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November 2015

Nov 3
November 3
Police Chief's letter to the Department

I would like to take this opportunity to respond to the editorial published in today’s Des Moines Register.  Obviously, we are all well aware of our policy.  Unfortunately, the Des Moines Register did not publish the policy in its entirety, but rather opting to use only a small excerpt to support their criticism and the insults that followed.  This is certainly disheartening, given the fact that the entire policy was provided to them immediately following the release of the Shooting Review findings. 

The comparison to a murderous outlaw and reference to “gunning down a superfluity of nuns” is truly insulting.  Referring to the men and women who put their lives on the line as “rogue thugs who look for every opportunity to bully citizens, exert their authority and escalate conflicts” is offensive to everyone in law enforcement and all that we stand for. 

We all recognize that there is a very small faction of society that has a genuine disdain towards law enforcement, and we spend a considerable amount of time and effort to overcome this mindset.  This may never change, despite our best efforts to provide professional police service and expand our outreach and understanding of the profession.  Having said this, our supporters far outnumber the critics.   

I am proud of the work the men and women of the Des Moines Police Department do day in and day out.  Our employees are doing amazing things every day; unnoticed by most, certainly under reported, but impactful just the same.  All this for the simple satisfaction of a job well done.  For that, I can’t thank you enough. 

We have a great Police Department in an award winning City.  You all deserve to be recognized for your dedication and professionalism.  It’s very easy for some to be critical.  I understand the challenges of putting on a uniform and providing extraordinary public service in the face of unwarranted condemnation.  I can assure you that the vast majority of our community understands and appreciates what you do.   

As always, we will continue on in the tradition of providing professional police service to the citizens of Des Moines.  It’s who we are and what we do, despite the opinions of a select few. 

Thanks again for all you do.  It does not go unnoticed, both in our community and within these four walls.   


Dana Wingert

Chief of Police

Des Moines Police Department




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