Join the Cedar Falls Public Safety Department

Have you felt you are destined for more? Becoming a public safety officer with the Cedar Falls Public Safety Department gives you the opportunity to positively impact the lives of others, conquer challenges, and make a lasting difference by protecting and serving your community. 


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Be the difference. Find your future.

If you are seeking to help your community, you have a great opportunity in Cedar Falls! Cedar Falls Public Safety utilizes a cross-training program to help officers efficiently serve their city and gain valuable skills in multiple areas. Cedar Falls is home to a dedicated police division and fire division. Officers are certified and trained in both areas and then assigned yearly to either Cedar Falls Fire Rescue or the Cedar Falls Police Department. This not only helps you grow but allows you to experience a wider variety of available shifts, hours, and assignments to avoid burnout fatigue and stay active.


Police, Fire, SWAT, Hostage Negotiation Team, Bike Patrol, School Resource Program, Training Unit 


Healthcare Benefits, Competitive Salary, Tuition Assistance Available

Cedar Falls Public Safety is represented by the Teamsters Union


Applicants must submit proof of two years post-high school education consisting of 60 semester or 90-quarter credit hours from an accredited college or university with their application. In lieu of this, proof of Firefighter I & II certifications from the State of Iowa must be submitted and five years of public safety experience, including Firefighter or Police Officer experience, is required.

Candidates must also: Meet the minimum hiring standards of the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy (see for physical agility and other requirements) and successfully complete entry testing; possess, or have the ability to obtain and maintain, a valid Iowa driver's license with a good driving record; and successfully complete a post-offer, pre-employment physical exam including drug screen, background investigation, and polygraph exam. Applicants hired with the above college/university credits but without a State of Iowa Firefighter I certification will be required to obtain within three years from their employment date.

The mission of the Cedar Falls Public Safety Department is to enhance the quality of life, safety, and security of our community.