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Employer: City of McPherson
Division: Police Department
Job Title: Police Officer
Salary: $19.91 Hourly

Job Description:

The McPherson Police Department is seeking a highly motivated person, with a desire to serve our community a full time Police Officer. Serving as Police Officer is challenging but will provide you with many opportunities for professional growth. The McPherson Police Department has a wide range of opportunities for advancement and specialization within the Patrol, Operations, and Administrations Bureaus to serve, including Investigations, Special Response Team, Crisis Negotiations Team, Bike Patrol, Honor/Color Guard Team, Critical Incident Stress Management/Peer Support Team, Firearms Instruction, Defensive Tactics Instruction, D.A.R.E. Officer, School Resource Officer, and Social Media Team. The City of McPherson is centrally located in the United States and within the State of Kansas, at the intersection of I-135 and US-56.  Those selected to fill open positions will be enforcing local, state, and federal laws, as well as investigating crimes, enforcing traffic regulations, investigating traffic collisions, and assisting the public.  State certified officers are preferred, however basic Law Enforcement Academy Training (KLETC) will be provided.  Included is a generous benefits package, paid holidays, sick, and vacation time.  Qualified applicants must have above average written and verbal skills.  The McPherson Police Department is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

Requirements:  Applicants must be a U.S. Citizen, 21 years of age at the time of application, and have a high school diploma or equivalent; college is preferred, with a clean criminal record, and vision correctable to 20/20.  Applicant must pass a written test, physical agility test, background investigation, oral interview, and additional conditional job testing.  Work schedule requires weekend, holiday, rotating shift work, overtime, and court appearances.

Applicants must not have any Brady/Giglio material in their background to be eligible for hiring.

Wages start at $19.91/hr., with step increases to $26.82/hr. (Commensurate with experience)


The City of McPherson provides, as a sampling, the following benefits for full-time employees:

  • Paid Vacation Time
  • Paid Employee Sick Leave Time (including optional family Sick Leave)
  • Paid Injury Leave
  • 10 Paid Holidays
  • Health & Dental Insurances
  • KP&F Retirement Programs
  • Optional ING Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan)
  • Death Benefit

How to apply:  Go to www.Hre Partners.com to apply. 

For further information, please contact the Captain Mark Brinck at (620) 245-1200 or mcphersonpd@mcpcity.com

View our recruitment video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2k4JaVHMVqc

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City of McPherson                                                                                                     Police Department

POSITION SUMMARY                                                                                                                        

Under the supervision of the Police Sergeant, the Police Officer is a non-exempt position under FLSA which protects and serves the citizens of McPherson.  This position provides citizen assistance, enforces all federal, state, and local laws, and performs patrol duties.  Making arrests, issuing traffic violations, and investigating crimes and accidents are the primary responsibilities of this position.  This employee should possess excellent communication and public relation skills.


  • Enforces all federal, state, and local laws and ordinances;\
  • Protects the life and property of the citizens of McPherson;
  • Makes arrests, and issues traffic citations;
  • Performs routine patrol duties and prepares reports and files;
  • Investigates crimes and accidents, and gathers evidence;
  • Provides citizen assistance, and assists ambulance crews as needed;
  • Responds to emergency situations, and performs CPR or First Aid;
  • Operates law enforcement equipment, including patrol vehicles, firearms, and communications equipment;
  • Performs building checks;
  • Interviews witnesses, suspects, and victims;
  • Maintains department equipment;
  • Serves warrants, subpoenas, and other legal documents;
  • Testifies in court;
  • Assists other law enforcement agencies;
  • Conducts safety programs for the public;
  • Performs traffic control duties;
  • Follows department policies and procedures;
  • Follows safety procedures and practices.


  • Provides safety classes for the general public;
  • Escorts prisoners to court;
  • Provides funeral escorts;
  • Provides traffic control during emergencies;
  • Provides traffic control during parades;
  • Provides bank escorts;
  • Performs other duties as deemed necessary or assigned.



Experience: Employee is expected to have acquired the necessary information and skills to perform the job reasonably well within six months to one year of employment.

Education:  A high school diploma or GED is required.  This position requires graduation from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center, 40 hours of continuing education annually, and a valid Kansas Driver’s License.

Technical Skills:  A thorough knowledge of all federal, state, and local laws and ordinances, CPR and First Aid, law enforcement techniques, and mathematics is required.   This employee must be able to efficiently operate firearms, patrol vehicles, computers, two-way radios, radar equipment, breath analysis equipment, and other law enforcement equipment.  The ability to concentrate on tasks in the presence of distractions, to complete and check forms and documents, to understand and anticipate problems, and to read and interpret maps, manuals, legal documents, reports, and written instructions is required.  This employee should possess excellent public relation, oral and written communication skills.

Problem Solving: Independent problem solving is involved in this position.  This employee encounters problems with domestic violence, citizen complaints, traffic violations, and criminal investigations.

Decision Making: Independent decision making is involved in this position.  This employee makes decisions about making arrests, investigating crimes and accidents, and performing daily duties in the safest and most efficient manner.

Supervision:  This employee works with frequent supervision from the Police Sergeant.  This employee does not exercise any supervisory responsibilities over subordinate personnel.

Financial Accountability: This employee is responsible for the safe operation of department equipment. This employee does not participate in the annual budget process.

Personal Relations:  Daily contact with the general public, co-workers, and supervisory personnel is expected.

Working Conditions: Adverse working conditions exist within this position.  Exposure to hazardous chemicals, explosives, heights, excessive noise, and adverse weather conditions is expected.  This position contains an element of risk to personal safety while performing the day-to-day duties.  This employee is exposed to bloodborne pathogens while investigating crime scenes, seizing and preserving evidence, and assisting ambulance crews.

Physical Requirements: The ability to pass and maintain all physical activities and requirements of the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center is required.

The specific statements shown in each section of this description are not intended to be all inclusive. They represent typical elements and criteria considered necessary to successfully perform the job.

Vacancy Number: Mcp 20-01

Open Date: 2/13/2020 12:00:00 AM
Close Date: 2/28/2020 11:59:59 PM