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IOWA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY - STATE OF IOWA
MINIMUM HIRING QUALIFICATIONS


THE STATE OF IOWA IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION, EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Minimum employment qualifications to be considered for employment as a peace officer for the State of Iowa                                                                                    

There shall be strict adherence to the following minimum qualifications.  No exceptions will be made.  Applicants not meeting or maintaining these minimum standards throughout the entire selection process will not be considered for employment as a peace officer with the Department of Public Safety - State of Iowa.


CITIZENSHIP:

An applicant must be a citizen of the United States.

RESIDENCE:

An applicant does NOT have to be a resident of Iowa to apply.  Residency is required at time of employment.

AGE:

Trooper I (Post #16 - Capitol Complex):  an applicant must be at least eighteen (18) years of age at the time of appointment.

Trooper II, Fire Inspector, Special Agent II: an applicant must be at least twenty-two (22) years of age upon graduation from the Iowa Department of Public Safety Academy.

Maximum age for Peace Officer is sixty-five (65) years of age.

EDUCATION
       AND
EXPERIENCE:

 (As per DPS Policy.)

 

 Minimum Qualifications - Education and Experience  

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
 

An applicant who will become an officer is required to be in acceptable physical and mental condition to perform his/her duties under physically and emotionally demanding conditions.  The following specific requirements must be met and maintained throughout the entire selection process:

  • Uncorrected vision (without contact lenses or glasses) is no worse than 20/100 in each eye, corrected (with contact lenses or glasses) to 20/20 in each eye. For further description of this requirement click here.
  • Normal color vision consistent with the occupational demands for law enforcement.. For further description of this requirement click here.
  • 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.  Hearing is considered normal when hearing sensitivity thresholds are within 25 decibels measured at 1000 Hz, 2000 Hz, and 3000 Hz averaged together. For further description of this requirement click here.

For additional details regarding the vision and hearing requirements for peace officer applicants, please view the Minimum Hiring Qualifications on our web site at:  www.dpscareers.com.

Medical conditions not specified will be evaluated by the Department's physician whose decision will be final.

 

GOOD  MORAL CHARACTER:

 

 

 

  • An applicant must be of good moral character, which means that he/she can be trusted and is considered by those who know him/her to be a person of good reputation and good standing in the community. 
  • When conduct is of a nature that, if known, would tend to discredit the applicant as a peace officer, the applicant will not be employed.
  • The character of a person is determined by past behavior.  Many factors are relevant in this assessment.  The Department seeks applicants whose histories show good judgment, maturity, a sense of responsibility, and the respect of others.

DISQUALIFIERS:

 

  • Conviction or commission of a felony and/or aggravated misdemeanor (as defined in Iowa law).
  • Conviction or commission of income tax evasion, perjury or its subornation, theft, indecent exposure, sex crimes, conspiracy to commit a crime, defrauding the government and illegal drug sales.
  • Conviction or commission of domestic abuse, or other offenses of domestic violence, stalking, and any offense in which a weapon was used in the commission of the act.
  • Conviction or commission of obstruction of justice, resisting arrest, or assaulting a peace officer.
  • Providing false or misleading information to the Department at any time during the application process.
  • Misrepresentation at any time during the application process regarding the use of prescription or illegal drugs.
  • Unlawful sale of ANY controlled substance.
  • Use of marijuana within the past three (3) years prior to the receipt of the applicant’s registration. Any admission of use of marijuana before this three (3) year period will be evaluated.
  • Use of any illegal controlled substance while employed in any law enforcement or prosecutorial position, or while employed in a position which carries with it a high level of responsibility or public trust.
  • Conviction or guilty plea to an alcohol/drug related driving offense (including deferred judgment and deferred sentence) six (6) years prior to the receipt of the applicant’s registration.
  • Suspension, cancellation or revocation of driving privileges in the three (3) years prior to receipt of the applicant’s registration, which are due to a moving traffic violation(s).  Other suspensions, cancellations or revocations will be evaluated.
  • Conviction or plea to five (5) moving violations in the three (3) years prior to the receipt of the applicant’s registration.
  • Bias based on race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation or gender identity.

THESE FACTORS WILL BE EVALUATED:

 

  • Conviction or commission of a serious misdemeanor (as defined by Iowa law)
  • Conviction or guilty plea to an alcohol/drug related driving offense (including deferred judgment and deferred sentence) six (6) years or longer from the receipt of the applicant’s registration will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
  • Pattern of serious traffic offenses
  • Pattern of assaultive behavior
  • Underage drinking
  • Public intoxication
  • Consistent pattern of unexplained failures to meet debt obligations
  • Pattern of vehicle collisions
  • Pattern of misuse of authority or excessive use of force
  • Use of marijuana within the past three (3) years prior to the receipt of the applicant’s registration will be found unsuitable for employment.  Any admission of marijuana use before this three (3) year period will be evaluated.
  • Any admission of misuse of any prescription drug or use of any illegal drug, other than marijuana
  • Pattern of drug usage, underage drinking or binge drinking
  • Conviction, plea, charge, or admission to supplying alcohol to minors
  • Character or reputation regarding untruthfulness.
  • Theft or other crime of dishonesty or breach of trust.

DRIVING RECORD:

 

 

Applicants must possess a valid license. Applicants will not be considered for employment at this time if:

  • Driving privileges have been suspended, canceled or revoked in the three (3) years prior to the receipt of their registration due to a moving traffic violation(s).  Other suspensions, cancellations or revocations will be evaluated.
  • Convicted of five (5) moving violations in the three (3) years prior to the receipt of their registration.
  • Convicted or guilty plea to an alcohol/drug related driving offense (including deferred judgment and deferred sentence) six (6) years prior to the receipt of the applicant’s registration will disqualify the applicant.   Conviction or guilty plea to an alcohol/drug related driving offense (including deferred judgment and deferred sentence) six (6) years or longer from the receipt of the applicant’s registration will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

Other conduct not specified will be evaluated.