Police Officer

Summary Description

Under the general direction of the Sergeant/Lieutenant, performs law enforcement and crime prevention services for the safety and protection of life and property in the Urbandale community.  Preserves peace, order, safety, problem resolution and educates the Urbandale community.  Also performs investigative work in preparation for arrests and/or criminal prosecution.

Are you looking for a career to make a difference within the community? Are you a person who is built on integrity and wants to join a department who leads with community-oriented policing? We welcome you to apply.
Certified officers start at $67,588. Certified officers with at least 5 years post-academy law enforcement service start at $70,292.

Additional incentive pay available for Officers:
  • An additional $600/year if you have 60 college credit hours or an associate degree.
  • An additional $1,000/year if you have 120 college credit hours or a bachelor’s degree.
  • Shift differential if working overnight shifts.
  • An $800/year clothing allowance.
  • Longevity pay
  • Senior Officer pay - $1,000 per year after five years of service and $2,000 per year after ten years of service
  • Long Weekends: every other Friday, Saturday and Sunday off
  • Pension/retirement plan
  • Paid overtime
  • $5,000 Certified Officer Signing Bonus
See Union Contract for additional Benefits

Routine Job Duties/Responsibilities
  • Interprets and enforces municipal, state, and federal regulations, codes, laws and ordinances in assigned areas of the City.
  • Responds to immediate calls for services in the answering of complaints, including handling “walk-in” complaints.
  • Conducts uniformed preventative patrols in a 24 hour a day, seven day a week environment.
  • Conducts preliminary investigations of crimes and completes appropriate reports, including, but not limited to: major crimes; traffic; theft; personal/familial and neighborhood disputes/assaults; intoxication; residential/commercial security alarms; etc.
  • Prepares and completes supplementary reports related to complaints and investigations.
  • Makes determination to arrest and processes arrested subject(s), which includes, but is not limited to: searching and/or seizing persons, vehicles, and/or property; collecting, preserving and processing evidence; interviewing victims/witnesses/suspects; transporting offenders; testifying in court proceedings; etc.
  • Identifies and corrects safety hazards around public roadways, including, but not limited to: crash analysis, accident investigations; assisting stalled motorists or disabled vehicles; directing and controlling traffic; providing information on hazardous street conditions (e.g. non-working traffic signals, visibility during blizzards, flooded roadways, etc.), impounding vehicles, checking vehicle registration, issues traffic citations, etc.
  • Acts as a partner with citizens, neighborhood groups, school systems, etc. in the resolution and identification of problems and/or for education etc., which may include, but is not limited to: referrals to other agencies; welfare checks; unlocking motor vehicles; education on law enforcement and crime prevention related topics, assisting with animal control related calls, ; Civil Code Enforcementetc.
  • Assists in emergency situations, including, but not limited to responding to Fire and EMS calls; watching and reporting on potentially severe weather conditions, etc.
  • Inspects and maintains vehicle and all related law enforcement equipment
  • May be assigned to specialized police responsibilities and/or units, such as, but not limited to: Accident Investigation (AI); Field Training Officer; Firearms Instructor; Bike Patrol; Suburban Narcotics Unit and other assigned task forces; Suburban Emergency Response Team (SERT); etc.
  • May provide direction and oversight to one or more Urbandale Police Reserve Officer(s).
  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with other law enforcement agencies in matters relating to the apprehension of offenders and the investigation of offenses.
  • Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Periodic Job Duties/Responsibilities

  • Assists in receiving, searching, booking, fingerprinting, photographing and supervising prisoners
  • Orders and maintains equipment and supplies.
Typical Qualifications

• High School Diploma or GED.
• 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours in an accredited college or university in diversified academic subjects.  Not to be included are technical or occupation courses; however, technical or community college credits will be considered if credits are in criminal justice, liberal arts, or a closely related field.
• 3 years of active military duty will substitute for the education requirement.
• Twenty-one years of age on or before date of written entrance examination.  Citizen of the United States at the time of application.  No felony convictions or convictions for crimes involving moral turpitude.
• Uncorrected vision of not less than 20/100 in both eyes, corrected to 20/20.
• Certification as an Iowa Police Officer within twelve months of employment
• NCIC Certification within twelve months of employment
• CPR/First Aid/AED certifications within twelve months of employment
• Valid Iowa Drivers' License
• Ability to meet all physical standards for the job as specified by the Police Retirement System
• Ability to perform physical functions of the job while wearing personal protective equipment.
• Positions filled within the Urbandale Police Department require employees to reside within a 50 mile radius of the police department.

Supplemental Information
 Finalists will be subject to a post-offer physical, including drug testing, a polygraph examination, and psychological evaluation. Persons with disabilities must submit requests for ADA accommodations related to the selection process to the Human Resources Department, in writing, prior to the application deadline.
 The City of Urbandale is committed to providing Equal Employment Opportunity for all
 employees and applicants of the City. No personnel decision or action shall be unlawfully
 influenced in any manner by consideration of an individual's race, sex, color, creed,
 religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identify, genetic
 information, or other characteristic protected by applicable state or federal laws.

Position Type: Full-Time

Salary Range: $50,000-$100,000