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303 South Oak
Pratt, Kansas 67124
Administrative Office Hours:
Hours: M-F 8:00am-5:00pm

The Pratt County Sheriff's Office Employs both Certified and Non Certified people in areas within our office.  Deputy (road patrol) applicants must have prior experience in a jail or be certified by the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center or attend an academy recognized by the Kansas Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training.  If hired for a certified position and you are not certified then you must attend the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center in Hutchinson, Kansas in the next available class after hire.  Detention officers will be sent to a 40 hour Basic Jail Training course in Salina, if you have not been to that training plus a six (6) month training program in our jail.

Our selection process for hire is approximately an eight (8) week process.  Upon notice you have been selected to test, you will be given a date to take your written test.  Following the written test, approximately two weeks later, you will be scheduled for a physical agility test based on the Cooper Institute Standards.  Certified officers will be given a firearms qualification test later the same day as the physical agility test, on a basic qualification course.  Two weeks later interviews will be given and conditional offers to qualified applicants will be made at that time.  Following conditional offers psychological and polygraph tests will be conducted.  Background checks will then be done and final offers made upon completion of background checks.

We offer to all our employees single or family insurance through Pratt County.  All premiums are paid by Pratt County, including dental insurance.  Employees are also enrolled into the Kansas Public Retirement System.  Due to the sensitive nature of our business Criminal background checks and drug testing is mandatory.  The Pratt County Sheriff's Office only considers applicants who have a criminal free background.  We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Employment openings are posted on the county website , as well as this website.  Applications may be downloaded on the county website and must be mailed back to the Pratt County Clerk.  Applications sent directly to the Pratt County Sheriff's Office, or resumes without an application will not be processed.




Road Officer Position

 The Pratt County Sheriff’s Office has an opening for a road officer position.  Deputies are assigned a take home car, patrol rifles, also cell phone, laptops in the patrol units, night vision, Tasers, GPS units, dash cams, and radar.  Benefits include a full family health plan (premiums paid by the county), vacation, sick leave, paid holidays, and a KPERS retirement plan.  We are a progressive agency with the latest equipment and excellent training opportunities.  Pay commensurate with experience.  KLETC certified preferred.  No criminal history or Brady/Giglio issues.  To apply go online at, or contact the Pratt County Clerk at the Pratt County Courthouse. Applications must be returned to the Pratt County Clerk, P.O. Box 885, Pratt, KS., 67124.  A job description may be obtained with the application.


Applicants must be Kansas Post Certified and have a high school diploma or the equivalent.  Must have a Kansas Driver’s license or be able to obtain one by date of hire.  Applicants must also be a resident of Pratt County by time of employment.

Preferred requirements:

Previous Sheriff’s Office experience, including working in a jail.




ARE you interested in starting a career in Law Enforcement? Pratt County will be accepting applications for a Detention Officer for the Pratt County Sheriff's Office. Applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent, no criminal record, and the ability to obtain a valid Kansas driver's license by date of employment. The Detention Officer is responsible for all activities of inmates. Pratt County offers family health insurance with dental, retirement plan, vacation, sick leave and holiday pay. Applications may be picked up at the Pratt County Clerk's Office, Courthouse or on the Pratt County Website Applications must be returned to the Pratt County Clerk, P.O. Box 885, Pratt, KS 67124. Position will be open until filled. Pratt County is an equal opportunity employer. Pratt County is a tobacco free workplace.  A full job description may be obtained with the application.









The Pratt County Sheriff’s Office has an opening for a detective.  This is a non-classified position.  Typical work week will be 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday-Friday, with the possibility of being called out all hours, weekends, and holidays.  This employee must be extremely flexible in their schedule and must be able to work with all law enforcement officers including local, state, and federal.  This position requires experience in road patrol as well as investigative experience in all misdemeanor and felony crimes.  This employee can have no Brady/Giglio issues or criminal record.




Fifteen years progressive experience in a Sheriff’s Office, including jail operations.


Three years or more of investigative experience in an investigative position.


Five years or more of patrol officer experience.

Experience as a detention officer




Kansas Certification as a law enforcement officer or be able to obtain the certification through reciprocation from another state.


High School Education


Kansas Driver’s License or be able to obtain one by time of employment.

7 Years progressive experience as a patrol officer, preferably with a sheriff's office.




STARTING-$33,000.00-$40,000.00 depending on experience.

APPLICATION PROCESS- same all other positions

BENEFITS- same as other advertised positions




 The Pratt County Sheriff’s Office

Career Opportunity/Patrol Officer

RESPONSIBILITIES: The Pratt County Sheriff’s Office is currently seeking to fill open patrol officer positions.  Duties include patrolling urban and rural areas of Pratt County, preserve law and order and to prevent the commission of crime.  Deputies will respond to general public service calls, including misdemeanor and felony crimes, traffic complaints and accidents, while enforcing all state laws. Deputies must be able to maintain good working relationships with citizens and actively promote police and community relations.  Deputies will be required to do a variety of technical and administrative functions that serve the public and the sheriff’s office. An element of danger is associated with the position and officers will be subjected to extreme, adverse and stressful conditions.  Work is supervised, but officers must be able to function independently for most of the shifts they work.

We are seeking men and women who have character, competence, criminal free backgrounds, and are interested in serving the Pratt County area and all communities therein in a time honored profession of Law Enforcement.  If you want to make a difference in Pratt County, we challenge you to consider a career with the Sheriff’s Office.  We welcome your interest and wish you the best in the selection process.

