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Application Process

Here is the process to begin your exciting career!

Step 1 - Initial Online Application

Create an account through Human Resources to begin the application process. Complete the online application for Police Recruit and once it is submitted you will be allowed to self-schedule the written aptitude test. An email will be sent to you within 24 hours to schedule the test. Once you have passed Step 2, your application will be assigned to a member of the Pre-Employment Section and an initial background check will be performed.

Create an account/online application

Step 2 - Aptitude Test

On your scheduled date, go to Workforce Alliance Center, 2021 N. Amidon (New Leaf Plaza). The Aptitude Test starts promptly at 8:00 am.

Step 3 - Physical Fitness 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.

Learn more about the Physical Fitness TestPrint off Physical Fitness Packet

Step 4 - First Contact Interview

Once you have passed the physical fitness test, you will be contacted to set up a first contact interview with a Pre-Employment Detective that is assigned your applicant file. You and your assigned Pre-Employment Detective will review your First Contact Questionnaire packet, which you should have completed under Step #3.

Step 5 - Oral Interview Board

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

Step 6 - Polygraph Examination, Command Staff Interview, Chief of Police Interview

Your Pre-Employment Detective will schedule you for your Polygraph Examination, and if you pass the Examination the following will happen: 

  1. Social Media background checks will be performed if possible
  2. Personal and Job References will be conducted
  3. Summary will be completed by your assigned Pre-Employment Detective
  4. 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 Chief of Police Interview

Step 7 - Medical Physical & Psychological Examination

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.

Out of State Applicants

Out of state applicants will go through the same application process, but we will attempt to minimize required travel to Wichita. If you have any questions, call the pre-employment section at (316) 660-3810.

Veteran's Preference

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 you have any questions regarding the hiring process, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Frequently Asked Questions

If your questions are still not answered, please contact Human Resources at (316) 268-4531 or the Training Academy at (316) 660-3810.​


Wichita Police Department Recruiting
4310 E. 19th St. N. • Wichita, KS 67208

P: (316) 660-3810 • F: (316) 858-7791
Email Wichita Police Department


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