Law Enforcement Tests
Since April of 2001, the Kansas Association of Chiefs of Police has been distributing law enforcement tests. Established as a service to Kansas law enforcement agencies, the Association distributes entry-level officer, dispatcher, corrections officer and promotional tests, created and provided by Stanard & Associates, helps police and sheriffs departments across the state hire and promote the best officers and dispatchers possible. This program allows law enforcement agencies of all sizes to test both their applicants and incumbents to ensure that they have the basic skills to be successful in training as well as on the job.
The entry-level exam is a skills-based test, testing in the areas of arithmetic, reading, grammar and simple report writing. This exam is a valid, accurate, fair and proven method to assess an applicant's ability to perform the essential functions of the job. The test is currently being used by more than 2,000 agencies across the country, including numerous municipal, county and state agencies in Kansas. View a list of current S&A test users in Kansas.
The KACP and Stanard & Associates offer both first and second line supervisor promotional exams as well as the entry-level tests. These off-the-shelf exams were developed with the assistance of hundreds of chiefs and supervisors from throughout the country. These tests focus on such areas as community policing, police patrol, case law, criminal investigation, case management and supervision. They have proven to be fair and accurate and to emphasize the essential functions of the job.
The National Dispatcher Selection Test (NDST) measures reading comprehension, listening comprehension, problem solving/prioritizing, and multi-tasking. The NDST is based on extensive research and development. It is a reasonably priced exam, which can be used to identify those candidates who possess the basic skills necessary to be quality dispatchers.