Sheriff’s Office

News & Press Releases

 

 

 

 

 

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!

 

 

 

LOCATIONS FOR AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLES - WEEK OF NOVEMBER 22, 2014

Friday, November 21, 2014

AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLE LOCATIONS*

 

Week of November 22nd – November 28th 2014

 

Saturday November 22nd, 2014

800 NE 50th Ave

--------------------------------

Saturday November 22nd, 2014

4500 NW 78th Ave (Saylorville Dam)

--------------------------------

Sunday November 23rd, 2014

5500 NE Oak Hill Dr

--------------------------------

Sunday November 23rd, 2014

3700 NE 62nd Ave

--------------------------------

Monday November 24th, 2014

4500 NW 6th Dr

--------------------------------

Monday November 24th, 2014

700 NE 60th Ave

--------------------------------

Tuesday November 25th, 2014

4400 NE 38th St

--------------------------------

Tuesday November 25th, 2014

7400 NE 46th St

-------------------------------

Wednesday November 26th, 2014

300 Brown St (Runnells)

-------------------------------

Wednesday November 26th, 2014

1700 NE 70th Ave

-------------------------------

Thursday November 27th, 2014

3100 NE 46th Ave

-------------------------------

Thursday November 27th, 2014

900 NE 46th Ave

-------------------------------

Friday November 28th, 2014

4400 NE Delaware St

------------------------------

Friday November 28th, 2014

7200 NW 26th St

 

*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 NOVEMBER 15, 2014

Friday, November 14, 2014

AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLE LOCATIONS*

 

Saturday, November 15th, 2014:   Not Deployed
    Not Deployed
     
Sunday, November 16th, 2014:   4500 Block NW 78th Ave (Saylorville Dam)
    1300 Block NW 66th Avenue
     
Monday, November 17th, 2014:   4300 NW Morningstar
    4400 NE Delaware
     
Tuesday, November 18th, 2014:   3100 Block NE 46th Ave.
    900 NE 46th Ave.
     
Wednesday, November 19th, 2014:   6700 NW 6th Dr.
    1700 NE 70th Ave.
     
Thursday, November 20th, 2014:   3000 NE Aurora Ave.
    7200 NW 6th Dr.
     
Friday, November 21, 2014:   5800 NE 27th Ave.
    4500 NW 6th Dr.

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

OFFICES CLOSED: NO VIDEO VISITATION AT POLK COUNTY JAIL NOVEMBER 11, 27, AND 28, 2014

Friday, November 07, 2014

OFFICES CLOSED:

NO VIDEO VISITATION AT POLK COUNTY JAIL NOVEMBER 11, 27,

AND 28, 2014

Video visitation for inmates at the Polk County Jail will not be available November 11, 27, and 28, 2014. However, the schedule for remote (internet service) visits will not be interrupted.

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

TRANSFER PIO DUTIES

Friday, November 07, 2014

TRANSFER/PIO DUTIES

As of November 8, 2014, Lt. Jana Abens will be transfered to a different division and Sgt. Brandon Bracelin will be the Public Information Officer for the Polk County Sheriff's Office.  He can be reached at brandon.bracelin@polkcountyiiowa.gov or 515-229-9720.

LOCATIONS FOR AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLES - WEEK OF NOVEMBER 8, 2014

Friday, November 07, 2014

AUTOMATED TRAFFIC VEHICLE LOCATIONS*

Saturday, November 8th, 2014   4400 NE Delaware Street
    4500 NW 78th Avenue (Saylorville Dam)
     
Sunday, November 9th, 2014:   4500 block NW 6th Drive
    1300 Block NW 66th Avenue
     
Monday, November 10th, 2014:   4200 block NE 94th Avenue
    5500 block NE Oak Hill Drive
     
Tuesday, November 11th, 2014:   3100 block NE 46th Avenue
    6200 block Delaware
     
Wednesday, November 12th, 2014:   3000 block NE Aurora
    800 block NE 54th Avenue
     
Thursday, November 13th, 2014:   200 block N Grant St. (Elkhart)
    300 block W Walnut (Elkhart)
     
Friday, November 14th, 2014:   800 block Boone St. (Sheldahl)
    600 block NE 142nd Avenue
     

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

 

 

LOCATIONS FOR AUTOMATIC TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLES - WEEK OF NOVEMBER 1, 2014

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

AUTOMATIC TRAFFIC INFORCEMENT VEHICLE LOCATIONS*

 

Saturday, November 1st, 2014:   4400 NE Delaware St
    7200 NW 26th Street
     
Sunday, November 2nd, 2014:   4500 NW 78th Ave (Saylorville Dam)
    5600 NE Oak Hill Dr.
     
