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Interested in becoming a Newton Police Officer?

Newton Police Officers are expected to investigate criminal activity, complete police reports, make arrests (as necessary), respond to traffic accidents, enforce traffic laws, issue citations, and maintain a visible presence to deter criminal activities.

The Newton Police Department only accepts applications when a job opening is posted. If you are interesting in getting involved with the Newton Police Department as a Reserve Officer or Cadet, please contact Sgt. Joshua Millspaugh. To check for Police Department and other job openings with the City of Newton, check the Human Resources Job Openings page.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Must be a minimum of 21 years of age at time of appointment.
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED.
  • Cannot have experimented with illegal drugs or misused prescription drugs/medications within the previous five years from the date of application.
  • Arrest and/or conviction for domestic violence is an automatic disqualification.
  • Numerous misdemeanor convictions or a felony conviction is an automatic disqualification.

Hiring Process (when there are job openings):

  • Complete an application and submit it to Human Resources.
  • Attend a testing day (you must satisfactorily complete each section of the test to move to the next section of testing).
    • Complete and pass the written test.
    • Complete and pass the physical agility test.
    • Complete and pass an interview.
  • Complete and pass a polygraph examination.
  • Successfully pass a background investigation.
  • Receive a conditional offer of employment.

After the conditional offer of employment, you will have to complete and pass a psychological evaluation, a physical, a drug test and a job-specific agility evaluation, prior to being hired. New officers will be on probationary status for a minimum of one year.


New officers who are not currently certified law enforcement officers by the Kansas Commission on Peace Officers’ Standards and Training or certified by another state and granted a reciprocity certification will be (within one year) sent to the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center for certification.

New officers are trained on the use of assigned firearms, policies and laws/ordinances. They are then assigned to work with Field Training Officers and complete a field training program. New officers are expected to progressively increase their job proficiency until they can be expected to handle police duties on their own before they are released from the field training program.