Criminal Investigations

detectiveThe Criminal Investigation Unit is responsible for all follow up and specialized investigations. The 8 detectives and 2 officers that conduct investigations are under the direction of 1 lieutenant and two sergeants. The primary responsibilities of the investigators are as follows:

Crimes Against Persons: Two detectives are designated for investigations involving robbery, assault, sexual assault, domestic abuse and missing persons.

Property Crimes: Two detectives are designated for investigations involving general theft, burglary, motor vehicle theft and criminal mischief.

Financial Crimes: One detective is designated for the investigations involving identity theft, bank fraud, money laundering, counterfeiting, internet scams and check forgery. 

School Resource Officers: Three detectives are assigned as liaisons to the West Des Moines Community School District and Dowling Catholic High School.  These detectives provide the ability for direct police interaction and availability within the schools. In addition to school related responsibilities these detectives assist with investigations when needed. Approximately 50% of the funding for these positions is provided by the school district which they serve. 

Federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Task Force: One detective is assigned to the DEA High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force. This task force is comprised of officers assigned from local, state and federal law enforcement agencies from the Des Moines area and is responsible for large scale drug trafficking organizations in our community. The position is funded 100% by the federal government. 

Mid-Iowa Narcotics Enforcement (MINE) Task Force: One detective is assigned to the MINE task force. This narcotics task force is comprised of officers assigned from the Des Moines area and state law enforcement agencies and focuses on investigating local to mid-level drug activity in our community. 

Community Response Officers: Two officers are assigned to the investigations of local prostitution, drug use, arrest warrants, other community problems and assist other detectives with surveillance and evidence collection as needed.