LEO Eligibility Qualifications
and Law Enforcement Basic Training Program Admission
Following is some very basic information which we hope you will find beneficial about minimum police and law enforcement officer eligibility requirements and admission to a law enforcement basic training program at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) or any of KLETC's certified and authorized satellite academy programs operated by municipal, county or state agencies.
Kansas law does not permit "self-sponsorship" academy admissions. In other words, you must first be hired by a law enforcement agency before admission to KLETC or any of the certified and authorized satellite academy basic training programs
The requirements to be a law enforcement officer in Kansas are established by the legislature in KSA 74-5605. Generally, you must: 1) be a United States citizen; 2) have no felony convictions of any kind; and no conviction of certain misdemeanors, including domestic violence; 3) be a high school graduate, or the equivalent thereof; 4) be of good moral character; 5) pass psychological testing; 6) be free of any physical or mental condition which adversely affects the ability to perform the essential functions of a law enforcement officer; 7) be at least 21 years of age. Again, this is only a summary of the requirements. To read in full detail the minimum qualifications as required by Kansas law, go to www.kscpost.org (Kansas Commission on Peace Officers' Standards and Training-KSCPOST). On the KSCPOST website's homepage red banner (top of page), click on category "REPORTS". In the drop-down menu click on category "FORMS". Find and click on the "Verification of Eligibility for Certification" form. This form lists the minimum eligibility qualifications specified by Kansas law. These are minimum qualification standards and Kansas law enforcement agencies are free to adopt more stringent entry level employment requirements.
There is no statutory requirement that you possess a college degree to be a law enforcement officer, but individual police agencies may have a completed degree as a required or preferred entry-level qualification. More importantly, there is strong competition for employment opportunities with higher-paying police agencies, so advance preparation to set yourself apart from other applicants may be a plus in your favor.
Once an individual is employed by a Kansas law enforcement agency, they will be enrolled by their employing agency in a basic law enforcement training program. The current KLETC basic training program is 14-weeks, 560-hours in length. New officers attending basic training are provided intense education and training in contemporary law enforcement procedures and legal topics such as constitutional law, search and seizure, interview and interrogation law, rules of evidence, warrant requirements, and use of force. Not only do new officers learn about contemporary policing in the classroom, they get to experience it in scenario-based performance outcome training practical exercises. Additionally, the 14-week course covers a myriad of other police topics such as defensive tactics, firearms, emergency vehicle driver training, communication skills, and crime scene investigation, just to name a few of the 107 topics covered.
Currently there continues to be a high demand for well-qualified individuals seeking a career in law enforcement. Please be aware that there is a vast range of beginning salaries for new Kansas law enforcement officers. Past history has reflected that police agencies that have the ability to pay higher starting salaries (and provide better benefits) typically do not have difficulty in attracting applicants. You are encouraged to contact law enforcement agencies directly to determine hiring requirements, starting salaries and recruitment opportunities.
There are many four-year universities and colleges and two-year community colleges that offer criminal justice or administration of justice degrees. While these programs do not take the place of law enforcement basic training, they do help you better understand the criminal justice profession.