Police Officer

Baldwin, KS
Baldwin Police Department

Salary: $24/hour.

Open until filled

Position Summary:

Under the supervision of the Police Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Chief, the Police Officer is a nonexempt position under FLSA. The position protects and serves the citizens of Baldwin City. This position provides citizen assistance, enforces all federal, state, and local laws, and performs patrol duties. Making arrests, issuing citations for traffic violations, and investigating crimes and accidents are the primary responsibilities of this position. This employee should possess excellent communication, public relations, and interpersonal skills.

Essential Functions:

  • Serves and protects the citizens of Baldwin City through equitable enforcement of federal, state, local laws and ordinances that protect life and property within the City;
  • Makes arrests and issues citations for traffic violations;
  • Performs patrol duties, traffic control, prevention and discovery of crimes, maintains order, and answers calls and complaints. Patrols streets, parks, commercial and residential areas to preserve the peace and enforce the law, controls vehicular traffic, prevents or detects and investigates misconduct involving law violations;
  • Examines doors, windows, and premises of unoccupied buildings to detect suspicious conditions;
  • Looks for and reports problems within the City that might constitute an unsafe environment, i.e., traffic light malfunctions, street pavement issues, broken water lines, downed power or service lines, etc.;
  • Performs criminal investigation, processes scenes and accidents to include dusting for latent fingerprints; obtaining and taking fingerprints from suspects; interviewing suspects, victims and witnesses; gathering and preserving evidence, taking measurements, photographs, developing leads and tips; searching scenes for clues; analyzing and evaluating evidence;
  • Investigates all reports that are filed, including theft reports, burglaries, etc.;
  • Provides citizen assistance, and assists ambulance or fire crews as needed;
  • Responds to emergency situations, and performs CPR or First Aid;
  • Operates law enforcement equipment, including patrol vehicles, firearms, and communication equipment;
  • Performs building checks for commercial properties;
  • Serves warrants, subpoenas, and other legal documents;
  • Appears and testifies in court as a complaint or witness;
  • Escorts prisoners to and from Municipal court;
  • Assists animal control officer when necessary, including performing such duties when animal control officer is not available;
  • Assists other law enforcement agencies such as Douglas County, surrounding communities, KBI (Kansas Bureau of Investigations), FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigations), DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) and other safety-related organizations;
  • Performs public relations and conducts safety programs on behalf of the department and the City by communicating with schools, Baker University, Douglas County, neighborhoods, businesses and other constituents;
  • Responds to domestic violence calls, investigates and assesses the situation, intervenes, determines responsibility for actions, and advises victims of resources available to support their legal rights;
  • Collection and handling of evidence Assists with evidence room (filing, storage, labeling, and securing), collects, receives and transports evidence, disposes of evidence, and maintains chain of custody; prepares and has evidence delivered for further analysis to appropriate party;
  • Prepares a variety of reports and records, including but not limited to the Kansas Standard Offense and Arrest Reports (KSOR/KSAR), Officer’s Daily Activity Report (DAR), reports of investigation, alcohol reports, DUI check list, vehicle impoundment form, etc.;
  • Proofreads own activities and reports of traffic, accidents, investigations, procedures to clarify grammar, and assures due process and descriptions are appropriate for a variety of audiences;
  • Assures that all necessary police-related equipment is routinely inspected and maintained; and makes a proper request for replacement or repair of any deficient equipment;
  • Assures the computers, phones, recorder and all equipment is in working order; contacts the appropriate supervisor for maintenance, repair or replacement if required;
  • Follows department policies and procedures;
  • Follows safety procedures and practices.


  • Kansas Law Enforcement Training Certification or equivalent. Maintain 40 hours of continuing education annually according to Kansas CPOST requirements. Valid driver’s license. Qualify annually using the KCPOST approved firearms course. Must be insurable by City’s insurance carrier. Minimum age 21 years old. CPR, AED, and First Aid certified. Must pass a physical exam, psychological exam and polygraph.
  • One year to two years related experience and/or training. Employee is expected to have acquired the necessary information and skills to perform the job reasonably well within six to twelve months of employment.
  • High school diploma or General Education Development (G.E.D.).

Preferred Requirements:

  • Two to three years related experience and/or training.
  • Associate’s degree from a college or technical school; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Post-secondary degree or coursework in Criminal Justice, Criminal Law or Psychology.