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Posted on: May 24, 2020

Job Opening, Kechi Police Officer

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The Kechi Police Department is seeking a motivated individual to join our department as a full-time Police Officer.  Our department is looking for a professional, motivated person with strong moral character, who has an interest in protecting and serving the residents of a small family-oriented community which takes great pride in its small-town feel.  Applicants should possess a community orienting policing mindset, and should possess excellent communication skills, both verbal and written. 

The position is responsible for providing public safety, enforcing local, state, and federal laws, investigating crimes and traffic accidents, serving and protecting the community and building strong working partnerships with the community and stakeholders.  

Qualified candidates must be 21 years of age, possess a valid driver’s license, have a high school diploma or GED equivalent, and have no felony, serious misdemeanor, or domestic violence convictions.  State Certified Officers are preferred, but not required.   

Salary DOQ, pay range $17.32 - $21.63, consideration given for qualifications and experience. In addition to salary, the city provides a benefit package to include enrollment in the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System, Blue Cross/Blue Shield health insurance, YMCA Membership options, sick-time, vacation, and holidays.  

Candidate(s) must be able to pass a background investigation, drug testing, physical exam, psychological exam and any additional requested testing.   

A Letter of Interest and Resume may be submitted to: 

Kechi Police Department Attn.:  Lieutenant J. Trumbull P.O. Box 88  Kechi, Kansas 67067  jtrumbull@kechiks.gov    

E.O.E. 

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PURPOSE OF POSITION:

The purpose of this position is to provide protective service work to all persons and property in jurisdiction. Perform duties of first responder to emergencies and calls for service, enforce state laws and local ordinances and support the functions of the Police Department.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

The following duties are normal for this position. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.

  • On an assigned shift operates a patrol vehicle to observe violations of traffic laws, suspicious activities or persons and disturbances of law and order.
  • Respond to radio dispatches and answers calls and complaints. 
  • Issue State and City citations. 
  • Serve warrant and summons, make arrest when appropriated.
  • Control individual and group actions through verbal direction and/ or the employment of necessary physical force. 
  • Make commercial checks. 
  • Maintain equipment including vehicles, firearms, uniforms and manuals.
  • Collect and process evidence relevant to an investigation.
  • Provide court testimony relative to criminal proceedings.
  • Prepare reports and records including arrest records and other documents concerning an incident, case or ticket.
  • Participate in a variety of in-service and special training programs.
  • Assist and maintain cooperative relationship with other law enforcement agencies as requested.
  • Transport and cares for prisoners as assigned and performs related duties as required.
  • Perform special duties/programs as assigned.

EDUCATION:

High school diploma or equivalent plus certification through the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center. Associates degree preferred.

EXPERIENCE:

Demonstrated experience in customer service and leadership.  

LICENSE & CERTIFICATIONS:

Must maintain certification as a Law Enforcement Officer through the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center. Must maintain a current, valid driver’s license and minimum training and experience qualifications for the position as established by the City and/or the State of Kansas and a satisfactory driving record.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • General knowledge of police methods, practices and procedures. 
  • General knowledge of pertinent Federal and State laws and municipal ordinances.
  • Specific knowledge of rules and regulations of the Police Department. 
  • Ability to analyze situations and to adopt quick, effective and reasonable courses of action with due regard to surrounding hazards and circumstances.
  • Skill in the use of firearms and the operation of an automobile. 
  • Basic data entry and personal computer skills.
  • Good oral and written communication skills.
  • Knowledge of the organization and functions of the department and of general administrative policies and practices.
  • Thorough knowledge of the geography of the City.
  • Ability to perform and organize work independently.
  • Ability to prepare and maintain accurate and concise records and reports.
  • Ability to interpret and implement local policies and procedures; written instructions, general correspondence and Federal, State and local regulations.
  • Ability to maintain discretion regarding business-related files, reports and conversations, within the provision of open records law and other applicable State and Federal Statutes and Regulations.
  • Organizational and time management skills needed to meet deadlines.
  • Must have ability to work accurately with attention to detail.
  • Ability to work the allocated hours of the position.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND ACTIVITIES:

  • This is moderate to heavy physical work with the exertion of lifting up to 75 pounds of force occasionally, up to 50 pounds of force frequently, and up to 25 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
  • Work requires climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, running, pushing, pulling, lifting, fingering, grasping, feeling and repetitive motions.
  • May deal with life threatening situations and/or deal with dangerous, irrational individuals.
  • Able to communicate by talking, hearing/listening. 
  • Must be able to adapt to day/night schedules.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close, distance and peripheral vision; depth perception; and the ability to adjust focus.

MENTAL REQUIREMENTS AND ACTIVITIES:

Must be able to:

  • Understand and effectively carry out verbal and written instructions, communicate effectively with other members of the staff, supervisor, and the public in both written and verbal form.
  • Maintain effective working relationships with other employees and the public and to deal with public relations problems courteously and tactfully.
  • Ascertain information from members of the public and either handle the situation and/or ensure it is given to the appropriate party. Maintain discretion regarding business-related files, reports and conversations, within the provision of open records law and other applicable State and Federal Statutes and Regulations.
  • Interpret and implement local policies and procedures; written instructions, general correspondence and Federal, State and local regulations.
  • Ability to understand and effectively carry out verbal and written instructions.
  • Identify potentially hazardous situations and environments and react quickly to mitigate the hazard.
  • Define problems and deal with a variety of situations and to think quickly, maintain self-control, and adapt to stressful situations.


WORK ENVIRONMENT: 
The employee is subject to inside and outside environmental conditions including, extreme cold, extreme heat, noise, vibration, hazards and various atmospheric conditions. May be exposed to blood borne pathogens and may be required to wear specialized personal protective equipment.  Much of the work is performed under emergency conditions and frequently involves considerable personal hazard. Potential exposure to dangerous substances, gunfire, and undercover operations. 

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The Kechi Police Department will automatically disqualify any individual for the following: 

General Conduct

• Has been convicted of, or took part in, a felony or any offense that would be constituted as a felony within the State of Kansas or the United States
• Has been convicted of, or took part in, the commission of a Class A or B misdemeanor within the past five years, subject to review
• Convicted of, or took part in, any crime of sexual nature
• Has been dishonorably discharged from any branch of the United States Armed Forces
• Has had a state law enforcement certification denied, suspended, or revoked
• Falsifying or lying about any information requested on a questionnaire or application as part of the hiring process
• Exhibited conduct or a pattern of conduct that would tend to disrupt, diminish, or otherwise jeopardize public trust 

Tattoos

• Tattoos which are of an obscene or offensive nature
• Tattoos of a non-medical nature on the face, neck, head, fingers or hands
• Tattoos which can be covered by the normal wear of jewelry will be considered on a case by case basis 

Drug/Alcohol Usage 

• Any marijuana within the past two years; usage outside of two years will be subject to review
• Illegal IV drug use
• Other illegal drug use, to include illegal use of prescription medication within the past five years; usage outside of five years will be subject to review
• Manufacture, sales, or distribution of illegal drugs
• Established pattern of illegal drug use or prescription medication abuse
• Established pattern of alcohol abuse 

Driving   

• Driving Under the Influence conviction/diversion as an adult within the past three years
• Two or more DUI’s in a lifetime
• Pattern of traffic law violations that indicate disrespect for traffic laws and disregard for public safety
• Three or more chargeable or at-fault accidents within the past three years
• Suspended or revoked driver’s license within the past three years, subject to review
• Does not currently possess a valid state issued driver’s license 

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