Public Safety Communicator/Jailor Desired Minimum Qualifications

-Graduation from a high school or GED equivalent with specialized course work in general office practices such as typing, filing, accounting or bookkeeping.

-Two years of increasingly responsible related experience, or any equivalent combination of related education and experience.

-Working knowledge of computers and electronic data processing; working knowledge of modern office practices and procedures; some knowledge of accounting principles and practices.

-Some skill in operation of the listed tools and equipment: communications switchboard, including computer-aided systems; personal computer including word processing software; copy machine; fax machine; radio.

-Ability to perform cashier duties accurately; ability to effectively meet and deal with the public; ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing; ability to handle stressful situations.

-Ability to operate radio and teletype communications.

-Ability to operate routine and E911 phones.

-Ability to pass any school or training to qualify the individual to operate the jail.




Patrolman Qualifications

-High school diploma or equivalent supplemented by a two year community college degree or vocational school training in police science, law enforcement, criminal justice administration, public administration, or a related field, or

-Three years’ experience as a full time certified police officer, or

-An equivalent combination of education and experience.

-Must be 21 years or older at the time of employment.

-Must possess, or be able to obtain by time of hire, a valid State of Iowa Driver’s License without record of suspension or revocation in any state.

-Felony convictions and disqualifying criminal histories within the past seven years are not allowed.

-U.S. citizen.

-Must be able to read and write the English language.

-Must be of good moral character and of temperate and industrious habits.

-Ability to meet Department's and State of Iowa's physical fitness standards (click here for Iowa Law Enforcement Academy information).


When we advertise for open employment positions, cover letters, resumes and applications should be submitted to:


Oelwein Police Department

501 Rock Island Road

Oelwein, IA 50662


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Minority and female individuals are encouraged to apply.

Equal Employment Opportunity.  A.A./E.E.O.


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Oelwein Police History

The Oelwein Police Department was established in 1903


The Oelwein Police Department was established in 1903 as the recognized law enforcement for the City of Oelwein

Currently the Oelwein Police Department employs:
10 Full Time Police Officers
4 Full Time Communications Operators
1 Administrative Assistant

4 Reserve (Volunteer) Police Officers


The Oelwein Police Department is located at 501 Rock Island Road, Oelwein, Iowa 50662.






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The Oelwein Police Department is presently accepting applications for the position of Police Officer.


Click below for an application. You must first save the file then it will open as a fillable pdf.


Oelwein Police Application


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