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Mar 14

Serve With Us

Posted on March 14, 2019 at 5:05 PM by Kristy Bansemer

The Derby Police Department is looking for new members to join our family. You may ask, “why do I call the department a family?” Because that’s what we are. We spend a great deal of time together. We take care of and look out for one another. We work together to serve and protect you and the entire Derby community.

Our officers come from many walks of life (baseball player, chiropractor, veteran) and have worked for the department from one year to more than 20 years. Our officers literally have built a bridge, serve as youth coaches and work in our schools.

Derby surpasses the national average of women on the police force. We currently have 47 police officers with 11 of those being women (23.4 percent). In 2017, 10.3 percent of officers in Kansas were women. Nationwide, 12.5 percent of police officers were women.

Derby officers receive great support from the community, which is appreciated more than I can adequately convey here. We have great working relationships with businesses, schools and residents. We receive feedback from people who have been pulled over for traffic violations, and many times they are thankful for an explanation of what happened and when they received a warning rather than a citation.

The process to become a police officer can be lengthier than other jobs, but don’t let that scare you. We have stringent hiring stands for a reason. We want officers who meet our high standards and will succeed in a challenging environment. The process includes an application, testing, physical fitness testing and an in-depth background investigation.

The police department hires five to seven officers a year both to replace those who have retired or moved on to other jobs, as well as to fill new positions added as the city continues to grow in population (24,000). The department’s goal is to maintain the national average of two officers per 1,000 residents.

If you want to learn more or if you know someone who might be a great addition to our family, visit You may also call 788-1557 to talk to one of the officers on our recruitment team.

Courtney Carlson
School Resource Officer, Derby High School

Published in the Derby Informer on March 6, 2019.