Law Enforcement Careers

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For you, a day's work is not just about showing up.  You are looking for purpose and meaning in what you do everyday - in a job and in your career. 

If you want an opportunity to start a journey with purpose on a high-performance team dedicated to serving and protecting others, search no more!   DPS is Iowa's premier and accredited law enforcement agency - the home of the Iowa State Patrol, Division of Criminal Investigation, Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Division of Intelligence and Fusion, State Fire Marshal's Office, and the DPS Basic Academy.  The Department serves the public safety needs of all Iowans with a mission to provide assistance to law enforcement agencies, including all of Iowa's ninety-nine (99) county sheriff's offices and over four-hundred (400) municipal police and fire departments.

If you demonstrate the qualities of high personal ethics, superior physical and mental capabilities, and a commitment to serve and protect others - you will be successful on our team!

We encourage you to apply with us during an open application window and look forward to seeing you in a future Academy selection process!

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Information on being a State Peace Officer

link to minimum qualifications page     link to the Hiring Process page     link to Benefits web page    

link to DPS Academy page     link to Specialty Units page     link to Frequently Asked Questions page

link to Out-of-State web page     link to Military session web page     link to email to contact DPS

link to Trooper 1 web page     link to Trooper 2 webpage     link to SPOC contract book

Join The Team That Protects Iowans

Check out this video to get your key questions answered, learn more about who we are, what we do and how you can join our team!

The State of Iowa is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer