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IDENTITY THEFT INVOLVING THE IRS AND/OR FILING YOUR TAXES

Friday, February 27, 2015

If you are the victim of identity theft involving the IRS and/or filing your taxes - below is a website to help you get the process started to resolve this burdensome issue.

 

http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Identity-Protection

 

 

 

LOCATIONS FOR AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLES - WEEK OF FEBRUARY 28, 2015

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLE LOCATIONS*

 

Saturday, February 28th, 2015:   4200 NE 94 Ave
    3200 NE 62 Ave
     
Sunday, March 1st, 2015:   3100 NE 46 Ave
    300 SE Camp Dr
     
Monday, March 2nd, 2015:   4400 NE Delaware St
   

8000 NW 37 St

     
Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015:   4300 NW Morningstar Dr
    8800 NE 29 St
     
Wednesday, March 4th, 2015:   900 NE 46 Ave
    3000 NE Aurora Ave
     
Thursday, March 5th, 2015:   9000 NE 94 Ave
    300 W. Walnut St (Elkhart)
     
Friday, March 6th, 2015:   1000 NE 54 Ave
    900 Boone St (Sheldahl)

*Although every effort will be made to adhere to these locations, they are subject to change without notice.

LOCATIONS FOR AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLES - WEEK OF FEBRUARY 21, 2015

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLE LOCATIONS*

 

Saturday, February 21st, 2015:   4400 NE Delaware
    7200 NW 26th St
     
Sunday, February 22nd, 2015:   800 NE 50th Ave
    3200 NE 62nd Ave
     
Monday, February 23rd, 2015:   1700 NE 70th Ave
    800 NE 54th Ave
     
Tuesday, February 24th, 2015:   4200 NE 94th Ave
    7100 SE Vandalia
     
Wednesday, February 25th, 2015:   3100 NE 46th Ave
    9000 NE 94th Ave
     
Thursday, February 26th, 2015:   900 NE 46th Ave
    5500 NE Oak Hill Dr
     
Friday, February 27th, 2015:   5800 NE 27th Ave
    1600 NE 66th Ave

*Although every effort will be made to adhere to these locations, they are subject to change without notice.

TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT PROJECT IN EASTERN POLK COUNTY - FEBRUARY 13, 2015

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT PROJECT IN EASTERN POLK COUNTY -         FEBRUARY 13, 2015

 

Iowa Law Enforcement Officers will increase their presence in eastern Polk County on the evening of February 13, 2015 for an event organized by the Central Iowa Traffic Safety Task Force, (CITSTF), and Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau, (GTSB). 

Law Enforcement Officers from many central Iowa jurisdictions will be enforcing all traffic laws while paying close attention to seatbelt usage and speed awareness.  

Statistics show that wearing seat belts saves lives and that following traffic laws reduces the number and severity of motor vehicle accidents.  These projects are intended to raise awareness of safe driving habits in order to save lives. 

We remind Iowans to buckle up and drive safely!

 

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LOCATIONS FOR AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLES - WEEK OF FEBRUARY 14, 2015

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLE LOCATIONS*

Saturday, February 14th, 2015:   5000 NE Delaware
    800 NE 50th Ave
     
Sunday, February 15th, 2015:   5000 NE 38th St
    7200 NW 26th St
     
Monday, February 16th, 2015:   1300 NW 66th Ave
    8800 NE 29th St
     
Tuesday, February 17th, 2015:   800 Boone St (Sheldahl)
    5800 NE 27th Ave
     
Wednesday, February 18th, 2015:   3000 NE Aurora Ave
    1600 NE 66th Ave
     
Thursday, February 19th, 2015:   Not Deployed
    Not Deployed
     
Friday, February 20th, 2015:   3200 NE 62nd Ave
    300 Walnut (Elkhart)

*Although every effort will be made to adhere to these locations, they are subject to change without notice.

POLK COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE WEAPON PERMIT RENEWAL - FEBRUARY 11, 2015

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Polk County Sheriff’s Office Weapon Permit Renewal

Is your Polk County weapon permit up for renewal?  If so, below is some helpful information to guide you through the renewal process.

