Lateral Transfer Police Officer Recruit

Wichita, KS
Wichita Police Department

$24.36 – $30.46 hourly

Job 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.


  • Successful completion of a Police Academy Program for Lateral Transfer Officers.
  • Working knowledge of the geography of the City and the location of important buildings.
  • Some knowledge of first-aid methods.
  • Ability to react quickly and calmly in emergencies; to record details about names, faces, and incidents quickly, clearly, and accurately.
  • Must not be impaired from testifying credibly in a court of law or impaired from swearing to an affidavit.
  • Ability to distinguish colors accurately.
  • Visual acuity that meets established medical standards.
  • Hearing ability that meets established medical standards.
  • Ability to accurately and effectively discharge a rifle, shotgun, and handgun with both left and right hands.
  • Ability to subdue a violent and/or uncooperative person by methods requiring physical force.
  • Ability to drag or carry an average adult person, about 160 pounds, a distance of fifteen to twenty feet, away from danger.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with associates, other employees, representatives of other organizations, and the public.
  • Ability to operate an automobile.
  • Ability to wear body armor while on duty.
  • Possession of and ability to maintain a valid Kansas driver’s license.
  • An employee shall not pose a direct threat to the health or safety of other individuals in the workplace.

Required Experience and Training

  • 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