To be a police officer in the State of Iowa, a person must be certified by the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA). The Iowa Legislature has given ILEA authority "to set standards for the law enforcement service" in the State of Iowa. If a person cannot or will not meet these standards, they cannot be certified. Local jurisdictions may use stricter criteria than ILEA to select police officer candidates. A detailed explanation for the minimum standards for Iowa Law Enforcement officers can be found in the "Code of Iowa," Chapters 80B & 400, plus the "Iowa Law Enforcement Academy’s Administrative Rules." Some of the criteria for Carroll police officers are as follows.
- Be able to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodations.
- Have reached the age of 21 years by the established date of the written examination.
- All Carroll full-time officers will become members of the Municipal Fire and Police Retirement System of Iowa. Mandatory retirement age is 65. (See Chapter 411, "Code of Iowa")
- Be a graduate of an accredited high school, or possess an equivalency certificate (GED).
- Be a citizen of the United States and a resident of the State of Iowa or intends to become a resident upon being employed. (The Chief of Police will establish reasonable maximum distances outside of the corporate city limits in which police officers must live).
- Is not by reason of conscience or belief opposed to the use of force when appropriate or necessary to fulfill his/her duties.
- Be able to speak, read, and write the English language.
- Not be addicted to alcohol or drugs. The City of Carroll has a vital interest in maintaining safe, healthful, and efficient working conditions for its employees. Being under the influence of a drug or alcohol poses serious safety and health risks, not only to the user, but to all those who work with or come into contact with the user. The possession, use, or sale of an illegal drug or alcohol in the workplace poses unacceptable risks to the safe, healthful, and efficient operations.
- Be of good moral character. (This implies that the conduct or character of any applicant must be such that his/her job performance as a police officer would not be impeded in any manner.)
- Not have been convicted of a felony or a crime involving moral turpitude. Moral turpitude is defined as "an act of baseness, vileness, or depravity in the private and social duties that a person owes to another person, or to society in general, contrary to the accepted and customary rule of right and duty between person and person." It might include "justice, honesty, or good morals." It might include "income tax evasion, perjury, assault, theft, indecent exposure, sex crimes, conspiracy to commit a crime, domestic abuse, stalking, illegal drug sales, or any offense in which a weapon was used in the commission of the crime.”
- Must have a valid Iowa driver's or chauffeur’s license at the time of employment.
- Following hire, officers of the Carroll Police Department may not smoke or use any other tobacco product while on or off duty. This is a condition of employment.