Deadline: Oct. 16
Under the general direction of the Sergeant/Captain, 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.
Routine Job Duties/Responsibilities
• Interprets and enforces municipal state and federal regulations, codes, laws, or ordinances, for the protections and education 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, serving subpoenas, delivery of council or court papers/materials; Civil Code Enforcement, etc.
• 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; Community Restorative Justice Partnership, Firearms Instructor; Bike Patrol; DARE Officer; Suburban Narcotics Unit and other assigned task forces; Special Response Team (SWAT); 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 QualificationsQualified candidates will possess a High School Diploma or GED and 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.
Applicants must be 21 years of age on or before the date of written entrance examination, a citizen of the United States at the time of application, and have no felony convictions or convictions for crimes involving moral turpitude.
Applicants must have uncorrected vision of not less than 20/100 in both eyes, corrected to 20/20 and a valid Iowa Driver’s License.
Certification as an Iowa Police Officer, NCIC Certification, and CPR/First Aid/AED certifications are required within twelve months of employment.
Positions filled within the Urbandale Police Department require those hired to reside within a 50 mile radius of the Police Department.Supplemental Information
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A completed City application and a copy of your OFFICIAL school transcripts or DD214 must be submitted by the application deadline. The preferred method to submit documentation is to scan a copy of your official school transcripts or DD214 – then attach the copy to your application. You may also send documentation via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We do not need your original official school transcripts – a copy is sufficient.
The Civil Service examination includes the physical agility test, the POST, a written questionnaire, a scored onsite oral board interview and a background investigation. Candidates must pass each component to be considered.
The physical agility test, POST and written questionnaire will be administered on Saturday, November 2, 2019. More information regarding the testing location and times will be sent to qualifying candidates.
*Note – we will accept passing Cooper physical fitness test scores from other agencies within the state of Iowa. If you have passed the Cooper physical fitness test on or after July 16, 2019, we will accept test results directly from that agency. The agency can email results to email@example.com. Candidates must still complete all other components of the testing process.
POST exam study guides will be available free of charge to candidates requesting a copy. Requests may be made to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name and mailing address when requesting a study guide.
Applicants who have a passing POST score on file since November 2, 2018 may choose to waive the POST exam. Those without a passing POST score on file within the past year are required to take the exam.
Interviews will be conducted on/around November 12, 2019. The Civil Service eligible list will be certified by approximately mid-November 2019.
All candidate communication will be via the City’s online career site: governmentjobs.com (Neogov). It is important that all candidates submit a valid email address in their application to receive information regarding all components of the selection process including testing locations, dates and test times.
Link *HERE* for details regarding the physical agility assessment. All applicants taking the Urbandale Police Department physical agility assessment must sign a release waiver of liability prior to testing. This waiver is provided to candidates invited to the physical. Link *HERE (Download PDF reader)* for information from the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy on how to prepare for the physical test, including a recommended workout schedule.
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.
Those meeting the minimum qualifications are encouraged to reapply for future openings if not successful.
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.