Police Officer Requirements – Iowa

Requirements in order to get hired by an Agency

All minimum standards for Iowa law enforcement officers must be satisfied:
The person must

  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;
  4. Not be addicted to drugs or alcohol [modified for Chapter 400 civil service positions by §400.17 of the Code of Iowa];
  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; (see chart below)
  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 (hearing aids are acceptable if a candidate can demonstrate sufficient hearing proficiency to perform all necessary duties of a law enforcement officer)
  11. Be examined by a physician and meet the physical requirements necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of a law enforcement officer.
  12. Undergo psychological testing.

Undergo cognitive (Basic Skills) testing.

Iowa Law Enforcement Academy

How do I apply to come to the Law Enforcement Academy?

You must be hired by or sponsored by a Law Enforcement Agency before attending the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy.

Minimal Physical Fitness Performance Requirements Chart
Males Age
Test 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-59 60 +
Sit & Reach 16.5 15.5 14.3 13.3 12.5
1 Minute Sit-up 38 35 29 24 19
1 Minute Push-up 29 24 18 13 10
1.5 Mile Run 12:51 13:36 14:29 15:26 16:43
Females Age
Test 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-59 60 +
Sit & Reach 19.3 18.3 17.3 16.8 15.5
1 Minute Sit-up 32 25 20 14 6
1 Minute Push-up 15 11 9 * 12 * 5
1.5 Mile Run 15:26 15:57 16:58 17:54 18:44