Sheriff’s Office

The Office of the Sheriff

was instituted when the State of Iowa was granted Statehood in 1846. As the only elected law enforcement officer, the Office of Sheriff is unique in that the Sheriff is directly accountable to the people. The first Polk County Sheriff, Thomas Mitchell, took the Oath of Office on April 3, 1846. Our current Sheriff, Bill McCarthy, was reelected by the Citizens of Polk County in November 2012, and took the Oath of Office on January 2, 2013.

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Polk County Sheriff's Office is to preserve the integrity of the law through proactive community involvement, impartial enforcement, and secure custody of inmates. The Office will utilize advances in technology to detect and solve crimes and enhance public safety communications and will effectively use all available resources to protect and serve the public.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLE LOCATIONS*   Saturday, April 19th, 2014:   4500 Block of NW 78th Avenue     1300 Block of NW 66th Avenue       Su…

Friday, April 11, 2014
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AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLE LOCATIONS*   Monday, April 14th, 2014:   4500 Block of NW 78th Avenue     1000 Block of SE 68th Street       Tues…

Monday, April 07, 2014
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AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLE LOCATIONS*   UPDATE- Vehicles Back Into Service Week of April 7, 2014 – April 11, 2014             The Automated Traffic E…

Friday, March 28, 2014
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AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLE LOCATIONS*   Monday, March 31st, 2014:   4400 Block NE Delaware Street     6500 NE 41st Avenue     …

The Polk County Jail is a 325,000 square-feet facility that sits on 40 acres of land just north of Des Moines. The jail holds inmates and detainees facing state and federal charges.
The Sheriff's Office provides law enforcement services throughout Polk County. The Sheriff's Office is the responsible agency for unincorporated Polk County, the cities of Alleman, Bondurant, Elkhart, Grimes, the U.S Army Corps of Engineers at Saylorville Lake and the Polk County Courthouse.
The Communications Center is the lifeline that connects citizens with emergency services. It is the responsibility of the Communication Specialists to determine the nature and urgency of each call and route it to the proper response unit as quickly as possible.
The Polk County Sheriff's Office Training Division has responsibility for the professional development of staff.
Civil Process is responsible for receiving, processing and serving civil and criminal court orders and legal documents.
The Administration Division provides a variety of management and support services for the entire Sheriff's Office.
The Office of Planning and Development is responsible for providing professional services internally.
Citizens have the right to expect the Sheriff's Office to provide law enforcement services that are fair, effective and impartially applied.

Contact Us

Polk County Sheriff
1985 NE 51st Place
Des Moines, Iowa 50313

Administration: (515) 286-3814
Civil
: (515) 286-3800
Communications
: (515) 286-3333
Jail: (515) 323-5400
Law Enforcement
: (515) 286-3306