Renewing your current permit to carry requires a fee of $30, a valid driver's license or non-operator I.D. that contains your photograph and current address issued by the Iowa Department of Transportation, and a refresher firearm training documentation or qualifying on a firing range that was taken within the year of your expiration. The permits are valid for five years from date of issue. If the renewal is denied, $10.00 will be reimbursed to the applicant. The Sheriff's Office will retain the remainder for processing and handling of the application.

Renewal applications must be received by the Sheriff's Office no later than thirty days prior to the expiration date. Failure to do so may leave the permit holder without a valid permit and will require a new application.

Complete information regarding the new law effective January 1, 2011 including training requirements, can be found on the following link. State information on obtaining and carrying permits.

http://www.polkcountyiowa.gov/sheriff/divisions/law-enforcement-services/weapons-permits

 

OFFICES CLOSED - NO JAIL VISITATION - MONDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2015

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

OFFICES CLOSED - NO JAIL VISITATION - FEBRUARY 16th, 2015

 

Certain divisions of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office will be closed Monday, February 16th, 2015.  Services that will be interrupted include visitation at the Polk County Jail, the processing of weapons permits, access to public information and records, as well as duties of the Civil Division.  

Video visitation for inmates at the Polk County Jail will not be available February 16th.  However, the schedule for remote (internet service) visits will be available through www.iwebvisit.com

All offices will be open on Tuesday, February 17th, 2015.  More information is available at www.polkcountyiowa.gov/sheriff

 

 

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POLK COUNTY ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICERS REUNITES DOG THAT HAS BEEN MISSING FOR OVER A YEAR WITH HIS OWNER

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

POLK COUNTY ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICERS

REUNITES DOG THAT HAS BEEN MISSING FOR OVER A YEAR WITH HIS OWNER

 

February 9th

POLK COUNTY, Iowa

 

On December 29th, 2013 JD and Erica Fitch noticed that the gate in their backyard had blown open and their dog “Bear” was gone.  From that day forward JD and Erica have been relentlessly searching for Bear, a six year old Border Collie/German Shepherd mix that the two had rescued in 2008 from a dog fighting ring out of Sioux City Iowa.  

After Bear went missing, JD posted fliers, set up game cameras in the neighborhood and contact Polk County Animal Control in hopes of locating their “best friend”.  Bear hadn’t been seen in over 14 months, that is until last Thursday when Polk County Zoning Officer Fred Hale observed a stray dog in a wooded area near the 6000 block of NE 14th Street.  Officer Hale contacted Polk County Animal Control Officer Bill King, giving him a description of the dog and its location.  Officer King realized that the description of the dog matched the description of Bear. 

Officer King contacted JD and Erica and the three of them were able to confirm that the stray dog was in fact Bear however they were unable to get close enough to catch him.  Officer King asked JD and Erica for some personal items to put near a “live trap” which was bated with food and set up in a location where Bear was last seen.  On Saturday, February 7th, 2015 Officer King received a call from JD.  JD, who was extremely excited, told Officer King that when he went to check the live trap, Bear was located inside. 

Bear is in good health and is now reunited with his owners after 14 long months.  JD said that he wants to get Bear’s story out there to give others hope who are in similar situations.  JD also wanted to thank all the people involved, including Polk County Zoning Officer Fred Hale and Polk County Animal Control Officers Bill King and Jessica Moeller.

LOCATIONS FOR AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLES - WEEK OF FEBRUARY 7, 2015

Thursday, February 05, 2015

AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLE LOCATIONS*

 

Saturday, February 7th, 2015:   4500 NW 78th Ave (Saylorville Dam)
    7100 NW 6th Dr
     
Sunday, February 8th, 2015:   800 NE 50th Ave
    7200 NW 26th St
     
Monday, February 9th, 2015:   4300 NW Morningstar
    9000 NE 94th Ave
     
Tuesday, February 10th, 2015:   1700 NE 70th Ave
    900 NE 46th Ave
     
Wednesday, February 11th, 2015:   3100 NE 46th Ave
    4400 Delaware
     
Thursday, February 12th, 2015:   1600 NE 66th Ave
    6500 NE 41st Ave
     
Friday, February 13th, 2015:   5500 NE Oak Hill Dr
    4200 NE 94th Ave

*Although every effort will be made to adhere to these locations, they are subject to change without notice.

