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competitive hiring incentives and benefits

Salary $30.17-$47.17 per hour

Dependent on experience + Bilingual incentive pay!

$10,000 lateral hiring bonus

$5000 on first paycheck after 30 days of completion

Paid leave

2-5 weeks of paid vacation, 11 paid holidays per year



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Police Services Manager

Supervise records maintenance
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Division Secretary

Variety of general secretary duties
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Identification Technician

Various duties in processing crime scenes
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Records Technician

Comprehensive records management
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$10,000 signing bonus for laterals

Join a strong team of talented professionals dedicated to their work in a law enforcement department that’s just the right size to get ahead and build your career. Advancement is just waiting to be earned.


The Council Bluffs Police Department is offering a $10,000 hiring bonus to any certified peace officer who successfully completed the hiring process, accepts a position with the City, and whose certification is from the State of Iowa or a state that the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy recognizes and has a reciprocal agreement with. To be eligible, the candidate will be required to present current certification from the law enforcement institution/academy they attended. 

Why Council Bluffs?

The Council Bluffs Police Department (CBPD) serves and protects the community of Council Bluff’s 62,000+ residents and businesses. Our 120 sworn officers work to educate and enforce all city, state, and federal traffic and criminal offenses. We are divided into three divisions, with support from many civilian employees, to effectively investigate crimes. Offering many specialized career paths, such as Traffic Investigations, Criminal Investigation, Police Area Representative, School Resource Officer, Motors, K9, VICE Narcotics, Honor Guard, Crisis Negotiators, Drone Pilot, and Peer Support, Rapid Deployment Team.

Additional benefits

The Council Bluffs police department has numerous benefits that include:

    • Outstanding Medical, Vision, and Dental
    • Retirement Plans: 82% at 30 years state pension plan with deferred comp plan
    • 2-5 weeks of paid vacation per year
    • 11 paid holidays per year
    • Overtime opportunities
    • Public Service Student loan forgiveness and tuition reimbursement
    • Tattoos and Facial hair within policy
    • 32 hours of continual training each year plus the opportunity to attend outside training courses.
    • CBPD puts an emphasis on training and allocates a dedicated budget to outside trainings


Join the Council Bluffs Police Department (CBPD) and dedicate yourself to advancing the wellbeing of our community and protecting the rights of all people.

Embark on a meaningful career with multiple opportunities for professional development and advancement. The CBPD family has openings and we promise to challenge you, rely on you, and take care of you.

Frequently asked Questions

The CBPD serves and protects the community of Council Bluffs, which comprises over 62,000 residents and businesses. It operates within the greater Omaha metro area, enforcing city, state, and federal traffic and criminal laws.
Yes, candidates must live within 60 miles (according to Google Maps) of the police department located at 1 Ezra Jackson Way, Council Bluffs, IA 51503.

Yes, officers have the opportunity to join the Fraternal Order of Police Union, specifically FOP Lodge 1

  • This phase includes a thorough background investigation covering criminal history, driving records, employment history, interviews with various individuals, and a polygraph exam to assess truthfulness.
  • Under investigation or indictment for a felony offense
  • Commission or admission of felony, aggravated misdemeanor, or crime involving moral turpitude
  • Conviction for a crime of domestic violence
  • Certain juvenile criminal behavior
  • Specific traffic violations
  • Failure to obtain a valid driver’s license upon appointment
  • Providing false information during the selection process
  • Involvement in the sale, manufacture, or transportation for sale of any scheduled drug or narcotic
  • Recent use or ingestion of scheduled drugs, narcotics, or steroids
  • Dishonorable discharge from any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces
  • Any offer of employment requires the candidate to sign an agreement for reimbursement of training expenses and cost of specialized personal equipment. This agreement stipulates that if a Police Officer voluntarily terminates employment within the first five years, they must reimburse the City on a pro-rata basis for certain costs as described in City policy 211:1, Termination of Employment.
  • Juvenile criminal behavior may be considered for disqualification, particularly if the offense involved serious injury to another, sexual assault, use of a deadly weapon, or if the applicant was tried and convicted as an adult for a felony committed as a juvenile.
  • The Physical Agility Examination is the first phase of testing, developed and mandated by the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy. All candidates, except currently certified peace officers through the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy, are required to take this exam. The exam assesses candidates’ physical fitness, and only those who pass are eligible to proceed further in the testing process. The test consists of mile and half run, maximum pushups in a minute, and maximum sit-ups in a minute. Iowa Law Enforcement Academy used the Copper standards to evaluate the scores.
  • The Written Examination is the second phase of testing and is required by the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy. Candidates are given a recommended amount of time to complete the exam, typically about 2 hours. All applicants must begin testing at the same time, and late arrivals are ineligible to participate. Candidates who score 70% or above on each section of the exam are eligible to proceed in the testing process.
  • Yes, candidates who are currently certified peace officers through the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy are not required to attend either the Physical Agility Examination or the Written Examination. Additionally, successful Stanard & Associates POST scores may be used in lieu of retesting for the Written Examination.
  • Traffic violations are generally excluded from disqualification, with specific exceptions such as DUI offenses within three years from the date of application and certain serious traffic violations within 24 months prior to the application.
  • Yes, bilingual officers receive an additional $25.00 per paycheck as compensation for their language skills.


At our core, we are committed to fostering a culture of community-driven policing, where the well-being of our community members stands as our utmost priority. With an unwavering focus on nurturing relationships built on trust, respect, and empathy, our department strives to provide quality service to all with a steadfast dedication to excellence.
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