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We believe in recruiting the best, brightest, most diverse candidates to serve our citizens and make our community safer.
What We Offer
Benefits and incentives
Find Your Calling
Units and teams
Do You Have What it Takes?
Requirements / disqualifiers
You Have Options
- ATV Unit
- Bomb Squad
- Behavioral Health Unit
- Community Policing Unit
- Crime Scene Investigations Unit
- Crisis Negotiators Unit
- K-9 Unit
- Motorcycle Unit
- Response Team
- School Resource Unit
- Traffic and Accident Reconstruction Unit
- UAS/UAV Unit
The mission of the Topeka Police Department is to provide a safe community and faithfully serve our citizens with impeccable integrity, enduring professionalism and immeasurable honor.
The Topeka Police Department is committed to providing a safe environment for the citizens who live, work and play in our capital city. We will constantly evaluate and improve our efforts to partner with our community with the goal of improving the quality of life in Topeka, Kansas.
The Application Process
Upon submission of your registration, you will be directed to a registration confirmation page that provides additional information, including a link to details on when and where to report for the examination.
Please read all information thoroughly.
It is essential to open and review the information in the link on the registration confirmation page to find out when and where to report for the examination.
- Police Recruit Position Available up to 90 Days before Academy ($16/hr.)
- Receive GI Bill Benefits throughout the Academy and FTO Phase (Total 12 months)
For details on the Police Recruit position or the GI Bill Benefits, please email Sergeant Vidal Campos.
- You only have to take the test once, but you may take the test more than once.
- Applicants are ranked on a hiring list based on test scores. The applicant’s most recent test score will be utilized in the ranking process. If an applicant passes the test and takes the test again at a later date to try and increase the score and then fails the test, the applicant will be eliminated from the hiring process until the applicant takes and passes the test again on a future test date.
Practice Test Available Online
You can purchase a practice test and/or study guide online directly from the test manufacturer.
Please review the following important information:
- POPAT (Police Officer Physical Ability Test) Details
- You must be at least 20 ½ years of age as of the test date to take the examination.
- You must have high school diploma or equivalent.
- Please note: the KLETC requires that individuals who receive high school education through homeschooling will be required to provide alternate education verification, examples include ACT scores, SAT scores, or proof of admission to a post-secondary school (i.e.; – college).
- You must be a citizen of the United States to be extended an offer of employment.
- You must not have any Brady/Giglio information in personal or professional background that would impair ability to serve as a government witness. Brady/Giglio information includes any conduct, acts or crimes involving dishonesty or false statements while under oath.
- You must not have any automatic disqualifiers. Review the list of automatic disqualifiers.
- Topeka Police Officers are required to possess and maintain a valid KS driver’s license and city-insurable driving record.
- You must meet the Topeka Police Officer minimum physical requirements.
Register For the Entry-Level Exam
The City of Topeka is an Equal Opportunity Employer.