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 our officers. Our core values are Courage, Sacrifice, and Compassion. The Merriam Police Department believes in the value of creating strong connections in our community. Throughout the year, officers participate in many events across the city – building relationships with our community and raising money for charitable organizations. 

Police Officer Job Description

Performs police patrol, investigations, traffic enforcement, report writing, and other police activities. Exercise good judgment based on training and continuing education. 

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 acceptable driving record
  • Must be in good physical condition 
  • Must have good moral character and ethics
  • Must have acceptable background

Police Officer Job Description(PDF, 544KB)

Pay & Benefits 

  • Starting salary range of $55,546–$77,755
  • Annual raises and promotional opportunities
  • KP&F retirement, 457b, and ROTH retirement options
  • Health, dental, vision, disability, and life insurance 
  • Up to $2,500 tuition reimbursement per year 
  • Wellness initiative
  • Free membership to the Merriam Community Center with indoor and outdoor pools
  • Biweekly vacation and sick time accruals; up to 24 hours personal time (prorated based on start date)
  • 24 hours paid volunteer time
  • Paid holidays
  • Biweekly, paid training days with diverse opportunities
  • State-of-the-art equipment
  • Leadership opportunities

Learn more about Merriam benefits. 

Hiring Process 

The Merriam Police Department is an equal opportunity employer.

  1. Submit Your Application  
  2. Written Testing/Applicant Processing 
    • 20 Minute Writing Test
    • Fitness Assessment which consists of the following activities:
      • Beep Test
      • Air Squats (60 sec. time limit)
      • Push Ups (no time limit)
      • Plank
    • Physical Ability Test (obstacle course)
    • Fingerprints
    • Photograph
    • 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.