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Minimum Qualifications & Automatic Disqualifiers

Minimum qualifications

To be considered for a position with the Lenexa Police Department, you must:
  • Be a U.S. citizen (for police officer positions only)​

  • Be at least 21 years of age by application date

  • Possess a high school diploma or G.E.D.

  • Possess a valid state driver’s license

  • Not have a personal or professional history that would automatically disqualify you for a position

Prior law enforcement experience or college courses in criminal justice or a related associate’s or bachelor’s degree is preferred, but not required. 

Dispatcher minimum qualifications

Minimum qualifications for a dispatcher are different than those for a police officer. To learn more about these qualifications, along with information regarding the application process, training and a more complete job description, please view our recruiting brochure (PDF).

Automatic disqualifiers

We will automatically disqualify any individual who:

  • Has been convicted of a felony or any offense that would be constituted as a felony within the State of Kansas or the United States

  • Has been convicted of or took part in the commission of a Class “A” or “B” misdemeanor within the past five years or been convicted of any crime of a sexual nature

  • Has been dishonorably discharged from any branch of the United States Armed Forces

  • Has had his / her state certification as a law enforcement officer denied / revoked or suspended

  • Falsified or lied about any information requested on a questionnaire or application as part of the hiring process

  • Exhibited any conduct or a pattern of conduct that would tend to disrupt, diminish, or otherwise jeopardize public trust in the law enforcement profession

  • ​Tattoos: Any tattoos which are visible while in uniform are considered automatic disqualifiers. Tattoos which can be covered by the normal wear of jewelry or by department-issued​ sleeve may be allowed on a case-by-case basis. Tattoos of a non-medical nature on the face, neck head, fingers or hands will not be allowed. Tattoos of an obscene or offensive nature will not be allowed. ​

Drug/alcohol use

  • Has used marijuana within the past three years

  • Has used any other illegal drug within the last five years

  • Has an established pattern of prescription medication abuse

  • Has an established pattern of alcohol abuse

Driving record

  • Has had a driving under the influence conviction or diversion as an adult within the last five years or has shown a pattern of traffic law violations that indicate disrespect for traffic laws and disregard for public safety.

  • Has three or more chargeable or at-fault accidents within the past five years.

  • Has had their driver’s license suspended or revoked within the past five years

  • Does not possess a valid state driver’s license​​