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Hiring

Now Hiring Certified Officers

$5,000 Hiring Bonus

Advanced Pay for Years of Service

Trooper 2 Salary Information:

Starting pay $62,150.40

2 Years = $64,937.60

3 Years = $67,745.60

5+ Years = $70,532.80

10 STEP SELECTION PROCESS

The selection process for the State of Iowa requires successfully completing ALL of the 10 phases shown below, including attending and graduating from the DPS Academy. Failing any step will result in elimination from the process.  Applicants are encouraged to produce the best test scores during each of the test phases so it allows the greatest opportunity for a Conditional Offer and Final Offer of Employment.

Benefits & FAQ

Learn about benefits provided by Iowa DPS and some answers to frequently asked questions.

DPS Academy: TRAIN THE BEST, TO BE THE BEST

Our goal at the Iowa Department of Public Safety is to develop well trained, self disciplined individuals who are mentally mature, physically sound, and emotionally stable. Our intense training program is designed to keep you and the public safe. From the moment you walk into the academy until the day you hit the streets, you will be professionally trained and equipped to be successful throughout your career. We earn our reputation at the Iowa Department of Public Safety.

Administrative Services
DIVISIONS:

JOIN DPS IN A PROFESSIONAL CAREER

There are so many ways to help the community and be a part of a great team here at Iowa DPS. Explore the opportunities we have to offer in a professional career.

Administrative Services

SPECIAL ASSIGNMENTS

EXECUTIVE PROTECTION | TRAVEL | EVENTS

We provide opportunities to work within the community at some of Iowa’s most spectacular events and venues. Air Wing, Chaplain Program, Crisis Negotiators, Honor Guard, Public Resource Officer Unit, Technical Collision Investigation (TI) Unit, K-9 Unit, Commercial Motor Vehicle Unit Program, Narcotics, Criminal Investigation, and so much more. Explore what we have to offer, and find your calling.

Iowa State Patrol

Commercial Motor Vehicle Unit

We are looking for driven people committed to keeping the people of Iowa safe. The Iowa Department of Public Safety offers endless opportunities for a fulfilling career. Explore the possibilities and choose your path.

Iowa State Patrol

WE ARE HERE TO SERVE THE STATE OF IOWA

We proudly wear the Iowa Nice badge and working with the Iowa community is our passion. We aren’t serving strangers, we are helping friends, neighbors, fans, and family. You won’t find another community as friendly and supportive as the one we have here in Iowa.

Division of Narcotics Enforcement

DIVISION OF NARCOTICS ENFORCEMENT

You have a chance to make a difference in your community here at Iowa DPS. We are determined to clean the drugs off our streets. We target major drug related crimes and partner with outside state and Federal agencies. If you are dedicated and determined to make a difference, this is the Division for you.

Division of Criminal Investigation

DIVISION OF CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION

Our opportunities within the DCI allows you to investigate the highest profile crimes across the State of Iowa. Our Criminal Investigation unit is the gold standard in solving crimes working with local and federal agencies. The options are endless, and you will be supported every step of the way to help achieve your goals.

State Fire Marshal



State Fire Marshal’s Office

At Iowa DPS we offer opportunities you won’t find anywhere else, there is always room for professional growth. If you are looking for a challenge, seeking success, Iowa DPS is home.

Iowa State Patrol

WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP AT IOWA DPS

We have so many amazing and inspiring success stories here at Iowa DPS, and we are looking to add even more. See how you can get started in this exciting career. Great pay, great benefits, and work anywhere in the State. Take the first step to a rewarding and fulfilling career.

BE ELITE

See why the Iowa DPS is the most respected, honored, and admired law enforcement agency in the State.

Iowa State Patrol

Now Hiring

OPPORTUNITIES WITHIN THE IOWA DPS

There are so many ways to help the community and be a part of a great team here at Iowa DPS. Explore the opportunities we have to offer in a professional career.

DIVISIONS:

INSTAGRAM

Our days may be longer, but our dedication to keeping Iowa safe never rests. 🌞 Happy #SummerSolstice!
On June 19, 1865, in the aftermath of the Civil War, enslaved people were declared free under the terms of the 1862 Emancipation Proclamation. Today, Iowa DPS honors and recognizes the anniversary of this important day in American history. 

#Juneteenth
Today, we honor and celebrate all the incredible fathers and father figures who serve in Iowa DPS. Your dedication and bravery not only keep our communities safe but also set a powerful example of strength, commitment, and compassion for your families and all Iowans.

Your sacrifice and service are deeply appreciated. We wish you a day filled with love, joy, and special moments with your loved ones. 

Happy Father's Day! 🚔👨‍👧‍👦🚨

#FathersDay
This past week, @iowa_dps and the Iowa State Patrol had the incredible opportunity to join forces with the @iowanationalguard at the Southeast IANG Fitness Camp in Middletown. A huge thank you to 1st Sgt. Jesse Howard for the invitation.

Our own Director of the Professional Development and Support Services Division, Mitch Mortvedt, had the chance to speak to students about the importance of teamwork, leadership, and the honor of serving your community and state. For Mitch and many others on the DPS team, it's about being a part of something bigger than ourselves.

🏋‍♂ Another highlight was the Jeremy Fulk JJF Hero Workout. This powerful tribute to ISP Colonel Nathan Fulk's brother brought us together in strength, not just physically, but in our shared commitment to honor and remember our heroes. The workout was intense: 5 rounds of running, pull-ups, kettlebell swings, push-ups, sit-ups, and air squats. A true testament to our strength and resilience.

To all the young athletes and future leaders who joined us, remember: our communities and state need you. You have the potential for greatness, to stand for what is right, and to make a difference. 🌟

#JoinIowaDPS #FitnessCamp #LawEnforcementCareers #IANG 

Photo credit: @iowaarmynationalguard

Sworn Officer Positions

Our next DPS Basic Academy (sworn officer) application process will open on January 19, 2024. Applications for the DPS academy process will be available at that time.

Applications are now closed.

To apply for a sworn officer position, please complete the link below.

Peace Officer Candidate (Non-Sworn)

If you are interested in working with Iowa DPS as a Peace Officer Candidate at Post 16, please visit the link below.

Civilian Positions

If you are interested in working with Iowa DPS in a civilian role, please visit the link below.