FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS OF THE IOWA LAW ENFORCEMENT ACADEMY
How do I apply to come to the Law Enforcement Academy?
You must be hired by or sponsored by a Law Enforcement Agency before attending the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy.
What requirements must I meet in order to get hired by an Agency?
All minimum standards for Iowa law enforcement officers must be satisfied:
The person must
Do I have to meet these requirements if I am hired as chief of police?
Yes. They apply to the hiring of all full-time and part-time officers in all cities in Iowa regardless of population.
Can some agencies apply different tests and higher standards than the minimum state standards?
Yes they can as long as all of the minimum standards and tests are successfully passed prior to hire.
Will I be tested on the physical fitness minimums again after I have been hired?
Yes before entry into any of the law enforcement certification training programs you will be re-tested to make sure you meet the minimum hiring PT standards.
Can only certified officers be hired?
No. Officers have one year from the date of their employment in which to become certified through the successful completion of training at an approved law enforcement training facility. This must be accomplished in order to remain eligible for continued employment. However, liability implications in placing untrained officers on duty should be very carefully considered.
I am an officer who has been trained and certified in another state. Do I still have to go through the Academy?
No, providing that the person has actually served as a sworn officer in the other state within twelve months before the hiring date in Iowa, and that the training received for certification in the other state was at least 160 hours. The person may then be eligible for Certification Through Examination in Iowa. Application must be made to the Academy within 120 days after hiring. All minimum standards for Iowa law enforcement officers must be met prior to hiring. Although you may not have to attend the Academy to receive certification it is strictly up to the hiring agency if they want you to attend.
I am an officer who is already certified and who is working for another jurisdiction. Does that person still have to meet the minimum standards?
Certified Iowa law enforcement officers who move from one Iowa agency to another with no more than a six month break in service are not required to reverify compliance with minimum standards; however, a background investigation including fingerprint checks and psychological examination are necessary prior to hiring. Agencies may establish additional standards. Civil service provisions and requirements, if any, still apply.
We wish to hire a person who has undergone radial keratotomy (Lasik) and whose vision is now within standards. Is this acceptable?
The minimum standards for Iowa law enforcement officers do not address the radial keratotomy procedure; thus it is within the discretion of each individual hiring authority, who must certify to the Academy that all hiring standards have been met, to make that determination. If the question arises, the Academy strongly recommends consultation with appropriate eye doctors.
Can someone's attendance be "sponsored" at the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy?
Yes. Due to legal changes sponsorship, is now an option for application to the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy. We now accept students not yet hired but who are instead sponsored by Iowa Law Enforcement Agencies. See your local Law Enforcement Agencies for sponsorship opportunities.
Can our city send our reserve officers through the Academy?
No. Reserve officers' function under Chapter 80D of The Code of Iowa and their training is provided by the law enforcement agency for which they are appointed.
Will my training at the Law Enforcement Academy count as credit at other Colleges or Universities?
Some Community Colleges accept attendance at the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy as college credit. Check with your registrars office or the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy for details.
Can I attend other colleges in Iowa to receive Certification as a Law Enforcement Officer?
Some Community Colleges have programs where hired officers can attend certification programs provided they have a two-year or a four-year degree in Criminal Justice or Police Science. Again, all pre-employment minimum hiring standards must be met.
There are also several Regional Training Sites including sites run by the Des Moines Police Department, the Cedar Rapids Police Department, and the Department of Public Safety.
These answers are synopsized primarily from 501 Iowa Administrative Code, Chapters 2 and 3, the rules of the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy adopted pursuant to Chapters 80B and 80D of the Code of Iowa. Full details and complete information is more fully set forth therein. For copies and additional information please contact the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy by e-mail at ILEA Web Admin, phone (515) 725-9600 or fax (515) 725-9636.
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