$42,325.92 – $57,264.48 Annually
Wanted: One amazing human being. Strong in heart, generous in spirit, hungry to make a difference in the lives of others.
The officers of the Newton Police Department are essential staff that are forward-thinking, trustworthy, and dedicated to serving our community with integrity and respect. When you join us, you will use your unique skills and character to do important and meaningful work critical to the success of our organization and our community.
We provide competitive salary, outstanding benefits, $1,000 hiring bonus, and up to $2,000 reimbursement of moving expenses. We would love to have you join us. Apply today.
Under the supervision of the Sergeant and Corporal, the Police Officer performs duties in the protection of life and property and the preservation of order in the City of Newton. The employee in this position enforces all federal, State and local laws in accordance with departmental rules and regulations. Patrol duties include enforcing traffic laws, investigation of crimes and accidents, and providing public assistance. This employee will be required to exercise initiative and discretion when faced with emergency conditions. The Police Officer will be required to work rotating shifts, holidays, weekends and special events as assigned. This work involves an element of personal danger.
- Enforces all federal, state, and local laws and ordinances;
- Patrols streets of business district and residential neighborhoods;
- Investigates suspicious conditions and complaints;
- Searches for, collects and identifies evidence found at crime scenes;
- Arrests individuals who violate laws and ordinances;
- Appears in court as the arresting officer or to give evidence;
- Investigates and intervenes in domestic disputes;
- Directs traffic and issues citations for traffic law violations;
- Investigates accidents;
- Operates radio transmittal equipment and communicates with dispatchers;
- Answers citizen complaints and takes necessary corrective action;
- Attends classes on current supreme court decisions affecting searches, seizures, arrests and other related matters;
- Attend firearm and equipment training;
- Assists other law enforcement agencies;
- Works at a desk preparing reports;
- Gives advice on laws, ordinances, and general information to the public;
- May give talks to schools and local organizations;
- May deliver emergency or death messages;
- May handle drug related cases;
- May serve as a Field Training Officer or K-9 Unit Officer.
Listed below are the Police Officer minimum qualifications:
- Must be a citizen of the United States
- You must be 21 years of age at the time of appointment.
- You must have a high school diploma or GED.
- You must successfully pass a polygraph test, medical, drug and psychological examination.
- You must successfully pass a background investigation.
- Must live within 40 miles of 1st and Main within 12 months.
- Must have a valid driver’s license with a good driving history.
Will be permanently disqualified for:
- Conviction, expunged or diversion for domestic violence.
- Involved, convicted, expunged, diversion of any felony which also includes sale of illegal or prescription drugs.
- Convicted of a crime involving acts of dishonesty.
- Physical or mental condition which adversely affects the ability to perform essential functions of law enforcement officer with reasonable skill, safety and judgment.
- Found to lack moral character.
- Numerous misdemeanor convictions.
- Discharged from the military with less than honorable conditions with possible exceptions made for medical discharges.
May be disqualified for:
- For use of marijuana or other THC products within the last 12 months, may be disqualified after 1 year, case-by-case depending on age and frequency of use.
- Illicit use of any Illegal drug or hallucinogenic within 5 years other than a THC based product, case-by-case depending on age and frequency of use.
- Illicit use or possession of a medication not prescribed or established pattern of prescribed medication abuse.
Applicants who receive notification for testing will be given the following test(s):
National Police Officer Selection Test:
This test has 4 sections. Each section must be completed with a 70% or higher passing score. Additional information and/or study guides for the test can be located here:
Physical Agility Test:
The Newton Police physical agility course is approximately 312 yards total distance and consists of the following:
- Applicant will begin seated in the driver’s seat of a patrol vehicle with seatbelt on;
- Applicant will be given a suspect description;
- Upon the command to begin, applicant will have three minutes to complete the testing;
- Unbuckle and exit vehicle;
- Run to the first 6′ chain link fence (88 yards) and go over it;
- Run to the second 6′ chain link fence (17 yards) and go over it;
- Run (83 yards) to the drag dummy (100 lbs.) and drag it up a small hill for approximately 11 yards (an officer will instruct the applicant when they have completed this task);
- Run to the picnic table (52 yards) and ID the suspect from the description previously given, remember the number listed at the bottom of the suspect chosen. Applicant will give this number at the end of the course to the officer conducting the course;
- Run to the push-up area (23 yards) and complete 15 form pushups. “The correct set-up for a standard push-up is to position your hands shoulder-width apart, or a little wider. As you bend your elbows and lower toward the ground, your elbows should be at about a 45-degree angle to your body.” An Officer will let the applicant know when they have completed the task. The officer will also instruct the applicant to complete another push-up if the push-up is not to standard;
- Run (24 yards) through the sand (playground area) to a picnic table and get over the table;
- Run to the start location (14 yards) and touch the hood of the patrol vehicle. This will stop the clock. Give the officer the number listed from the suspect photo.
If you cannot meet these qualifications, you will not be considered for a Police Officer position.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of federal, state, and local laws and ordinances, law enforcement techniques and emergency medical techniques. Good oral and written communication skills. Ability to operate a radar unit, patrol vehicle, communications equipment, weapons, and related law enforcement equipment. Typing and basic computer skills.
Frequent problem solving exists in this position. Problems involve handling citizen complaints, civil disputes, victim trauma, finding evidence for conviction of a crime, and locating witnesses.
Frequent decision making exists in this position. Decision include determining whether to issue a warning or a citation, make an arrest and when to use force in a situation and whether there is probable cause to make an arrest.
Employee is responsible for keeping the peace and making arrests according to specified legal operating procedures.
The City of Newton is an EEO/ADAAA employer striving to be inclusive and representative of our community. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.