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Patrol Section


The Patrol Section is an intricate part of the department. This section provides around-the-clock services to the community. Officers assigned to patrol work hard to keep the lines of communication open between the Department and the community. Each officer is assigned to a routine beat so they can learn the businesses, the neighborhood and the people that make up that neighborhood.  


Shift Information: 

1st Watch - 9:00 PM to 7:00 AM

2nd Watch - 6:00 AM to 4:00 PM

3rd Watch - 1:00 PM to 11:00 PM


Canine (K-9)


The Des Moines Police Department Canine Unit hit the streets of the City in December of 2000 with three canine teams. They have now expanded to five teams. All of the canines are certified as Police Dog One and Detector Dogs through the United States Police Canine Association.


The canines are used for a variety of purposes including: tracking missing persons and suspects, searching for evidence and drugs, and helping to apprehend criminals. The canines are an important asset to the Des Moines Police Department in its fight against crime.


Mounted Patrol


The Mounted Patrol Unit is a group of police officers, under the coordination of the Community Outreach Supervisor, who provide a contingency of officers on horseback. The mounted patrol serves largely as a community relation function during parades and other events, however, they may provide an additional element for crowd and traffic control during community functions.

Those involved are required to provide a suitable horse, and assume the responsibility for care, boarding and transportation to and from events. Participation is strictly voluntary, and considered an additional duty assignment.

If you are interested in applying, please contact the Des Moines Police Department.