 

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SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY REPORTED - GRIMES - FEBRUARY 3, 2015

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

*ADVISORY ALERT*

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY REPORTED GRIMES

 

 

FEBRUARY 3RD, 2015

GRIMES, Iowa

 

On Tuesday, February 3rd Polk County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the 8300 block of NW Chevalia Drive in Grimes reference a suspicious person in the area. 

 

The caller reported that at approximately 5:00 p.m. while his 10 year old daughter was outside playing in the driveway, an unidentified male exited a mid-size black sedan and approached her.  When the male offered the 10 year old girl candy, she immediately ran inside her home and reported the incident to her parents.

 

The suspect in this case is described as tall male with brown hair, in his mid to upper 40’s, wearing a navy jacket and blue jeans.  We are currently performing follow-up interviews to determine the suspect’s race and build. 

 

Deputies searched the area but were unable to locate the suspect or vehicle.  At this time Polk County Detectives are currently working on identifying the individual and vehicle involve in this case.

 

The Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help.  If anyone witnessed this incident, seen the person/vehicle involved or has any additional information, they are asked to contact the Polk County Sheriff’s Office at 515-286-3333.

 

The Sheriff’s Office is also asking everyone to stay vigilant – Please share this information with your family, friends, neighbors and coworkers.  Parents – Please remind your children what to do if they are approached by a stranger.  If you witness any suspicious activity in your neighborhood please report it to local law enforcement officials. 

 

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FRAUDULENT PHONE SCAM REPORTED - JANUARY 30, 2015

Friday, January 30, 2015

FRAUDULENT PHONE SCAM REPORTED

 

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office was made aware today of a fraudulent phone scam used by a person who claimed to be a Sheriff’s Office employee.  The male suspect told the victim(s) that they had a warrant out for their arrest for failing to show up for jury duty.  The suspect, who identified himself as “Lt. Donaldson”, attempted to solicit money from the victim(s) to avoid arrest.

 

Our agency has been notified of multiple instances that occurred today.  These incidents, along with any similar incidents are indeed false and should be reported to local law enforcement.  This type of activity is a crime and will be investigated and taken very seriously.

 

Anyone receiving this type of notification, whether it’s over the telephone or through other means of communication should not comply with payment. If a call like this is received, don’t offer revealing personal information and ask specific questions. Anything suspicious in nature should be reported to local law enforcement.

  

 

 

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LOCATIONS FOR AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLES - WEEK OF JANUARY 31, 2015

Friday, January 30, 2015

AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLE LOCATIONS*

 

Saturday, January 31, 2015:   7200 NW 26th St
    800 NE 50th Ave
     
Sunday, February 1, 2015:   4500 NW 78th Ave (Saylorville Dam)
    7100 NW 6th Dr
     
Monday, February 2, 2015:   5000 NE 38th St
    5500 NE Oak Hill Dr
     
Tuesday, February 3, 2015:   1600 NE 66th Ave
    4200 NE 94th Ave
     
Wednesday, February 4, 2015:   8800 NE 29th St
    5000 NE Delaware
     
Thursday, February 5, 2015:   8000 NW 37th St
    4300 NW Morningstar
     
Friday, February 6, 2015:   3200 NE 62nd Ave
    1300 NW 66th Ave

*Although every effort will be made to adhere to these locations, they are subject to change without notice.

