Hiring Process


Once the initial application is submitted, the applicant will be informed of the date(s) to appear for the written examination and physical agility testing. The written examination and physical agility test are both pass/fail.

Written Examination

The written exam is a nationally recognized police selection examination covering basic mathematics, reading comprehension, and grammar. 

Physical Agility Test

The physical agility test consists of an obstacle course which simulates actual physical requirements demanded of a police officer. The course is approximately ¼ mile and includes:

  • Ascending and descending a set of stairs
  • Body drag
  • Crawling through a simulated window
  • Four foot simulated ditch jump
  • Jumping a four foot wall
  • Jumping a six-foot wall
  • Three sets of 1 ½ foot hurdled

Oral Interview Board

Upon successful completion of the written examination and the physical agility test, the applicants will continue to the oral interview board. The applicant will be notified of the interview board date. 

Conditional Offer of Employment & Verification

Upon successfully completing the interview, the applicant will be given a conditional offer of employment and advance to truth verification. The next step is the background investigation. If the applicant successfully completes the background investigation, the applicant will be scheduled for an interview with the Chief of Police.

Upon successfully completing of the Chief's interview the applicant will be scheduled for a medical screen and pre-employment drug testing. Once the above criteria are successfully met, the applicant will then be scheduled for their start date.

Contact Us

  1. Chester Pinkston

    Chief of Police

    Chris Head

    Deputy Chief of Police

    Liberal Police Department

    325 N. Washington Avenue
    Liberal, KS 67901

    Mailing Address

     P.O. Box 2199
     Liberal, KS 67905

    Phone: 620-626-0140

    Emergency: 911

    Office Hours:
     Monday - Friday
     8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
     (Excluding Holidays)  
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