Burlington - Certified Police Officer and Entry Level

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Department Burlington Police Department
TypeEntry Level
Job TitleCertified Police Officer and Entry Level
SalaryDependant upon training and experience.
Registration Fee$20.00
Location Burlington, IA

Job Announcement

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Application Deadline:  Wednesday January 31, 2024 at 5:00 p.m.(CENTRAL TIME)

TEST DATE: To Be Announced

Iowa Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) certified peace officers are eligible to receive a sign-on bonus up to $8,000.00 and out of state certified peace officers are eligible to receive a sign-on bonus up to $5,500.00 as well as beginning pay up to $64,000 based on training and experience.  Current negotiated salary range is $25.50 - $37.36 per hour. Iowa Law Enforcement Academy Certified Officers in good standing may waive taking the POST and Physical Agility Test. The Burlington Police Department is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

Minimum Qualifications:

All minimum standards for Iowa law enforcement officers must be satisfied. The applicant must:

  • Be a U. S. citizen and a resident of Iowa or intend to become a resident upon being employed
  • Be 18 years of age at the time of appointment
  • Hold a Valid Iowa driver’s license or have the ability to obtain one upon employment.
  • Not be addicted to drugs or alcohol [modified for Chapter 400 civil service positions by §400.17 of the Code of Iowa]
  • Be of good moral character as determined by a thorough background investigation including a fingerprint search conducted of local, state and national fingerprint files and have not been convicted of a felony or a crime involving moral turpitude
  • Successfully pass physical fitness tests
  • Not be opposed to use of force to fulfill duties
  • Be a high school graduate or hold a GED certificate; Advanced education preferred
  • Have uncorrected vision of not less than 20 / 100 in both eyes, corrected to 20 / 20, and color vision consistent with the Occupational demands of law enforcement
  • Have normal hearing in each ear (hearing aids are acceptable if a candidate can demonstrate sufficient hearing proficiency to perform all necessary duties of a law enforcement officer)
  • Be examined by a physician and meet the physical requirements necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of a law enforcement officer
  • Undergo psychological testing
  • Undergo cognitive (Basic Skills) testing
Application Process:

Each Burlington Police Department applicant must complete the following:

  • Physical Testing
  • Written Testing
  • Interviews
  • Conditional Offer of Employment
  • Background Investigation
  • Polygraph Examination
  • MMPI Test
  • Medical Physicals and Drug Screen
  • Iowa Law Enforcement Academy Basic Training
  • Field Training Program

The minimal physical fitness performance requirements are as follows:

Male Fitness Requirements

Test 20 - 29 Years 30 - 39 Years 40 - 49 Years 50 - 59 Years 60+ Years
Sit-Ups for 1 Minute 38 Sit-Ups 35 Sit-Ups 29 Sit-Ups 24 Sit-Ups 19 Sit-Ups
Push-Ups for 1 Minute 29 Push-Ups 24 Push-Ups 18 Push-Ups 13 Push-Ups 10 Push-Ups
1 1/2 Mile Run 12 Minutes 51 Seconds 13 Minutes 36 Seconds 14 Minutes 29 Seconds 15 Minutes 26 Seconds 16 Minutes 43 Seconds

Female Fitness Requirements

Test 20 - 29 Years 30 - 39 Years 40 - 49 Years 50 - 59 Years 60+ Years
Sit-Ups for 1 Minute 32 Sit-Ups 25 Sit-Ups 20 Sit-Ups 14 Sit-Ups 6 Sit-Ups
Push-Ups for 1 Minute 15 Push-Ups 11 Push-Ups 9 Push-Ups 12 Push-Ups 5 Push-Ups
1 1/2 Mile Run 15 Minutes 16 Seconds 15 Minutes 57 Seconds 16 Minutes 58 Seconds 17 Minutes 54 Seconds 18 Minutes 44 Seconds



We have a strong community policing program, recognizing that our citizens are partners in addressing issues and concerns that affect quality of life. Our goal is to continually improve the mission of the Burlington Police Department and we value your input in making Burlington a great place to live, work and play.

Our Department is comprised of:

  • 46 sworn officers
  • K-9
  • Tactical Response Unit
  • Field Training Program
  • Bike Patrol
  • Water Patrol
  • School Resource Officers
  • Criminal Investigations Division
  • Detectives assigned to the Southeast Iowa Narcotics Task Force
  • Problem Oriented Policing Unit – Street Crimes
  • Firearms Instructors
  • Defensive Tactics Instructors
  • Honor Guard
  • Chaplain Program

The Burlington Police Department also provides:

  • Onsite physical fitness (weight and cardio room)
  • Onsite Firearms Training Simulator
  • Indoor Range Usage
  • Excellent benefits package


Burlington is a community of 25,663 citizens located on the Mississippi River in Southeast Iowa, and is a regional center for employment, shopping, education, healthcare and recreation. The community is beautifully situated on the bluffs of the river and has a rich heritage as a center of commerce and culture. Burlington was incorporated in 1836 and serves as the county seat of Des Moines County.

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Qualified applicants are eligible to compete for all positions without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability or marital status.


Please direct questions regarding this position to schaefera@burlingtoniowa.org

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