Office of Professional Standards

Citizens have the right to expect the Sheriff's Office to provide law enforcement services that are fair, effective and impartially applied. The Sheriff seeks to maintain the integrity of the Office, and its employees.

Employees are held to high standards in official conduct, and are expected to respect the rights of all citizens. Employees have the right to be protected against false charges of misconduct or wrongdoing.

The Office of Professional Standards is responsible for reviewing employee involved critical incidents, and investigating complaints of misconduct. All complaints of misconduct are thoroughly investigated.

How to make a complaint:

Fill out a complaint form:

Complaint forms are also available at:

Sheriff's Field Headquarters
5995 NE 14th Street
Des Moines, IA 50313
Polk County Jail
1985 NE 51st Place
Des Moines, IA 50313
Completed forms may be mailed to:
Polk County Sheriff's Office
Office of Professional Standards
2309 Euclid Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50310-5703

Office of Professional Standards staff can be reached at 515-323-5456 or

Sheriff's Office Closures and Information COVID-19