Become a Police Officer

Being a part of Team Merriam means taking pride in serving the public and improving our community. We have a long tradition of service excellence, a tradition that is made possible by its greatest strength – our employees. The Merriam Police Department believes in the importance of creating strong connections in our community. Throughout the year, officers participate in numerous events across the city – building relationships, raising money for Special Olympics, and raising awareness for our department.

Courage – Sacrifice – Compassion is our motto.
If this sounds like you, apply to join our team!

Police Officer Job Description

Performs police patrol, investigations, traffic relations, and related law enforcement activities. Effect arrests, forcibly if necessary, using handcuffs and other restraints; subdue resisting suspects using maneuvers and weapons and resort to the use of hands and feet and other approved weapons in self-defense. Prepare investigative and other reports, including sketches, using appropriate grammar, symbols, and mathematical computations. Exercise independent judgment.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Must be 21 or older
  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must have high school diploma or equivalent
  • Must have a valid driver’s license with a good driving record
  • Must be in good physical condition 
  • Must be of good moral character and of temperate and industrious habits
  • Must have a good criminal record free of any serious traffic, misdemeanor, or felony convictions.

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Pay & Benefits

  • Starting salary range of $44,147 –$66,221
  • Annual raises and promotional opportunities
  • KP&F retirement and 457 retirement option
  • Health, dental, vision, and life insurance 
  • $2,500 tuition reimbursement per year 
  • Community center and pool membership
  • Starting 10 vacation and 3 personal days per year, plus sick time 
  • Four ten-hour shifts per week
  • Guaranteed one weekend day off
  • Diverse training opportunities averaging 120 hours/year
  • State of the art equipment
  • Leadership opportunities

Hiring Process

The Merriam Police Department is an equal opportunity employer. The city welcomes all qualified applicants without regard to their race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, marital status, medical condition, or disability. Applicants for public safety positions may be subject the following: physical fitness testing, polygraphs, background investigations, reference checks, psychological exams. Where inquiries credit worthiness are conducted, the applicant will receive a copy of the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

  1. Submit application materials to Captain Troy Duvanel 
  2. Written Testing/Applicant Processing 
    • 20 Minute Writing Test
    • Fitness Assessment
      • The assessment consists of the following activities;
        • Beep Test
        • Air Squats (60 sec time limit)
        • Push Ups (no time limit)
        • Plank
    • Physical Ability Test (PAT)
    • Fingerprints
    • Photograph
    • Application/Personal History Review 
    • Ride-a-long 
  3. Panel Interview 
  4. Background Investigation 
  5. Polygraph

Police Academy

The Johnson County Regional Police Academy is located in Overland Park, Kansas, on the campus of Johnson County Community College. The Police Academy provides basic law enforcement training for officers from more than 30 agencies in the suburban Kansas City area. Successful completion of the 16-week academy results in certification as a Kansas law enforcement officer.

Pay Scale

Police Chief
$93,994 to $140,991

Police Major
$82,871 to $124,306

Police Captain
$68,599 to $102,899

$56,794 to $85,191

Master Police Officer
$47,017 to $70,526

Police Officer
$44,147 to $66,221


For more information, please contact Cpt. Troy Duvanel by email or call 913-322-5567.