The City of Derby strives to be an employer of choice and our desire is to attract and retain honest, hard working and motivated employees who are committed to providing the highest quality of service to the citizens of Derby.  We offer competitive wages, awesome benefits, including affordable health insurance with no deductible and no coinsurance and retirement benefits. 

What we offer:

  • Pay range: $23.69 to $32.06/hour (additional pay for experienced officers).
  • Hiring Bonus ($2,500 for commissioned officers and $1,500 for prior military)
  • Education Pay: All certified officers are eligible to receive education pay of $2,000 ($500 each year for 4 years) for a Bachelor degree and a total of $3,500 ($500 for 7 years) for a Master degree or higher.
  • Paid relocation expenses (successful candidate needs to discuss with HR)
  • Retirement program - Kansas Police & Fire Retirement System (KP&F)
  • Great health and dental benefits
  • Competitive vacation, holiday and sick leave (80 hours of paid vacation in year one)
  • Corporate gym membership discounts at the YMCA and Derby Recreation Commission
  • Tuition reimbursement (up to $2,000/year)
  • Shift differential pay (.55 cents/hour for 2nd and 3rd shifts)

 Details related to the position description are below:


60% Protection of Life and Property

  • Enforce state laws and city ordinances.
  • Patrol the community routinely and conduct traffic enforcement to ensure a safe and secure community.
  • Engage in citizen contact situations such as business checks, assisting stranded motorists, suspicious person contacts, crime prevention sharing with civic organizations or homeowners, and any action in furtherance of the community policing philosophy of the department.
  • Provide basic response to crime scenes including identification, preservation, and collection of evidence.
  • Provide advanced processing of non-critical crime scene as assigned by the on-duty Watch Commander. (Police Officer 2 & 3)
  • Conduct thorough criminal and traffic investigations.
  • Apprehend violators in a reasonable and lawful manner following established laws, policies and regulations. Transport detainees to appropriate facilities.
  • Assist citizens with situations that involve crime, traffic concerns, quality of life issues or any situation that requires a police response.
  • Answer citizen complaints, investigate suspicious conditions, and take necessary action, including preparing necessary police reports.
  • Alert citizens of hazardous and dangerous conditions. Direct traffic when needed.
  • Operate motor vehicle on a regular basis.
  • Carry and maintain qualification for authorized firearms and other weapons pursuant to department standard operating procedures.

30% Administrative Duties 

  • Conduct crime prevention surveys and other activities.
  • Complete all necessary official forms and reports.
  • Prepare cases for successful prosecution and provide credible courtroom testimony.
  • Maintain cleanliness, organization, and readiness of assigned work area and equipment (booking desk, gun cleaning station, report writing, locker room, etc.). (Police Officer 2)
  • Ensure active participation in and reporting on an assigned open beat project by officers assigned to his or her shift. (Police Officer 2)
  • Ensure successful planning and execution of shift-related special enforcement activities (i.e. traffic) at the discretion of the on-duty Watch Commander. (Police Officer 2 & 3)
  • Conduct and present analysis of crime trends and statistics to assigned beat team. (Police Officer 2 & 3)

10% Training Participation 

  • Attend training and seminars to maintain proficiency and certifications.
  • Actively participate in training and drill sessions, tests, and evaluations.
  • Act as a liaison with homeowners’ associations and neighborhood watch programs, attending meetings and events as requested. (Police Officer 2)
  • Plan and present law enforcement/public safety-related training classes in areas of expertise. (Police Officer 2 & 3)

Continually looks for new and improved ways of completing the above functions.  Other tasks as assigned will be performed in order to address business needs.


Latitude:  Most duties are assigned and then the employee arranges tasks in order to complete duties.  Problem-solving and decision-making involving the protection of life and property is accomplished independently most of the time. Regular and reliable attendance at work is required.

Interaction:  Frequent interaction with employees throughout the organization, prosecutors, and the general public.  Occasional interaction with outside agencies including municipal, county, state, and federal agencies.


  • High School Diploma or equivalent, required.
  • Some college, preferred.
  • Must have satisfied all requirements as set forth in K.S.A. 74-5605 “Qualifications of Applicant (Police Officer) for Training Course Requirements.”
  • Must complete 40 hours of continuing education training annually, as required.
  • One year of law enforcement experience, preferred.
  • Valid Kansas driver’s license and driving record must meet commercial liability insurance requirements.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of law enforcement techniques and procedures.
  • Knowledge of all federal, state, and local ordinances governing police activities.
  • Skill in using logic and reasoning to identify issues and ability to make decisions in a timely manner.
  • Ability to apply intermediate level mathematics skills.
  • Ability to operate firearms, patrol vehicles, mobile/portable/base radios, crime scene processing equipment, and all other police related equipment.
  • Ability to operate office-related equipment, including ability to access, input, and retrieve information from various computer software programs.
  • Ability to meet and deal tactfully with the general public and to communicate effectively and clearly, both orally and in writing.
  • Must be able to provide reliable courtroom testimony. Criminal convictions for acts of dishonesty, or sustained disciplinary findings of misconduct related to truthfulness, racial bias, or other acts that would lead to potential impeachment of courtroom testimony as detailed in Brady v. Maryland or Giglio v. U.S. will be cause for disqualification for applicants and termination for employees.


