In 1938, he joined the Kansas City Police Department and served for 16 years. He was the first African-American to achieve the rank of lieutenant.
Jordan then spent 8 years in Liberia reorganizing a 450 man police force.
In 1962, he co-founded the black political club, Freedom Inc., with Bruce Watkins. It aimed to give black voters more influence and develop black candidates for office. The club conducted one of the largest voter registration drives ever seen in KC.