Police Officer Lateral/Recruit

Waterloo, IA
Waterloo Police Department

Salary: $32.69/hr. – $38.12/hr.

Closing Date: May 31st, 2024.

Position Summary:

This is an entry level position responsible for protection of life and property, prevention of crime through patrol and/or directed activities, enforcement of state and local laws and ordinances relating to criminal and traffic violations, and providing solutions to crime through preliminary investigation, identification, apprehension and conviction of criminals; other duties as assigned.


  1. Must be 18 years of age by the application deadline date, with a minimum of two years post high school life experience. Verification of birth date will be required.
  2. Uncorrected vision not less than 20/100 in both eyes, corrected to 20/20, and color vision consistent with the occupational demands of law enforcement as verified as part of a post job-offer physical examination. (Applicant will operate emergency/police vehicles in a variety of weather conditions and at night, must be able to identify suspects accurately, must be able to move quickly and safely to apprehend suspects, or respond to and report on traffic accidents, perform traffic control and watch duties. Applicant must be able to identify suspect clothing and vehicles, see and respond to traffic lights whether or not on a call or in vehicle pursuit)
  3. Normal hearing in each ear as verified as part of a post job-offer physical examination. Hearing aids are acceptable if a candidate can demonstrate sufficient hearing proficiency to perform all necessary duties of a law enforcement officer. (Must be Able to communicate through the police radio, engage in active communication with members of the public and other officers.)
  4. United States citizenship and able to provide proof of citizenship documentation upon request; resident of Iowa or intend to become a resident upon employment; willing to comply with the City of Waterloo Residency Policy for Critical Employees within two years of hire date (must live within thirty-mile radius of Waterloo City Hall).
  5. High school graduate or equivalent certificate that meets at minimum the lowest graduate scoring requirements by the State of Iowa as determined by the State Department of Public Instruction, by the application deadline date. WPD requires verification of high school graduation/equivalent post hire.
  6. No current alcohol or drug addiction; must have been rehabilitated for at least one year and not presently undergoing treatment; must successfully pass a multi-panel drug test as part of a post job-offer physical examination. Please review drug use standards under “Background Investigation.”
  7. Legally able to carry a weapon and/or firearm; an employee who loses this right will be immediately terminated.
  8. Able to speak, understand, read, and write the English language.
  9. Must possess a current driver’s license from the state of residence and good driving record based on City of Waterloo driver performance criteria.
  10. Must obtain an Iowa driver’s license prior to employment.
  11. An applicant’s driving record will be reviewed at the time of application, prior to certification of the Civil Service List and prior to an offer of employment. After hire, there will be an annual driving record review.
  12. Must 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 must not have been convicted of a felony or a crime involving moral turpitude. The City of Waterloo Police Department conducts a post job-offer polygraph test; any candidate who fails to meet these standards (as determined by the Chief of Police) will be eliminated from consideration.
  13. Is not, by conscience or belief, opposed to the application/use of force when necessary to fulfill job duties.
  14. Following a conditional offer of employment, the City of Waterloo and the State of Iowa require a physical examination by a physician of the City’s choice; the physical examination includes a drug test to determine if an applicant is capable of fulfilling the responsibilities of this job classification.
  15. Required to submit to and pass a Civil Service Examination testing instrument that includes written cognitive (basic skills) testing, physical fitness testing, polygraph, psychological and oral interview testing.
  16. If hired, required to obtain, and maintain State of Iowa certification for Police Officer by attending training classes at the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy or other educational institutions, as approved. Failure to successfully complete this program or maintain these standards for any reason will result in termination.