Police Officer

    DEPARTMENT: Police
    JOB TITLE: Police Officer
    Commissioned Officers eligible for a $2,000 new-hire bonus, restrictions apply.

    Salary Range:
    Police Officer I - $41,932 - $46,446 (Starting, no lateral experience)
    Police Officer II - $46,446 - $52,894 (Completion of 2 Years)
    Police Officer III - $52,894 - $60,236 (Completion of 5 Years)
    Police Officer IV - $60,236 - $68,577 (Completion of 8 Years)
    Master Police Officer - $68,577 - $74,484 (Completion of 11 Years)

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    Lateral Entries: Pay for Experience
    Lateral entries for certified officers with road patrol experience will be awarded for a maximum of 5 years of completed service at the discretion of the Chief of Police. The pay rate will be established based on comparable wages with current Shawnee Police Officers. Starting pay rates for completed prior years of service will be up to $52,885 annually.

    In addition, all certified officers hired are eligible for a $2000 bonus whether they have road patrol experience or not. $1000 of this bonus will be awarded upon hire, and the other $1000 will be awarded upon successful completion of the FTO program.

    *To qualify as a certified officer in Kansas, one must have graduated from a Kansas police academy or an academy in another state where the training standards are accepted by the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center.

    **Patrol experience refers to patrol only. Experience in corrections, with railroad police, or other non-patrol duties will not suffice.

    ***Sworn employees must be able to give credible court testimony due to federal court decisions. Any prior finding of dishonesty, untruthfulness, or failing to be completely forthright in with all information will bring an officer's reputation into consideration when testifying in a court of law. No certified officers applications will be accepted if the applicant has prior Brady findings during current or previous public service employment.

    Minimum Requirements:
    • Valid driver's license and an acceptable driving record
    • High school diploma or the equivalent
    • Legal to work in the US
    • Minimum 21 years of age by start date
    • Successful completion of physical ability test, background investigation including a job fit assessment, polygraph examination, pre-employment physical and pre-employment drug screen
    • Successful completion of oral examination by Staff and Police Chief
    • An employee of this classification performs duties related to public safety through enforcement of laws and ordinances, public education, and hazard correction
    • Kansas residency not required
    Preferred Qualifications:
    • Certified Law Enforcement Officer
    • Honorably discharged or reserve member of the US Armed Forces or National Guard
    • College degree or sixty or more college credit hours towards a specific degree or program
    • Fluent in Spanish or other non-English language
    • Combination of education and work/life experience

    Automatic Exclusions Include:
    • More than four (4) no contest/convictions of moving violations in the last three (3) years
    • No contest/conviction of driving under the influence of alcohol in the last three (3) years
    • No contest/conviction of driving under the influence of a controlled substance in the last three (3) years
    • Any illegal drug use within the past two (2) years