• Des Moines - Great Place for a New Business

    The City of Des Moines is a great place to locate or expand your businesses. The Des Moines Office of Economic Development office is dedicated to helping you meet your existing and future development needs.


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  • Des Moines Major Construction Projects

    The Engineering Department’s efforts include the design, construction and project management of the City's Capital Improvements Program (CIP) and other major construction projects.


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Tests & Examinations


Staff at the Des Moines Police Academy assists the Human Resources Department with conducting Cooper and Post Test, for potential recruits. More Information


Evaluating Recruits


Applicants will be subject to a background investigation. Information gained through the investigation will be used to determine if individual applicants meet established guidelines. Applicants who do not meet established guidelines will not be given further appointment consideration.

All applicants who reach the final selection stage must pass a polygraph, physical exam, drug screen, and a psychological screening.  However successful completion of these requirements does not guarantee appointment as a Police Officer.


  • Background Check - An extensive look into work history, references, driving record, criminal history, and other areas
  • Polygraph Examination - Those applicants successfully completing the written examination must participate in a polygraph examination and a thorough background investigation.
  • Physical Exam - Thorough exam based upon guidelines established by the Municipal Fire and Police Retirement