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New Officer Candidate

A New Police Candidate is an applicant who is not a Certified Law Enforcement Officer. New Police Candidate’s will need to successfully complete the Hiring Process and receive an Appointment to the Basic Recruit Academy. Candidate's will then complete the following steps to become a Certified Law Enforcement Officer with the Lawrence Police Department.

Attend the Basic Recruit Academy

Lawrence hosts a Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) satellite academy, staffed by Lawrence Police Officers. This means you will be able to go home every day after class, not just weekends. You also have the opportunity to learn from the officers you will be working with. New Police Recruits receive $23.80/hour while attending the Academy. 


Graduate the Academy

Police Recruits who successfully complete the Academy become certified law enforcement officers in the State of Kansas. These new officers receive a pay increase to $24.44/hour and move to Patrol Training.


Patrol Training

Patrol Training is a 16 week field training process with 4 separate phases, each with a different learning objective. New officers work side by side with experienced officers designated as Police Training Officers (PTO). 



After successful completion of the 16 week Patrol Training Program, Officers are certified to work on their own and assigned to the Patrol Division on a probationary status for 6 months.

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