Hiring Process

Law Enforcement Career
Applications

Graduating seniors are encouraged to apply for the Burlington Police Department's Law Enforcement Career Scholarship.
Qualifications
Minimum Standards

All minimum standards for Iowa law enforcement officers must be satisfied. The applicant must:
  • Be a U. S. citizen and a resident of Iowa or intend to become a resident upon being employed
  • Be 18 years of age at the time of appointmment
  • Hold a valid Iowa driver's license
  • Not be addicted to drugs or alcohol [modified for Chapter 400 civil service positions by §400.17 of the Code of Iowa]
  • Be of good moral character as determined by a thorough background investigation including a fingerprint search conducted of local, state and national fingerprint files and have not been convicted of a felony or a crime involving moral turpitude
  • Successfully pass physical fitness tests
  • Not be opposed to use of force to fulfill duties
  • Be a high school graduate or hold a GED certificate
  • Have uncorrected vision of not less than 20 / 100 in both eyes, corrected to 20 / 20, and color vision consistent with the Occupational demands of law enforcement
  • Have normal hearing in each ear (hearing aids are acceptable if a candidate can demonstrate sufficient hearing proficiency to perform all necessary duties of a law enforcement officer)
  • Be examined by a physician and meet the physical requirements necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of a law enforcement officer
  • Undergo psychological testing
  • Undergo cognitive (Basic Skills) testing
Application Process
Each Burlington Police Department applicant must complete the following:
  • Physical Testing
  • Written Testing
  • Interviews
  • Conditional Offer of Employment
  • Background Investigation
  • Polygraph Examination
  • MMPI Test
  • Medical Physicals and Drug Screen
  • Iowa Law Enforcement Academy Basic Training
  • Field Training Program

Physical Testing
The minimal physical fitness performance requirements are as follows:

Male Fitness Requirements

Test
20 - 29 Years
30 - 39 Years
40 - 49 Years
50 - 59 Years
60+ Years
Sit and Reach
16.5 15.5 14.3 13.3 12.5
Sit-Ups for 1 Minute
38 Sit-Ups
35 Sit-Ups
29 Sit-Ups
24 Sit-Ups
19 Sit-Ups
Push-Ups for 1 Minute
29 Push-Ups
24 Push-Ups
18 Push-Ups
13 Push-Ups
10 Push-Ups
1 1/2 Mile Run
12 Minutes 51 Seconds
13 Minutes 36 Seconds
14 Minutes 29 Seconds
15 Minutes 26 Seconds
16 Minutes 43 Seconds

Female Fitness Requirements

Test 20 - 29 Years
30 - 39 Years
40 - 49 Years
50 - 59 Years
60+ Years
Sit and Reach
19.3 18.3 17.3 16.8 15.5
Sit-Ups for 1 Minute
32 Sit-Ups
25 Sit-Ups
20 Sit-Ups
14 Sit-Ups
6 Sit-Ups
Push-Ups for 1 Minute
15 Push-Ups
11 Push-Ups
9 Push-Ups
12 Push-Ups
5 Push-Ups
1 1/2 Mile Run
15 Minutes 16 Seconds
15 Minutes 57 Seconds
16 Minutes 58 Seconds
17 Minutes 54 Seconds
18 Minutes 44 Seconds