LPD Candidate Hiring Process

There are seven steps to the Lawrence Police Department hiring process. The length of the process can vary from 3-5 months depending on when a candidate submits an application and how engaged the candidate is during the process.

 

Step 1: Apply

1. Text "JOINLKPD" to (785) 333-5573 to get started.

2. A recruiter will respond to you and provide a link to the City's application or answer any questions you may have. You will text with a real person, but keep in mind our recruiters don't work 24/7. If you don't immediately here from someone, we received your message and will get back to you. 

3. Click on the link and complete the application. YOU MUST submit the application to move forward.

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Step 2: Testing

  • After submitting an application, a recruiter will contact you with available testing dates. 

  • Applicants must complete a Physical Agility Test and Written Test. An example of the PAT is available here. The Written Test covers the subjects of math, reading comprehension, grammar, and writing. 

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Step 4: Board Interview

  • The Board Interview is conducted by a panel of Police and Civilian employees to assess your personal accomplishments, job motivations, and communication skills.

  • Applicants who pass this part of the process will receive a Conditional Job Offer.

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Step 3: Personal History Statement

  • Applicants who successfully complete the PAT and Written Test, will be scheduled for a Board Interview and provided with a Personal History Statement.

  • The Personal History Statement MUST be completed prior to arrival for your Board Interview.

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Step 5: Background Investigation

  • A comprehensive investigation will be made of the applicant's character. This investigation includes, but is not limited to, a polygraph exam, KBI and FBI fingerprint check, review of past employment records, and interviews with current/past associates. 

  • Candidates are evaluated on their past behavior and to what extent that behavior demonstrates the positive traits needed for Police Officers.

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Step 6: Evaluations

  • Medical: An overall medical evaluation including a blood draw, urinalysis, audiology, vision, and function. These tests are used to ensure there are no conditions which would restrict your ability to safely perform essential functions of a Police Officer. 

  • Psychological: A professional psychologist will administer and evaluate several standardized psychological tests. The psychologist will then conduct a personal interview with all applicants. 

 

Step 7: Academy Appointment

  • Applicants who successfully complete Steps 1-6 will be appointed to the next Lawrence Police Department Basic Recruit Academy.

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