Law Enforcement Careers in Kansas

Law enforcement jobs in Kansas generally require a basic education and a clean background in the areas of finance, drug use, and crime. Police training in Kansas is offered by all hiring agencies, from the state level down to individual municipal police departments.

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Statewide Law Enforcement Agencies

  • Kansas Bureau of Investigations: The KBI is the state leader in laboratory and professional investigation services. Working in close collaboration with other law enforcement agencies, the KBI is organized into investigation, forensic, and information technology divisions. Since its creation in 1939 the KBI has been under the authority of the Kansas Attorney General. Job requirements for special agents include six years of law enforcement experience which may be substituted by education as determined by relevant agency assessments. The candidate must have additionally completed a law enforcement training program.
  • Kansas Highway Patrol: Kansas Troopers are state employees involved at the local level. The agency partners with chapters of the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) campaign and additionally participates with youth in Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) events. Other activities include the Safe Kids program and fundraisers supporting the Special Olympics. Those wishing to apply for careers as state troopers must have a high school or GED diploma and complete a law enforcement training program.

Kansas Sheriff’s Departments

Law enforcement careers in Kansas sheriff’s departments require a minimum education level of a high school diploma or GED equivalent, and the applicant must additionally be of good moral character and trustworthy. Some police jobs in Kansas prefer candidates to have a post-secondary education.

  • Sedgwick County: In 2011 the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Department issued over 35,000 traffic citations and served over 65,000 orders and papers. This sheriff’s department prohibits racial and all other forms of biased policing, encouraging its deputies to form lasting relationships in the local community. Deputies may be assigned to judicial services, out-of-state extraditions, and additional training.
  • Johnson County: The Johnson County Sheriff’s Department has recently made use of the latest social media devices to attract positive attention with their new, “tweet-along” program that allows Twitter subscribers to follow the tweets of deputies while they work inside the county jail. Applicants seeking employment with the sheriff’s department must demonstrate responsibility and stability as shown in their personality and relationships with others.
  • Wyandotte County: This sheriff’s department has eight divisions including juvenile, investigations, emergency response, and operations. The Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Department has a strict policy of not engaging in racial profiling, being unbiased in its enforcement of the law.

Municipal Police Departments in Kansas

Job applications for city police departments require the prospective employee to have a general education including a high school diploma or GED equivalent.


  • Witchita PD: The Witchita Police Department is organized into the three divisions: field and services, investigative, and support services. Requirements for applicants who wish to apply include having a basic education and mostly clean background history. The applicant will have to justify past acts of dishonesty, including an overdrawn bank account.
  • Overland Park PD: In 2011 the top four categories Overland Park officers received calls about were traffic incidents, 911 calls, alarms, and animals. Additionally, K9 units responded to 289 instances of bomb scares, and in 100 cases discovered hidden illegal drugs. Candidates wishing to be considered for employment must meet basic education requirements and may not have any immediate family members employed full or part time by the city of Overland Park.
  • Topeka PD: The primary mission of this police department is to increase the safety of local neighborhoods and reduce crime. The school resource officer from Topeka PD creates a visible police presence in local city schools while providing students with a positive role model. A college education is recommended but not required for those who wish to apply for careers with the Topeka PD.
  • Olathe PD: The Tactical Support Unit (TSU) at the Olathe PD consists of four sergeants, six drivers, and 16 officers with specialized training in hostage rescue, dignitary protection, and the serving of warrants to high-risk individuals. The team also works closely with the K9 unit. Applicants for deputy positions must have a relatively clean driving record and will not be considered if an immediate family member is employed by the city of Olathe.
  • Laurence PD: In 2011 the Laurence Police Department included 143 officers among its ranks who responded to nearly 50,000 calls for service that year, 367 of which were violent crimes. Applications require the candidate to have a basic education with a preference given to a college education. The candidate must also submit to an extensive background check, polygraph, physical fitness, and drugs test.

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