Iowa Department of Public Safety

About Iowa Department of Public Safety

Iowa DPS: Dedication – Purpose - Service

For you, a day’s work is not just about showing up. You are looking for purpose and meaning in what you will be doing every day –in a job and in your career.

The Department of Public Safety is a unique statewide police agency that offers exciting, challenging and rewarding careers with advanced training and opportunities for growth that you won’t find anywhere else. Whether you see yourself working on the front lines as a Trooper or Special Agent or behind the scenes providing technical assistance and support in a civilian role, you will be making a difference to Iowans every day. Included with all this is a great salary and benefits plan: simply icing on the cake.

If you’re looking for the opportunity to start a journey with purpose on a high-performance team dedicated to serving and protecting others, search no more. Iowa’s premier and accredited law enforcement agency – DPS – is the home of the Iowa State Patrol, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Iowa Division of Intelligence and Fusion, Iowa State Fire Marshal, DPS Basic Academy and DPS Administrative Services. The Department serves the public safety needs of all Iowans with a mission to provide assistance to law enforcement agencies, including all Iowa’s 99 county sheriff’s offices and over 400 municipal police and fire departments.

We seek self-motivated women and men who are driven to perform at their personal best in our challenging and rewarding careers. We know that candidates, like you - who demonstrate the qualities of high personal ethics, superior physical and mental capabilities, and a commitment to serve and protect others - will be successful on our team.

As a law enforcement officer, you will have many opportunities to work in several different positions while living in your chosen geographic area of the state. Entry-level positions include Iowa State Patrol Trooper 1 (Capitol Complex in Des Moines), Iowa State Patrol Trooper 2 and Special Agent in the Division of Criminal Investigation. When you become a seasoned, established officer, you can request internal transfers between the divisions and work in either uniformed and/or non-uniformed law enforcement positions throughout the course of your career. DPS offers a wide variety of career paths for professional growth in areas like cyber investigations, professional services, training, interoperable communications, traffic safety, inspections and administration, and on specialized unties such as K-9 Handlers, Air Wing, Executive Protection and Tactical Units to name a few. All of these are possibilities for your future assignment(s).

Enriching and fulfilling civilian careers with DPS are available in positions such as criminal intelligence analysts, forensic science and evidence technicians, criminalists, fingerprint technicians, criminal history record specialists and auditors, accounting technicians, budget analysts, human resources technicians, procurement specialists, communications specialists and administrative assistants.

Women and men are encouraged to explore the many careers paths and outstanding benefits of the DPS. A career with DPS is far more than a job. It is a mission. Dedicate your future to becoming a part of the DPS family.

The State of Iowa is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment


Security Guard

August 2017 Iowa City, IA
“Very enjoyable work”

Division of Criminal Investigation Intern

June 2019 - August 2019 Des Moines, IA
“I honestly liked everything about this internship. The DCI is where I would like to work someday and this internship only confirmed my beliefs. ”
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