Police Officer

Hiawatha, IA
Hiawatha Police Department

Position Summary:

The Police Officer protects life and property, prevents crime, apprehends criminals, and enforces laws and
ordinances in a designated area on an assigned shift; performs related duties as required.

Essential Functions:

  • Patrol the city on an assigned shift in a city police vehicle.
  • Arrest violators of the law in compliance with local, state, and federal regulations, ordinances, laws and
    standard operating procedures.
  • Answer calls from citizens, conduct investigations gather evidence, locate and question suspects and
    witnesses, and submit proper reports.
  • Enforce vehicle and traffic laws; establish traffic control and protection.
  • Mediate and/or counsel persons in situations where these persons are in dispute or disagreement.
  • Serve as the animal control officer for stray or abandoned animals.
  • Apprehend criminals and offenders.
  • Appear in court to present evidence and testimony.
  • Prevent and discover the commission of crimes.
  • Establish and maintain a cooperative relationship with the community.
  • Prepare and submit clear and concise daily logs and written reports.
  • Participate in meetings, conferences and training programs as assigned.
  • Encourage and promote compliance with safety rules and the use of safety equipment.
  • Assist other City departments as directed.
  • Conduct police programs in schools and in other community areas.
  • Assist in planning for and working at special events requiring police assistance.
  • Read incident reports, emails, and other assigned material each shift worked.
  • Notify the Police Sergeant, or in the Sergeant’s absence, the Police Captain or Chief of Police, of incidents
    of concern.
  • Perform other duties of a similar nature or level.


  • Principles, practices, liabilities and methods of local police administration, organization and operation.
  • Federal, State, and City laws; Criminal and civil codes; Judicial processes and procedures.
  • Medical care and equipment determined by Police Department standard operating procedures.
  • Police procedures and services.
  • Iowa Law Enforcement Academy training and certification requirements.
  • Iowa Law Enforcement Certification within 1 year; or begin academy within 1 year of hire.
  • Possess and maintain a Peace Officer Permit to carry a weapon as issued by the State of Iowa.
  • Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation Certification.
  • Pass all testing requirements; written, physical, MMPI physical and background investigations.
  • Valid Iowa Driver’s License.