Police Officer

Arkansas City, KS
Arkansas Police Department

Salary: $18.33 – $30.55 Hourly.

Position Summary:

Performs police patrol, investigation, traffic regulation, and related law enforcement activities.

Works under the general guidance and direction of the Police Sergeant.

Although not supervisory in nature, this position is tasked with providing leadership and guidance for other staff members within the department.

Essential Functions:

  • Works on assigned shifts performing security patrols, traffic control, preliminary investigation, first aid at accidents, and detection, investigation and arrest of persons involved in crimes or misconduct.
  • Maintains availability by radio or telephone for consultation on major emergencies.
  • Carries out duties in conformance with Federal, State, County, and City laws and ordinances.
  • Patrols streets, parks, commercial and residential areas to preserve the peace and enforce the law, control vehicular traffic, prevent or detect and investigate misconduct involving law violations.
  • Quickly responds to 9-1-1 emergency radio calls.
  • Examines doors, windows, premises of unoccupied buildings in order to detect suspicious conditions.
  • Accompanies prisoners to headquarters, jail, or court and appears in court as arresting officer.
  • Gives advice on laws and ordinances and general information to the public.
  • Attends training classes in police methods, firearms, first aid, and related subjects.
  • Performs typical duties involving: dusting for latent fingerprints; obtaining fingerprints of suspects; interviewing suspects and witnesses; gathering and preserving evidence; arresting violators.
  • Summoning ambulances and other law enforcement vehicles; taking measurements and drawing diagrams of scenes.
  • Conducting follow-up investigations of crimes committed during assigned shift; developing leads and tips; searching scenes for clues.
  • Analyze and evaluate evidence; preparing cases for giving testimony and testifying in court proceedings.
  • Prepares a variety of reports and records, including incident reports, Officer’s Daily Log, reports of investigation, field interrogation reports, alcohol reports, DUI check list, vehicle impoundment forms, etc.
  • Undertakes community oriented police work such as public assistance, crime prevention, and community programs.
  • Coordinates activities with other Police Officers or other City departments, exchanges information with officers in other law enforcement agencies, and obtains advice from the City Attorney and Municipal Court Manager regarding cases, policies and procedures.
  • Maintains contact with police supervisory personnel to coordinate investigation activities, provide mutual assistance during emergency situations and provides general information about Department activities.


  • Proven knowledge of modern law enforcement principles, procedures, techniques, and equipment.
  • Demonstrated skill in operating the tools and equipment utilized by a police officer.
  • Ability to learn applicable laws, ordinances, and department regulations.
  • Perform work requiring established physical standards
  • Communicate effectively including giving and receiving verbal and written instructions; establish and maintain effective working relations with peers, supervisors, and the public.
  • Exercise sound judgment in evaluating situations and making decisions.
  • Meet special requirements listed below.
  • Ability to learn the City’s geography.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen and be able to read and write the English language.
  • Must successfully complete and pass internal selection process.
  • Must be 21 years of age or older at the time of employment.
  • Associate Degree or vocational school training in political science, criminal justice, public administration, or related field is preferred.
  • Any combination of the above at the discretion of the City Manager.
  • Must not have felony convictions and disqualifying criminal history within the past seven years.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license with a safe driving record as determined by the employer.
  • Must not have a recent record of suspension or revocation of driver’s license in any state.
  • If not certified as a law enforcement officer by the Commission on Police Officer Standards and Training (CPOST) must successfully complete the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) academy within 18 months of hire, and be granted certification as a law enforcement officer by (CPOST); or be granted reciprocation or a waiver from the directors of KLETC and CPOST.
  • Must complete the department Field Training Officer Program within 18 months of hire.
  • Must maintain training requirements as required by Kansas Statute 74-5607a(b).