Lateral Transfer Police Officer Recruit

Wichita, KS
Wichita Police Department

Salary: $27.60.

Position Summary:

The Wichita Police Department is looking for experienced and qualified law enforcement officers to apply for a program focusing on applicants who would like to laterally transfer to the Wichita Police Department. This is general police work in the protection of life and/or property through enforcement of laws. Work performed involves an element of personal danger. Employees work under general supervision following a period of field training and may be assigned to work on patrol, at headquarters, on special assignments, or as plainclothes investigators. Employees are accountable to and evaluated by field commanders who review work methods and results through observation, reports, inspection, and discussion.

Essential Functions:

  • Patrols areas of the city on foot, horseback, or in a vehicle to preserve law and order, to prevent and discover the commission of crime, and to enforce motor vehicle and parking regulations and correct traffic hazards.
  • Answers calls and complaints received by radio, telephone, or in person involving emergency, disorder, and crime.
  • Interviews persons with complaints or inquiries, takes statements and tends to proper disposition of the information or directs them to proper authorities.
  • Conducts preliminary investigations, gathers evidence and locates witnesses.
  • Makes arrests and/or takes prisoners to jail.
  • Appears in court to present evidence and/or testify as required.
  • Conducts specialized investigations and raids.
  • Conducts police-related community awareness and public relations work.
  • May administer basic first aid.
  • These examples are not intended to be all-inclusive. Other related duties may be assigned as need.


  • Applicants must have at least 2 years of law enforcement experience. The years of experience are counted after academy graduation and field training from the applicant’s prior employment.
  • Applicants must currently be a full time “Police Officer” or “Law Enforcement Officer” who holds an “active law enforcement certificate” issued by the Kansas Commission on Peace Officer’s Standards and Training as defined by Kansas State Statute 74-5602 and subsections.
  • Possession of and ability to maintain a valid Kansas driver’s license.
  • Lateral Transfer applicants will be required to successfully complete the WPD Applicant Process:
  • Initial on-line application and Aptitude Test.
  • Personal information packet.
  • Physical agility Test.
  • Background questionnaire.
  • First contact interview.
  • Oral board.
  • Polygraph.
  • Command staff interview.
  • Background check and fingering printing.
  • Physical medical examination.
  • Psychological examination.