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Parking enforcement officer


Knowledge of:

Comprehensive understanding of local parking regulations and enforcement laws. Proficiency in basic computer operations for report writing and software usage is necessary, along with familiarity with clerical procedures for compiling data and preparing reports. Knowledge of  principles of public relations is important for effective communication. Knowledge of emergency procedures including CPR and self-defense tactics is crucial. Familiarity with equipment operation such as two-way radios and bicycle handling is also necessary. 


Ability to:

The ideal candidate should possess strong interpersonal skills to handle interactions with violators courteously and professionally. Demonstrate effective patrolling abilities both on foot and in vehicles to enforce parking regulations diligently. Good communication skills are necessary for reporting incidents and maintaining positive public relations. A collaborative attitude is important to work effectively with various agencies and assist colleagues as needed. Preparedness to testify in court and maintain physical fitness for outdoor work are also key requirements, along with the ability to handle confidential information responsibly.

becoming a parking enforcement officer

Salary Range:

The annual salary ranges dependent on experience: 

$39,530.54 – $50,451.82

Under supervision this employee will patrol metered parking and other areas as needed.

This is responsible law enforcement work requiring the exercise of courtesy and mature judgment in dealing with operators of vehicles in violation. The work, which is routine, is performed under the supervision of the Council Bluffs Police Department and is a non-sworn position.

  1. Patrols on foot and in vehicle 
  2. Tickets vehicles for parking violations using handwritten and electronic methods
  3. Picks up abandoned bicycles and places them in storage
  4. Performs routine clerical work
  5. Looks up identifying information on vehicles and compiles statistical data
  6. Compiles daily logs and annual reports
  7. Maintains proper relationship with the public
  8. Works cooperatively with various agencies
  9. Prepares for and testifies for court
  10. Assists other employees with tasks as needed. 

Combination of experience or training which provides the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities. Must have or be able to obtain a valid driver’s license. Any offer of employment will be contingent upon the applicant’s ability to pass a physical and drug screening.

Physical Conditions:

Patrolling designated areas on foot and in a vehicle, potentially for extended periods, as well as lifting and securing full-size bicycles. Outdoor work is a significant aspect, requiring endurance in all weather conditions. Candidates should be prepared to employ basic defensive tactics and respond to emergencies, including obtaining CPR certification and possibly using oleoresin capsicum spray. These requirements highlight the need for physical fitness and readiness to handle diverse and challenging situations effectively.


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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