Liberty Police Department seeking new officers

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Posted at 6:29 AM, Jan 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-28 07:46:36-05

LIBERTY, Mo. — The Liberty Police Department has three positions open for officers.

Applicants need to apply by Feb. 5 and face an in-depth interview, testing and background check process.

"We have to have the best officers. We can't take our community for granted and when we put somebody out there on the street, they have a lot of power and we have to make sure that they are respectful, that they are honest, that they can help the community," said Lt. Heather Massey with the Liberty Police Department.

There are some basic requirements applicants must meet.

"We do have pretty stringent minimum requirements. We require 60 college credit hours. We require, if you don't have 60 college credit hours, you have to have three years of active-duty military or you have to have three years as a Class A Certified police officer," Massey said.

You can find more information to apply online.

Massey said hires who still need training would get several months of paid training at the Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department Regional Police Academy.

There, KCPD Capt. Brian Bartch said many areas of their training exceeds requirements.

"We officers have to be very familiar with the rules and mandates that all of us are governed by and how to effectively enforce that we have to have good communication skills both written and verbally," Bartch said. "Obviously we've had a lot of civil unrest last year and that's, it's caused us, as it should, to always look at how we're training, both recruits going through the academy and existing law enforcement."

Bartch said their training is wide-ranging, with courses on active shooters, firearms training, and 11 hours of cultural diversity.

He added that in the last year, they have been revisiting their content in their "Minority Relations" course to be more effective. Bartch also said the Missouri Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission is now developing a new, additional course.

"They've identified a class that's going to be taught specifically at the academies talking about the history of law enforcement in the United States as it pertains to minorities and different cultures," he said.

The Olathe Police Department is also hiring officers. Find more on their process and qualifications online.

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