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Police Officer

Company: City of Fort Dodge

Full time
Fort Dodge, IA
$51,106-$53,456 Starting


The City of Fort Dodge is currently accepting applications from highly motivated individuals with a passion for helping their community interested in becoming Police Officers.  The Fort Dodge Police Department's mission is to work in partnership with the community to protect life and property and enhance the quality of life in our city. The City offers a competitive starting annual salary of $51,106 for non-certified new hires, along with an attractive benefits package. Certified police officers are eligible for hiring incentive and a starting annual salary of $53,456.04.   



The City of Fort Dodge, Iowa, Civil Service Commission will be giving an entrance examination for the position of Police Officer in the City of Fort Dodge, Iowa on Saturday, September 21, 2019.  Candidates who are not currently Iowa certified law enforcement officers will take a physical agility test at approximately 8:30 a.m on the test date. Check-in will begin at 8:00 a.m.  Candidates should be prepared to present photo identification and a copy of their official birth certificate issued by the county of birth before testing.  In addition, a Waiver of Liability form and an Authorization and Release form must be completed at registration. A notary will be available on site.

For those passing the physical agility test, a written Police Officer Selection Test (POST) will be given immediately afterwards. A POST Study Guide can be purchased here: https://www.applytoserve.com/Study/

Candidates who are currently an Iowa certified law enforcement officer need only be present for the written POST, which is expected to take place at approximately 10:00 a.m.  Candidates who have taken the POST within twelve (12) months prior to the test date are allowed to transfer their passing scores to the City of Fort Dodge by completing an Authorization for Release of Testing Information form.


Examples of Duties


  • Patrols city streets, roads and public places, either on foot or in an automobile, either at large or in a designated area;
  • Checks buildings for unlocked doors, break-ins and fires;
  • Directs traffic and enforces speed limits;
  • Enforces motor vehicle and parking regulations on streets and roads;
  • Investigates automobile and other accidents, interviewing witnesses, gathering information, locating and identifying hit-and-run vehicles, diagramming accident scenes, and making detailed reports;
  • Watches for and makes investigations of wanted or missing persons and property;
  • Operates police radio communication system and performs other related  duties;
  • Detects and interrogates suspicious persons;
  • Answers calls and complaints involving fire, robberies, and other misdemeanors and felonies;
  • Enforces City ordinances, State and Federal laws;
  • Ascertains all facts available at the scene of the crime or accident, getting statements of witnesses, gathering and processing evidence and preparing reports to be used in follow-up investigations and other detective section functions;
  • Issues citations, makes arrests and takes prisoners to jail;
  • Interviews persons with complaints and inquiries, and attempts to make proper disposition or directs them to appropriate authorities;
  • Gives information and public relations talks to school children; conducts tour groups and performs other related duties;
  • Identifies and solves community conflicts and problems; assists in developing community relations programs;
  • Investigates cases of vandalism, thefts, breaking and entering, assaults, domestic disturbances, etc.;
  • Conducts follow-up investigation of criminal matters;
  • Assists citizens in various public relations activities;
  • Testifies in court;
  • Operates the radar unit;
  • Attends regular training classes in police methods, first aid, target practice and related subjects;
  • Assists in parades, funerals and other functions;
  • May act as desk officer or firearms instructor.
Typical Qualifications

These minimum requirements must be met in order to become an Iowa law enforcement officer.

  1. Be a U. S. Citizen and a resident of Iowa or intend to become a resident upon being employed;
  2. Be 18 years of age at the time of appointment;
  3. Hold a valid Iowa driver's license;
  4. Not be addicted to drugs or alcohol [modified for Chapter 400 civil service positions by §400.17 of the Code of Iowa];
  5. 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;
  6. Successfully pass physical fitness tests;
  7. Not be opposed to use of force to fulfill duties;
  8. Be a high school graduate or hold a GED certificate;
  9. Have uncorrected vision of not less than 20/100 in both eyes, corrected to 20/20, and color vision consistent with the Occupational demands of law enforcement;
  10. Have normal hearing in each ear (hearing aids are acceptable if a candidate can demonstrate sufficient hearing proficiency to perform all necessary duties of a law enforcement officer)
  11. Be examined by a physician and meet the physical requirements necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of a law enforcement officer.
  12. Undergo psychological testing.
  13. Undergo cognitive (Basic Skills) testing.
The abovementioned minimum standards must be satisfied for all Iowa law enforcement officers.

Visit the Iowa Law Enforcment Academy website for more details (link below).  https://ileatraining.org/default.aspx/MenuItemID/239/MenuGroup/Home.htm
Supplemental Information

The supplemental questions listed below are taken directly from the Personal History Statement required of all applicants. Please be aware answering these questions completely and thoughtfully will take time. You will need to be prepared to complete all questions at the same time. In order to assist you, a physical copy of the Personal History Statement can be found here (Download PDF reader).

Questions? Please contact Human Resources at (515) 576-6869.

City of Fort Dodge

819 1st Avenue South

Fort Dodge, Iowa, 50501

(515) 576-6869 


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