Police Officers

Hiring Incentive

The City of Marshalltown currently offers a $7,500 hiring incentive for Iowa Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) certified candidates hired by the department. This remains in effect until December 31, 2018. The hiring incentive will be paid to the certified hire over three payments: $2,500 paid immediately upon hire, $2,500 after one year of employment, and $2,500 after two years of employment.

Iowa Law Enforcement Academy

Upon hire, non-certified officers will attend the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy’s Basic Level I Training School. This is an extensive 16-week training program to obtain Iowa Peace Officer Certification.

Field Training Program

The Marshalltown Police Department is dedicated to providing quality training to newly hired police officers. The department has certified training officers to guide you through the ins and outs of this career through an approximate nine week training program upon graduation from ILEA.

Probationary Period

A non-certified police officer is on probation for nine months from their first day of work after certification from the Law Enforcement Academy. A certified police officer is on probation for nine months from their hire date.

Shift Schedules

Sworn employees are scheduled 84 hours in a two-week work cycle. Current 12 hour shifts are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. or 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. An example schedule consists of two days on, two days off, three days on, two days off, two days on, three days off. This rotation allows you a three-day weekend, every other week.

Specialty Positions

The Marshalltown Police Department offers many specialized assignments designed to stimulate personnel to explore new areas of interest to enhance the overall potential of the employee. Assignments include K-9 handler, Detective, Crime Prevention/Community Outreach, Drug Task Force, and School Resource Officer.

Other Responsibilities

The department also offers many collateral assignments, which are secondary to the officer’s primary duty. These assignments require specialized training to include Field Training Officer, Communications Training Operator, Crisis Negotiator, SWAT, Drug Recognition Expert, Law Enforcement / E911 Instructor, Traffic Investigator and Peer Support.