Recruiting Information


A great number of men and women have served as officers in the Lawrence community since the police department was founded in 1866.  While times have changed, the uniforms we wear, and the equipment we use, one basic principle remains constant... We Exist to Serve the Lawrence Community.  We cannot be successful in our mission without community support and without support we would not exist.

This webpage will provide you with some information regarding employment with the police department.  We strive to provide the very best possible service to the community.  We are seeking men and women who have character and competence and are interested in serving the Lawrence community in the time honored profession of Law Enforcement.

If you want to make a difference in the community, I challenge you to consider a career with the police department.  It will be the most rewarding work you have ever been involved with.  I welcome your interest in our department and wish you luck in the selection process.


Tarik Khatib
Chief of Police


Police Officer Qualifications

Applicants must be U.S. Citizens that are at least 21 years of age by June 3rd, 2013, and have earned a high school diploma or G.E.D.  College degree preferred but not required.  Experience in meeting and dealing with the public is a plus. Applicants will be required to pass a written exam, physical agility test, oral interview board and an interview with the Chief of Police.  Final candidates will be required to pass an extensive background investigation which includes a polygraph examination.  A conditional post job offer psychological evaluation and physical are required. The physical and medical screen include measures of cardio respiratory function, muscular function, strength and endurance, flexibility, visual acuity, audiometric function and a drug screen. 


Selection Process

  • Written Exam
    • The test consists of questions on reasoning, problem solving, decision-making, data and rule interpretation, understanding instructions, reading comprehension, and writing.  Applicants must complete the test within the allotted time and score 70% or higher to move on to the physical agility test.
  • Physical Agility Test
    • The test consists of job related tasks, including but not limited to running, climbing, jumping, pushing and pulling heavy objects.  After the physical agility test, applicants will be given a writing task.  Applicants must perform all tasks and complete the test in the allotted time to qualify for an interview with the oral interview board.
  • Oral Interview
    • The oral interview board is comprised of law enforcement and civilian professionals.  Applicants will be ranked based on their responses to a list of standardized questions.   Successful candidates will progress to the interview with the Chief of Police.
  • Interview with the Chief of Police
    • The Chief of Police will interview the top candidates ranked by the oral interview board.  The number of applicants selected for an interview will be based on the number of openings in the department.  Appointment is solely at the discretion of the Chief of Police.
  • Background Investigation
    • Applicants will be fingerprinted and their records will be checked both locally and with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Before appointment, a comprehensive investigation including a polygraph examination will be made of the applicant’s character, which must be above reproach.  Applicants may not have any felony convictions.  Misdemeanor convictions will not cause automatic disqualification, but will be seriously evaluated on a case-by-case basis.  Minor traffic violations are not considered criminal offenses.  Serious or repeated traffic infractions, however, may be cause for disqualification.
  • Post-Offer Psychological Evaluation
    • A professional psychologist will administer and evaluate several standardized psychological tests to individuals who are offered a position with the department.  A written test will be administered by the psychologist; the psychologist will then conduct a personal interview with all applicants.
  • Post-Offer Physical
    • Individuals offered a position must pass a post-offer physical.  The physical will determine if the applicant is able to perform the essential functions of the position, with or without accommodations.  The physical will measure cardio-respiratory fitness, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, visual acuity, and audiometric function.  The medical staff will administer a drug screen.



Upon your appointment with the Lawrence, Kansas Police Department, you will attend a 24 week Basic Recruit Academy at the Investigations and Training Center, Lawrence, Kansas.  During this period, you will be paid to participate in an intensive training program that will certify you as a law enforcement officer in the State of Kansas.

During the academy numerous topics will be covered including:

  • Emergency Vehicle Operation
  • Kansas Criminal Justice System
  • Defensive Tactics
  • Constiutional Law
  • Collision Investigations
  • Firearms
  • Community Oriented Policing
  • Arrest Procedures
  • Search and Seizures
  • Patrol Procedures
  • Evidence Collection

Upon graduation, you will receive one-on-one personal training that will help you prepare for an exciting career in law enforcement with the Lawrence, Kansas Police Department.


Paid Leave

Full-time Regular Employees:
Years of Service Total Hours per Year
1-5 96
6-10 128
11-15 152
16-20 176
21-25 196
26+ 200



Police Officer Salary Range

Minimum Base Salary
$20.25 Hour
$42,120 Annually
Maximum Base Salary
$30.06 Hour
$62,527 Annually
After the second year of employment an officer can apply for one competency a year.  An officer can receive a total of six competencies.  (A competency is a job related duty; for example, education, bi-lingual, etc.)
One Competency + Maximum Base Salary
$30.81 Hour
$64,091 Annually
Six Competencies + Maximum Base Salary
$34.01 Hour
$70,745 Annually



  • Kansas Law Enforcement Certification
  • Kansas Police and Fire Retirement System
  • Health Care Insurance:
    • Single premium paid by the City
    • Various dependent coverage levels available
  • Life Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Educational Assistance
  • Uniforms and Uniform Cleaning
  • Deferred Compensation Program
  • Paid Training