Monday, November 3rd, 2014:   4300 NW Morningstar Dr.
    5000 NE Delaware Street
     
Tuesday, November 4th, 2014:   1600 NE 66th Ave.
    1300 NW 66th Ave.
     
Wednesday, November 5th, 2014:   7200 NW 6th Dr.
    7200 NE 46th Street
     
Thursday, November 6th, 2014:   5800 NE 27th Ave.
    1700 NE 70th Ave.
     
Friday, November 7th, 2014:   6200 NE Delaware Street
    6700 NW 6th Dr.

 *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 OCTOBER 25, 2014

Monday, October 27, 2014

AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLE LOCATIONS*

 

Saturday October 25th, 2014

5000 NE Delaware Street

4500 NW 78th Avenue (Saylorville Dam)

 

Sunday October 26th, 2014

4500 Block NW 6th Drive

1300 Block NW 66th Avenue

 

Monday October 27th, 2014

4200 Block NE 94th Avenue

4500 Block NW 6th Drive

 

Tuesday October 28th, 2014

3100 Block NE 46th Avenue

6200 Block Delaware

 

Wednesday October 29th, 2014

3000 Block NE Aurora

900 Block Boone Street (Sheldahl)

 

Thursday October 30th, 2014

4700 Block NE 3rd Street

300 Block W. Walnut (Elkhart)

 

Friday October 31st, 2014

900 Block NE 46th Avenue

1300 Block NW 66th Avenue

 

*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 OCTOBER 18, 2014

Thursday, October 16, 2014

AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLE LOCATIONS*

 

Saturday, October 18, 2014:   7200 Block NW 26th St.
    4500 Block NW 78th Avenue (Saylorville Dam)
     
 Sunday, October 19, 2014:    4500 Block NW 6th Dr.
     3100 Block NE 46th Avenue
     
 Monday, October 20, 2014:    5000 Block Delaware Ave
     4300 Block Morningstar Dr.
     
 Tuesday, October 21, 2014:   300 Block Brown Street (Runnells) 
    4700 Block NE 3rd Street
     
 Wednesday, October 22, 2014:   5500 Block NE Oakhill Drive 
    4400 Block Delaware Avenue
     
 Thursday, October 23, 2014:   4200 NE 94th Avenue 
    8000 Block NW 37th Street
     
 Friday, October 24, 2014:   3100 Block NE 46th Avenue 
    6200 Block NE Delaware Avenue

 *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 OCTOBER 4, 2014

Monday, October 06, 2014

AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLE LOCATIONS*

 

Saturday, October 4th, 2014:   5000 NE Delaware Street
    4500 NW 78th Avenue (Saylorville Dam)
     
Sunday, October 5th, 2014:   900 Block NE 46th Avenue
    1500 Block NE 66th Avenue
     
Monday, October 6th, 2014:   1300 Block NW 66th Avenue
    4500 Block NW 6th Drive
     
Tuesday, October 7, 2014:   3100 Block NE 46th Avenue
    6500 Block NE 41st Avenue
     
 Wednesday, October 8, 2014:   5800 NE 27th Avenue 
    4400 Block Delaware Street
     
 Thursday, October 9, 2014:   7100 Block NW 6th Dr. 
    1600 Block NE 70th Avenue
     
 Friday, October 10, 2014:   9100 Block NE 46th Avenue 
    300 Block NW 66th Avenue

 *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 SEPTEMBER 27, 2014

Thursday, September 25, 2014

AUTOMATED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT VEHICLE LOCATIONS*

 

Saturday, September 27th, 2014:   5000 NE Delaware Street
    4500 NW 78th Avenue (Saylorville Dam)
     
Sunday, September 28th, 2014:   NO DEPLOYMENT
    NO DEPLOYMENT
     
Monday, September 29th, 2014:   4500 NW 6th Drive
    800 NE 50th Avenue
     
Tuesday, September 30th, 2014:   4800 NW Beaver Drive
    500 NE 70th Avenue
     
Wednesday, October 1st, 2014:   900 S Boone Street (Sheldahl)
    5600 NE 6th Street
     
Thursday, October 2nd, 2014:   5500 NE Oakhill Drive
    4200 NE 94th Avenue
     
Friday, October 3rd, 2014:   1500 NE 66th Avenue
    1300 NW 66th Avenue

 *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 - AUGUST 8, 2014

Friday, August 08, 2014

TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT PROJECT AUGUST 8 IN EASTERN POLK COUNTY

 

     Law enforcement will increase their presence in eastern Polk County the evening of August 8, 2014, for an event organized by the Central Iowa Traffic Safety Task Force, (CITSTF), and Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau, (GTSB).

