Out-of-state applicants will go through the same application process, but we will attempt to minimize the required travel to Wichita. If you have any questions, call the pre-employment section at 316-660-3810.
If you are interested in receiving Veteran's Preference, you must submit your DD 214 during your first contact interview at the Training Center. Qualified veterans are guaranteed an interview for a position for which they apply and meet the qualifications for the position, but are not guaranteed to be hired for the job. Spouses of veterans may also receive preference and must submit a copy of their marriage license with the DD 214 paperwork.
If your questions are still not answered, please contact Human Resources at 316-268-4531 or the Training Academy at 316-660-3810. You may also email the Police Department.
Create an account through Human Resources to begin the application process.
Your assigned pre-employment detective will work with you to schedule a time and location to complete the Aptitude Test.
Candidates who pass the initial background check will be contacted by a member of the pre-employment section to discuss the next stage of the process, the physical fitness test. Download the physical fitness packet and have it signed by a licensed medical professional, physician, chiropractor, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant. This form must be signed by one of the listed titles before you will be allowed to participate in the test. To expedite your process, this should be done when you submit the First Contact Questionnaire.
Visit the Physical Fitness Test page for more details.
Download and print the Physical Fitness Packet (PDF).
Once you have passed the physical fitness test, you will be contacted to set up a first-contact interview with a Pre-Employment Detective who is assigned your applicant file. You and your assigned Pre-Employment Detective will review your First Contact Questionnaire packet.
- Social Media background checks will be performed if possible.
- Personal and Job References will be conducted.
A member of the pre-employment section will schedule your oral interview board. After successful completion of the oral interview board, you will be placed on an eligibility list.
Learn more about the Oral Interview Board.
Your Pre-Employment Detective will schedule you for your Polygraph Examination, and if you pass the Examination you will move forward to step 7.
If your completed applicant file is reviewed and approved, your Pre-Employment Detective will have you scheduled for two interviews, a Command Staff Interview and
Upon successful completion of the command staff interview, a conditional job offer will be given and the final stages, Medical Physical and Psychological Examination, will be scheduled.
- Does the Wichita Police Department have an age restriction?
No, there is no maximum age restriction. You have to be at least 21 years of age on the start date of the academy class.
- How many weeks is the police academy class?
- If I fail the Aptitude Test, then what happens?
You have three chances to pass the Aptitude Test. If you fail the first time, you have to wait 30 days. You will then have to go into the NeoGov account that you created when you filled out your online application and modify it, so you can reschedule to take the Aptitude Test again. If you fail the Aptitude Test a second time, you have to wait another 30 days. You will then have to go into the NeoGov account that you created when you filled out your online application and modify it, so you can reschedule to take the Aptitude Test again. If you fail it a third time, you will have to wait one year to take the Aptitude Test again.
- If I don't pass the Physical Agility Test, can I retake it?
Yes, you have two chances to pass. You have six months to pass the test from the first date you take it. If you fail two times, then you will be disqualified for one year.
- When does the police academy start?
Police academy class dates are scheduled based upon how many positions the department has open.
- Do I have to pay to attend the police academy?
No, unlike some academies where you do have to pay to put yourself through, you do NOT have to pay to attend our police academy.
- Will I get paid while I'm attending the police academy?
Yes, you will! You become a paid employee of the City of Wichita and the Wichita Police Department. you will be paid the entry level of Recruit Officer. Refer to the Benefits page for the Salary Scale.
- Do I have to live on site at the Law Enforcement Training Center?
No, you live at your place of residence, and you will commute and attend classes.
- Do I have to buy my own uniforms to attend the police academy?
No, you will be supplied with recruit uniforms. During orientation day at Human Resources, you will be measured for your recruit uniform. You will wear business attire for approximately two weeks until your uniform has arrived.
- Is it a good idea to do a police ride along prior to hiring or while I'm going through the hiring process?
Yes, we encourage you to schedule a ride along, so you get a firsthand account of what patrol officers do during a shift and what you will be doing if you are hired with the Wichita Police Department. You can go to any of the four patrol substations and request a ride-along form and let the employee know that you want to schedule a ride-along since you are going through the hiring process or thinking about joining the police department.
- Does the Wichita Police Department hire lateral Officers?
Yes! Please contact pre-employment for more information.
- Do I need to complete the online application and online first contact questionnaire completely?
Yes, that is very important. Do your best to fill out everything as precisely as you can. That will help you and us when it comes to having you go through the hiring process efficiently.