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Police Officer Requirements – Iowa

Minimum Requirements to be a Police Officer in Iowa

  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.