Not just a force, we are family.

IPD has earned a reputation as a highly respected law enforcement agency in the Midwest.

Our officers enjoy the opportunities of a “big city” department with the benefits of a connected hometown community


If you are ready for the challenge of a rewarding career with the Independence Police Department, go to the city's job posting webpage, click on the positions listed and apply online.


CLICK HERE to see the current job postings with the City of Independence and apply online.


Entry Level Positions:

Police Officer

911 Police/Fire Dispatcher

Detention Officer

Police Technician (Records Unit)

Crime Analyst

Police Grant Project Coordinator

Crime Scene Investigator

Independence residency is not required.  Call 816.325.7994 for more information. 


When you become an IPD Officer, you receive:

  • A starting salary of $44,990 ($21.64/ hour) with the potential to earn a base pay of $76,689.60 (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

  • For POST Certified Officers with 4+ years full time law enforcement experience, IPD offer a starting salary of  $24.08/hour.


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 ($19.47/hour) and benefits from the first day.

Specialized Units

Following your commission and at least two years in the patrol division, officers can apply for career

opportunities numerous specialized units including:

  • Criminal Investigations Unit

    • Person Crimes Squad, Sex Crime/Child Abuse Squad, Gun Squad, Property Crimes Squad

  • Selective Enforcement Unit (Motorcycles)

  • Accident Investigation Unit

  • Street Crimes Unit

  • Drug Enforcement Unit

  • Swat (full and part-time)

  • K-9 Unit

  • Community Services Officers

  • School Resource Officers (SRO)

  • Independence Center Officers

  • Hawthorne Place Apartments Officers

  • 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)

  • Bomb Squad unit (part-time)

  • Color Guard/Honor Guard unit (part-time)