Today’s law enforcement officer is expected to be a master of many trades and possess a variety of skills. The complexity of the job does not end with just the tasks performed on the street.

As an Atchison Police Officer you will be afforded the professional training needed to keep abreast of changes in statutory procedural laws, ways to intervene in a family dispute, emergency medical treatment and other crime prevention techniques.

If a rewarding career in law enforcement is your career objective, the information below will help you get started.

Can You Be a Sworn Atchison Police Officer?

Perhaps no professional group other than police is subjected so continuously to the range of physical and mental stress under hazardous conditions common in police work. Each applicant must be measured in all dimensions, including mental ability, social skills, character and psychological health, as well as physical health, fitness and stature.

To be considered for employment, you must be able to meet the following standards:

  • U.S. Citizen
  • Excellent health
  • Age 21 or older at the time of employment
  • You must have a high school diploma or a GED equivalent (higher degree preferred)
  • Possess or can acquire a valid Kansas driver’s license

To Apply

The selection process utilized by the Atchison Police Department is thorough, to ensure the best qualified candidates are selected.

The following are the components of the police officer selection process which must be completed by every applicant. The approximate amount of time required for each segment is also indicated.

  • Filling out a City of Atchison Application (Contact our HR at 913-367-5500 or Email: lauram@cityofatchison.com)
    1 hour
  • Written Examination
    3 hours
  • Physical Agility Test
    1 hour
  • Oral Interview Panel
    1 hour
  • Background Investigation/Questionnaire
    30-45 hours
  • Medical Examination
    2 hours
  • Drug Screening
    1 hour
  • Psychological Screening
    3 hours
  • Chief’s Interview
    1 hour


The entire recruitment process may take a minimum of 4 weeks to a maximum of 6 weeks depending on an applicant’s background and the number of applicants in the process.

All applicants are notified in writing (or email) of all scheduled procedures and examinations.

Training and Career Development in a Professional Police Organization

  • Academy Training

The Atchison Police Department partners with other law enforcement agencies across the state to educate and train officers collaboratively at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center in Hutchinson, Kansas. The academy usually runs for approximately 14 weeks.

  • Duty Assignment

Once hired, a recruit is placed on a six-month probation. Once hired, the recruit is assigned to the Field Training program with an experienced officer for about six months.

  • Promotional Opportunities

Promotions are obtained on the basis of various competitive processes.