The West Des Moines Police Department will strive with the community to preserve peace, differentiate its enforcement of law through exemplary performance and lead with equitable professionalism to reflect the high expectations of the citizens we serve.
The West Des Moines Police Department is comprised of the Chief's Office and two divisions with sworn officers, civilian personnel, part-time employees, interns and volunteers.
The Chief's Office This office is staffed by the chief of police, the chief's executive officer that holds the rank of captain, an administrative sergeant, the chief's administrative secretary and an administrative assistant. The duties and responsibilities carried out by this office are; budget coordination and tracking, internal affairs, departmental communication, payroll and personnel records, strategic planning, grant administration and the tracking and analysis of police related activities.
Patrol Operations Division is under the direction of two lieutenants, an administrative sergeant and six platoon sergeants who are responsible for all uniform patrol activities, as well as the Animal Control Unit and Code Enforcement Unit. The division currently has five patrol territories, as well as additional officers who act as rovers to ensure effective coverage for the city and to provide back-up for the territory cars.
The division uses data driven and community oriented policing philosophies to ensure proper resource allocation for the highest visibility and protection for the community.
Support Services Division is under the direction of one lieutenant, three sergeants and a civilian supervisor. This division consists of the Criminal Investigations Unit (CIU), the Training and Emergency Management Unit (TEMU), the Community Response Unit (CRU), and the Police Administration and Records Unit. This division carries out tasks to support the mission of the department with this diverse group of units that allow for effective problem solving, crime reduction and department accountability.
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Non-Emergency, Dispatch (515) 222-3321