Atlantic - Full Time Patrol Officer

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Job Overview

Department Atlantic Police Department
TypeEntry Level
Job TitleFull Time Patrol Officer
Salary$56,945 - $65,901
Registration Fee$20.00
Location Atlantic, IA

Job Announcement

*Applications will be accepted until position filled*

Atlantic Police Department, IA Public Safety Jobs



The Atlantic Police Department is currently taking applications for the position of full time Patrolman.

If hired, an Iowa certified officer can receive a $7,500 sign on bonus (to be paid out over 2 years.) They will also receive a week (40hrs) of vacation and sick time upon hire. We are also offering; 1-1 years of service credit for each year worked for another agency towards longevity pay with our agency (up to 5 years.) Example: 5 years of service at current agency will count for 5 years credit with our department. New longevity/step rates were implemented in January of 2024. With this implementation, an officer with 5 years of service would receive an additional $2.35/hr  on their base pay (total of $31.98/hr.) 2 years of service would receive $1.80/hr on their base pay (total of $31.43/hr.)     

Hiring incentives and bonuses may be negotiated for qualified out of state certified officers.

Residency restrictions to be considered and approved at the discretion of the Chief.

The department will reimburse the $20 administrative fee paid by applicants to PoliceApp to the top candidates invited to move on past the initial testing and interviews.  

Applicants may visit to apply.

General Duties:

See Attached Job Description



  • Non-certified applicant will start at $27.63/HR
  • Upon completion of the academy, pay will be $28.69/HR
  • Certified applicants will start at $28.69/HR
  • Certified wage after 6 month probation will be 29.63/hr + union negotiated increase in July 2024.
  • City paid gym membership for passing yearly physical testing
  • $500 uniform allowance each year
  • $300 city contribution to a medical flex plan each year
  • Three paid personal holidays each year to be used at the officer’s discretion, with eight additional paid holidays throughout the year
  • Comp time earned at time and a half for each hour of overtime worked

Hiring Process:

  • Applications will be accepted until position is filled
  • Applicants will be contacted to schedule physical testing & formal interviews
  • POST and MMPI testing date TBD for selected candidates
  • Certified applicants will not have to complete the POST-test
  • If selected for further testing, candidates will be sent a second portion of the application used to perform a full background check
  • Before being hired, a candidate is required to pass a drug test and have a physical evaluation
  • A non-certified hire will be required to complete field training and pass the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy

Testing Requirements:

Qualifications and fitness testing requirements may be located on the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy website  

Iowa certified applicants will not be required to complete the physical testing and will be contacted to set up a formal interview. 


About the Atlantic Police Department/City of Atlantic:

  • Our department operates with 12 full time officers and 2 secretarial staff members
  • We work a 12 hour schedule consisting of every other weekend off for most officers
  • Load bearing vest are approved and facial hair is permitted after academy completion
  • Atlantic has a population of approximately 7,000
  • The Atlantic community, community leaders, & city administration are very supportive of our agency
  • Atlantic is located an hour west of Des Moines and an hour east of Omaha 
  • Search Atlantic Police Department on Facebook for information on community programs and outreach


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must be a United States citizen
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must have a valid driver’s license
  • ILEA certification is preferred
  • College education is preferred but not required
  • Military service will be highly considered
  • Must not have any felony convictions or convictions of other crimes involving moral turpitude

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Jobs close at 11:59 PM (Eastern) on the deadline date specified, or when the position capacity has been met, or unless otherwise specified in the announcement. If the deadline date is not specified in the announcement, the agency has sole discretion on setting the deadline and jobs may close without notice. It is the applicant's responsibility to thoroughly read and understand the deadline requirements and capacity limits as outlined by the agency.

Applicants are responsible for checking their email and logging into their PoliceApp, PublicSafetyApp, FireFighterApp or EmployementApp account to monitor for emails, scheduling and process updates.

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