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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I hire an off-duty officer?

The current suggested hourly rate for off-duty officers is $70.00 an hour with a three-hour minimum. Contact the Lieutenant Ballantini at (515) 333-7134 (Cell) or 515-283-4831 (Desk) during normal business hours Monday-Friday 8-4pm or email


How do I make a donation to the Police Association?

Checks can be mailed to the Des Moines Police Department at #25 East First Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50309, c/o Treasurer Sgt. John Meeker.

Where can I find out if a particular person is in jail?

All arrestees are taken directly to the Polk County Jail, information may be obtained by calling 515-286-3804.

Where do I need to send a check for a traffic ticket?

Send payment for moving violations to the Polk County Clerk of Traffic Court, Polk County Courthouse, 5th & Mulberry, Des Moines, IA 50309.

Send payment for non-moving violations (parking tickets) to the City Clerk, City Hall, 400 Locust, Des Moines, IA  50309

Where can I get a State accident report?

If the combined damage in an accident is over $1,000, or if there are injuries, the accident most be reported to the State of Iowa. The report may be picked up in the lobby of the Police Station 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

I'm moving into a certain neighborhood and want to know what the crime statistics are. Can I acquire that information?

Yes. The website has detailed crime statistic maps with a breakdown of crime statistics by area. A summary of the past 30 days' crime statistics is always available. Click here to view current crime stats for the City of Des Moines.

Who is the tow company for the Des Moines Police Department?

Crow Tow, 826 SE 21st Street, Des Moines, IA  50317, Phone 515-276-9869

Where is the Des Moines Police Academy?

The Des Moines Police Academy is located at 433 SE Army Post Road. Phone: 515-256-2560. Questions about application or recruitment can be obtained at this number.

Where is the Des Moines Police Traffic Unit?

Traffic Unit is located at 1222 24th St. Des Moines, IA 50311, 515-271-4650.

Where is the Animal Control Unit?

Animal Control is located at 1615 SE 14th Street, Des Moines. Phone: 515-242-2720.

Where do I go to file a complaint against a Des Moines Police Officer?

Officer complaints are handled by the Office of Professional Standards, located on the first floor of the Police Station. Phone: 515-283-4816.

Where do I call to get bicycle, property, and vehicle auction dates?

The property Management Section is responsible for coordinating and conducting police auctions. Phone: 515-283-4850.

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