Dickinson County Courthouse, 1802 Hill Ave, PO Box 214, Spirit Lake, IA 51360

Employment Co-op


The Lakes Area Law Enforcement Employment Co-op is a group of 11 law enforcement agencies in a five-county area of northwest Iowa. These agencies have joined together to share the financial costs of eligibility tests and to make the application system more efficient for both the agencies and the applicants. Applicants who participate in this testing procedure will be eligible for any and all of the agencies within this cooperative that they choose. All law enforcement positions in these agencies will be filled from the list established by this testing procedure.


Participating Agencies


Application Forms

All forms can now be completed online by CLICKING HERE.

If you do not wish to submit your application online, you can fill out the forms using the link above, then print and mail them to:

LALEEC Application
Dickinson County Sheriff's Office
P.O. Box 214
Spirit Lake, IA 51360-0214

You can also take the documents to the Dickinson County Sheriff's Office located inside the Dickinson County Courthouse at 1802 Hill Avenue, Suite 1200, in Spirit Lake, Iowa. The courthouse is at the intersection of 18th Street (US 71/Iowa 9) and Hill Avenue in downtown Spirit Lake. The Sheriff's Office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (excluding holidays).

All applications must be received by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 17, 2024


Physical Agility & P.O.S.T. Testing

Physical agility and P.O.S.T. testing will be held May 31 and June 1, 2024, at the Milford Fire Station (1801 N Avenue, Milford, IA) at 9:00 a.m. each day. You only need to attend one day of testing. The cost to test will be $20.00, cash only.



  • The eligibility list established by this procedure will be recognized for no longer than one year.
  • For those currently serving in the Armed Forces, and cannot make the testing dates, you must still complete and send an application by the date listed. We will make arrangements with you to conduct testing once you complete your military service.
  • The POST practice exam is available for sale to applicants through S&A's ApplyToServe website for a nominal charge of $15.00. The study guide is available for $5.00. We strongly encourage applicants to purchase the practice exam.
  • For wage and benefit information, please contact the individual departments.


Minimum Standards

Iowa minimum standards for peace officers will be require, pursuant to Code of Iowa and Iowa Administrative CodeIowa Law Enforcement Academy minimum physical fitness performance requirements will also be required:

Males Age
Test 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-59 60+
1 Minute Sit-up 38 35 29 24 19
1 Minute Push-up 29 24 18 13 10
1.5 Mile Run 12:51 13:36 14:29 15:26 16:43
Females Age
Test 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-59 60+
1 Minute Sit-up 32 25 20 14 6
1 Minute Push-up 15 11 9 12* 5*
1.5 Mile Run 15:26 15:57 16:58 17:54 18:44
* Females in excess of 49 years of age may do pushups on their knees.

All non-certified applicants must satisfactorily complete the physical agility and P.O.S.T. tests. Transferring of scores will not be allowed. Applicants who are certified and have not had an employment break of more than 180 days at the time of the test will be placed on the eligibility list and subject to only additional requirements by the agencies.

All agencies reserve the right to require additional testing and/or information for the applicants who show interest in that agency, and those additional requirements will be conducted by that agency.