Police Officer

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West Des Moines Police Department - West Des Moines, Iowa

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Salary Information

Entry Level Salary:
$26.87 hourly
Academy Graduate:
$26.87 hourly
Lateral:
$31.29 hourly
Top Pay:
$37.57 hourly

Job Description

Visit: http://www.wdm.iowa.gov/government/police/join-us/police-recruiting OR see below

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Opportunities

Our department and city are growing, so there are many opportunities for people with a mindset of community service and exemplary policing.  Motivated officers may serve in a number of positions and grow in their careers.  Opportunities include:

  • Patrol Officer
  • Field Training
  • Intelligence
  • Detective
  • Bicycle Patrol
  • Honor Guard                             
  • K-9 Handler
  • Narcotics Task Force Investigator
  • Suburban Emergency Response Team
  • Community Education and Outreach
  • Training and Emergency Management
  • School Resource Officer

Promotional opportunities include:

  • Sergeant
  • Lieutenant
  • Captain
  • Assistant Chief

Benefits

  • 5 Day On / 4 Day Off Work Schedule
  • 10—Hour Work Day
  • Employee Wellness Program
  • Onsite Fitness Facility
  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Shift Differential 
  • Education Reimbursement
  • Longevity Pay

Compensation

We offer competitive wages at all levels and hiring incentives for certified officers.

Time Away from Work

  • 2-5 Weeks of Vacation Per Year
  • 10 Paid Holidays per Year
  • 1 Casual Day Per Year
  • 12 Days of Sick Leave per Year

Qualifications and What We Expect 

We expect police officer candidates to be people of high character who want to serve and be involved with the community.  If you want to develop yourself and the department you work for to be the best, you are on the right path.

To see the full qualifications and details about a career with the West Des Moines Police Department as an officer, click on the job posting link and then the link for the position of police officer.  You will find instructions on how to apply online within the job announcement.

Job Postings

To see the minimum qualifications and standards for police officers in the State of Iowa, click on this link to the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy Website - ILEA Police Officer Qualifications

We have department standards that police officer candidates must meet.  Below is a listing of the standards, the length of time for disqualifiers, and whether not meeting the standard will or may disqualify a candidate.

Substance Use / Abuse

  • Conviction for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated will disqualify a candidate for 3 years
  • Any adult use or possession of illegal drugs other than marijuana/synthetic marijuana will disqualify a candidate for 5 years
  • Any adult use of marijuana/synthetic marijuana will disqualify a candidate for 1 year
  • Any use of prescription drugs that were not prescribed for the candidate may disqualify them
  • Any juvenile possession, use, manufacture, cultivation, distribution or sale of drugs may disqualify a candidate

Criminal Behavior

  • Past conviction for aggravated misdemeanor or Iowa law equivalent will disqualify a candidate
  • Any conviction for simple/serious misdemeanor or Iowa law equivalent, except minor traffic will disqualify a candidate for 3 years
  • Any outstanding criminal warrant at time of application will disqualify a candidate
  • Being on any sex offender registry will disqualify a candidate
  • Adult or Juvenile admission of undetected crimes of a serious or repetitive nature may disqualify a candidate

Conduct

  • Any forgery, alteration or falsification of facts on application will disqualify a candidate
  • Discipline from employer or military for fighting in the workplace, acts constituting sexual harassment, racial or ethnic harassment or discrimination may disqualify a candidate
  • Other than honorable discharge from military may disqualify a candidate
  • Missing scheduled appointments during process without permission may disqualify a candidate
  • Any academic dismissal or probation from any college or university may disqualify a candidate for 3 years
  • A candidate named as a defendant in a no contact order may be disqualified
  • Unsatisfactory reference(s) may disqualify a candidate
  • Unsatisfactory credit history may disqualify a candidate

Current Law Enforcement Officers

  • Having accepted a bribe or involvement in any dishonest act while employed as officer will disqualify a candidate
  • Any job related disciplinary action of a serious nature will disqualify a candidate

For questions or more information contact Lieutenant Dan Jansen 515-222-3343

daniel.jansen@wdm.iowa.gov

The City of West Des Moines is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The City does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sex, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, or disability.

Additional Information

Police Officer

City of West Des Moines

$26.87/Hour (rate effective July 1, 2019)**

Are you interested in a career opportunity to perform diverse tasks focused on working with the community to solve problems? The West Des Moines Police Department is seeking community- and service-oriented certified officers and non-certified applicants for full-time Police Officer. Must be 21 and have an Associate’s Degree or 60 college credits in any academic major. Three years of active military duty or as a sworn law enforcement officer substitutes for education requirements. Successful candidates will have critical thinking and problem-solving abilities as well as strong writing and speaking skills.

**Certified Law Enforcement Officers with post academy service may qualify for the following (rates effective July 1, 2019):

2 - 4 years of service - $27.99/Hour

4 - 5 years of service - $29.62/Hour

5+ years of service - $31.29/Hour

See the City’s website at www.wdm.iowa.gov for the full job description and to apply. Public computers are available at the library and in the HR office at City Hall. Post-offer, pre-employment physical, drug test, and psychological evaluation required.

If interested, please submit an online application with the required attachments. To be considered, required materials must be submitted by 11:59 PM on Thursday, May 9, 2019.

The City of West Des Moines is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job Requirements

  • Age: Twenty-one (21) years of age
  • Education: • Possess a high school diploma or GED AND an Associate's Degree or two (2) years of college (60 credits) in any academic major. Education substitutes are three (3) years of active military duty or three (3) years of service as a sworn officer.
  • Experience: None required

We are seeking community– and service–oriented certified officers and non-certified applicants to perform diverse tasks focused on working with the community to solve problems; to protect life and property by patrolling assigned areas; to enforce laws and regulations; to investigate complaints; to prepare detailed reports; and to perform other law enforcement related activities. Qualified applicants ++MUST++:

· Possess a high school diploma or GED ++AND++ an Associate's Degree or two (2) years of college (60 credits) in any academic major. Education substitutes are three (3) years of active military duty or three (3) years of service as a sworn officer.

· Be twenty-one (21) years of age on or before date of written entrance examination.

· Be a citizen of the United States at the time of application.

· 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.

· Possess a valid (Iowa) driver’s license and good driving record.

· Be of good moral character and have not been convicted of a felony or crime involving moral turpitude.

Successful candidates will have critical thinking and problem-solving abilities as well as strong writing and speaking skills.

See online job description for complete details.

Contact Informaton

Dan Jansen

West Des Moines Police Department
250 Mills Civic Pkwy
West Des Moines, Iowa 50265-7959
phone: 515-222-3343

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