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TITLE: Fugitive Unit Eligibility

PURPOSE

To establish criteria regarding qualifications for becoming a member of the Fifth Judicial District Department of Correctional Services Fugitive Unit.

POLICY

The District Director of the Fifth Judicial District Department of Correctional Services will select and appoint the members of the Fugitive Unit after they have passed all required courses at the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy including physical agility, emotional acuity, and firearms certification. All officers assigned to the Fugitive Unit will receive certification and possess certain basic qualifications before assignment to duty that include, but are not limited to, medical/physical evaluation, psychological examination, drug and alcohol screening, and completion of an approved firearm training course. The District Director has decided that members of the Fugitive Unit are the only Fifth Judicial District Department of Correctional Services staff allowed to carry firearms during the performance of their job duties.

PROCEDURES

The following criteria must be met before being assigned to the Fugitive Unit.

  1. The candidate must possess a valid driver's license issued by the State of Iowa.
  2. The candidate must complete and pass an alcohol/drug screening.
  3. The candidate is of good moral character as determined by a thorough background investigation including a fingerprint search conducted of local, state and national fingerprint files and has not 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 which 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 is conduct that is contrary to justice, honest or good morals. The following nonexclusive list of acts has been held by the courts to involve moral turpitude: Income tax evasion, perjury, or its subornation, theft, indecent exposure, sex crimes, conspiracy to commit a crime, defrauding the government and illegal drug sales. Various factors, however, may cause an offense which is generally not regarded as constituting moral turpitude to be regarded as such. For example, a record of a number of convictions of simple assault would involve moral turpitude, whereas a singular act would not.
  4. The candidate has successfully passed the physical agility test developed by the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy.
  5. The candidate is not by reason of conscience or belief opposed to the use of force, when necessary to fulfill that person's duties.
  6. The candidate has normal hearing in each ear. Hearing is considered normal when tested by an audiometer, hearing sensitivity thresholds are within 25db measured at 1000Hz, 2000Hz, and 3000Hz averaged together.
  7. The candidate completes a medical/physical evaluation by a licensed physician or surgeon to meet the physical requirements necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of a law enforcement officer.
  8. The candidate must complete and pass a psychological examination.
  9. In no case shall any person be selected or appointed to the Fifth Judicial District Department of Correctional Services Fugitive Unit unless that person has performed satisfactorily in pre-employment cognitive or personality tests, or both, prescribed by the Iowa Law EnforceĀ¬ment Academy.
  10. Members of the Fifth Judicial District Department of Correctional Services Fugitive Unit are permitted to carry firearms on duty. No officer may be a member of the Tactical Unit or carry firearms without an appointment to the Fugitive Unit by the District Director of the Fifth Judicial District Department of Correctional Services.
  11. The candidate must successfully complete the Iowa Firearm Safety Training Program for professional permit applications including range training; or, current I.L.E.A. Iowa Law Enforcement Officer Certification.
  12. All Fugitive Unit officers must be certified within one (1) year of appointment by the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy as a certified police officer.
  13. No member of the Fugitive Unit may carry a firearm until he/she has completed the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy and has been certified a Peace Officer by them.
  14. Officers of the Fugitive Unit shall qualify at least annually with their assigned firearm.
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