With a vibrant and dynamic community, Lawrence offers a rewarding career opportunity to top police leaders who are interested in helping to shape the changes ahead for community-based policing in our nation. With over 100,000 residents and the home of two universities, Lawrence has many amenities of larger cities without forfeiting the Midwestern, small-town charm that its residents hold so dearly. The Lawrence Police Department (LPD) provides its services through 155 commissioned officers and 28 professional civilian staff. The Department is organized into two bureaus, an Operations Bureau and a Support Bureau. LPD is funded with $26.7 million in the City’s FY21 budget. In late 2020, the Lawrence Police Department moved into a new $18.5 million, 51,000 square-foot, facility. Situated on 29 acres in northwest Lawrence, the new facility ushers in a new era for the Lawrence Police Department.
Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in criminal justice, public administration, or a related field. A related advanced degree and graduation from a recognized executive-level development course are desirable. Ten years of broad and extensive experience in all major phases of law enforcement, including at least five years of highly responsible administrative experience in a similarly sized law enforcement agency is desirable.
The salary range for the position is up to $189,608, with an expected starting salary of approximately $150,000. In addition, the City offers a comprehensive benefit package including retirement through KPERS.