Physical Requirements/Environmental Conditions:  Must have the ability to pass and maintain all physical requirements and activities of the law enforcement training center.  Occasional bending, stooping, kneeling, squatting, twisting, and lifting of 50 pounds required.  Must maintain ability to apprehend and take persons into custody.  Exposure to adverse weather conditions, dangerous, and hazardous situations is required.   Must be able to work all shifts and any day of the week.


Police Officer Applicant Testing Notice of Disqualification 

It is the practice of the Derby Police Department to disqualify all applicants from consideration for certified officer positions, who have done any of the following:


Permanent Disqualifiers:

  • Ever convicted of a felony. (Includes violations of any state law or UCMJ)
  • Ever convicted of the following:
    • Domestic violence crimes
    • Sexual battery
    • Theft
    • Criminal deprivation of property
    • Perjury
    • Any crime of dishonesty
    • As an adult, been convicted of two or more crimes of violence or use of physical force or threat thereof
    • Ever been discharged (terminated) from employment for theft, lying, any dishonest act, bias behavior or any acts that are considered Brady/Giglio violations.
    • While serving as a law enforcement officer, having a sustained complaint or leaving employment during or prior to an investigation for any of the following:
    • Improper use of force
    • Misconduct
    • Violations that are considered Brady/Giglio violations
    • At any age, ever participated in distributing marijuana, illegal non-prescriptive steroids or any felony level drugs or controlled substances with hallucinogenic properties, i.e. cocaine, heroin, LSD, ecstasy, fentanyl, hashish, mushrooms, opiates, methamphetamine, etc. **Exception listed in Case by Case Disqualifiers**
    • As an adult, ever used, bought or possessed any felony level drugs, or any felony level drugs or controlled substances with hallucinogenic properties, i.e. heroin, LSD, and methamphetamine, etc.

**Exception listed in Case by Case Disqualifiers**

    • Substantial evidence of intentional deception, subterfuge, misrepresentation, falsification or omission of fact demonstrated during the pre-employment process

Temporary Disqualifiers:

  • Within the past ten years:
    • As an adult, experimentality used, bought or possessed any felony level drugs, or any felony level drugs or controlled substances with hallucinogenic properties, i.e. cocaine, ecstasy, fentanyl, hashish, mushrooms and opiates.

**Exception listed in Case by Case Disqualifiers**

  • Within the past five years:
  • Been convicted of:
    • Possession of marijuana
    • Criminal damage to property (vandalism)
    • Driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs
    • Driving with suspended driver’s license from DUI conviction/diversion/chemical test failure
    • Leaving the scene of a traffic accident (hit & run)
    • Fleeing and eluding a police officer
  • Been discharged (terminated) from employment for cause (misconduct)
  • Within the past three years:
  • Used or possessed marijuana or illegal non-prescriptive steroids
  • Committed or participated in the crimes of theft, criminal deprivation of property or other crimes of dishonesty
  • Been convicted of:
    • One crime of violence or use of physical force or threat thereof
    • A total of five or more moving violations
    • Two or more speeding violations greater than 15 mph over the speed limit
  • Within the last one year:
  • Failure to respond, complete or show up to any portion of the pre-employment testing after having placed your name on the list to either test or attend an oral board, without contacting the Coordinator.
  • Been convicted of three or more moving violations
  • Been the primary cause of three or more traffic crashes resulting in significant property damage or personal injury
  • Have a combination of three or more at fault traffic crashes or moving violations convictions

Case by Case Disqualifiers: (Circle all that apply)

If an applicant has been involved in one or more of the following, his/her application will be reviewed and may result in disqualification based upon any of the following criteria:

  • Convictions of:
    • Battery of a law enforcement officer
    • Battery
    • Weapons violations
    • Assault
    • Failure to appear
    • Obstruct official duty of police or judicial officer or interference of a law enforcement officer
    • Transporting an open container of alcohol
    • Records of arrest or listed as suspect on criminal cases without subsequent conviction
    • Drug abuse by a juvenile not less than five years from the date of application
    • Non-recreational prescription drug use, i.e. taking or providing a prescription medication belonging to another person for therapeutic reasons (not to alter mood or “get high”)
    • Being placed on the disqualification list by the Chief of Police for information found in your background

Disqualification Appeal:

  • If placed on the disqualification list, you may appeal your disqualification to the Chief of Police in writing for consideration in the next testing cycle.

Minimum Qualifications:

In addition to the preceding conduct, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a United States citizen;
  • Have graduated from a high school accredited by the Kansas State Board of Education or the appropriate accrediting agency of another state jurisdiction or have obtained the equivalent of a high school education as defined by rules and regulations of the commission;
  • Be of good moral character sufficient to warrant the public trust in the applicant as a police officer or law enforcement officer and be free of any convictions or sustained complaints that would qualify as Giglio violations;
  • Be free of any physical or mental condition which adversely affects the ability to perform the essential functions of a police officer or law enforcement officer with reasonable skill, safety and judgment;
  • Be at least 21 years of age at the time of appointment; and
  • Possess or obtain a valid Kansas driver’s license prior to the time of employment.



  • This list identifies automatic disqualifiers.  The list is not all-inclusive.  Other reasons may exist for disqualification from consideration for employment. 


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