• DMPD K9 Teams wins First Place

    The DMPD K9 Team attended the Annual Region 21 Narcotic Trials in Fort Madison, Ia and for the first time in DMPD history, the team received first place during the competition for overall best team achievements.


  • Mounted Patrol Training

    Mounted Patrol officers and their horses train in a variety of unusual environments.


Qualities We Seek


It is a known fact that law enforcement today is much more complex than in previous years. Therefore, once the notification has been sent, the Des Moines Police Department will look for candidates who possess the following qualities:

• Desire and ability to adapt thinking to technological and sociological changes in today's world
• Emotional maturity, physical strength, and ability to remain calm in emotionally charged situations 
• Exercise initiative in their work
• Good character and integrity
• Have the ability to carry a great deal of responsibility in handling difficult situations alone

Good Moral Character


An applicant must be of good moral character, which means that they can be trusted and are considered by those who know them to be a person of good reputation and good standing in the community. When conduct is of a nature that, if known, would tend to discredit the applicant as a peace officer, the applicant will be disqualified from employment consideration. The character of a person is determined by past and present behavior. Many factors are relevant in this assessment. The Department seeks applicants whose histories show good judgment, maturity, a sense of responsibility, and respect for others.