Police Officer | Iowa State Police Association

Police Officer

Company: Davenport Police Department

Full time
Deadline: 12/1/2017 11:59 PM Central
Davenport, IA
$54,695.68 - $77,212.93 Annually


The City of Davenport Police Department is seeking highly motivated and ethical individuals, that, under general supervision performs work of moderate difficulty in law enforcement, maintenance of order, protection of life and property, and crime prevention; and performs related work as required. Only online applications will be accepted. Written examination study guides may be obtained from City Hall, Human Resources Office, 226 West 4th Street, Davenport, IA 52801. You must have a completed application on file in order to obtain a study guide. Out of town applicants may obtain study guides by calling 563.326.7711.

IMPORTANT NOTE: ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REGARDING THE TESTING PROCESS IS INCLUDED IN THE INFORMATION PACKET. BE SURE TO OBTAIN THE INFORMATION PACKET AND READ IT CAREFULLY. THE INFORMATION PACKET CAN BE DOWNLOADED OFF OF THE HUMAN RESOURCES WEB SITE OR BY CLICKING THE FOLLOWING:  2017 Police Information Packet (Download PDF reader). When the application period closes, an email will be sent to you with further instructions, including instructions to go online to schedule your written exam and physical ability time.   You must present a government issued photo identification in order to be admitted to the test.

For more information visit City of Davenport Job Opportunities


Examples Of Duties

Protects life and property and maintains order; patrols assigned areas for the prevention of crime and enforces laws and ordinances of the City of Davenport, State of Iowa, and the United States of America; utilizes problem solving skills, creativity and innovative approaches to identify and resolve community problems/concerns; drives vehicle or walks to cover assigned beat and make police presence evident; observes activities and environment, and keeps alert to suspicious occurrences; maintains radio contact with the communications center and reports conditions in assigned beat; advises and assists public as necessary. Responds to emergency calls and acts to resolve emergency situations: notes location of difficulty and type of call; proceeds to scene with dispatch, observing traffic conditions and sounding siren; takes control of emergency site, directing traffic, securing scene and assisting medical personnel when injuries are involved; establishes communications between emergency scene and the communications center. Monitors traffic conditions and enforces traffic laws: observes driving behavior and measures vehicle speed to detect violations of traffic laws; stops vehicles for traffic violations and issues citations; ensures that parking regulations are enforced, especially during snow removal, at fire hydrants and in prohibited areas; directs traffic for special events, accidents and detours. Writes detailed incident reports utilizing computer to make a record of events, conditions, time and persons involved: makes careful notes of all details important for future reference or prosecution; takes names and addresses of involved persons; observes time, sequence of events, measurements and weather conditions in vehicular accidents; completes forms legibly and thoroughly. Stops fights and attempts to mediate arguments and disputes which threaten violence: physically restrains persons involved in violent attacks; secures vicinity of persons threatening violence to self or others; talks to parties involved in home disputes in an attempt to reconcile differences. Apprehends and arrests suspects in crimes: takes custody of persons involved in crimes or wanted in connection with criminal activities; physically subdues resistant persons with force necessary to control them. Investigates crime scenes, interrogates suspects, interviews witnesses, secures evidence, and testifies in court.


Must be at least 21 years of age at the time of appointment. Must have a high school diploma or GED AND at least 30 college credits from an accredited college or university. Education substitutes are 1 year of active military duty or 1 year being a sworn officer.  Must be a United States Citizen at the time of the written examination. Applicant must be able to pass an extensive background check including polygraph test. Must have ability to perform the core functions of the position. Must have uncorrected vision of not less than 20-100 in each eye, corrected to 20-20 in each eye, normal color vision, normal hearing, a high level of physical endurance and a good sense of balance. Requires the ability to speak clearly and communicate well. Requires skill in dealing with others in a courteous and fair manner, as well as the ability to enforce laws and ordinances with firmness and tact. Appointees will be required to develop a facility in operating firearms, and the ability to operate motor vehicles safely at high speeds. Appointees will be required to adhere to Professional Standards set forth by the Davenport Police Department addressing the display of tattoos.  Tattooing of the head, neck or hands is forbidden.  Any other tattoos must be covered with department-approved apparel in order to maintain a professional and uniform appearance.  Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply. MUST BE OR BECOME AN IOWA RESIDENT WITHIN SCOTT OR EASTERN MUSCATINE COUNTIES.

See 2017 Information Packet for Selection Process.

Knowledge and Skills

Good Knowledge of: The purpose of law enforcement and the criminal justice system. Law enforcement procedures, practices and equipment. Applicable city, state and federal law. Considerable Skill in: Obtaining valid information by interview and interrogation. Reacting quickly and calmly in emergency situations. Using physical strength to restrain, lift, carry and pursue. Report Writing. Working Skill in: Using firearms and operating motor vehicles properly and within established guidelines. Using good judgment in evaluating situations and making decisions. Observing facts and situations analytically and objectively and recording them clearly and completely. Expressing oneself clearly orally and in writing. Handling situations firmly, courteously, tactfully and impartially. Understanding and carrying out oral and written instructions. Gathering, assembling, analyzing and evaluating evidence; and drawing sound conclusions.

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