Police Patrol Officer

McPherson, KS
McPherson Police Department

Salary: $20.90/hr.

Position Summary:

Under the supervision of the Police Patrol Sergeant and/or the Police Patrol Lieutenant, at the direction of the Police Chief, the Police Patrol Officer is a non-exempt position under FLSA, which protects and serves the citizens of McPherson.

Essential Functions:

  • Enforces all federal, state, and local laws and ordinances and maintains familiarity with each by constant study;
  • Protects the life, property, and peace of the citizens of McPherson;
  • Reports for duty at the time and place designated, attired in the regulation uniform and with all equipment serviceable;
  • Proceeds without unnecessary delay to an assigned beat upon establishing relief;
  • Make arrests, serve warrants, and issue citations;
  • Operates and maintains law enforcement equipment, including vehicles, firearms, and communications equipment;
  • Performs traffic control and building checks;
  • During an assignment to investigate major crime scenes secures the perimeter and preserves all evidence, interviews witnesses at the scene, photograph evidence and performs all other tasks delegated to them to accomplish the primary investigative function at the crime scene;
  • Studies the characteristics of the city, becoming acquainted with every city street, alley, and business establishment and shall give the attention necessary for keeping good order;
  • Cultivates good relations with all citizens and is especially friendly and helpful to children and the elderly;
  • Applies the principles of selective enforcement while patrolling, both in the control of traffic and in the control of criminal activity on any beat;
  • Observes and detects conditions that jeopardize the safety of persons and property, and takes appropriate action to correct such conditions;
  • Performs in a manner that will build public confidence;
  • Assists other law enforcement agencies.


  • Applicants must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • 21 years of age at the time of application.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent; college is preferred,
  • with a clean criminal record, and vision correctable to 20/20.
  • Applicant must pass a written test, physical agility test, background investigation, oral interview, and additional conditional job testing.
  • The work schedule requires weekends, holidays, rotating shift work, overtime, and court appearances. Residency within 35 miles of the McPherson City Limits must be established within six months of hire.