LOCATIONS FOR AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLES - WEEK OF JANUARY 24, 2015

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLE LOCATIONS*

 

Saturday, January 24th, 2015:   4400 NE Delaware
    4500 NW 78th Ave (Saylorville Dam)
     
Sunday, January 25th, 2015:   800 NE 50th Ave
    4300 NW Morningstar
     
Monday, January 26th, 2015:   3100 NE 46th Ave
    900 NE 46th Ave
     
Tuesday, January 27th, 2015:   1500 NE 118th Ave
    5800 NE 27th Ave
     
Wednesday, January 28th, 2015:   7200 NW 26th St
    1700 NE 70th Ave
     
Thursday, January 29th, 2015:   700 NE 60th Ave
    300 Walnut (Elkhart)
     
Friday, January 30th, 2015:   600 NE 142nd Ave
    800 Boone St (Sheldahl)

*Although every effort will be made to adhere to these locations, they are subject to change without notice.

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LOCATIONS FOR AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLES - WEEK OF JANUARY 17, 2015

Thursday, January 15, 2015

AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLE LOCATIONS*

 

Saturday, January 17th, 2015:   7200 NW 2th St
    800 NE 54th Ave
     
Sunday, January 18th, 2015:   4500 NW 78th Ave (Saylorville Dam)
    4400 NE Delaware
     
Monday, January 19th, 2015:   3200 NE 2nd Ave
    4200 NE 94th Ave
     
Tuesday, January 20th, 2015:   300 Brown St (Runnells)
    4300 Morningstar Dr
     
Wednesday, January 21st, 2015:   1600 NE 66th Ave
    5500 NE Oak Hill Dr
     
Thursday, January 22nd, 2015:   5000 NE 38th St
    7100 NW 6th Dr
     
Friday, January 23rd, 2015:   900 NE 46th Ave
    7400 NE 46th St

*Although every effort will be made to adhere to these locations, they are subject to change without notice.

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OFFICES CLOSED JANUARY 19, 2015

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

OFFICES CLOSED JANUARY 19, 2015

 

Certain divisions of the Polk County Sheriff's office will be closed Monday, January 19, 2015.  Services that will be interrupted include visitation at the Polk County Jail, the processing of weapons permits, access to public information and records, as well as duties of the Civil Division.

Video visitation for inmates at the Polk County Jail will not be available January 19.  However, the schedule for remote (internet service) visits will be available through www.iwebvisit.com.

All offices will be open on Tuesday, January 20, 2015.  More information is available at www.polkcountyiowa.gov/sheriff.

 

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LOCATIONS FOR AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLES - JANUARY 10, 2015

Friday, January 09, 2015

AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLE LOCATIONS*

 

Saturday, January 10th, 2015:   4500 NW 78th Ave (Saylorville Dam)
    4400 NE Delaware
     
Sunday, January 11th, 2015:   800 NE 54th Ave
    3000 NE Aurora Ave
     
Monday, January 12th, 2015:   4300 NW Morningstar
    1600 NE 66th Ave
     
Tuesday, January 13th, 2015:   3700 NE 80th St
    9000 NE 94th Ave
     
Wednesday, January 14th, 2015:   3100 NE 46th Ave
    1700 NE 70th Ave
     
Thursday, January 15th, 2015:   900 NE 46th Ave
    800 NE 27th Ave
     
Friday, January 16th, 2015:   1300 NW 66th Ave
    5800 NE 27th Ave

*Although every effort will be made to adhere to these locations, they are subject to change without notice.

FRAUDULENT PHONE SCAM REPORTED - DECEMBER 30, 2014

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

FRAUDULENT PHONE SCAM REPORTED

 

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office was made aware today of a fraudulent phone scam used by a person who claimed to be a Sheriff’s Office employee.  The male suspect told the victim(s) that they had a warrant out for their arrest for failing to show up for jury duty.  The suspect attempted to solicit money from the victim(s) to avoid arrest.

 

Our agency has been notified of multiple instances that occurred yesterday.  These incidents, along with anysimilar incidents are indeed false and should be reported to local law enforcement.  This type of activity is a crime and will be investigated and taken very seriously.

