Community Service Intern

Community Service Interns (CSI’s) work cooperatively with the Police Department to provide neighborhood based public services and other community outreach support to the residents as required. CSI’s are typically criminal justice students interested in law enforcement careers. The program serves as an excellent opportunity to develop future leaders and provides recruitment opportunities for police officer positions.


Community Service Interns provide various public services to City residents in cooperation with the Police Department.

Successful candidates will possess conflict resolution skills, the ability to work independently, and the ability to multi-task.

Work Schedule: Minimum of 15 hours/week; maximum of 20 hours/week. Varied shifts between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m., which may include weekends and holidays.

This is a summer only internship.


Works cooperatively with the Police Department to provide neighborhood based public services and providing other community outreach support to the residents as required.

Routinely performs foot, bike or vehicle patrol through the downtown and City parks to identify and address potential problems. Reports issues or incidents to the appropriate City personnel, assists with animal welfare and pet licensing issues. Assists with resolving other related problems.

Responds to routine, lower-priority police calls for service, such as abandoned vehicles, parking complaints, business security or vacation house checks, and lost and found. Assists Police Officers as needed at special events with traffic direction and general security, and with any other type of call as deemed necessary. Assists with crime prevention and community policing programs. Deploys speed monitor devices in targeted enforcement areas. Documents and completes required case reports on dispatched calls.

Researches information; analyzes data and compiles and prepares various reports and other related documents.


1. High school diploma or equivalent.

2. Valid driver's license and a good driving record

3. Currently enrolled in college or technical college with a minimum of (30) credits and pursuing a degree in Social Work, Public Administration, Urban Studies, Criminal Justice, Sociology, Police Science, or related field and interested in a law enforcement career.

4. Minimum 3.0 GPA in their major and 2.6 GPA overall.

5. Must be enrolled in an internship program and have a written recommendation from a professor.

6. Must have acceptable personal and professional history as determined by successfully completing a background investigation.

A combination of equivalent experience and/or education may be considered.


Good knowledge of computers including word processing software skills.Good skill in problem solving, multi-tasking and group dynamics. Considerable skill in effectively dealing with people of diverse incomes, age and cultural levels, and ability to handle conflict situations.

Ability to organize and prioritize work with little supervision. Ability to work in a variety of weather conditions. Ability to learn and apply applicable City ordinances and regulations. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff and the public, a team player. Ability to work the required hours of the position.


This internship position is compensated at $11.50 per hour on a bi-weekly basis. No other form of compensation or benefits are offered or provided.

Please email resume, cover letter, transcripts and letter of recommendation to by March 1, 2019. 

Contact Police Chief Rob Burdess with questions: 641-791-0850

Police Officer

The Newton Police Department is accepting applications for the position of entry level (non-certified) and lateral (certified) police officers

Certified officers seeking to qualify under the lateral police officer  program must meet the following conditions: In-state applicants must hold a current ILEA certification and have, at minimum, successful completion of a field training program and two (2) years of experience upon hire with less than a 180-day break in service. Out-of-state certified applicants who have graduated from a state POST certified academy must have a minimum of four (4) years of law enforcement experience with less than a 180-day break in service.

Applicants must meet the minimum hiring requirements set forth by the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy and section 400.17 of the Code of Iowa.  An associate degree in criminal justice or a related field and ILEA certification is preferred but not required.  

Starting salary is $51,132 for non-certified or up to $61,308 for certified officers plus excellent benefits.  Eligible certified officers may receive a training bonus of up to for successful completion of field training.

Apply for the job here. Applications must be completed online and submitted by Friday, December 28, 2018.

The City of Newton Police Department is located at 101 W. 4th St. S., Newton, IA 50208. If you have questions, please contact the Newton Police Department at 641-791-0850.

The City of Newton is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

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