Hiring Process

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