QUALIFICATIONS:  Applicants must be U.S. Citizens that are at least 21 years of age by the time of hiring, have earned a high school diploma or G.E.D., certification as a law enforcement officer, or certification from another state that is accepted in Kansas, and possess a valid Kansas Driver’s license by the time of hiring.   Experience in meeting and dealing with the public is a plus.  Applicants must have a criminal free background and a drug free background.  No  Brady/Giglio issues.  Applicants will be required to pass a written exam, physical agility test, firearms test and oral interview board. Upon conditional offer, psychological, and polygraph tests, as well as drug screen tests will be given.  



Family Health and Dental                               Premiums paid by the employer

Vacation:                                                         96 hours per year starting, 122 hours after 21 years

Sick Leave:                                                      96 hours per year with no cap

Holidays:                                                         9 days per year

Retirement:                                                     Kansas Public Employees Retirement System

Uniforms:                                                        Furnished

Equipment, including a take home car:         Furnished










RESPONSIBILITIES: Detention officers are involved in all aspects of the jail operations including but not limited to: booking and releasing of inmates, cell checks, movement of inmates, report writing, recording documents, answering phones, dealing with the public, attorneys, court staff ministers, counselors, medical staff, and all law enforcement (Federal, State, and Local)


BENEFITS: Full family health plan with dental, life insurance policy in the amount of 150% of your annual salary.

UNIFORMS: Furnished

EQUIPMENT: Furnished

VACATION: 96 hours per year in first year, graduating to 122 hours after 21+ years

SICK LEAVE: 8 hours per month with no cap

HOLIDAYS: 9 paid holidays per year


DETENTION OFFICER-Must have a high school education. Applicants must be physically fit and be able to use arms, legs, and hands.  Must have a good understanding of the English language and be able to communicate in stressful situations.   Applicants must also have a criminal free background an no Brady/Giglio issues.

PATROL OFFICERS- Must have a high school education. Must be certified or have prior work experience in a county jail. 



Applicants will make a minimum of three trips to Pratt for the selection process.  Scheduling parameters are applied to all applicants equally, and all applicants must be prepared to personally appear at all phases of the hiring process outlined below.

  1. Written Test: The test consist of questions on basic computer skills, spelling, math, typing, as well as general questions relating to Pratt County and the Pratt County Sheriff’s Office. A passing score of 70% is required.  Applicants will not move forward in the selection process if they fail to get a minimum score of 70%


  2. PHYSICAL TEST: The test is based on the Cooper Institute Standards.  Applicants falling below the required score on this test will not move forward in the selection process. Applicants for patrol positions will also be given a basic qualification firearms test following the physical.  Applicants will use their firearm, holsters, and ammunition for this test.  Passing score is 70%.  Applicants falling below 70% will not continue in the selection process.


  3. ORAL INTERVIEW BOARD: The oral interview is conducted by members of this office from the jail and patrol staff.  Applicants will be ranked based on their responses to a list of standardized questions, including problem solving.  Conditional offers will be made following the oral interview.


  4. BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION: Applicants who are given conditional offers following the oral interview will be given a personal history packet that must be returned to the Pratt County Sheriff’s Office within five days of the conditional offer.  When the packet is received we will conduct a background investigation.  Applicants will be fingerprinted and checked locally and with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  A list of disqualifiers will be given with this packet.


  5. PSYCHOLOGICAL AND POLYGRAPH TESTS: Applicants with a successful background will be scheduled for Psychological and Polygraph tests at this time.  Applicants failing these tests will not move forward in the selection process. These tests will involve travel to Pratt and Great Bend.


  6. INTERVIEW WITH THE SHERIFF: Applicants who have passed all tests and background checks will be scheduled for a final interview with the Sheriff.  Appointments as Detention Officers and Patrol Officers are solely at the discretion of the Sheriff.





If any of the following statements apply to you, you DO NOT meet the qualifications and cannot continue in the hiring process.


Felonies- I have been convicted of a felony.

Misdemeanors- I have been convicted of a non-traffic misdemeanor that resulted in a possible jail sentence of 6 months or more in the past 15 years

I have committed a crime of moral offense. (window peeking, patronizing a prostitute, or lewd and lascivious behavior)

I have been convicted of a misdemeanor domestic violence offense.

I have had my state certification as a Law Enforcement Officer denied/revoked/surrendered or suspended.

I have resigned from ANY employment as part of an agreement to avoid further investigation or prosecution.

Driving record- I have been convicted of a DUI

I have had 3 or more citations within any 18 month period within the past three years.

I have had three or more chargeable or at fault accidents within the past three years.

I have had my driver’s license suspended or revoked due to a conviction within the past three years.

Parole/Probation- I have been placed on parole, probation, or diversion.

Narcotics/Controlled Substance- I have used illegal drugs.

Military Discharge/Conduct- I have been discharged from the military dishonorably, or convicted of a military crime in the past 15 years that resulted in a jail sentence of 6 months or more.

Thefts-I have been convicted of misdemeanor or felony theft.

Background-I have a work history, educational history, military service history, general reputation, or interpersonal relationship that would prevent me from becoming a law enforcement officer.


One or more of the above crimes or issues apply to me.       YES______NO______


APPLICANT’S NAME:_________________________________________DATE_______________

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