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Police Department


We are lucky to have an incredibly reliable and friendly team at the Moville PD. For all services needed, they are there when we need them. They are efficient, kind, and hardworking. Remember that for all emergency services to call 9-1-1.

The City of Moville is accepting applications for a full time Police Officer at the Moville Police Department.

Starting Salary is 18.50 per hr and will bump up to 19.50 an hr after the ILEA. For an already certified officer they will start at 19.50 per hr.

Applications will be accepted from March 15th to March 29th. Applications must be submitted online no later than midnight March 29, 2020.

The physical agility and Police Officer Selection Test (POST) will be administered to all qualified applicants on Friday, April 3, 2020 (more information will be emailed to qualified candidates). Interested candidates should complete a City of Moville employment application online and attach a cover letter and resume.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Primary function is to enforce local, state and federal laws and ordinances; to patrol assigned areas; and to do skilled police work in the investigation of alleged criminal offenses and juvenile cases.

Entry Requirements and Skills

To be eligible you must have graduated from high school or an equivalent, and be able to meet minimum standards for Iowa Law Enforcement officers as indicated by the Iowa Iowa Law Enforcement Academy.

You must also be able to maintain a valid motor vehicle operator's license issued by the State of Iowa. No OWI convictions within the last five years. No more than three convictions for moving violations within any 12 month period over the last five years. Must be able to obtain an Iowa Professional Permit to carry weapons. The police department will only hire non tobacco users. Post offer physical, drug screen, psychological exam, and polygraph required. See also full Police Officer Disqualifier List.

IOWA LAW ENFORCEMENT ACADEMY GENERAL REQUIREMENTS Chapter 501 Administrative Code – General Requirements CODE REQUIREMENT COMMENT 501.2.1(1) Citizen of the United States / resident of Iowa Adjacent state exemption 501.2.1(2) Is 18 years of age at time of appointment 501.2.1(3) Valid driver’s license or chauffeur’s license issued in Iowa Adjacent state exemption 501.2.1(4) Not addicted to drugs or alcohol 501.2.1(5) Good moral character/not convicted of felony crime Moral turpitude, tax evasion, perjury, drug sales, sex crimes 501.2.1(5) No record of assault, domestic abuse, stalking, weapons crime Weapon used in a crime 501.2.1(6) Pass physical test 501.2.1(7) Not opposed to use of force 501.2.1(8) High school graduate with diploma or GED 501.2.1(9) Uncorrected vision 20/100 in both eyes Includes color vision 501.2.1(10) Meets hearing standards Functional hearing 501.2.1(11) Examination by physician or surgeon Meets physical standard CHAPTER 501.2.5(80b) While no person can be selected, hired or appointed as an Iowa law enforcement officer who does not meet minimum requirements, agencies are not limited or restricted in establishing additional.

What is the process to apply for the position?

1. Complete the application

Once completed applications can be scanned and emailed back to Moville Police Department movillepd@wiatel.net, dropped off at City Hall or mailed back to City Hall Box 420, Moville, IA 51039

2. Civil Service Testing

Cooper Physical Agility Test
The physical agility test includes:

  • Sit-ups

  • Push-ups

  • Flexibility

  • One-and-a-half-mile run

CLICK HERE FOR CHART INFORMATION (Physical fitness performance requirements are included in this chart. The agility test is a pass/fail exam; you must pass all four sections.)

Written exam - National Police Officer Selection Test (POST)

The POST test is a 75-minute timed test in four sections: mathematics, reading comprehension, grammar and incident report writing. The minimum passing score for the Moville Police Department is 80% on each of the four sections of this exam.

3. Oral Board interviews

Upon your successful completion of the prior steps, you will be eligible for an oral board interview.

  • The panel interview will likely consist of the Moville city Mayor, City Board and the Moville Chief of Police.

  • The interview is comprised of questions relating to law enforcement. A prepared applicant should be able to reason through most questions based on reflection of the career choice and general life experiences.

  • The candidate chosen by the board will continue moving through the hiring process.

4. Background Investigation

The Moville Police Department will conduct an extensive investigation on the candidates background. The Chief will contact prior employers, relatives and references. Information provided during initial contacts may result in subsequent individuals being contacted.

Employment history, driving record and other pertinent information will all be examined. A comprehensive criminal history check will also be completed.

5. Psychological evaluation

Each candidate is required to undergo a psychological exam to ensure that they possess the important personality traits needed to become an effective police officer.

6. Medical evaluation

As part of the hiring process, each candidate will be required to undergo a complete medical evaluation including a physical capacity profile, including the following basic testing.

  • Vision, height, weight, blood pressure, heart rate, etc.

  • Complete lab workup

  • Drug screen

7. Iowa Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA)

Initial basic training will be conducted in Johnston, IA at the Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) This is a 16-week program which builds the foundation of law enforcement principles including:

  • Law

  • Building searches

  • Traffic stops

  • Mental health

  • Accident investigations

  • Criminal investigations

  • and more

In addition to the educational components listed above, there is also a fitness component. Recruits will be tested regularly and must meet not only the academic standard but a fitness standard as well. The recruit will be housed during the week in dorm style living quarters but is free to go home on the weekends.

8. Field Training

After graduation from ILEA, you would be placed in the department’s field training program. This is a 9-week standardized program broken down into three phases. New officers will learn specifically how to become a refined and more effective police officer. During this process, you will be challenged and evaluated by the Chief. Once you successfully pass all phases you will be released to solo patrol.



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