Law Enforcement Careers

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Looking for work with a purpose?

Women and men of unquestionable integrity and the desire to serve their communities with a career in law enforcement are encouraged to explore the challenging and rewarding positions within the Iowa DPS. 

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Salary and Benefits

Peace Officer Retirement System
As a law enforcement officer with DPS, you will become a member of the Peace Officer’s Retirement, Accident and Disability System (POR). POR is a traditional “defined benefit” pension plan that allows employees the opportunity to retire as early as 50 years of age and/or with up to 88% of their final average pay. Benefits grow throughout your POR-covered employment as your salary and years of service increase. Your retirement with POR will provide a lifetime benefit for you and for your family. POR benefits also offer financial protection for you and your family if the event of death or disability.

Specialty Unit Opportunities

Canine Officer  *  Crisis Negotiator  *  Tactical Unit  *  Drug Recognition  *  Executive Protection  *  Fire Inspector

Honor Guard  *  Public Resource Officer  *  Trooper Pilot  *  Technical Collision  *  Vehicle Theft  *  Arson Investigator

Intelligence  *  Major Crimes Unit  *  Cyber Crimes Unit  *  Polygraph Examiner  *  Bomb Tech  *  Explosive K9 Handler

Sex Offender Registry  *  Joint Terrorism Task Force  *  Social Security Administration  *  Gambling Enforcement

Motor Carrier Safety Assistance

Job Descriptions

Join The Team That Protects Iowans

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Link to Home Base Iowa Web Site

DPS is a Home Base Iowa Employer

DPS recognizes that the strong skill sets veterans acquire while in the military are of great value and highly transferable to both peace officer and civilian positions within the Department.  Through Home Base Iowa, DPS is afforded the opportunity to connect with those veterans who want to make Iowa their home.  Working together, Home Base Iowa and DPS can make veteran's employment aspirations become a reality.

Home Base "Why Iowa?"  

Why relocate to Iowa?

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