Employment & Internships

Applicants will be required to pass a physical agility test, Civil Service written test, written POST exam, psychological screening, pre-employment drug test, medical exam, interview, and background investigation. Current I.L.E.A. certified officers may waive physical agility and POST exam. Iowa Certified Peace Officers preferred but not required. Current ILEA Certified Officers are eligible for a $5,000 bonus.

Decorah Police Department is an equal opportunity employer.

Internship Applicants:

Anyone wishing to do an internship with the Decorah Police Department must submit your resume, along with a written narrative telling a little about yourself and what you want to gain from your internship with our department. Include in your application the number of hours required, approximate start and end dates, and any other requirements. Please submit your application via email to Capt. Scott Herrmann at sherrmann@decorahia.org.

Thank you for your interest.

Reserve Officer Information

  • Appointment: The position of Reserve Police Officer shall be appointed by the Chief of Police with the approval of the Mayor and City Council. Appointment is subject to meeting the minimum standards established by the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy. Reserves shall be under the supervision of the commanding officer of the shift to which the reserve is assigned.
  • Training: Reserves shall satisfactorily complete the established minimum training standards established by the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy, and shall complete that training within the required period.
  • Duties: Reserves shall serve as a police officer at the orders and at the discretion of the Chief of Police.   While in the actual performance of official duties, reserves shall be vested with the same rights,  privileges, obligations, and duties as any other police officer.
  • Uniform: Reserves shall at all times wear a uniform prescribed by the Department unless directed by the Chief of Police or his/her designee to wear alternative apparel for use when engaged in assignments involving special investigation.