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The DPS 48th Certified Academy is designed for applicants who have received certification from the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy or equivalent certification. We're hiring 3 positions that will be filled with Certified Academy graduates.

Click here to see more and apply today! 

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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 99 county Sheriff's offices and over 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!        


Information on being a State Peace Officer                                                   

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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

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