Police Officer recruitment

The City of Iowa City will accept applications through Friday, May 28, 2021.  Apply online.

Important Dates:

  • Application deadline: Friday, May 28
  • Virtual open houses (the same information will be presented at both events)
  • Physical fitness test open practice session: Sunday, May 16 at 10:00am at Terry Trueblood Recreation Area 
    • rain date: Saturday, May 22
  • POST and physical fitness test date: Sunday, June 20
  • Alternate POST and physical fitness test date/re-test opportunity: Sunday, July 18
  • Oral interviews for ILEA certified candidates: June 8-9 (tentative)
  • Oral interviews for non-certified candidates: July 26-30 (tentative)

To receive updates by text message, text JoinICPD to 319-224-8811.

Read Chief Liston's message

The City of Iowa City values diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive and respectful environment for all employees. It our policy to afford equal employment opportunities for all employees and potential City employees and our goal to achieve a diverse and inclusive workforce that reflects the diversity within our community.

Position Information
  • View our candidate information packet to learn more about position requirements, benefits and testing information
  • Salary (effective July 2021)
    • Entry level officers start at $53,372.80
    • Certified officers start at up to $65,707.20
      • $5,000 hiring bonus for ILEA certified officers
  • What makes ICPD unique?
    • Officers are permitted to have visible tattoos, facial hair and earrings
    • Necessary equipment provided at no charge
    • Officers are given a yearly boot allowance
    • Iowa City is home to the University of Iowa. This Big Ten university creates a lively college town atmosphere with a small town feel!
  • Various training and promotional opportunities
    • Crisis intervention training
    • K9 Officer
    • Honor guard
    • Crime scene technician
    • Firearms instructor
    • Investigations, and more
  • Rotation of 4 days on, 2 days off
    • Days - 7am to 3pm
    • Evenings - 3pm to 11pm
    • Nights - 11pm to 7am
    • Investigations - hours vary
  • ICPD has authority for 84 sworn officers

For more information about ICPD, visit their webpage, email policerecruitment@iowa-city.org or text JoinICPD to 319-224-8811.

Application and Testing information 
POST results and physical fitness check-in times 
  • POST results coming soon
  • Physical fitness check-in times coming soon
Additional information about the process 

Contact us:

Human Resources
410 E Washington St
Iowa City, IA 52240
Phone: 319-356-5020
Fax: 319-356-5027

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