The El Dorado Police Department is a highly progressive and professional agency providing dedicated service to the citizens of El Dorado since 1917. Our motto "Community Safety, Partners in Service" states the essential purpose of the El Dorado Police Department. We protect the rights of all persons within our jurisdiction to be free from criminal attack, to be secure in their possessions and to live in peace. We have an authorized force of 28 sworn officers and we want you to join our team.
Step 1: Fill out online application and submit to Human Resources to begin the process.
Step 2: Upon successful review of your application, you will receive an email invitation from human resources for the next available testing date. You will also receive instructions to complete your background investigation questionnaire.
Step 3: On the day of applicant testing, you will arrive at the police department for a physical ability test. This consists of a one-mile run, a one-minute sit-up test, and a one-minute push-up test.
Step 4: After successful completion of the physical ability test (usually the same day), you will take the Standard and Associates National Police Officer Selection test. This is a written test designed to measure your arithmetic, reading comprehension, grammar, and incident report writing skills.
Step 5: After successful completion of the written test, you will have an in-person interview in front of a panel of law enforcement officers and the Human Resources Manager. You can expect open ended questions, as well as scenario-based questions that will help the interview board learn about you and your problem solving ability.
Step 6: If the interview board recommends you to go on in the application process, you will have an interview with the Chief of Police. Upon a successful interview with the Chief of Police, you will receive a conditional job offer. The job offer will be contingent upon the successful completion of the following steps:
Step 7: Background Investigation. A thorough background investigation will be conducted to verify your previous work history, work habits, and personal history.
Step 8: Computer Voice Stress Analysis. Upon successful review of your background information, you will take an examination that will analyze your ability to tell the truth regarding the background investigation.
Step 9: Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory a.k.a the MMPI test. This is a test administered by a mental health professional that will profile certain personality traits.
Step 10: Drug screen. You will then submit to a drug screen test.
Step 11: Physical exam. A routine physical exam will be completed at a medical care facility.
Step 12: Show up for your first day as a police officer with the El Dorado Police Department!
Education and Experience:
High School Diploma or GED Equivalent
Valid Kansas Driver’s License
Ability to obtain State of Kansas patrol officer certification through Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center.
Within 6 months of hire, must live within 30 minutes of corporate city limits
*Any or all requirements may be waived at the discretion of the City Manager, Police Chief, or designee
This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying the position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by their supervisor; subject to reasonable accommodations.
Applicants who do not meet these minimum requirements will be automatically disqualified and are asked not to attend the scheduled testing date:
- 21 years of age or older before hire date.
- Citizen of the United States.
- If military service has been rendered discharge must be honorable or equivalent.
- If previous law enforcement certificate, must not be revoked by the State of Kansas or any other state.
- Has not been convicted, and does not have an expunged conviction for a crime that is a felony or felony level equivalent under the uniform code of military justice.
- Has not been placed on diversion on or after July 1, 1995, by any state of the federal government for a crime that is a felony or its equivalent under the uniform code of military justice.
- No convictions of DUI/DWI or other serious driving violations in the past 5 years.
- No more than 1 DUI/DWI or other serious driving violation conviction (no time limit).
- No more than 3 moving violations and at-fault accidents within the past 3 years.
- Has a high school diploma or furnishes evidence of successful completion of an examination indicating an equivalent achievement.
- Is free of any physical or mental conditions, which might adversely affect the applicant's performance as a patrol officer.
- No convictions of morals, drugs or weapons charges which include, but are not limited to the following: Prostitution, Promoting prostitution, Indecent exposure, Sale of marijuana, narcotics, or non-narcotic drugs, Incest, Commercial gambling.
- No marijuana use or possession within the past 2 years.
- No illegal use or possession of narcotics, or non-narcotic drugs within the past 10 years.
- No convictions of misdemeanor crimes of violence/use of physical force within the past 3 years.
- No more than 1 conviction for misdemeanor crimes of violence/use of physical force (no time limit).
- Has not been convicted, does not have an expunged conviction, or has not been placed on diversion by any governmental entity for a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence or its equivalent under the uniform code of military justice. For the purposes of this section, a crime of domestic violence means a crime where an element of the crime is the user of or attempted use of physical force against another person who is a spouse, ex-spouse, a person with whom one shares a child in common, a person with whom one has cohabitated, ones parents, ones child, ones stepchild, ones foster child, or any child for whom one was the legal guardian.
- A single conviction of any crime involving an element of deceit, untruthfulness, or dishonesty.
- Any illegal distribution or sale of drugs whether or not charged, arrested, or convicted.
- Any commission of felony crimes. Any information that could result in criminal charges will be forwarded to the proper jurisdiction.
