Become an Officer

Job Openings

For information regarding current openings, please visit the Employment Opportunities page.   If we are not taking applications, you may register to be notified of Police Officer openings when the application process begins again.  

Police Officer Informational Brochure (PDF Download)

2024-2026 FOP Contract (PDF Download)

Previously, officers were required to live within 30 miles of the Council Bluffs Police Department.  This requirement has been changed.  Officers will be required to live within 60 driving miles of the Council Bluffs Police Department.

Currently Certified Police Officers 

Starting Pay

New employees, who at the time of hire, are currently certified law enforcement officers and have appropriate sworn experience as stated below are eligible for lateral transfer if they meet the following conditions:

  1. Completion of 2-4 years of service shall be paid at Step 3
  2. Completion of 4-5 years of service shall be paid at Step 4
  3. Completion of 5 or more years of service shall be paid at Step 5

Hiring Bonus

The Council Bluffs Police Department will pay a $10,000 hiring bonus to any certified peace officer who successfully completed the hiring process, accepts a position with the City, and whose certification is from the State of Iowa or a state that the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy recognizes and has a reciprocal agreement with. To be eligible, the candidate will be required to present current certification from the law enforcement institution/academy they attended. If the certification is not from the State of Iowa, the Police Department will verify with the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy that they will accept the certification. 

The hiring bonus will be subject to the following payout schedule:   

  1. $5,000 will be paid on the first payroll check following the successful completion of 30 days of employment.  
  2. $5,000 will be paid on the first payroll check following the successful completion of the 9 month probationary period.  
  • Failure to comply with the above stated requirements will result in a forfeiture of the payment.  
  • All hiring bonus payments made to a qualified officer are subject to any and all legal withholding obligations. 

The Iowa Law Enforcement Academy's requirements for Out-of-State Officers may be found here.  All newly hired officers are required to attend Field Training.

Iowa Law Enforcement Academy (non-certified persons)

For people interested in starting a career in law enforcement, basic training is conducted at the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy.   Requirements to attend the academy can be found on the Academies FAQ's page.  The sixteen week course is held at Camp Dodge in Johnston Iowa.  Basic training for new officers can be viewed here.  Upon completion of the academy, officers are required to attend Field Training.

Police Officer Job Description

Download a PDF of the Police Officer Job Description


The City of Council Bluffs offers very competitive wages and benefits for it's officers.  Sworn officers wages are dictated by the FOP Lodge #1 Union Contract with the City.  Benefits include the following:

  1. Base salary of $29.15 to $45.54 per hour (effective July 1, 2023)
  2. Full pay for attending the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy and Field Training.
  3. Shift differential for afternoon and night shift officers
  4. Longevity pay based on years of service
  5. Cash or compensatory time for overtime, double time for overtime on holidays
  6. Annual uniform allowance
  7. Two to five weeks of vacation each year, depending on years of service
  8. Eleven paid holidays per year
  9. Twelve paid sick days per year, up to a maximum of 1040 hours
  10. Up to four perfect attendance days per year after probationary period.
  11. Free 24/7 gym membership to the gym at the Police Station
  12. Paid Medical, dental, vision, and prescription Insurance with a minimal contribution by the employee
  13. Downloadable information on copays and deductibles for insurance
  14. Flexible medical and dependent care spending accounts available for employee contributions
  15. Life Insurance policies
  16. Retirement through the Municipal Fire and Police Retirement System of Iowa (MFPRSI): 23.90% City / 9.40% Employee contribution
  17. Pre & post tax 457B deferred compensation plans
  18. Quarterly training and top of the line training facilities
  19. Optional FOP Lodge #1 membership

The City of Council Bluffs Human Resources Department can answer any questions you may have regarding employee benefits.  They can be reached by phone at (712) 890-5270