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Police Employment Opportunities

For all current openings at the Lee's Summit Police Department contact Human Resources at 816.969.1050 or the police recruiting line at 816.969.1707. Submit a Position Interest Form  to receive information on future employment opportunities. The Lee's Summit Police Department is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The Spring 2020 open application period for Police Officer is now closed for applications.  Our LSPD Headquarters has been partially opened and we can proceed with written testing for applicants on a limited basis.  Our next open application process will take place in 3-4 months (September / October 2020)


New pay rates for the position of police officer were introduced in 2019. Applicants who hire on and head to the academy will be classified as probationary police officers at $40,000 annually. Upon graduation, applicants will move to Step 1 of the department's new career ladder at $44,800 annually. Applicants with law enforcement certification and experience will be allowed to seek lateral entry into the pay system according to the following guidelines:

POST Certified with two or less years of experience: $44,800 annually

POST Certified with two to five years of experience: $47,178 annually

POST Certified with five or more years of experience: $50,454 annually

Open Hiring Processes

The chart below details the status of all open hiring processes for the Police Department. Each position is updated as soon as a portion of the job process is completed and allows applicants to track the hiring process progress. 

Job Title Closing Date Rate of Pay Department

Police Officer Job Posting -- Apply Online by clicking this link

  • 3/13/2020 - Application Closing Date
  • 3/20/2020 -- Written testing on hold due to COVID-19 restrictions, no anticipated date for the lifting of restrictions
  • 3/20/2020 -- Letters going out today to all applicants regarding the process and the current hold on written testing
  • 4/20/2020 -- Calls being made this week to schedule interviews with certified police officer candidates for Saturday, 5/2/2020; all other candidates remain on hold until COVID restrictions are lifted to allow for testing
  • 5/4/2020 -- LSPD headquarters building remains on COVID-19 restrictions so we are unable to bring in applicants for written testing.  When restrictions are lifted, applicants will be notified via the mail of the scheduled testing date.
  • 5/20/2020 -- LSPD HQ is now open on a limited basis and allows for written testing in small groups.  The process is reopned for applications and closes now on 6/3/2020.  Applicants will be notified by mail of the testing dates and times which are tentative for 6/11 and 6/13 or 6/18 and 6/20/2020. More informaiton to follow once the dates are firm.
  • 5/28/2020 -- Testing dates are now set for Thursday, 6/18/2020 at 6pm (A-K last names) and Saturday, 6/20/2020 at 9:00 a.m. (L-Z last names). Letters with complete information will go out once the application process closes on 6/3/2020.
  • 6/8/2020 -- Letters going out today for testing on the dates listed above
  • 6/24/2020 -- Written test scores are in. Drop letters are going out today in the mail for applicants who failed to get a passing score.  Applicants that scored high enough for the first round of oral board interviews will be notified by phone next week once the dates are set for oral board interviews.  The top 16 candidates will be proceeding to oral board interviews.  If you are outside of the top scores, but still have a passing score, you are in the "B" Flight and you are in a holding pattern until the first group of interviews are completed.
  • 7/6/2020 -- Still working to get oral board interviews set for the week of 7/13/2020 (probably later in that week).  Once the dates are set, the top 16 applicants will be notified as soon as possible by phone of their interview date and time.
  • 7/27/2020 -- Interviews are done for the top applicants from the testing process.  Drop letters were mailed last week on Tuesday for applicants that did not meet minimum passing score for the interview.

Communications Specialist process -- Apply Online by clicking this link

  • 3/13/2020 -- Application deadline
  • 3/20/2020 -- Job process is on hold as we are unable to test applicants in our building due to COVID-19 restrictions
  • 3/27/2020 -- Letters sent to all applicants detailing the on hold status of the job process
  • 4/20/2020 -- Applications have been reviewed and a small group of applicants with police work experience have been chosen for interview. Interview date will be set soon and applicants will be notified of the date and time via a phone call, all other applicants remain on hold until COVID restrictions are lifted to allow for testing.
  • 5/20/2020 -- We are working on protocols to begin testing applicants from the current process.  it is also open to new applications and closes on 6/3/2020.  Applicants who applied will be notified soon of the next step in the process.
  • 7/27/2020 -- COVID restrictions continue to limit the number of people we can test at one time so testing and selection is still going extremely slow.  We will notify applicants by phone if/when we can do more testing.

3/25/2020 -- Process closed for applications

3/30/2020 -- Applications are being reviewed and those applicants selected for interview will be asked to complete a Personal History Questionaire document and then do an interview via a video conference.  

4/20/2020 -- Appilcations are still under review and applicants chosen for interview will be notified of a date and time via a phone call.

5/20/2020 -- 11 applicants have been chosen to be interviewed.  Those applicants will be notified via telephone this week of the interview date (6/2/2020) and time.  Remaining applicants will remain on an eligiblity list until a final applicant is chosen.

7/27/2020 -- Top applicant from the interview process is in background investiation now.


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Submit applications for all positions to Human Resources at City Hall on or before the deadline.

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For more information:

Police Employment Information  -- our comprehensive FAQ document that covers most common questions about the hiring process.

Potential applicants who are seeking information can contact the police recruiting line at 816.969.1769 or email Police Recruiting.

The Lee's Summit Police Department offers many sworn and civilian employment opportunities in the following areas:

  • Police Officer
  • Police Services Officer (front desk)
  • Dispatcher
  • Records Clerk
  • Secretarial
  • Animal Control Shelter Attendant
  • Detention Officer
  • Custodial
  • Animal Control Officer
  • Facilities Services

The Police Department offers great pay and benefits, as well as equipment and training. The City offers a college incentive reimbursement program, clothing allowance for plain clothes assignments, uniform dry cleaning, overtime pay, vacation pay; sick and short-term disability leave, health and dental insurance plans, pension plan and a voluntary deferred compensation plan.

The officer applicant screening process is multi-phased and consists of the following steps:

  • Preliminary application
  • Written examination
  • Oral interview
  • Polygraph examination
  • Background investigation
  • Conditional Offer of Employment
  • Psychological examination
  • Medical examination
  • Final Offer of Employment

From the time of initial application, the hiring process can take between three to six months. Contact will be maintained with applicants from the time of initial application until an applicant is removed from the hiring process or an offer of employment is extended.

The Lee's Summit Missouri Police Department is a sponsoring agency. Once accepted, officer candidates will attend the Kansas City Missouri Regional Police Academy. The department covers all costs associated with the training and candidates receive a salary while attending. Upon graduation, candidates are assigned to the 16-week Field Training program.

The Police Employment Information contains in-depth information on required qualifications, testing processes and a detailed job description for sworn and non-sworn positions. Applicants for all positions will be subject to the same hiring process including a polygraph examination, psychological evaluation and background investigation.

Police Employment Information

Candidates will be asked to complete a Personal History Questionnaire after completion of an entry level test if being considered for any of the above positions. Do not submit as an application or unsolicited.

Misc Forms (ride-a-long waiver)