How do I apply?
     What is the hiring process?
STEP 1 Submit an application online.
STEP 2 Physical Fitness Test & Written Aptitude Test
If you are selected to move forward to the first phase of the process, you will be contacted via e-mail regarding the testing day and time.  Not all applicants who apply are selected to take the written test. 

The Physical Fitness Test will be conducted in the morning of testing day.  You will received the time, date, and location of the test via email.  The fitness test is based on the Cooper Fitness Standards below.  You will be required to pass all five of the test standards to advance to the written test that will be held in the afternoon.  The minimum standards are below:

  • Vertical Jump - 15.5 inches
  • Sit-Ups - 30 in one minute
  • 300 Meter Run - 66.0 seconds
  • Push-Ups - 25 repetitions
  • 1.5 Mile Run/Walk - 15:54 minutes
The written test is a National Police Officer Selection Test (POST) that is designed to measure four primary cognitive skills critical to successfully learning and performing the job of a police officer.  There are four sections to the test that cover mathematics, reading comprehension, grammar, and incident report writing.  We do not offer a study guide for this exam.
STEP 3  Background Packet
The Olathe Police Department Personal History Background Packet is given to those who successfully complete the written test and are invited to take part in the oral board interview. The packet must be completed by the applicant and turned in at the time of the Oral Board.  Please review our minimum requirements and disqualifiers.
STEP 4 The Oral Board Interview
Offered only to the top applicants who successfully pass the written test.  Not every applicant who passes the written test will be granted an oral board interview. 
STEP 5 Polygraph Examination
Applicants who pass the oral board will be scheduled for a polygraph examination administered by a trained, professional examiner.
STEP 6 Physical Agility Course
Applicants who are selected to move on in the process after the polygraph exam will participate in the physical agility test.  
STEP 7 Background Investigation
Applicants who successfully pass the polygraph examination and physical agility course will then undergo an extensive background check by a trained Olathe Police Department background investigator.  Note: Not every applicant who successfully passes the polygraph examination is automatically moved on to a background investigation.
STEP 8 Interview with the Chief of Police
Applicants who successfully passed the background investigation will have a formal interview with the Chief of Police. At the conclusion of this interview, successful applicants will receive a conditional job offer.
STEP 9 Psychological Examination                                                      Olathe Police Department Headquarters
Applicants will be evaluated by a psychologist.
STEP 10 Medical Examination 
Applicants will undergo a complete medical examination

to include a drug screen given by a licensed physician.

Questions?  Contact Olathe Police Recruiters.