Police Officer

Des Moines, IA
Des Moines Police Department

The City of Des Moines is seeking applicants interested in a career as a Police Officer with the Des Moines Police Department. If you are at least 21 years of age, a problem solver who wants to work with people from all cultures, races and economic backgrounds, and have good moral character and integrity, we welcome you to apply.

$68,182.40 – $83,844.80 Annually

4/13/2020 5:00 PM Central

All candidates meeting the minimum requirements will be invited to participate in the Cooper physical fitness test. Applicants passing the Cooper test will take the POST written examination. Applicants with the top scores on the POST written exam will be scheduled for a polygraph exam and background investigation. Applicants who receive the highest scores on the POST written exam and pass the polygraph exam and background investigation will be scheduled for an oral exam before the Civil Service Commission. SCORING: 50% of POST Written Exam Score + 50% of Oral Exam Score = Final Score + City of Des Moines Residency Preference Points + Veteran’s Preference Points = Total Score used for ranking to create list of top 40 and ties.


Possess and maintain a valid motor vehicle operator's license issued by the State of Iowa or by another state if able to obtain an Iowa Driver's License within a reasonable time period. Twenty-one years of age on or before application deadline date (April 13, 2020). Citizen of the United States by application deadline date (April 13, 2020). No felony convictions or convictions for crimes involving moral turpitude. Free of drug or alcohol addiction. Good moral character as determined by a thorough background investigation, fingerprint search and polygraph examination. Must meet minimum requirements to be a law enforcement officer consistent with Iowa Code chapter 80(B) and its administrative rules.