- No previously undisclosed crimes involving morals charges which include, but are not limited to the crimes outlined in 12 above.
- Must possess a valid driver's license at the time of employment. Must obtain a valid Kansas Driver's License within 30 days of employment.
The City of El Dorado offers a variety of employee benefits to regular, full-time employees, which include the following:
- Medical, dental, and vision (up to 75% paid by city)*
- KPERS and KP&F Retirement Programs
- Tuition reimbursement
- Sick Leave
- Paid personal leave
- Longevity pay
- Flexible spending reimbursement accounts with PPO
- Other optional insurance plans (including short-term disability)
- Wellness incentive program with monthly discounts for participating
- Optional group life insurance
- Employee Assistance Program
- YMCA membership ($15 a month paid by city)
- El Dorado Employee Association
- 457(b) retirement account
- Opportunity for merit increase based on annual performance review
The City of El Dorado is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
*Regular, full time employees will be eligible for health insurance benefits on the first day of the month following sixty days of full time employment. Health insurance benefits include medical, prescription, dental and vision.
Q: What types of shifts do patrol officers at El Dorado PD work?
A: El Dorado PD works 12 hour shifts on an 80-hour, bi-weekly pay period. One week a patrol officer works Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and the next week, the officer only works Wednesday and Thursday.
Q: What are the shift hours?
A: The shift hours are either 6AM to 6PM or 6PM to 6AM. The officers rotate shifts every four months.
Q: What are some extra additional specialties the El Dorado Police Department has?
A: The El Dorado Police Department has a Criminal Investigations Division, a Traffic Enforcement/Community Policing position, a K9 unit, and a Code Enforcement position, cell phone forensic specialist and a Computer Voice Stress Analysis team.
Q: What types of uniforms do the officers wear?
A: The officers wear a hybrid shirt that is half traditional uniform (collar and sleeves) and half athletic polo under an outer carrier vest. The pants are a light-weight tactical trouser with leg pockets.
Q: What is the initial training like?
A: Newly hired officers will have a two-week orientation, followed by a ride-along period until their academy date is determined. Once the beginning academy date is determined, non-certified trainees will then attend the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center near Hutchinson, KS for 14 weeks of classroom and practical training. Recruits will live at the academy Monday through Friday during the 14-weeks. (see more at www.kletc.org) After successful completion of the academy, trainees will then complete 14 weeks of on-the-job training with a training officer, known as “Field Training”. After successful completion of Field Training, the trainee with begin working on their own in the patrol division.
Q: Can I have tattoos?
A: Yes, however, visible neck tattoos are prohibited. Any visible hand or arm tattoo will not be displayed if they are obscene or offensive. The Chief of Police will have discretion on tattoo approval.
Q: Can I have facial hair?
A: Yes. Beards and facial hair can’t be longer than ½ inch in length and must be kept neatly trimmed.
Q: Can I have a mullet?
A: No…..no you cannot. Neckline hair cannot extend past the shirt collar (for males). At the El Dorado PD, we are business in the front, business in the back too.
Q: What type of mental health support will I receive?
A: City of El Dorado employees have access to 12 confidential mental health appointments with a mental health professional per year at no cost.
Q: Can I exercise on duty?
A: Yes! Officers of the El Dorado PD are allowed to exercise for one hour of their regular shift. On top of that, we are completing our own private gym inside the police department with access to weights and exercise equipment.
Q: Are there career advancement opportunities?
A: Absolutely. The El Dorado rank structure is Patrol Officer (or detective), Sergeant, Lieutenant, Deputy Chief and then Chief of Police. Additionally, there are plenty of extra hats to wear for various instructors like firearms, Taser, Radar/Lidar, defensive tactics, and many, many more. The El Dorado Police Department is willing to invest heavily in training their own officers to instruct other officers and carry specialized certifications.
Q: What type of equipment does the department provide?
A: The department provides all of the basic patrol equipment. This includes a duty firearm, patrol rifle, ballistics vest, body camera, Taser, expandable baton, pepper spray, handcuffs, ammunition, radio, boots, and much more. Every officer has a yearly uniform allowance and access to a web-based uniform store where the officer can spend that allowance on pre-approved duty gear and uniforms.
Q: Are there computers in the patrol vehicles?
A: Yes. Every patrol vehicle is equipped with a data terminal that can access the internet, the internal police database, license plate and driver’s license information and much more.
Q: Will I just be another number?
A: Absolutely not. The El Dorado PD invests in its employees. Every employee has the opportunity to serve on various internal and external committees and boards so your voice is heard. Officers have the choice to contribute to the department’s benevolence fund to help people in need. The department has an optional monthly family night get-together so officers and their families have the opportunity to gather and socialize. Being a member of the El Dorado Police Department is a team effort.