Garnett Police Department

Chief Kurt King
Address 131 West Fifth Avenue
Garnett KS 66032
Phone 785-448-5496

Police Officer, Garnett Police Department

The City of Garnett is looking for an intelligent, self-motivated, and community-oriented individual with excellent communication and problem-solving skills and a high level of integrity to join our Police Department as a full-time Patrol Officer. The Garnett Police Department has a strong relationship with the community. Members of the police department are committed to providing quality service to our community through integrity, fairness, and open communication.


Duties and responsibilities include enforcing all federal, state and local laws and ordinances; taking calls for service; patrolling business districts and residential neighborhoods to deter and detect crime; investigating complaints; citing and/or arresting law violators; following up on pending reports and cases; preparing and/or serving civil law processes; protecting person(s) or property; and securing and protecting prisoners.  When not responding to calls for service, department members are expected to use self-directed work time in an efficient manner by self-initiating work on those tasks identified by supervisory personnel as priorities for this job position. 


 The applicant must be a United States citizen, 21-years of age at time of appointment, must possess a high school diploma or GED equivalent, must possess a valid Kansas driver’s license, must be able to legally own, carry and use a firearm in accordance with the Gun Control Act of 1968.

Criminal record: Must not have committed, been convicted of, had a conviction expunged for or have been placed on diversion or deferred judgment by any state or federal agency for a felony crime or a misdemeanor of domestic violence or offense that reflects on the honesty, integrity or competence of the applicant. Must not be currently charged with or under indictment for any criminal activity other than minor traffic violations. Must not be currently on probation.

Must not have any possession, sales, distribution, manufacturing or transporting of any illegal drugs. Must not have any felonious drug(s) use within the last 10 years. Must not have used any misdemeanor drugs within the past year.

 Must not have been convicted, plead guilty, plead no contest or been diverted on a serious traffic violation (DUI, reckless driving, hit and run, vehicular homicide, transporting open container of alcoholic or cereal malt beverage, eluding a police officer or negligent homicide) within the past three years.

The applicant must be able to pass written aptitude test, polygraph, extensive background check, interview board, drug screen, physical fitness test, and psychological testing.


Lateral transfer will get a $5,000.00 hiring bonus. $2,500 paid upon completion of Field Training program. $2,500 paid upon completion of 2-year anniversary of completing the Field Training program. Take home vehicle up to 30 miles once probation is completed.

Patrol officers pay scale is $19.47-29.47.

The starting wage for this position is $19.47-$25.00 depending upon qualifications. With a $.50 raise after the probationary period. The city of Garnett offers an excellent benefit package including vacation, and sick leave, paid holidays, gym membership, medical. Dental, and vision insurance paid 100% by employer for employee and $356.00 a month for family, and KP&F retirement.

Patrol officers work 12 hours shifts and have every other Friday through Sunday off regardless of seniority level.  There are opportunities for advancement including supervisory positions, investigative positions and slots on a multi-jurisdictional tactical team that covers six different counties. 

The City of Garnett is an equal opportunity employer.

The position is open until filled.

Complete an On-line Application at:

Please direct questions regarding this position to Sgt. Swanson at


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