Becoming a Police Officer in Sioux City, Iowa

In 2011, the crime rate in Sioux City, Iowa continued to be much lower than the national average.  This is partly attributed to the working relationship between the Sioux City Police Department and the local community.  Here are the steps to take to join these officers and help keep Sioux City, Iowa a desirable place in which to live.

Six steps to becoming a police officer in Sioux City, Iowa:

  1. Meet the Basic Qualifications
  2. Submit Your Application
  3. Physical Agility Test and Written Examination
  4. Background Check and Interview
  5. Medical and Psychological Evaluation
  6. Attend Law Enforcement Academy for Training

 

Step 1. Meet the Basic Qualifications for Sioux City Police Officer Candidacy

Here are the requirements that you have to meet to be considered for a job as a police officer in Sioux City:

  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • You must be an Iowa resident.
  • You must live within 10 miles of Sioux City by the time you are appointed.
  • You must have had the following convictions:
    • Misdemeanor for domestic violence
    • Felony
  • You must be 21 years old by the date of your written examination.
  • You must have one of the following:
    • 60 college credit hours with a minimum C average
    • 4 years of experience as a law enforcement officer
    • High school diploma or GED and 4 years of military service with an honorable discharge
  • You must have good vision:
    • At least 20/100 for both eyes correctable to 20/20
    • Color vision
  • You must have normal hearing in each ear.

Step 2. Submit Your Application

Along with your application, you should also provide documentation of your experience and education.  If applicable, you must also provide your DD-214.

Step 3. Physical Agility Test and Written Examination

Once you have been found to meet the basic requirements, you will be notified of a date for a test of your physical prowess.  You are strongly advised to start preparing ahead of time for this test, since many people have trouble passing it.

You will be held to the minimum standards of the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy.  They are adjusted to your age and gender.  The test includes:

  • Push-ups
  • Sit-ups
  • Sit and reach
  • 1.5 mile run

After you have passed your physical test, you will take the written POST test in the afternoon.

Step 4. Background Check and Interview

Once you have done well enough on your written examination to have been chosen to proceed further in the hiring process, the department will investigate your background.  Part of this will involve verifying information that you have provided.

After you have passed your background check, you will be interviewed to assess how suitable you are to become a police officer in Sioux City.

Step 5. Medical and Psychological Evaluation

Once you have done well on your interview, you will have to be screened by a physician and a psychologist to ensure that you both physically and mentally fit to become a police officer in Sioux City.

After you have cleared this step, you will be listed as an eligible candidate.  The Civil Service Commission will certify your eligibility

Step 6. Attend Law Enforcement Academy for Training

Once a conditional offer of employment has been made, you will undergo 14 weeks of basic training at the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy in Johnston and receive 576 hours of training over this time frame.  Your training will involve a mix of academic coursework with physical conditioning and such practical topics as enhancing your driving skills and becoming proficient with firearms.

As a police officer in Sioux City, your annual salary will start at $43,942.  If you have a Bachelor’s degree or have been a certified law enforcement officer in Iowa for two years, you can earn $52,735 a year.

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