Employment Opportunities

Police Officer


Seeking dedicated, hard-working, team-oriented individuals to perform a wide range of law enforcement and crime prevention duties for the safety and protection of life and property in the Johnston community. Johnston Police Officers preserve peace, restore order, and serve in the best interests of community safety; they regularly engage in problem-solving, community education/outreach and critical thinking; officers perform investigative work in preparation of arrests and criminal prosecution.

This position requires a high school diploma or equivalent and sixty (60) semester credit hours from an accredited university or college as well as meeting all of the requirements of the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy. Full-time military or law enforcement officer experience may be substituted for college/university credits as follows: each one year of full-time experience equates to 15 semester credit hours. ILEA certified candidates, or equivalent out of state peace officer certification, may be given preference. 

Click here to apply today. Click here (PDF) to view the full job description.

Click here to watch Officer Goodwin's story about the importance of finding her place. 
Click here to watch Officer Slack's story on the importance of being an SRO.
Click here to watch Officer Yeager's story on why he became an officer. 

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