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lateral POLICE OFFICER & academy graduate



To be eligible, the candidate will be required to present current certification from the law enforcement institution/academy they attended. If the certification is not from the State of Iowa, the Police Department will verify with the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy that they will accept the certification


Knowledge of:

Basic law enforcement terminology and concepts. Techniques for dealing with varied groups of people. Standard record keeping and report writing procedures and techniques.


Ability to:

Must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Certified/Lateral transfer

$10,000 hiring bonus to any certified peace officer who has 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 ILEA recognizes and has a reciprocal agreement with.


Payout Schedule:


$5,000 paid on the first payroll check following the successful completion of 30 days of employment.


$5,000 paid on the first payroll check following the successful completion of the 9 month probationary period. 

Certified Salary Range

$30.17 HR- $47.14 HR (effective July 1, 2024)

Effective July 1, 2024:

∙ Completion of 2-4 years of service shall be paid at Step 3: $32.95/HR 

∙ Completion of 4-5 years of service shall be paid at Step 4: $35.80/HR 

∙ Completion of 5 or more years of service shall be paid at Step 5: $38.46/HR

The work of this class involves responsibility for the protection of life and property, prevention of crime, apprehension of criminals and the general enforcement of laws and ordinates in a designated area or an assigned shift or on special assignments.

  1. Patrols city streets for crime suppression and provides public service
  2. Reviews reports, statistics, and other compiled information to determine areas in need of selective enforcement
  3. Provides inspection services through patrol activities
  4. Searches buildings, properties, or other structures for contraband, evidence, or wanted persons
  5. Provides contact with the public during routine patrol engagement
  6. Handles various types of incidents coming to his/her attention either as a called for service or request from the public while on patrol
  7. Provides traffic supervision as called for service or comes to his/her attention while on patrol
  8. Conducts criminal investigations for case clearance and/or solution
  9. Collects, handles, stores, preserves, & examines evidence of all types
  10. Participates in the training program of the department 
  11. Engages in Community Relations activities
  12. Other duties as assigned  


High school diploma or general education degree (GED); or equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the work. 


Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:
∙ United States Citizen
∙ Must be at least 21 years of age by the day they graduate from the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) or if they already graduated from the ILEA or a law enforcement academy accepted by the ILEA, 21 years of age by their first day of employment with the City of Council Bluffs
∙ Must be able to obtain a Driver’s License from state of residence


Other Requirements:

Must possess a considerable working knowledge of traffic and general behavior laws to effectively enforce regulations and maintain public order. They should demonstrate the ability to react swiftly and calmly in emergency situations, crucial for making sound decisions under pressure. Proficiency in handling firearms and other weapons is essential, as is a willingness to use force when necessary to fulfill their duties. Safe and efficient driving skills are required for patrolling and responding to incidents. Candidates must not have a history of drug or alcohol addiction, ensuring their judgment and performance remain unimpaired. Physical fitness is vital, as evidenced by the successful completion of a physical ability/agility test.

Physical Conditions:

Requires maintaining physical condition necessary for walking, running, standing, climbing, stooping, bending, crawling or sitting for prolonged periods of time as well as lifting and carrying. 


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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