 

     Officers involved will be focusing on impaired drivers. Motorists are encouraged to plan ahead; if alcohol may be served during an event, choose a reliable designated driver who will refrain from consuming alcohol. In an effort to promote safety on Iowa’s roads, law enforcement involved in all CITSTF and GTSB projects will enforce all traffic laws. Drivers are reminded to plan ahead, obey traffic laws, and drive safely.

 

 

###

 

 

PURSUIT ENDS WITH ARREST FOR FELONY WARRANTS - AUGUST 6, 2014

Friday, August 08, 2014

PURSUIT ENDS WITH ARREST FOR FELONY WARRANTS, AS WELL AS OTHER CHARGES

 

Larry Gowin was arrested tonight and charged with Attempted Murder, Felony Eluding, and three felony warrants, (for Escape from Work Release Center, Escape, and Sex Offender Registration Violation.)

At 5:26 p.m. at E. 14th Street and Douglas a Polk County Deputy activated his lights and siren in an attempt to stop the Chevrolet Venture that Gowin was driving, due to the warrants.  Gowin attempted to elude the deputy, making numerous turns and circling several city blocks in the area between E. 14th Street and NW 2nd near Euclid.  The pursuit ended about 6 minutes later at NW 2nd and Seneca when Gowin ran a stop sign causing the Venture to be struck by another vehicle, (no injuries were reported.)

As much as law enforcement agencies try to avoid pursuits, this subject was deemed too dangerous to let him go free.  With three felony warrants, plus the eluding charge tonight, Gowin needed to be apprehended as soon as possible.  After the Venture was struck, it spun around and stopped which is when Gowin directed the van toward the deputy's vehicle and rammed it head-on.  Both the deputy and Gowin sustained minor injuries.  Gowin was taken to a local hospital by Des Moines Fire/Rescue.  He was released a short time later and taken to the Polk County Jail on the charges listed above.  The Deputy was treated at the scene.

Gowin is a 64-year-old Des Moines resident.

 

###

NEW DRUG DROP OFF BOXES ACROSS POLK COUNTY - JUNE 24, 2014

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

NEW DRUG DROP OFF BOXES ACROSS POLK COUNTY

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office along with local city Governments are offering residents a new way to help dispose of unwanted prescription medications that could otherwise end up in the wrong hands or in local landfills, or being flushed down toilets.

Prescription drug drop offs give people an easy way to keep drugs out of the hands of those that should not have them. It is more secure than disposing of them in the trash or flushing them down the toilet. These methods raise concerns because people who are desperate enough can go through people’s garbage for drugs, and flushing drugs down the toilet can contaminate the water supply.

The City of Bondurant will have a new drop off box placed in the Bondurant City Hall lobby starting on June 24, 2014. 

The City of Grimes will also have a new drop off box placed in the Grimes City Hall lobby starting on June 24, 2014. 

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office will offer a centralized location at our Field Headquarters lobby at 6023 NE 14th Street in Des Moines, with a new drop off box as well. 

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office will ensure that all accepted items will be properly disposed of.  

Items that are acceptable are prescription medications in the form of pills, tablets, ointments, creams, powders, inhalers, nebulizer solutions, liquid medications, vitamins and supplements, and pet medications. All items must be placed into a sealed zip up baggie prior to dropping them into the containers.

Items that are unacceptable for drop off are sharp objects, syringes with needles, thermometers, bloody or infectious waste, aerosol cans, Hydrogen Peroxide or Rubbing Alcohol.

The service will be available at all locations weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

We would like to thank the following businesses for their contributions in making the drop boxes possible- The U.S. Postal Service, ACME Signs, and Ted’s Body Shop.  

    Drug Drop Box Pictures                     Drug Drop Box Pict 2Drug Drop Box Pict3

### 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.)

 

 

###

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