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School Resource / D.A.R.E. Officer, Belle Plaine Police Department

02/09/2024 6:22 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

The City of Belle Plaine, Kansas is accepting applications to fill the position of School Resource Officer/D.A.R.E. Officer for the 2024-2025 School Year. Under the supervision of the Chief of Police this position will serve as a School Resource Officer/D.A.R.E. Officer for the Belle Plaine School District USD 357. During periods when school is not in session this position will serve as Patrol Officer for the City of Belle Plaine. D.A.R.E Instructor (Officer) is for 5th grade students (10 weeks) and 4 to 5 weeks of D.A.R.E Instruction for Kindergarten, 2nd grade, 4th grade. The City of Belle Plaine will cover D.A.R.E Training (14 days) expenses. The State of Kansas requires candidates for this position to have been a certified law enforcement officer for at least 2 years. The SRO officer will attend specialized training if the candidate has not completed the Basic Training for an SRO position.

Hours may vary depending on school activities and the needs of the City during school breaks. The SRO is expected to attend all home football and basketball activities as well as other activities. A typical work day for an SRO is Monday – Friday 7:30am to 3:30pm.

Successful candidates must be able to work with youth and serve as a positive role model for students. Candidates for this position must be professional and motivated, with a strong moral character and an interest in protecting and serving the students and staff of the Belle Plaine School District USD 357, and the residents of Belle Plaine. Candidates should possess a community-oriented mindset and excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Key components of job duties are as follows but not limited to:

  • Work with school administration staff
  • Be present in areas of student congregation
  • Build relationships with students of all ages (Promote informal student-SRO contact)
  • Provide an educational program of leadership, training, and information about tobacco, alcohol, illegal drugs, and support violence diffusion and prevention
  • Promote safety for students, staff and parents

Education Requirement:

2 years as a certified law enforcement officer.

Applicants possessing current, active, Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) certification preferred.

Pay:

 $17.00-18.50, DOQ

Benefits:

  • KPERS retirement
  • Paid vacation/sick leave (PTO)
  • 9 paid holidays yearly
  • Duty weapons/uniforms provided
  • City offers Employee Dental, Vision, Medical Insurance
  • Comp Time can be accrued
  • Paid Training

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Possess a valid driver’s license with acceptable driving record;
  2. Be a United States citizen:
  3. Be at least 21 years of age;
  4. Be free of any physical or mental condition which adversely affects the ability to perform the essential functions of a police officer or law enforcement officer with reasonable skill, safety and judgment;
  5. No conviction for a crime that would constitute a felony under the laws of this state, a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence or a misdemeanor offense that negatively reflects on the honesty, trustworthiness, integrity or competence of the applicant as defined by rules and regulations of the Kansas Commission on Peace Officers' Standards and Training.
  6. Have: (A) graduated from a high school accredited by the Kansas state board of education or the appropriate accrediting agency of another state jurisdiction; (B) obtained a high school education from a nonaccredited private secondary school as defined in K.S.A. 2017 Supp. 72-4345, and amendments thereto; or (C) obtained the equivalent of a high school education as defined by rules and regulations of the commission;
  7. Be of good moral character sufficient to warrant the public trust in the applicant as a police officer or law enforcement officer. No candidates with Brady/Giglio will be considered.
  8. Submit to an extensive background investigation including previous employment history, references (both listed and unlisted), criminal history, and driving record along with a psychological examination, physical examination, and drug screen.
  9. Possess the ability to satisfactorily complete all required initial/annual training certification and firearms testing and qualification and retain same throughout duration of employment.

Information for obtaining an application:

Submit a request for an application for employment to Bill Berry @ bberry@bpks.org 

Complete application and submit with a resume containing professional and personal references to:

Belle Plaine Police Department (ATTN: Chief Berry)
P.O. Box 157
Belle Plaine, KS 67013

PLEASE NOTE: THE APPLICATION MUST BE FILLED OUT COMPLETELY AND TO THE BEST OF YOUR KNOWLEDGE.  IF YOU ARE NOT TRUTHFUL OR WITHHOLD INFORMATION IN THIS APPLICATION, YOU WILL BE ELIMINATED FROM THE HIRING PROCESS.

In person inquires may be made and applications acquired from:

Belle Plaine Police Department
419 N Logan St
Belle Plaine, KS 67119
Phone: (620) 488-2787

Closing Date: Open until filled.

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