Police Officer (Civil Service Exam 2019) – Dubuque, Iowa

ANNUAL SALARY RANGE: $55,411 – $61,588

GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES: Under direction, to patrol an assigned beat in the enforcement of law and order to take special assignments in the protection of life and property; may be assigned duties such as juvenile counseling or school liaison; performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS: 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 ordinances in a designated area or an assigned shift or on special assignments. Duties normally consist of routine patrol, preliminary investigation, and traffic regulation, which may be performed in a police vehicle or on foot. The work involves an element of personal danger and the employee must be able to act without direct supervision and to exercise independent judgment in meeting emergencies. Assignments may include work at the law enforcement center on special tasks which call upon specialized abilities and knowledge. Work assignments are general and special instructions are received from a superior officer who reviews work methods and results through reports, personal inspection and discussions.


ESSENTIAL: Patrols an assigned area on foot or by automobile for the prevention of crime and the enforcement of traffic laws and regulations; responds to radio and telephone dispatches and appears at scenes of disorder or crime; notes and reports traffic hazards and any other unsafe conditions throughout the city on public and private property; assists in controlling traffic at scenes of emergencies; investigates and prepares detailed, comprehensive, investigative reports on accidents, damage to property and offenses against the public; deals with the public in a courteous, equitable and effective manner; pursues fleeing suspects; arrests persons violating the laws and ordinances; issues citations; prepares reports on arrests and property impounded; checks buildings for security; intervenes in private or public disputes to protect the public and maintain order; performs medical assistance when required to the highest level of training, including rescue, removal and transportation of victims; takes custody of persons and assists with mental commitment procedures for individuals in need of such assistance; appears in court as a witness to present evidence and testifies against persons accused of crimes; performs initial investigations and assists in the investigation of crimes involving adults and juveniles; gathers and processes evidence and prepares reports to be used in follow-up investigations; executes search warrants when necessary; recovers stolen property; interviews persons whose actions are suspicious; locates, observes and records the activities of known police characters on field interviews; reports defective traffic control devices and signals; reports hazardous street situations that may endanger traffic; issues citations for parking violations; participates in training programs; maintains current level of medical certification along with yearly certification in CPR; periodically qualifies and maintains certification in firearms; keeps a log of activities; interviews and obtains statements from witnesses, suspects and victims; locates lost or missing adults and juveniles and runaway children; takes photos and fingerprints on arrested subjects; operates the intoxilyzer during OWI and public intoxication arrests; serves warrants and subpoenas; gives tours of departmental facilities; seeks and develops sources of information, and gathers intelligence information; maintains skill level in the use of force and self defense techniques; maintains firearms and other issued equipment; operates radar equipment, provides directions and information when requested; gives verbal warnings; checks buildings for security; inspects establishments providing alcoholic beverages; maintains a current awareness of outside agencies for referral as possible long range solutions in disputes; conducts photo lineups; photographs injuries; reports street lamps not working; removes objects from the street; consults with supervisors to discuss the effectiveness of existing policies and procedures and recommends necessary changes; assists other City departments as required; cooperates and assists other law enforcement agencies on police related matters; captures and transports stray animals to the City pound; participates in the DARE and OFFICER FRIENDLY programs, if selected; participates in the city’s intercultural competency training and program; performs other related duties as required.


ESSENTIAL: Ability to read and understand departmental policies, rules, regulations, laws and police literature; ability to analyze situations and adopt a quick, effective and reasonable course of action giving due regard to the surrounding hazards and circumstances of each situation; ability to write clear and accurate reports; physical agility; ability to understand and follow oral and written directions; ability to exercise physical custody or control of persons, including resistive persons, as authorized by law; ability to safely operate an automobile under routine and emergency conditions; ability to safely unload and manipulate various firearms; ability to safely load, manipulate and accurately fire handguns and shoulder weapons; ability to successfully complete required classroom and field training courses; knowledge of diversity, equity and inclusion; demonstrated ability to follow a management philosophy that is input-oriented and values equity, problem solving and development of partnerships; demonstrated ability to work effectively as a member of a team; desire to be part of an organization that values service, people, integrity, responsibility, innovation and team work.


ESSENTIAL: Any combination of training and experience equivalent to graduation from high school, or possession of a GED equivalency certificate, successful completion of required Civil Service Examinations and experience working with a diverse workforce. College work in police-related courses is desirable.

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Iowa drivers license. Certification as a peace officer in Iowa or ability to satisfactorily complete the basic law enforcement course at the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy, which will certify the applicant as a peace officer and will certify the applicant in CPR and also as a First Responder.


APPLICATION: The City of Dubuque Civil Service Commission will be conducting a written examination and physical agility test for this position at 9:00 a.m. on January 26, 2019 on the University of Dubuque campus in Dubuque, Iowa. Check in will begin at 8:15 a.m. at the Veteran’s Memorial Indoor Practice Facility located at the north end of McCormick Street, on the University of Dubuque campus. Applicants must check in by 9:00 a.m. Please bring a photo identification to the test. Please submit a Civil Service Application to the City Personnel Office by 5:00 p.m. on December 21, 2018. Civil Service Application packets may be obtained at the City Personnel Office, City Hall, 50 West 13th Street, Dubuque, Iowa 52001-4864. The Civil Service application, benefit summary and job description are available at www.cityofdubuque.org/employment. The Personnel Office may be contacted at 563-589-4125 or citypers@cityofdubuque.org. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and possess a high school diploma or its equivalent at the time of appointment. A pre-employment drug screen and polygraph examination will be administered. Women, minorities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

SPECIAL NEEDS–DISABILITY SERVICES: Persons taking the Civil Service test for the position who may need reasonable accommodations or other service requirements during the administration of the test, should notify the City Personnel Office at 563-589 4125 by 5:00 p.m. on December 21, 2018.


Complete and return the civil service application by the specified deadline to register for the civil service examination. See Job Description for details.


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