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Lateral Transfer Application

 Interested in applying as a Lateral Transfer Police Officer? (We are currently developing a lateral transfer program.  Please click the link to email Captain Brian White for additional information.) Email Cpt. White

Lateral Transfer Police Officer beginning pay will be determined by the following Police Officer pay scale and pertains only to years of prior law enforcement service.

Prior Law Experience

The below scale applies to the number of years of prior law enforcement experience completed after the Lateral Transfer Police Officer's prior employment police academy graduation and completion of the Lateral Transfer Police Offer's prior employment field training.

​Years of Experience
2-4 years​ ​Begin at Step B
​5-7 years
​Begin at Step D
​8-10 years
​Begin at Step F
​10+ years
​Begin at Step G

2017 Pay Scale (Recruit & Police Officer)

​Police Officer
Recruit​ ​$21.64
​Step A
Step B​ $23.23​
Step C​ $23.81​
Step D​ $24.40​
Step E​ $25.01​
Step F​ $25.64​
Step G​ $26.28​

Distinguishing Features of Work

The Wichita Police Department is looking for experienced and qualified Kansas law enforcement officers to apply for a pilot program focusing on applicants who would like to laterally transfer to the Wichita Police Department. This is general police work in the protection of life and/or property through enforcement of laws. Work performed involves an element of personal danger. Employees work under general supervision following a period of field training and may be assigned to work on patrol, at headquarters, on special assignments, or as plainclothes investigators. Employees are accountable to and evaluated by field commanders who review work methods and results through observation, reports, inspection, and discussion.

Examples of Work Performed

  • Patrols areas of the city on foot, horseback, or in a vehicle to preserve law and order, to prevent and discover the commission of crime, and to enforce motor vehicle and parking regulations and correct traffic hazards.
  • Answers calls and complaints received by radio, telephone, or in person involving emergency, disorder, and crime.
  • Interviews persons with complaints or inquiries, takes statements and tends to proper disposition of the information or directs them to proper authorities.
  • Conducts preliminary investigations, gathers evidence and locates witnesses.
  • Makes arrests and/or takes prisoners to jail.
  • Appears in court to present evidence and/or testify as required.
  • Conducts specialized investigations and raids.
  • Conducts police-related community awareness and public relations work.
  • May administer basic first aid.
  • These examples are not intended to be all-inclusive. Other related duties may be assigned as needed.

Requirements of Work

  • Successful completion of a Police Academy Program for Lateral Transfer Officers.
  • Working knowledge of the geography of the City and the location of important buildings.
  • Some knowledge of first-aid methods.
  • Ability to react quickly and calmly in emergencies; to record details about names, faces, and incidents quickly, clearly, and accurately.
  • Must not be impaired from testifying credibly in a court of law or impaired from swearing to an affidavit.
  • Able to distinguish colors accurately.
  • Visual acuity that meets established medical standards.
  • Hearing ability that meets established medical standards.
  • Ability to accurately and effectively discharge a rifle, shotgun, and handgun with both left and right hands.
  • Ability to subdue a violet and/or uncooperative person by methods requiring physical force.
  • Ability to drag or carry an average adult person, about 160 pounds, a distance of fifteen to twenty feet, away from danger.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with associates, other employees, representatives of other organizations, and the public.
  • Ability to operate an automobile.
  • Ability to wear body armor while on duty.
  • Possession of and ability to maintain a valid Kansas driver's license.
  • An employee shall not pose a direct threat to the health or safety of other individuals in the workplace.

