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Estherville Police Department Careers


The Lakes Area Law Enforcement Employment Co-op is a group of 11 law enforcement agencies from a four county area in NW Iowa.

All of the agencies listed below share the financial costs of eligibility testing of applicants. This also makes the application process more efficient for the applicants as well as the law enforcement agencies.

Once an applicant has gone through the testing process, he or she will be eligible to apply for open positions in any of the agencies in our co-op that they may choose.

All law enforcement positions in these 11 agencies will be filled by applicants who have gone through the testing process.

Armstrong Police Department
Arnolds Park Police Department
Clay County Sheriff's Office
Dickinson County Sheriff's Office
Emmetsburg Police Department
Estherville Police Department
Lake Park Police Department
Milford Police Department
Okoboji Police Department
Spencer Police Department
Spirit Lake Police Department

Testing is done annually. Please check the "breaking news" section on our homepage for upcoming announcements about job opportunities and eligibility testing.

Estherville Police Reserve

Since 1982 Estherville has maintained an active police reserve unit and has trained over fifty officers. Many of these officers have accepted police officer positions with police departments including the one in Estherville. The Estherville Police Department takes pride in the reserve officers and considers them to be full-time partners. The groups interact regularly in their social life, training, and community.

The hired reserve officer enjoys the benefits and rewards of serving as a law enforcement officer. As college students, reserve officers gain practical experience, a working understanding of the tools and tactics of law enforcement, and opportunities to build friendships with members of the department. Many reserve officers find this experience valuable when seeking full-time positions after graduation. Often, officers find reserve experience to be a key factor contributing to their being hired. Skills learned as a reserve officer will benefit an individual for a lifetime.

The Estherville Police Reserve has a proud history and was originally composed of ten officers. Our present group of reserve officers claims more than seventy years of combined experience.

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Reserve officers will certify in the following:
  •     handgun
  •     shotgun
  •     impact weapons
  •     chemical weapons
  •     radar
  •     stop stick deployment

Reserve officers will receive training in the following:

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              • laws of arrest
              • vehicle pursuits
              • defensive tactics
              •  high-risk patrol
              •  basic first aid
              •  evidence collection
              •  domestic assault calls
              •  PBT operation
              •  police radio operation
              •  traffic accident investigation
              •  child abuse investigations
              •  riot control
              •  traffic direction    
              •  vehicle searches
Applications for the Estherville Police Reserve are available at Estherville Police Department Headquarters, 114 North 6th St., Estherville, Iowa 51334.
Estherville Police Department Citizens Academy

Estherville Citizen's Academy


We encourage all citizens to apply to attend the Estherville Citizen's Academy.

The academy meets once a week for 3-1/2 hours. The complete academy lasts 8 weeks. Most of the training is "hands on".

We cover the following topics:


    S.W.A.T. operations
    drunk driving
    defensive tactics
    high-risk traffic stops
    child abuse
    undercover operations
    child prostitution

citizensacademy-1Upon graduation from the academy, each participant is awarded a diploma and given an academy T-shirt. There will be a background check conducted on all applicants.

Join us. It's an exciting way for you to learn how you can make a positive difference!