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Police Officer

Cedar Rapids Iowa Police Department - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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Salary Information

Entry Level Salary:
$50,232.00 annual
Top Pay:
$67,163.00 annual

Job Description

Full-time Police Officer in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Please go to www.cedar-rapids.org/police for application
  • Patrols City streets
  • Responds to calls for police assistance or service
  • Directs traffic where needed
  • Provides emergency assistance to ill or injured citizens
  • Arrests law violators
  • Testifies in judicial proceedings
  • Maintains custody of prisoners
  • Makes reports
  • Conducts initial investigation of alleged criminal conduct
  • Maintains order in crowds
  • Advises public on laws in force
  • Enforces traffic laws, issues citations where indicated
  • Investigates suspicious persons or activities
  • Records, stores, and is responsible for evidence for future court cases, and lost items that have been found and turned in by members of the general public
  • Attends roll-calls
  • Attends training sessions
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Performs all work duties and activities in accordance with City policies, procedures and safety practices; Attends work regularly at the designated place and time
  • Supports continuous process improvement initiatives
  • Performs related work as required./ul>

Additional Information

Please go to www.cedar-rapids.org/police for application Benefits
  • Competitive starting salary with step increases: $50,232 starting, $53,788 in 1 yr., $63,003 in 5 yrs., and $67,163 in 10 yrs.
  • Paid overtime
  • Excellent competitive promotional opportunities
  • Paid leave—monthly accrual (16.7 hrs. to 30 hrs.)
  • Long-term illness/injury, 48 hr. annual accrual to 520 hrs.
  • Employer paid long-term disability policy
  • Full pay during 18 weeks of interesting, professional recruit training
  • Longevity pay
  • Uniforms furnished by the City
  • Uniform cleaning allowance
  • Excellent health and dental insurance
  • Job related disability coverage
  • Excellent retirement benefits
  • Continuous in-service training programs
  • Fitness center

Job Requirements

  • Age: : 18
  • Education: : High School or equivalent GED
  • Experience: : none required
Please go to www.cedar-rapids.org/police for application
  • be 18 years old by date of written exam
  • not have more than a maximum deviation of 20/100 uncorrected in each
  • eye, correctable to 20/20 with contacts or glasses
  • have normal color vision
  • have normal hearing in each ear
  • be a graduate of an accredited high school or possess GED (2-year law enforcement degree or closely related field preferred)
  • be a citizen of the U.S. and resident of the state of Iowa (or intend to become a resident upon employment)
  • live within 50 miles of the city limits
  • be able to speak, read and write the English language
  • not be addicted to alcohol or drugs
  • be of good moral character
  • not have been convicted of a felony or a crime involving moral turpitude (income tax evasion, perjury, assault, domestic abuse, theft, indecentexposure, sex crimes, conspiracy to commit a crime, etc.)
  • have a valid Iowa driver’s or chauffeur's license at the time of employment
  • attain 70% in each section of written exam.The four sections are:
    1. Basic arithmetic
    2. Reading comprehension
    3. Identifying errors in grammar, punctuation and spelling
    4. Writing skills
  • complete a battery of four physical qualification tests
    1. Sit and reach
    2. 1 minute sit-up
    3. 1 minute push-up
    4. 1.5 mile run
Selection Process Must:
  • voluntarily submit to a polygraph exam
  • satisfactorily complete psychological testing
  • participate in an oral interview held by hiring authority
  • complete required testing performed by City nurse to include health and physical assessment
  • be examined by physician to determine if free from physical, emotional, or mental condition which might adversely affect performance of law enforcement related activities
  • Police PALs
  • Neighborhood Watch
  • Citizens Police Academy Field Support
  • Regional Academy
  • In-service Training Uniform Division
  • 6 patrol shifts, 10 hour/4 day week
  • Traffic Bureau, 8 hour/5 day week
  • Accident re-constructionists & OWI enforcement
  • Dog handlers
  • Special Response Team (SWAT)
  • Bicycle Patrol Unit
  • Hazardous Devices Unit (Bomb Squad)
  • Honor Guard Investigative Unit
  • Child Protection Center
  • Financial Crimes Unit
  • Narcotics Unit
  • Youth Services
  • Crime Scene Unit
  • Street Crime Unit
  • Computer Forensics
  • Collaborative assignments with federal and state task forces Cedar Rapids area; The Cedar Rapids area excels in studies ranking quality of life and livability when considering cost of living, income, home ownership, and crime. Plus, our residents exemplify the idea of neighborliness. We’re big enough to offer engaging opportunities, yet small enough to encourage everyone to participate and get involved. Short commutes, averaging 15 to 20 minutes, add to the area’s quality of living.
  • Cedar Rapids is the second largest city in Iowa with a population of 129,000 and metro area of approximately 257,940 (Linn, Benton, and Jones counties).
  • Cedar Rapids is one of the largest corn processing cities in the world, is the second largest producer of wind energy in the United States, is one of the leading bioprocessing and food ingredient centers in North America, is home to almost 300 manufacturing plants, and has two dozen Fortune 500 companies, including Rockwell, General Mills, and Quaker Oats. Other large companies with facilities in Cedar Rapids include Archer Daniels Midland, Cargill, and Nordstrom. (Wikipedia.org)
  • Cedar Rapids ranks #1 in Iowa and #29 in the nation on the “Top 100 Best Places to Live” list by Livability.com.
  • Cedar Rapids ranks #4 in Best Places for Affordable Homes. (CNNMoney.com, August 2012).
  • Cedar Rapids ranks #7 of 98 cities in 12 Best Cities for High Paying Jobs. Health care occupations pay $62,000 a year, computer and tech jobs pull in $65,000. One of every 20 residents works in a management position, earning roughly $95,000 a year. (Kiplinger.com)

Contact Informaton

Melissa Henderson

Cedar Rapids Iowa Police Department
505 1st Street SW
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52310
phone: 319-286-5483

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