for employment.
- Commission of any other potential felonious acts not listed above, detected or undetected.
- Must possess a valid driver's license and an insurable driving record 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, including 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, within the past three years.
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.
Candidates may prepare for the written examination using the preparation guide.
Annual salary is $3,590 per month for an entry-level police officer, 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 either five, eight-hour or four, ten-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 a day with a variety of shift options, including some permanent shifts.
Shifts are assigned through a bidding system, based on seniority, to a team for a 12-month period.
Officers assigned to a rotating shift will work a day, evening or midnight shift schedule for a minimum of four months, but no more than eight months at a time. Rotations occur approximately every four months; usually in the months of January, May, and September.
Officers assigned to a straight or permanent shift will work a year of the selected shift: days, evenings, midnights or relief.
The schedule is designed to allow each squad, regardless of shift assignment, to have weekends off during one segment of the year.
Transfers to specialized units are based on the needs and best interests of the organization. Consideration for this assignment may be dependent upon an officer's ability to rapidly respond in a reasonable amount of time.
The department pays time and one-half for assigned overtime. All personnel are subject to overtime assignments as necessary. Additional pay is provided for evening and midnight shift assignments.