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Des Moines Police Department LogoAbout the Des Moines Police Department


As the largest and most urban law enforcement agency in the state, the Des Moines Police Department has a strong commitment to community policing. We encourage our residents to help us address issues occurring in their neighborhoods and to participate in the resolution of their concerns. Our Neighborhood Based Service Delivery Program has been expanded, assigning detectives and Traffic Unit officers to neighborhoods to provide citizens with greater access to department resources.

Our department consists of an authorized strength of 376 sworn officers and 109 civilian support personnel. The department is organized into three divisions: the Administrative Services Division, Operations Division and the Investigations Division. All divisions are commanded by Majors who report directly to the Chief of Police. 

The Operations Division consists of the Patrol Services Bureau and the Homeland Security Bureau.

The Investigations Division is made up of the:

Detective Bureau, which is the investigative arm for the department and encompasses the Intelligence Section, the Family Conflict Section, the Crimes Against both Persons and Property, the Identification Section, which is our forensics section, the Vice and Narcotics Section and the Personnel and Training Section. 
The Des Moines Police Department is dedicated to protecting the citizens of this community by impartially enforcing the laws of the state and the city, as well as providing emergency security during times of natural disasters.
 Departmental Mission


The Des Moines Police Department will work in partnership with our community to protect lives and property, and to enforce laws impartially.