LIVE. SERVE. LOVE IOWA.

Scroll down to read through the steps involved in becoming a Polk County Detention Officer

Des Moines has blossomed into a vibrant metro that’s one of the fastest growing in the nation. But we remain firmly rooted in Midwestern values that make central Iowa a great place to live and raise a family. Respect, hard work and a more relaxed pace of life. With affordable living costs and low commute times, there’s no wonder why more people are calling Des Moines home. 

DES MOINES WAS VOTED

TOP 5

PLACES TO LIVE IN THE US.
PCSO IS IOWA’S

LARGEST

SHERIFF’S OFFICE.
DES MOINES IS RANKED

TOP 3

IN THE US FOR AFFORDABLE LIVING.

Steps to Your New Career

PHASE 1 | Apply

How to Apply

Submit Application and required documents.

  • Applications and required documents must be turned in before the deadline.

After you have applied, you will be screened for employment eligibility. Once you are successfully screened, you will receive notification with instructions on the test scheduling listed in Phase 2.

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PHASE 2 | Testing

Written Examination

If accepted, you will be invited to attend our written examination.

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PHASE 3 | Background & Polygraph Examination

Polygraph Examination

After successfully completing the written examination listed in Phase 2, you will be scheduled for a polygraph exam. After completing your Polygraph, investigators will begin your Background Investigation.

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PHASE 4 | Psychological Evaluation

What to Expect

After successful completion of your polygraph and background investigation, applicants will then be scheduled for an MMPI and meet with a licensed psychologist.

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PHASE 5 | Health Exam

Exam Schedule

Upon the completion of Phase 4, eligible candidates will be scheduled a Health Exam appointment. During the Health Exam, the applicant will have a hearing and vision test to ensure the meet the minimum standards for employment.

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PHASE 6 | Command Staff Interview

What to Expect

All candidates who have successfully made it through Phases 1-5 will be interviewed by Polk County Jail Command Staff and place on an eligibility list for hire.

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PHASE 7 | Offer of Employment

What to Expect

After receiving an offer of employment, candidates will be required to submit to a drug screen and physical capacity test.

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Are you Ready?

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