City of Independence, Missouri

City of Independence utilizing hiring incentives to recruit police officers

In September, the City of Independence implemented a hiring and referral incentive to emphasize local recruitment efforts.

“Public safety and how safe people feel in our city are always top priorities,” Mayor Eileen Weir said. “This is a competitive market facing many challenges and it is critical to provide our department with another tool to encourage current or potential police officers to consider the City of Independence Police Department.

The Independence community honors, respects, and supports our police. When our department is in need, our community has never failed to answer the call.”

The now active incentive program includes a signing bonus of $7,000 to new police recruits hired by the department with no prior experience. Experienced police officers hired by the department will receive a $10,000 signing bonus. You can find a full list of payment schedules and requirements at

In addition to these financial incentives, the Independence Police Department is deploying a community-wide ad campaign to raise awareness about employment opportunities. This includes digital marketing, partnering with local businesses to place advertisements in storefront windows, and setting up recruiting booths at area businesses.

The current goal of sworn police officers is 230. At this time, the Independence Police Department has approximately 200 sworn officers and recruits.

“We are encouraged by the continued support of the Independence City Council and citizens,” Deputy Chief Ken Jarnagin said. “Departments across the country are working to recruit officers in new ways and this is just one step we are taking to recruit officers to serve our citizens and visitors.”