If you have a heart for service, a drive to excel in an organization full of opportunities, and a desire to become part of something bigger than yourself, then the Overland Park Police Department is the place for you. Build a career with us.
Overland Park is looking for the best and brightest officers, dispatchers, and future department leaders.
Our department offers on opportunity to build a career in a family-like atmosphere with high standards.
Whether it’s specialized training, state-of-the-art equipment, a chance to bond with the community you’re looking for, the Overland Park Police Department offers variety in your career.
Our city has a nationally-recognized reputation as one of the best places to live, and working for the city is no different. The Overland Park community respects, supports, and trusts our officers.
Ready to make a difference in Overland Park?
Hear from the dispatch team members who serve as the connection between community members in need and the police officers who serve them about what makes this job so great. Then, apply online.
In a typical week, officers work five, eight-hour or four, 10-hour work days, depending on shift assignment. Overtime is occasionally necessary, and officers are paid time and one-half for assigned overtime.
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.
All individuals interested in becoming an Overland Park police officer must meet specific minimum eligibility requirements. Eligible candidates:
Applicants will complete a physical agility test which is currently in use at the Johnson County Regional Police Academy. This course was designed and validated by Stanard and Associates, and must be completed in 93 seconds or less.
The test course is approximately 200 yards in length and consists of the following items:
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 are not permitted to have any tattoos visible while working in an official capacity, as well as when working off-duty in a Police Department uniform.
Exceptions to this prohibition are: Tasteful cosmetic tattoos such as eyeliner; 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; or items such as a 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, 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.
Eligible candidates must not must not: