If you are interested in joining the Police Department’s mission to actively involve everyone in a team effort to serve, protect, and prevent crime and disorder, as well as provide a safe and secure community in an effective and efficient manner, you are encouraged to apply. Police Officer positions are full-time and offer an opportunity to serve the community.
We recruit annually beginning in the fall. In preparation for the application, required documents include an official registered birth certificate, official high school transcripts, official college transcripts if applicable and military DD214 if applicable.
Important Dates for Recruiting
Applicants who are offered a Police Officer position attend the Cedar Rapids Regional Police Academy, which is one of three accredited police academies in the State of Iowa. The Academy is under the accreditation of the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy.
In 2016, recruiting efforts resulted in:
- 127 applications returned
- 111 applicants were invited to take the written test
- 88 applicants took the written test
- 61 passed the written test
- 44 applicants passed the physical fitness test
- 11 applicants were named on the certified list
- 11 applicants were hired as Cedar Rapids Police Officers
Recruits received 661 hours of instruction during the 18-week academy. Topics and hours required include:
- Program Administration - 22 hours (Includes tests, moot court)
- Patrol and Traffic - 65 hours (Includes Vehicles Stops, Building Searches, Accident Investigation, Traffic Law Enforcement, OWI)
- Officer Survival - 141 hours (Firearms, Defensive Tactics, Physical Training, Felony Calls)
- Skills - 40 hours (Includes Crash Injury Management, Fingerprints, Interview/Interrogation, Crime Scene, Searching, Report Writing)
- Investigation of Specific Crimes - 25 hours (Includes Street Intoxication, Narcotics, Vehicle Theft, Hate Crimes, Domestic and Sexual Abuse, Burglary, Death Investigations)
- The Law and the Courts - 65 hours (Criminal Law, Due Process, Law of Arrest, Search and Seizure, Juvenile Law, OWI Law, Rules of Evidence, Narcotics Law, Civil Liability, Testifying in Court)
- Human Behavior - 30 hours (Includes Self-Understanding and Handling Stress, Ethics and Professionalism, Discretion, Minority Groups, Special Needs Population, Mandatory Reporting of Dependent Adult and Child Abuse)
For reference, the following application supplements from the early 2016 recruitment process are available for your review:
Minimal Physical Fitness Performance - Application Supplement
If you have any questions regarding the hiring process for the Cedar Rapids Police Department, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Iowa Law Enforcement Academy Council, in recognizing the importance of physical fitness status for job performance, has established the following physical regimen as a pre-employment standard effective February 15, 1993.
No person can be selected or appointed as a law enforcement officer without first successfully passing all of the elements of this test. (See 501 IAC 2.1, adopted pursuant to Section 80B.11C5), Code of Iowa).
Upon entry into the Academy, every candidate will be given the same test as an assessment for training purposes and to ensure that each recruit can undergo the physical demands of the Academy without undo risk of injury, and with a level of fatigue tolerance to meet all Academy requirements. If, at the time of entrance into the Academy, an officer does not meet minimum standards, he or she will not be admitted.
Any questions you may have about these standards should be directed to the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy at 515-242-5357.
Sit and Reach Test
This is a measure of the flexibility of the lower back and upper leg area. It is an important area of performing police tasks involving range of motion and is important in minimizing lower back problems. The test involves stretching out to touch the toes or beyond with extended arms from a sitting position. The score is in inches reached on a yardstick fastened to an apparatus with 15 inches being at the toes and the one-inch mark closest to the body.
1 Minute Sit-Up Test
This is a measure of the muscular endurance of the abdominal muscles. It is an important area for performing police tasks that may involve the use of force and is an important area for maintaining good posture and minimizing lower back problems. The score is in number of bent leg sit-ups performed in 1 minute.
1 Minute Push-Up Test
This test requires you to push your own weight off the floor. This measures the amount of force the upper body can generate and is an important area for performing police tasks requiring upper body strength. The score is calculated by the number of push-ups performed in one minute. (Females in excess of 49 years of age may do push-ups on their knees.)
1.5 Mile Run
This is a timed run to measure the heart and vascular system's capability to transport oxygen. It is an important area for performing police tasks involving stamina and endurance and to minimize the risk of cardiovascular problems. The score is in minutes and seconds.
In keeping with employee wellness concepts, the Cedar Rapids Police Department maintains a fully equipped on-site exercise facility utilizing the latest Universal aerobic super circuit machines. The facility is enjoyed by all employees with the aid of trained exercise physiologists to assist individual employees in exercise program planning.
After submitting a completed application, the following additional qualifying requirements must be met:
- Attain a minimum of 70% grade in pre-employment written examination in order to continue in the testing process. We utilize the Police Officer Selection Test (POST) through Stanard and Associates, Inc. Here is a link to an online practice test and/or study guide. POST Test
- Voluntarily submit to, and pass, a polygraph examination designed to verify application information, help determine suitability, and further support his or her contention of good moral character.
- Satisfactorily complete psychological testing to determine cognitive skills, personality characteristics, and suitability of an applicant for a law enforcement career.
- Must participate in one or more oral interviews held by the hiring authority, or representative(s), to determine such things as appearance, background, rationale for seeking a career in law enforcement, and the ability of the applicant to communicate with all of the citizens with whom contact might be made.
- After an offer for employment, applicants will complete required testing performed by the City Nurse to include health and physical assessment, visual and hearing acuity and pulmonary function testing. Some applicants may be asked to take additional tests with other medical experts.
- After an offer for employment, applicants will be examined by a physician to determine if free from any physical, emotional, or mental condition which might adversely affect the performance of law enforcement related activities. This includes a standard physical examination to include heart, lungs, chest, back, eyes, ears, nose, throat, and any other area deemed appropriate by the examining physician under the direction of and as specified by the Police Pension Board. It will also include a pre-employment drug test, maximal treadmill stress, EKG, x-rays, and lab work.
- Complete a battery of four physical qualification tests to demonstrate your ability to satisfactorily perform job related tasks.
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