Law Enforcement

Iowa Law Enforcement Academy - New Officer Basic Level II Certification

To become a certified police officer, Iowa law requires the successful completion of training at an approved law enforcement training facility. Hawkeye Community College has been designed as a Regional Law Enforcement Training Facility by the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy Council to provide certification training for officers who meet the enrollment requirements.

Officers must be certified within one year of their employment, unless the academy council has granted an extension under administrative rule 501-3.1(3) 80B.

Class Schedule

The Fall 2014 Basic Level II Academy will run September 8 - November 7, 2014. Request a registration packet.

Why Attend Hawkeye's Basic Level II Academy

Iowa Law Enforcement Basic Level II Academy courses are taught by active and recently retired law enforcement instructors. Officers wear uniforms approved by the Iowa Law Enforcement academy. They receive instruction in:

  • basic military etiquette to be followed while in the academy

  • law courses taught by assistant Black Hawk County attorneys

  • three-day interview and interrogation seminar taught by the CTK Group

  • use of force and decision making using the MILO simulation training system

  • TraCS (Traffic and Criminal Software) Computerized Accident Reporting system taught by the Iowa Department of Transportation

  • pursuit driving course that is conducted on a closed driving range

  • use of handguns, shotguns, and patrol rifles using the indoor and outdoor ranges at Hawkeye

Officers are also taught the skills they need to receive the following certifications.

  • Iowa Law Enforcement Emergency Care Providers (ILEECP) Certification

  • ASP Baton Certification

  • OC Spray Certification

They spend less time away from the job allowing sponsoring agencies to save money and resume to a full staff sooner. The sponsoring agency is also able to fill weekend staffing shortages with the officers.

Enrollment Requirements

To attend the Iowa Law Enforcement Basic Level II Academy, you must first be hired or sponsored by a law enforcement agency and satisfy the following eligibility requirements.

  1. Satisfactorily completed
    • a two or four-year Police Science or Criminal Justice program at an accredited educational institution
      OR
    • law enforcement training in another state commensurate with basic training required in Iowa, and be able to provide verification of same.
  2. Is a U.S. Citizen and a resident of Iowa or intend to become a resident upon being employed.

  3. Is 18 years of age at the time of appointment.

  4. Holds a valid Iowa Driver’s license.

  5. Is not addicted to drugs or alcohol [modified for Chapter 400 civil service positions by 400.17 of the Code of Iowa].

  6. Is of good moral character as determined by a thorough back ground investigation including a fingerprint search conducted of local, state, and national fingerprint files  and have not been convicted of a felony or a crime involving moral turpitude.

  7. Has successfully passed a physical fitness test adopted by the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy. See physical agility requirements in item 14;

  8. Is not by reason of conscience or belief opposed to the use of force, when necessary to fulfill that person’s duties.

  9. Has uncorrected vision of not less than 20/100 in both eyes, corrected to 20/20, and color vision consistent with the occupational demands of law enforcement.

  10. Has normal hearing in each ear. (Hearing aids are acceptable if a candidate can demonstrate sufficient hearing proficiency to perform all necessary duties of a law enforcement officer.)

  11. Has been examined by a physician and meets the physical requirements necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of a law enforcement officer.

  12. Undergo psychological testing.

  13. Undergo cognitive [Basic Skills] testing. (Paraphrased from the ILEA webpage, Frequently Asked Questions of the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy.)

  14. Must pass the physical agility requirements below.

    Males 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-59 60+
    Sit & Reach 16.5 15.5 14.3 13.3 12.5
    Sit-ups (1 min.) 38 35 29 24 19
    Push-ups (1 min.) 29 24 18 13 10
    1.5 mile run 12:51 13:36 14:29 15:26 16:43
    Females 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-59 60+
    Sit & Reach 19.3 18.3 17.3 16.8 15.5
    Sit-ups (1 min.) 32 25 20 14 6
    Push-ups (1 min.) 15 11 9 12 * 5 *
    1.5 mile run 15:26 15:57 16:58 17:54 18:44

Tuition - $3150

Tuition for the Iowa Law Enforcement Basic Level II Academy includes:

  • Iowa Law Enforcement Emergency Care Provider (ILEECP) certification course

  • admission to the three-day Interview and Interrogation seminar taught by the CTK Group

  • ammunition
    • lead-free 40-Cal, 45-Cal, 9mm and shotgun ammunition for training and qualification
    • Marking rounds for force-on-force training
  • use of a laptop computer during the academy

  • thumb drive containing all of the academy curriculum

  • use of the wellness facilities at the Health Education and Services Center during the academy

Housing

Many local hotels offer rooms at a government discount rate. This rate is available to officer during the academy. Request a registration packet for additional information.

Registration

The hiring or sponsoring law enforcement agency must complete a registration packet for the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy to verify that the officer has met the minimum standards for Iowa Law Enforcement Officers [administrative rule 501(80B)]. Request a registration packet for the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy at Hawkeye Community College.

Law Enforcement

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Nichole Anfinson
Health Education and Services Center 217B
319-296-4010
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Kevin Boldt
Health Education and Services Center 217B
319-296-4429
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