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These documents must be submitted before your application is considered complete; and all documents must be an Original or Certified Copy.
Note: Many factors affect the expected duration of the hiring process. Completing the entire process may take several months.


Here is your path to success!

Have you already checked out our open opportunities and found your future? When you've found the fit for YOU, peruse our Employment Checklist on the left to prepare to apply.

If you have the documentation required, you're ready to register and login to the application portal. 


Now, you are ready to create your account in the application portal.

When you click Apply Now, you will be directed to the application portal. To register, all you need to provide is a username, a valid email address, and a password. Select "Submit" and you will receive a confirmation on the screen stating you have been registered. You will then receive a confirmation email at the email address you provided. This code is needed in order for you to log into your account for the first time.


Once you have your verification code, you can select Login from the portal where you will then enter your chosen username and password and submit. As this is your first time logging in, you will be notified that you must enter your verification code. Click "OK" in the notification box and you will be forwarded to a login page that also includes a verification code entry box. Enter your username, password and verification code in this form and you will be logged in.

Note: the verification code is only needed the first time you log into your account. From this point on, you will login using only your username and password.

You are now ready to apply.


Tell Us About Your Veteran Status

Once logged in for the first time, you will be asked if you are a veteran or not. Select yes or no and move on to the "Choose Your Job" tab.

Choose Your Job

Select the job you want to apply for from the dropdown menu. Click Submit!

Are You a Lateral Transfer?

Police Officer applicants will be prompted to let us know if you are applying as a lateral transfer. Select yes or no and then submit the form.

At this point you will have multiple tasks to complete the application process. These tasks will appear one at a time, so that you can complete them in chronological order.

There will be a progress bar at the top of the dashboard, which will increase from 0%-100% with each task you complete.

The following is a description of each form needing to be completed as you apply.

  • Substance Abuse Form

Sworn and Professional Staff Positions

You will begin here, completing this form and receiving results as to whether you are approved to move on to the next step immediately or not, depending on your responses. You can check your Inbox from the left menu to see the resulting message. The form will not automatically disqualify you, but could determine that you be placed in a hold status for further review. If you are placed in a hold status, one of our staff members will be in touch after they have reviewed the form and you will be notified of either a clearance or disqualification.

Once cleared to proceed, a new link will appear allowing you to begin the Application For Employment.

  • Application For Employment

Sworn and Professional Staff Positions

This is your application form. Once complete a new link will appear for the Authorization For Release of Information form.

  • Authorization For Release of Information

Sworn and Professional Staff Positions

This form authorizes KCPD to obtain information required to verify your qualifications for the position you’ve applied for. Once complete, the sworn applicant will select a date to participate in the written examination and physical abilities testing. The Professional Staff applicant will be given instruction (either by phone, e-mail or messaged through the Inbox in the application portal) as to what type of testing, if any, is required to move on in the process.

Written Examination

Sworn Positions

You will begin with and must take the Entry Level Police Officer Exam, which is administered by the Kansas City Missouri Police Department.

Professional Staff Positions

You may be required to take basic skills tests depending on the position you are applying for (i.e. typing test).

Physical Abilities Test / Unit Specific Testing

Sworn Positions

The physical abilities test is an obstacle course designed to simulate challenges that could be encountered during an officer’s tour of duty. Applicants must demonstrate their ability to maneuver through the course with minimal errors. The physical abilities test is administered following the written exam.

Professional Staff Positions

You may be required to take Unit Specific Tests, which are directly related to the position you are applying for. This would include tests beyond basic skills and would be administered by the Unit you are applying to.

Pre-Employment Polygraph Examination

Sworn and Professional Staff Positions

Qualified applicants will proceed to the polygraph examination, which is administered by a qualified Polygraph Examiner. This test will cover criminal activity, drug usage, integrity, truthfulness and employment history.

Background Investigation

Sworn and Professional Staff Positions

The background investigation will cover pertinent facts regarding your character, work history and any criminal or traffic records.


Sworn Positions

During the background investigation, you will be required to ride with a Kansas City Missouri Police Officer on a weekend for a full tour of duty during the evening or night shift. This experience will expose you to the actual duties performed by Kansas City Missouri Police Officers.

Oral Board / Interview

Sworn Positions

This is an interview conducted before the members of the Employment Section. The interview will consist of relevant questions designed to allow the Kansas City Missouri Police Department the opportunity to assess your overall abilities as they relate to the field of law enforcement and/or official employment with KCPD.

Professional Staff Positions

At what point you are interviewed in the hiring process depends on the position and availability of the Unit Command Staff. There may be cases where candidates are interviewed even before the initial qualifications testing, or not until after the polygraph. If you have concerns at any point in the process, don't hesitate to reach out. 

Those who successfully complete the process to this point can receive an offer contingent upon the final two examinations you will learn about next.

Psychological Examination

Sworn and Professional Staff Positions

This interview is conducted by a certified psychologist, after a conditional job offer has been made.

Physical Examination

Sworn and Professional Staff Positions

Applicants undergo a complete medical and eye examination performed by a licensed physician, after a conditional job offer

has been made.

Once you have completed all and a job offer has been accepted, you will be placed in a Ready state or Eligibility Pool, awaiting your start date.