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E-9-1-1 Calls for Emergency Services


Calls for emergency services are answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by personnel in the Des Moines Police Department Communications Section. The 39 Senior Public Safety Dispatchers (dispatchers) assigned to the Communications section answer approximately 350,000 calls each year. Those 350,000 calls generate more than 222,000 trips for police, fire and emergency medical services.


Dispatchers are also responsible for entering and maintaining the Des Moines Police Department’s entries into a nationwide computerized system of wanted and missing persons, stolen vehicles and stolen property. Dispatchers also make queries into that same system for police officers throughout the Department. More than a quarter of a million transactions into this computerized system are done each year by Communications Section employees at the Des Moines Police Department.


9-1-1 Police and Fire Emergencies

(515) 283-4811 Police Non-Emergencies 

(515) 283-4550 Fire Non-Emergencies


Live Dispatch Audio
To listen to Live Dispatch Audio you will need Microsoft Media Player Version.  Please Note: This service is not provided by the City of Des Moines.


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