The Waterloo Police Department is comprised of 123 sworn police officers and 9 civilian employees. We serve a community of approximately 70,000. We provide competitive salary and benefits; top quality equipment; comprehensive training; and opportunities for positions in Patrol, Investigations, Crime Lab, Canine, and Traffic; and extra duty assignments as a Field Training Officer, Crime Scene Investigator, Tactical Unit Member, Crisis Negotiator, Bomb Technician, and Bicycle Officer.

We are proud of the diversity of our work force and our continuing efforts to mirror the community.




  • A U.S. citizen and be willing to comply with the City's residency policy; live within 30 miles of the Department Headquarters.
  • At least 18 years of age by the application deadline.
  • Able to read, write, and understand the English language.
  • High school graduate/G.E.D. by application deadline.
  • 20/100 vision in both eyes correctable to 20/20; normal color vision.
  • Normal hearing.
  • No alcohol or drug dependency.
  • Current valid driver's license and satisfactory driving record.
  • No felony convictions.
  • Legally able to possess firearms.
  • Not, by any reason of conscience or belief, be opposed to the use of force when necessary.
  • To view the State of Iowa minimum police officer qualifications, including physical fitness standards visit the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy.

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Online Study Guide for Written test

During advertised periods of accepting applications, all qualified candidates must submit a resume and cover letter online.  Your driver's license number and social security number must be included in this documentation as it is needed to determine your status for the written exam.  Resumes will not be processed without this information. 

We will not process the resume of any candidate who, during the previous five years, has not passed a polygraph test, drug test, or psychological examination with the Waterloo Police Department. 

Selection Process:
Applicants who meet the basic qualifications are selected on a competitive basis. Each applicant must successfully complete the following:

  • Written examinations
  • Oral board interview
  • Psychological evaluation
  • Comprehensive medical examination and drug screen
  • Background investigation
  • Polygraph examination
  • Physical fitness testing

Questions should be directed to:

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Mail to:
Personnel Unit
Waterloo Police Dept.
715 Mulberry Street
Waterloo, IA 50703

Phone: 319-291-4340 ext 3202
Fax: 319-291-4332

Minority and female individuals are encouraged to apply.

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