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(620) 672-4133
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(620) 672-2571
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(620) 672-4150
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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.  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.

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 this website.  Applications may be downloaded on the county website and must be mailed back or brought in person to the Pratt County Clerk.  Applications sent directly to the Pratt County Sheriff's Office, or resumes without an application will not be processed.




 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.

Minimum Requirements:

Applicants must be a U.S. Citizen, must 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.  


 The Pratt County Sheriff’s Office

Career Opportunity/Patrol Officer


RESPONSIBILITIES:   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.

When we have openings, 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 a U.S. Citizen who 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 if residing in the County



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 TESTS: Applicants with a successful background will be scheduled for Psychological tests at this time.  Applicants failing these tests will not move forward in the selection process.  

  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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