Police Department

Police Officer Recruiting Information

Police Officer Recruiting Information

      Are you interested in a career as a Police Officer? I.P.D. boasts a proud history as a well respected law enforcement agency throughout the Midwest.  Our police department offers rewarding careers to those who are dedicated to serving the  community.  We serve the fourth largest city in Missouri and one of the busiest towns in the K.C. metro area.  We protect 78 square miles and over 117,000 people, 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.


When you become an Independence Police Officer, you will receive:


  • A starting salary of $44,096 ($21.20/ hour) with the potential to earn a base pay of $75,192 (at the rank of Police Officer).
  • A comprehensive benefit package which includes health and dental insurance, retirement program through LAGERS, in addition to a competitive salary range with an annual increase.
  • The opportunity to earn numerous hours of compensation, overtime and extra duty.
  • 12 paid holidays and 80 hours of vacation a year (5+ years/120 hours; 10+ years,/160 hours; 15+ years/200 hours)
  • The opportunity to work in over 14 specialized units and promotional opportunities throughout your career.


We offer a starting salary of  $23.60/hour for POST Certified Officers with 4+ years full time law enforcement experience. If you are not POST Certified when you are hired, you will be expected to complete a 28 week police academy paid for by the police department. Applicants accepted into the academy begin earning salary ($19.21/hour) and benefits from the first day.

Following your commission and at least two years in the patrol division, officers can apply for career opportunities numerous specialized units including:

  • Selective Enforcement Unit (Motorcycles)
  • Accident Investigation Unit
  • Criminal Investigations Unit
  • Drug Enforcement Unit
  • Career Criminal Unit
  • Swat (full and part-time)
  • Canine (K-9) Unit
  • Independence Center Officers
  • Hawthorne Officers
  • Crime Prevention Officers
  • D.A.R.E. Unit
  • School Resource Officers (SRO)
  • Public Information Officer
  • Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Task Force
  • Jackson County Drug Task Force
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Task Force
  • Crisis Intervention Team (CIT)Officer
  • Field Training Officers (part time)
  • Hostage Negotiator (part time)
  • Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit (part time)
  • Color Guard/Honor Guard unit (part time)


After four years, police officers can test for the rank of Sergeant (starting at $37.23/hour  or $77,438 annually).

For a successful police career with Independence Police Department applicants should hold common values in integrity, service and character. Our police officers are dedicated professionals who are passionate about serving the community and preserving the dignity of all people.

If you are ready for the challenge of a rewarding career with the Independence Police Department, please visit https://www.ci.independence.mo.us/hr/jobopportunities and apply online.

Call (816) 325-7411 for more information.