Police Officer

Arkansas City, KS
Arkansas City Police Department

Salary: $25.00 Hourly.

Position Summary:

Performs police patrol, investigation, traffic regulation, and related law enforcement activities.Works under the general guidance and direction of the Operations Police Captain.Although not supervisory in nature, employee may assist to coordinate, instruct or supervise the work of new employees, as assigned.

Essential Functions:

  • Works on assigned shifts performing security patrols, traffic control, preliminary investigation, first aid at accident scenes, and detection, investigation and arrest of persons involved in crimes.
  • Maintains availability by radio and 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 911 emergency radio calls.
  • Examines doors, windows, premises of unoccupied building in order to detect suspicious conditions.
  • Accompanies prisoners to the police station, 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 to maintain certification through the State of Kansas by achieving 40 hours of continuing education units annually.
  • Provides security and transportation for involuntarily committed mental health patients as assigned.
  • 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 measurments and drawing diagrams of scenes.
  • Conducting follow-up investigations of crimes committed during assigned shifts; developing leads and tips; searching scenes for clues.
  • Analyze and evalutate evidence; preparing cases for giving testimony and testifying in court proceedings.
  • Prepares a variety of reports and records, including incident reports, officer 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 officer or other city departments, exhanges 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 sitatuions and provides general information about department activities.


  • Must be 21 years of age or older at the time of employment.
  • High School diploma or acceptable equivalent.
  • 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.
  • No convictions, diversions, or expungements, adult or juvenile, of any felony offenses.
  • No convictions, adult or juvenile, of a crime involving an act of dishonesty, including but not limited to: theft, fraud, false police reports, etc.
  • No convictions for any sexually motivated crime whether misdemeanor or felony.
  • No convictions for any misdemeanor crimes involving drugs, weapons, violence, and/or use of physical force or threats in the past five years.
  • Has not been convicted, does not have an expunged conviction, and has not been placed on diversion by any state or federal government for a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence or its equivalent under the uniform code of military justice, when such misdemeanor crime of domestic violence was committed on or after May 22, 1997.
  • Admission to committing a property or non-person felony after reaching age 18, or any crime that would be classified a property or non-person felony under Kansas statutes will be weighted on the facts of the case, taking into account the type of property or non[1]person crime, any property or non-person crime convictions the applicant may have and the length of time that has transpired since any crime was committed. The Chief makes the final decision whether or not to disqualify candidate.
  • Must not be currently charged with or under indictment of any criminal activity other than minor traffic violations.
  • Must not have used marijuana and/or hashish within 12 months prior to hire date.
  • Must not have chronically used or sold marijuana and/or hashish in the past five years. (Chronic use is defined as more than 12 times total).
  • Must not have used prescription level medications which were not legally prescribed to the candidate by a medical professional in the past two years. Examples include but are not limited to: ADHD medications, anti-depressants, pain medications, etc.
  • Must not have used, bought, possessed, sold or assisted in the distribution of illegal or non-prescriptive steroids in the past three years.
  • Must not have used, bought, possessed, sold or assisted in the distribution of any felony level drug or controlled substance, i.e. cocaine, heroin, LSD, ecstasy, fentanyl, mushrooms; opium, methamphetamine, etc. in the past 10 years.
  • No convictions for misdemeanor property crimes within the past three years.
  • Admission or conviction of perjury.
  • May not have been convicted of, plead guilty or no contest to, or been diverted on a serious traffic violation within the past five years. Serious traffic violations to include, but not limited to Driving under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs or both, Reckless Driving, Hit and Run, Vehicular Homicide, and Eluding a Police Officer.
  • May not have been convicted of, plead guilty or no contest to or been diverted on no more than two moving traffic violations within the past year.