Regional Academy

The Des Moines Police Department Academy is recognized by the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy as a Regional Training Facility.  As such, the Des Moines Regional Academy is charged with the responsibility of providing a variety of levels of training to area law enforcement. The Des Moines Regional Academy oversees the training for approximately 800 total employees from the Des Moines Police Department and the Polk County Sheriff's Office.

The City of Des Moines will open the application procedure for the position of Police Officer on November 18th, 2015 and end on January 15th, 2016.

2015 Des Moines Police Department Recruiting Video
POST Test and Cooper Test Video



Some of the training opportunities offered by the Des Moines Regional Police Academy:

Advanced Training 
Basic Jail Schools 
Law Enforcement Basic Training 

In cooperation with the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy, the Des Moines Regional Academy hosts a variety of specialty classes for area law enforcement.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office and Des Moines Police Department both offer the use of their range facilities to all local, state and federal law enforcement for their training needs.

Personnel & Training Section
The Des Moines Police Academy is the heart of the Department's Personnel & Training Section. Personnel issues rank high among duties for this section. The staff is continually involved in hiring processes for sworn and non-sworn positions within the Department. We work closely with the Civil Service Commission and the City of Des Moines Human Resources Department to identify the best qualified applicants. Des Moines Police Academy personnel are responsible for recruiting, testing, evaluating, and hiring new employees.  They are also responsible for maintaining medical and training records for all Des Moines Police Department employees.

Employment Assistance Resources:

 In an attempt to identify and prepare potential candidates for police service, Iowa Workforce Development offers an array of services and testing resources to prepare for employment testing. The Des Moines Police Department recognizes the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC). 

 The NCRC does not exempt applicants from taking the mandatory POST test (Police Officer Standards and Training) administered by the City of Des Moines for the position of Police Officer.  

 To find out more about NCRC, go to


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General Information - Personnel Unit - Training Unit

Citizens Police Academy

The Des Moines Police Department initiated the Citizens Police Academy in 1992 to enhance the relationship between the Police Department and the Community it serves. Since then, dozens of citizens have taken advantage of the opportunity to become more familiar with the operations of the Department and develop a clear understanding of a police officer's duties and responsibilities.

Participants are given the opportunity to experience many aspects of actual police training. Instruction is provided by certified police officers, police supervisors and civilian instructors who are experts in their fields. Some examples of topics covered during the Citizens Police Academy are:

Community Policing

Crime Prevention

Crimes Scene Analysis & Investigation

Domestic Violence / Victim Services

K-9 Program

School Resource Officer's

Traffic Enforcement and Tactical Operations 

The Citizens Police Academy will meet once a week, in the evening, over a period of nine weeks.
Graduates of the Citizen Police Academy are encouraged to share their knowledge and experiences with the community as the opportunity arises.

DMPD Personnel and Training Section staff members are available to answer questions concerning the application process and enrollment in the Citizen Police Academy. Contact us by Email or by calling (515) 323-8350 between the hours of 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.   

If interested in participating in a Citizen Police Academy, an application may be downloaded, completed and mailed to the Des Moines Regional Police Academy, Personnel and Training Section, 433 E Army Post Road, Des Moines, Iowa.