Police Officer | Iowa State Police Association

Police Officer

Company: Ottumwa Police Department

Full time
Deadline: 04/22/2019
Ottumwa, IA
$54,840 - $70,587


The Ottumwa Police Department is currently accepting applications for the position of Police Officer. Join a Department in SE Iowa along the Des Moines River that in a diverse City with many opportunities.

Authorized strength of 42 Officers:

o Patrol,Investigations and Services Divisions

o Investigations and Drug Task Force

o Emergency Response Team

o 3 - School Resource Officers

o Emphasis on community policing

o Salary range $54,840 - $70,587

o Certified officer starting salary up to $59,317 depending on experience

o Excellent benefit package

o Member of MFPRSI (411) retirement system


Annual Salary: $54,840—$70,587
* Two weeks vacation after first year.
* Three weeks vacation after five years.
* Eleven paid holidays.
* Four Personal days.
* Twenty-four sick days per year.
* Participation in retirement plan.
* City paid health and life insurance.
*All uniforms and equipment provided by the City.
*12 hour Shift with every other weekend off


  • Age 18
  • Citizen of the United States
  • Good moral character
  • Ability to obtain an Iowa Driver License
  • Uncorrected vision of not less than 20/100 corrected to 20/20
  • Good physical condition, normal hearing, normal color vision
  • Ability to pass a rigid background investigation

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS: To be a police officer in the State of Iowa, a person must be certified by the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA). The Iowa legislators have given ILEA authority “to set standards for the law enforcement service” in the State of Iowa. If a person cannot or will not meet these standards, they cannot be certified. Local jurisdictions may use stricter criteria then ILEA to select police officer candidates. A detailed explanation for the minimum standards for Iowa Law Enforcement officers can be found in the “Code of Iowa,” Chapters 80B & 400, plus the “Iowa Law Enforcement Academy’s Administrative Rules.” Some of the criteria are as follows.

All applicants must:

• Be examined by a physician and meet the physical requirements necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of a law enforcement officer.

• Is 18 years of age at the time of the established date of the written examination.

• Be a graduate of an accredited high school or possess an equivalency certificate (GED).

• Be a U. S. Citizen and a resident of Iowa or intend to become a resident upon being employed

• Not be opposed to use of force to fulfill duties

• Be able to speak, read, and write the English language.

• Not be addicted to alcohol or drugs.

• Be of good moral character.

• Be of good moral character as determined by a thorough background investigation including a fingerprint search conducted of local, state and national fingerprint files and have not been convicted of a felony or a crime involving moral turpitude*.

• Hold a valid Iowa driver's license


Applicants will undergo a series of screening tests which will result in the final selections. The initial testing will be comprised of the following: written examination, physical agility testing and oral board interview.

Applications Accepted: March 25 — April 22, 2019
Testing Date: May 17, 2019

The top finalists will be required to return at a later date for additional testing, including polygraph, MMPI and medical examinations. All testing will be performed in accordance with the Civil Service Regulations of the State of Iowa and the City of Ottumwa, Iowa.

QUESTIONS: Lt. Mickey Hucks, hucksm@ci.ottumwa.ia.us, 641-683-0633


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