Special Agent, Division of Criminal Investigation

Counties Across Iowa
Des Moines
595-Public Safety
This is a courtesy posting for a non-merit position. Please follow instructions in the “To apply” section for directions on how to apply for this position.
Special Agent:
Under general supervision, a Special Agent assigned to the Division of Criminal Investigation conducts criminal investigations related to alleged violations of Iowa law; or conducts complex background investigations; or performs forensic examinations of computers; or reviews unsolved cases for further investigation; performs related work as required.

Job duties include, but are not limited to the following: 

  • Collects, collates, and disseminates information concerning the activities of those believed involved in criminal activity; predicts crime trends and patterns and produces intelligence reports related to criminal activity.
  • Conducts background and criminal investigations of persons and organizations; coordinates efforts to insure the integrity of gaming in the State of Iowa.
  • Properly handles sensitive intelligence and/or terrorism information and utilizes proper dissemination caveats.
  • Conducts intelligence work in accordance with federal and state laws.
  • Prepares comprehensive written reports so as they accurately reflect all information gathered in the course of an investigation.
  • As required, operates undercover to secure evidence and information; maintain surveillance of persons or established locations.

A complete list of job responsibilities can be found at www.DPScareers.com.


  • Applicants for a position as a Special Agent II with the Division of Criminal Investigation or Division of Narcotics Enforcement must possess a Bachelor of Arts/Science degree from an accredited college or university, preferably in criminal justice, political science, business, social science, accounting or other related fields;


  • Have three (3) years of law enforcement experience as a sworn federal, state, or local police officer and at least sixty (60) semester hours (or equivalent quarter hours), or hold an Associate in Arts degree from an accredited college or university;


  • Have five (5) years of law enforcement experience as a sworn federal, state, or local peace officer.

For additional ways to qualify, please click on this link to view additional requirements and minimum qualifications.

An applicant must be at least eighteen (22) years of age upon graduation from the academy.
Positions in this class are exempt from the screening and referral requirements of the Iowa Department of Administrative Services – Human Resources Enterprise. Apply directly to the Department of Public Safety.

Note: Testing dates for Physical Fitness and P.O.S.T. Exam are as follows:

  • Thursday, December 29, 2016 or
  • Friday, December 30, 2016 or
  • Friday, January 6, 2017 or
  • Saturday, January 7, 2017 or
  • Sunday, January 8, 2017

To begin the application process, visit www.dpscareers.com to review minimum qualifications, the 10 step selection process and submit the registration form by December 9, 2016.

Follow instructions on www.dpscareers.com as additional information will be provided to those who qualify. If you are having difficulties applying online, please call the Department of Public Safety Peace Officer Applicant Coordinator.



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