 

Anyone receiving this type of notification, whether it’s over the telephone or through other means of communication, should not comply with quick payment, but rather be skeptical. If a call like this is received, don’t offer revealing personal information and ask specific questions. Anything suspicious in nature should be reported to local law enforcement.

 

 

 

    

    

 

 

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OFFICES CLOSED NO ONSITE VIDEO VISITATION DECEMBER 25TH, 26TH, 2014 AND JANUARY 1ST, 2015

Thursday, December 18, 2014

OFFICES CLOSED:

NO ONSITE VIDEO VISITATION AT THE POLK COUNTY JAIL DECEMBER 25th, 26th, 2014 AND JANUARY 1st, 2015.

 

Video visitation for inmates at the Polk County Jail will not be available December 25th, 26th and January 1st.  However, the schedule for remote (internet service) visits will be available through www.iwebvisit.com .

 

Additionally, offices that will also be closed these days include Field Services (weapon permit processing), and the Civil Division. More information can be found at www.polkcountyiowa.gov/sheriff.

 

 

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FRAUDULENT PHONE SCAM REPORTED - DECEMBER 16, 2014

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

FRAUDULENT PHONE SCAM REPORTED

 

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office was made aware today of a fraudulent phone scam used by a suspected out-of-state debt collection agency.  The out-of-state collection agency has been using the Polk County Sheriff’s Office dispatch phone number of 515-286-3333.

 

Apparently our dispatch phone number is showing up on the victim’s caller ID.  The suspect agency/person then leaves a message to call another out-of-state phone number reference a complaint that was filed.  Our agency has only been notified of one instance; however similar incidents using the Polk County Sheriff’s Office dispatch phone number are indeed false and should be reported to local law enforcement.  This type of activity is a crime and will be investigated and taken very seriously.

 

Anyone receiving this type of notification, whether it’s over the telephone or through other means of communication, should not comply with quick payment, but rather be skeptical. If a call like this is received, don’t offer revealing personal information and ask specific questions. Anything suspicious in nature should be reported to local law enforcement.

 

 

 

    

    

 

 

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WINTER TIPS TO PREVENT VEHICLE THEFT/BURGLARY - NOVEMBER 21, 2014

Friday, November 21, 2014

Winter Tips to Prevent Vehicle Theft / Burglary

 

Several Polk County law enforcement agencies have recently taken multiple stolen vehicle reports which seem to coincide with the colder temperatures.

As we all know, the weather in Iowa can change quickly.  Winter is almost upon us and the temperatures outside have dropped considerably.  The cold weather is tempting many motorists into heating up their unattended vehicles before heading out on the roadway.

 It’s easy to think that leaving your vehicle running unattended might be a good idea, unfortunately it’s not.  In the United States, just fewer than 700,000 vehicles were reported stolen in 2013.

Below are some basic prevention Tips:

-          Never leave your car running or the keys inside when you’re away from your vehicle, even for “just a minute”.

-         Always roll up the windows and lock your car.

-         Never leave valuables in plain view.  Put them in the trunk or at least out of sight.

-         Park in a busy, well-lighted area.

-         If you can’t fight the urge to stay with your car while it’s warming up you may want to invest in a remote-start or similar system.

 

 

 

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office wishes you and your family a safe winter season and a Happy Holiday!

 

 

 

VISITING HOURS TO CHANGE AT POLK COUNTY JAIL EFFECTIVE MARCH 2, 2014

Friday, February 07, 2014

             VISITING HOURS TO CHANGE AT POLK COUNTY JAIL

 

Effective March 2nd, 2014, the visiting hours at the Polk County Jail will make the following changes:

 

                              Monday: 8:30-10:30 and 1:30-2:30

                              Tuesday: 8:30-10:30 and 1:30-2:30

                              Wednesday: No On-Site Public Visitation

                              Thursday: 8:30-10:30 and 1:30-2:30

                               Friday: 8:30-10:30 and 1:30-2:30

                               Saturday: 8:30-10:30

                               Sunday: 12:30-3:00

 

 **Remote visits through www.iwebvisit.com are available daily

(8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.; 12:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. ; 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.)

 

 

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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