Join Our Team

The men and women of the Johnston Police Department are dedicated to ethical conduct, driven by personal integrity, and committed to professional excellence. The Department’s mission is to prevent disorder and protect human life, individual rights, and personal property by providing comprehensive community-centered services. Members are focused on policing for the community through proactive outreach and positive police interactions that build partnerships to promote the safety of the City of Johnston.

The Johnston Police Department is always looking for high-quality candidates to join the force. In 2022, a survey of Johnston residents showed Johnston ranks 27% higher than the national average when it comes to overall feelings of safety in the City. Ninety-five percent of Johnston residents say they are either satisfied or very satisfied with the quality of local police protection.

Those chosen to become a member of the JPD will find we offer among the highest starting salaries of any Greater Des Moines police department. The department also offers an attractive lateral transfer program for certified officers. Come to see why Johnston consistently ranks among the safest cities in Iowa and one of the best places to live in America.

Apply to become a member of the JPD, or to learn more about the employment opportunities.