Police Officer

Hawarden, IA
Hawarden Police Department

Position Summary:

This is a full-time non-supervisory position that requires a variety of knowledge and work in the law
enforcement, mechanical, maintenance, and safety areas. Under the direction of the Chief of Police,
this position is responsible for preservation of the public peace and the enforcement of all laws of the
State of Iowa and provisions of the Hawarden City Code. The person in this position performs other
work as required or assigned.

Essential Functions:

  • Patrolling designated areas in a radio cruiser to preserve law and order, to prevent and discover the
    commission of crime, to enforce traffic laws, parking regulations, and property maintenance violations.
  • Answer all calls involving fire, ambulance, automobile accidents, misdemeanors and felony crimes. At
    the scene of a crime administer first aid, conduct preliminary investigations, gather evidence, obtain
    evidence, make arrests, and testify as a witness in court. Interview persons with complaints and
    inquiries and attempt to make proper disposition or direct them to proper authorities.
  • Conducts accident investigations, providing first aid when needed as well as taking safeguards to prevent further accidents. Interview principals and witnesses, taking written statements, examines vehicles and
    roadways observing traffic control devices and obstructions to view, takes necessary street
    measurements and clears the scene of any obstructions or wreckage.
  • Obtains license and registration information, books, fingerprints, and photographs prisoners. Conducts investigations, assist the Chief of Police and Sergeant in day to day activities as well as any specialized activities.
  • Performs other duties assigned/requested by Chief of Police to overall assist in the proper functioning of the
    Department or the City.


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 or have the ability to obtain one.
4. Not be addicted to drugs or alcohol [modified for Chapter 400 civil service positions by §400.17
of the Code of Iowa]; Pass a pre-employment drug test.
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.
11. Be examined by a physician and meet the physical requirements necessary to fulfill the
responsibilities of a law enforcement officer.
12. Undergo and Pass psychological testing.
13. Undergo and Pass cognitive (Basic Skills) testing.
14. Be able to complete the basic course and obtain Iowa Law Enforcement Academy Certification
within the 1st year of employment.
15. Hold or able to acquire a valid CPR certification card.
16. Hold or be able to acquire a valid concealed weapons permit.

Preferred Requirements:

  • Iowa police certification,
  • Former law enforcement experience,
  • Fluency in speaking or writing in Spanish,
  • Special police related skill training such as instructor, range certification or drug training.