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Police Officer with West Des Moines Police Department

City of West Des Moines
West Des Moines, IA
Full Time

Position Duties / Responsibilities

Police Officer

  • Type:Full Time
  • Salary/Pay Rate:$27.54/Hour (rate effective July 1, 2020)
  • Posted Date:03/12/2020
  • Deadline to Apply:04/09/2020
 Job Details Description
Department Police Department
Benefits     Click here to review a Summary of Employee Benefits
Civil Service Status This is a Civil Service position 
Regular Hours 10 hour shifts for Patrol and Traffic units (Shift & Days of Work May Vary)
Tentative Start Date         To Be Determined 
Residency Requirement  Per department policy, employees must reside within a one (1) hour normal drive time measured on a drivable route from the employee’s residence to the West Des Moines Law Enforcement Center. Must be an Iowa resident within two years of hire date and maintain residency throughout duration of employment.
Job Summary & Requirements We are seeking community– and service–oriented certified officers and non-certified applicants to perform diverse tasks focused on working with the community to solve problems; to protect life and property by patrolling assigned areas; to enforce laws and regulations; to investigate complaints; to prepare detailed reports; and to perform other law enforcement related activities. Qualified applicants MUST:

• Possess a high school diploma or GED AND an Associate's Degree or two (2) years of college (60 credits) in any academic major. Education substitutes are three (3) years of active military duty or three (3) years of service as a sworn officer.
• Be twenty-one (21) years of age on or before date of written entrance examination.
• Be a citizen of the United States at the time of application.
• 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.
• Possess a valid (Iowa) driver’s license and good driving record.
• Be of good moral character and have not been convicted of a felony or crime involving moral turpitude. (Police Officer Candidate Disqualifiers)

Successful candidates will have critical thinking and problem-solving abilities as well as strong writing and speaking skills.

See online job description for complete details.

Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are encouraged to reapply for future openings if not successful.

A Recruiting Open House designed to give you an inside look at career opportunities, meet officers and staff, learn about the application process, and tour the department will be held on Saturday, March 21, 2020. Presentation to begin at 10:00am with a tour of the department to follow. Attendance is *not* required.
Special Notes  Pay range for certified law enforcement officers with post academy service (rates effective July 1, 2020):
2 – 4 years of service: $28.69/Hour
4 – 5 years of service: $30.36/Hour
5+ years of service: $32.07/Hour 
Physical/Drug Test  Post offer, pre-employment physical, drug test and psychological evaluation are required. 
Steps to Apply Steps to Apply for Police Officer:

1. Profile: You MUST complete an online profile. This includes ALL sections under the My Profile Section. A link is provided below to our Online Application System.
2. Attachments: You must attach the following documents to your profile under the My Attachments section:
a) Police Officer Application Packet (To be completed by ALL applicants [including Current/Former Police Officers] - a link is provided below)
b) If applicable, a copy of your College Transcripts/Diploma and/or military form DD214 
*If credit hours are from more than one institution, it is the candidate's responsibility to transfer the credit hours to one institution to verify the 60 credit hours.
*If credit hours are from a foreign institution, it is the candidate's responsibility to have the credit hours transferred to a U.S. equivalency to verify the 60 credit hours.
Educational Requirements
c) Authorization for Background Check release form (To be completed by ALL applicants - a link is provided below)
d) Current/Former Police Officer Packet (To be completed by Current/Former Police Officers ONLY - a link is provided below)
e) Resume (preferred but not required)
3. Certifications:  List current certifications in the My Qualifications section
4. Applying for Position: Once you have completed your profile, you MUST apply for the specific position of Police Officer. (The link to Apply is located on the right side of the main menu. An email will be sent confirming you have applied. It will also be displayed in the My Application History section.)
Click to Open: Police Officer Application Packet (Required for ALL applicants)
Click to Open: Current/Former Police Officer Packet (ONLY if applicable)
Click to Open: Authorization of Background Check release form (Required for ALL applicants)
Click to Open: Facts about Iowa Law Enforcement Physical Standards for Pre-employment Testing
Click to Open: Police Recruitment Brochure
Complete ALL of the above steps by the posted deadline. Applications for this position will not be rejected due to minor omissions or deficiencies that can be corrected prior to the testing process. If you have any questions during the application process, please contact Human Resources at 515-222-3616.
Civil Service Exam  An examination consisting of several steps will be administered for this position. For applicants submitting all required materials and meeting the minimum requirements, the steps are as follows: personal questionnaire evaluation, initial background investigation, physical agility test (PAT), a written (POST) examination, oral board exams, in-depth background investigations, ride alongs, polygraphs, and command staff review. The tentative schedule of exams is as follows:

Saturday, May 9, 2020 (morning)
Physical Agility Test (PAT) – ALL Applicants

*Certified officers in the State of Iowa with no more than a six month break in service will *not* be required to complete the PAT.

*Passing PAT (Cooper Test) scores from other agencies within the State of Iowa will be accepted if the test occurred on or after February 9, 2020. The results need to be submitted directly from the agency to Human Resources via e-mail to or fax it to 515-273-0601.

*A Conditioning Camp designed to help you prepare for the physical agility testing will be held on April 14, 2020, for those interested. Attendance is *not* required. (Conditioning Camp Flyer)

Saturday, May 9, 2020 (afternoon)
Police Officer Standard Test (POST) – ALL Applicants

*Applicants who have passed a POST Exam since September 1, 2019, OR who are certified officers in the State of Iowa will *not* be required to complete the POST Exam.

Week of June 1, 2020
Oral Board Interviews

June/July 2020
In-depth background investigations, ride alongs, and polygraphs

Week of July 27, 2020
Command Staff Review

July 30, 2020 (tentative)
Civil Service Commission certifies list

These dates are tentative and are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.

To be considered for placement on the certified list, applicants must successfully complete each step of the examination process. (*For additional details on the written POST EXAM, please contact Lieutenant Dan Jansen at 515-222-3343).  
Deadline to Apply April 9, 2020 @ 11:59 PM 
Apply Here! City of West Des Moines Online Application System
Application Materials & Related Documents Full Job Descriptions
You will need to complete an online profile and apply for this position online. There are Instruction Sheets under the Employment section of our City website as well as a number of topics in our FAQ section. If after reviewing these help guides you still need additional help, please visit or contact Human Resources 515-222-3616.
If you are currently employed with or you have been employed with the City in the last three years (in any capacity), do NOT create a new profile. Contact Human Resources at 515-222-3616 for instructions on how to log in.
**If you have applied for a position with the City of West Des Moines since July 2009, please refer to the instruction sheets listed above.**

Contact Information  CITY OF WEST DES MOINES
Human Resources, 1st floor, Suite 1E
4200 Mills Civic Parkway
PO Box 65320
West Des Moines, IA 50265-0320
515-222-3616 (phone)
515-273-0601 (fax)

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