Required Experience and Training

  • Applicants must have at least 2 years of law enforcement experience. The years of experience are counted after academy graduation and field training from the applicant's prior employment.
  • Applicants must currently be a full time "Police Officer" or "Law Enforcement Officer" who holds an "active law enforcement certificate" issued by the Kansas Commission on Peace Officer's Standards and Training as defined by Kansas State Statute 74-5602 and subsections.
  • Lateral Transfer applicants will be required to successfully complete the WPD Applicant Process:
    • Initial online application and Aptitude Test
    • First contact interview at the Training Academy
    • Physical Fitness Test
    • Thorough background checks to include visit to current agency to review IA and personnel file
    • Polygraph examination
    • Command Staff Interview
    • Conditional Job Offer
    • Fingerprints
    • Psychological Testing
    • Cooper's Run

Lateral transfer recruits will be classified as Police Recruit, and paid Recruit pay during their time in the Police Academy. Police Recruits are probationary employees. Police Recruits are eligible to participate in one of the health insurance programs offered by the City and receive paid holidays. Upon satisfactory completion of recruit training, the Police Recruit will be advanced to the position of Police Officer and will be eligible for all benefits afforded full-time employees.

Disqualification List

  • Must satisfy all requirements as set forth in Kansas Statute 74-5605
  • Must satisfy all requirements as set forth by the City of Wichita
  • If Military service has been rendered your DD214 must reflect a separation code and an Honorable Discharge or an Under Honorable Conditions (General).  Uncharacterized discharges are reviewed and a case by case basis
  • Applicants may be eliminated from the process if they have not fully disclosed ALL information requested
  • Applicants WILL be eliminated from the process if they have falsified, intentionally misrepresented, or have not been completely truthful on a questionnaire, document, or application as part of the pre-employment process

Applicants will be permanently disqualified for the following if :

  • Has been convicted, expunged, or received diversion on any state, municipality, or federal misdemeanor crime of domestic violence or its equivalent under the Uniform Code of Military Justice
  • As an adult or juvenile (17 years or old or younger), has been involved, convicted, expunged, or on or after July 1, 1995, been placed on diversion by state or federal government for a crime which is a felony (includes sale of illegal or prescription drugs) or its equivalent under the Uniform Code of Military Justice
  • As an adult or juvenile (17 years old or younger) may not have been convicted of a crime involving an act of dishonesty, to include but not limited to; theft, insufficient funds (check), fraud, false police reports, etc.

Applicants may be temporarily disqualified for the following :

  • Must not have used or possessed any felony level drug or controlled substance, i.e. cocaine, heroin, opium, methamphetamine, etc. within the past 10 years of date of application
  • Convictions, diversions, expungements, or involvement in any misdemeanor crimes of violence, or use of physical force or threats within the past five years of date of application
  • Convictions, diversions, expungements or involvement in misdemeanor crimes within the past three years of date of application

  • Convictions, diversions, expungements or involvement in any misdemeanor crimes involving morals, or weapons charges within the past five years of date of application

  • Must not have used, bought, or possessed marijuana, LSD, hashish, mushrooms, K-2, peyote, ecstasy, etc., within the past three years of date of application

  • Must not have used, bought, or possessed illegal or non-prescriptive steroids within the past three years of date of application

  • Must not have been convicted of, plead guilty or no contest to, or been diverted on a serious traffic violation within the past three years of date of application. Serious traffic violations to include, but not limited to vehicular homicide, DUI, reckless driving, hit and run, and eluding a police officer

  • Must not have received three moving violations during the last twelve months, or been involved in two accidents for which they were at fault during the past twelve months

  • Must not have been convicted, taken diversion, plead guilty or no contest to an MIP (minor in possession of alcohol) or MIC (minor in consumption) within the past twelve months of date of application

  • Must not be currently charged with, under indictment, or on probation for any criminal activity other than minor traffic violations

  • If previous law enforcement experience has been rendered, must not have a sustained violation of dishonesty to include but not limited to, lying, falsifying reports or documents, illegally obtaining narcotics, courtroom testimony/credibility

The above situations may also be grounds for permanent disqualification depending on the specific circumstances.

This list is not all inclusive. An applicant may be permanently or temporarily disqualified if the totality of their overall conduct or character demonstrates an undesirable behavior pattern including, but not limited to, dishonesty and/or integrity issues, motor vehicle violations, employment termination, financial problems, theft and/or a combination of such conduct or activities indicating that he/she is not suitable as a police employee.