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We are glad that you have an interest in a future career with the Garden City Police Department.  Our officers are entrusted with the responsibility of keeping the citizens and visitors of Garden City safe.  To begin a career with the Police Department, click here to see what positions are currently available with us. 

Once you complete an application for one of our open positions, you will be contacted by one of our officers assigned to assist you through the testing process.

CLICK TO APPLY HERE 

Minimum Qualifications:

Sworn Positions: 

All applicants must meet the following minimum requirements to be considered for a position with the police department:   

  • Must possess a High School Diploma or GED
  • Must be 21 years of age at the time of application
  • Possess a valid driver’s license; and obtain a Kansas driver's license within 10 days of employment if out of state 
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen (by birth or naturalized)
  • Must be able to read, write and speak English
  • Have no felony or serious misdemeanor convictions; and be of good moral character
  • Have not used illegal drugs; which includes:
    • Unlawful possession or use of a controlled substance which would be a felony within the recent past
    • Unlawful sale or use of prescription drugs
    • Sale of illegal drugs or possession with the intent to sell illegal drugs

Starting Pay:

 $34, 320 annually.  Once you complete training it increases to $36,036 annually.

See the attached pay-scale.

Non-Sworn Positions:

All applicants for non-sworn positions must meet the following requirements to be considered for a position with the police department:

  • Must possess a High School Diploma or GED
  • Must be 18 years of age at the time of application
  • Possess a valid driver’s license; and obtain a Kansas driver's license within 10 days of employment if out of state 
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen (by birth or naturalized)
  • Must be able to read, write and speak English
  • Have no felony or serious misdemeanor convictions; and be of good moral character
  • Upon employment, reside within a 15 mile radius of the city limits of Garden City
  • Have not used illegal drugs; which includes:
    • Unlawful possession or use of a controlled substance which would be a felony within the recent past
    • Unlawful sale or use of prescription drugs
    • Sale of illegal drugs or possession with the intent to sell illegal drugs

Hiring Process for Non-Sworn Positions:

There are several steps that must be completed prior to receiving an offer of employment with the Garden City Police Department.  For some candidates, these steps might be arraigned in a different order, but all the steps must be completed.

  1. Submit an Application – Click Here to view available positions
  2. Take the Entry Test – You will be contacted with an available testing date. A score of 80% or greater is needed to pass the entry test.  There will also be a typing test.  40 words per minute or greater is a passing score.
  3. Oral Board – Upon the successful completion of the entry level test, an Oral Board interview will be conducted.  Typically, this is on the same day as the Entry Test.
  4. Fingerprints and Background Packet – Your fingerprints will be taken, and you will be provided a background packet.  This background packet will need to be completed and turned in by a specified date in order to continue with the hiring process. 
  5. Computer Voice Stress Analysis – In order to verify the information that was provided through the application and background process, a computer voice stress analysis will be conducted. 
  6. Conditional Offer of Employment – A conditional offer of employment might be extended by the Chief of Police.  A candidate will then need to complete the medical physical evaluation, a psychological examination and pass a drug examination screen. 
  7. Welcome to the Team – Once all of these items are completed, a candidate will be offered a start date to begin their new career with the Garden City Police Department.  Upon employment every employee must reside within a 35 mile radius of the city limits of Garden City

Hiring Process for Entry Level:

There are several steps that must be completed prior to receiving an offer of employment with the Garden City Police Department.  For some candidates, these steps might be arraigned in a different order, but all the steps must be completed.

  1. Submit an Application – Click Here to view available positions
  2. Take the Entry Test – You will be contacted with an available testing date. A score of 70% or greater is needed to pass the entry test. 
  3. Oral Board – Upon the successful completion of the entry level test, an Oral Board interview will be conducted.  Typically, this is on the same day as the Entry Test.
  4. Fingerprints and Background Packet – Your fingerprints will be taken, and you will be provided a background packet.  This background packet will need to be completed and turned in by a specified date in order to continue with the hiring process. 
  5. Computer Voice Stress Analysis – In order to verify the information that was provided through the application and background process, a computer voice stress analysis will be conducted. 
  6. Conditional Offer of Employment – A conditional offer of employment might be extended by the Chief of Police.  A candidate will then need to complete the medical physical evaluation, a psychological examination and pass a drug examination screen.  
  7. Welcome to the Team – Once all of these items are completed, a candidate will be offered a start date to begin their new career with the Garden City Police Department.  Upon employment every employee must reside within a 15 mile radius of the city limits of Garden City

Click Here to view the physical requirements needed to attend the training academy.  

Hiring Process for Lateral Officers:

To be considered for employment as a lateral police officer, you must be currently certified as a police officer in Kansas or any other state.  If you are a certified law enforcement officer from another state, your certification will be evaluated by the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC).  This is to verify that your training will be considered and accepted in the State of Kansas.

Lateral officers will complete the same hiring process as an entry level officer, except they are not required to take the entry level test.  If your certification is accepted and transfers to Kansas, once hired, you will be sent to an accelerated academy class.  This class is approximately 5 days long and held at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) in Hutchinson Kansas.  

If you are accepted as a lateral officer, laterals are credited for each year they worked at another agency on our pay scale.  For each year you worked for a law enforcement agency, it is equal to a year on our pay scale.  Attached is the pay-scale for years of service.

Motors Join Now

The men and women that make up the team of the Garden City Police Department serve a rapidly growing and diverse community.  The Garden City Police Department is committed to protecting and enhancing the quality of life of Garden City residents and those who visit. Our Department practices community-based policing and value our partnerships with residents, visitors, businesses and community organizations. As we develop programs, implement technology and take on new initiatives, know that the Garden City Police Department regards the community as its highest priority.

 

MILITARY

Here at the Garden City Police Department, we appreciate and value our service members.  Many of our police officers and support staff are former or reserve servicemen and women of the U.S. Armed Forces.  If you are currently deployed and interested in applying, please attempt to have friends and family assist you in obtaining all of your information needed to complete your application.  

 

Thank you for your service to our country!  We look forward to you serving our community.

 

Women in LE Join Now

We at the Garden City Police Department pride ourselves in a diverse working environment.  Just like our diverse community that we serve, officers on our department come from many different backgrounds.  More women are also choosing to begin their law enforcement careers with our agency.

 

familyAt the Garden City Police Department, our mission is to build a partnership with the community to improve the quality of life, provide a safe community through efficient and effective police services, while always respecting the rights and dignity of those we serve. 

Whether you are on a patrol team, dispatch, SWAT team, or traffic unit, community policing is a vital portion of our department.  We value you as an employee, while valuing you as our family and our community.

 

 

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As our city continues to grow, we have people moving from all over the world to live and work here.  Just like the community we serve; our department is just as diverse.  Although we all have different backgrounds, we have the same goal; to protect the citizens and visitors of Garden City.

  

 

We also value candidates who have a college degree, fluent in a foreign language or have military experience.  We offer stipends for these candidates that work for our city. 

Pay Incentives Include:

  • Associates Degree
  • Bachelors Degree
  • Masters Degree or PhD
  • Multilingual
  • Prior Military Service
 
The Garden City Police Department also has a sign-on bonus for applicants. 

We are offering a $1,000 sign-on bonus.  If you reside outside of our residency requirement, we will also help pay for those moving expenses.  Please speak with one of our recruiters for more information.

The average time frame for hiring an applicant for the Garden City Police Department is
one (1) month from the entry level test date.

CLICK TO APPLY HERE 

 

Have any questions? 

Contact one of our recruiters who can help guide you through the application process. 
Contact us at 620.276.1300 or e-mail us at pso@gardencityks.us