Police Officer

Urbandale, IA
Urbandale Police Department

$64,989.03 – $85,521.13 Annually

5/7/2023 11:59 PM Central

Summary Description
Under the general direction of the Sergeant/Lieutenant, performs law enforcement and crime prevention services for the safety and protection of life and property in the Urbandale community. Preserves peace, order, safety, problem resolution and educates the Urbandale community. Also performs investigative work in preparation for arrests and/or criminal prosecution.

Routine Job Duties/Responsibilities

  • Interprets and enforces municipal, state, and federal regulations, codes, laws and ordinances in assigned areas of the City.
  • Responds to immediate calls for services in the answering of complaints, including handling “walk-in” complaints.
  • Conducts uniformed preventative patrols in a 24 hour a day, seven day a week environment.
  • Conducts preliminary investigations of crimes and completes appropriate reports, including, but not limited to: major crimes; traffic; theft; personal/familial and neighborhood disputes/assaults; intoxication; residential/commercial security alarms; etc.
  • Prepares and completes supplementary reports related to complaints and investigations.
  • Makes determination to arrest and processes arrested subject(s), which includes, but is not limited to: searching and/or seizing persons, vehicles, and/or property; collecting, preserving and processing evidence; interviewing victims/witnesses/suspects; transporting offenders; testifying in court proceedings; etc.
  • Identifies and corrects safety hazards around public roadways, including, but not limited to: crash analysis, accident investigations; assisting stalled motorists or disabled vehicles; directing and controlling traffic; providing information on hazardous street conditions (e.g. non-working traffic signals, visibility during blizzards, flooded roadways, etc.), impounding vehicles, checking vehicle registration, issues traffic citations, etc.
  • Acts as a partner with citizens, neighborhood groups, school systems, etc. in the resolution and identification of problems and/or for education etc., which may include, but is not limited to: referrals to other agencies; welfare checks; unlocking motor vehicles; education on law enforcement and crime prevention related topics, assisting with animal control related calls, ; Civil Code Enforcementetc.
  • Assists in emergency situations, including, but not limited to responding to Fire and EMS calls; watching and reporting on potentially severe weather conditions, etc.

Typical Qualifications

• High School Diploma or GED.
• 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours in an accredited college or university in diversified academic subjects.  Not to be included are technical or occupation courses; however, technical or community college credits will be considered if credits are in criminal justice, liberal arts, or a closely related field.
• 3 years of active military duty will substitute for the education requirement.
• Twenty-one years of age on or before date of written entrance examination.  Citizen of the United States at the time of application.  No felony convictions or convictions for crimes involving moral turpitude.
• Uncorrected vision of not less than 20/100 in both eyes, corrected to 20/20.
• Certification as an Iowa Police Officer within twelve months of employment
• NCIC Certification within twelve months of employment
• CPR/First Aid/AED certifications within twelve months of employment
• Valid Iowa Drivers’ License
• Ability to meet all physical standards for the job as specified by the Police Retirement System
• Ability to perform physical functions of the job while wearing personal protective equipment.
• Positions filled within the Urbandale Police Department require employees to reside within a 50 mile radius of the police department.