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
- Be a U. S. Citizen and a resident of Iowa or intend to become a resident upon being employed;
- Be 18 years of age at the time of appointment;
- Hold a valid Iowa driver’s license;
- Not be addicted to drugs or alcohol [modified for Chapter 400 civil service positions by §400.17 of the Code of Iowa];
- 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;
- Successfully pass physical fitness tests; (see chart below)
- Not be opposed to use of force to fulfill duties;
- Be a high school graduate or hold a GED certificate;
- 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;
- 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)
- Be examined by a physician and meet the physical requirements necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of a law enforcement officer.
- 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|
|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|
|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|