Sheriff’s Office



The Administration Division provides a variety of management and support services for the entire Sheriff's Office.

Law Enforcement Services

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 Polk County Jail is a 325,000 square-feet facility that sits on 40 acres of land just north of Des Moines. The facility has 1,500 beds and the ability to expand capacity an additional 1,000 beds to handle the projected increase of Polk County's inmate population through at least 2030.

Court Services Division/Personnel Section/Training Division 

Court Services Division consists of three areas:
Civil Process is responsible for receiving, processing and serving civil and criminal court orders and legal documents.
Courthouse Security provides law enforcement functions within the Polk County Courthouse and River Point Court Annex building and Court Staging.
Personnel Section is responsible for hiring, recruitment and selection processes for the Polk County Sheriff's Office.


The Sheriff's Office provides public safety dispatching services to a number of communities and agencies.

Office of Planning and Development

The Office of Planning and Development is responsible for providing professional services internally.

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.

Sheriff's Office Training Opportunities

The Sheriff's Office Training Division hosts a variety of training opportunities.

Contact Us

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

Administration: (515) 286-3814
Administration Fax: (515) 323-5473
Civil: (515) 286-3800
: (515) 286-3333
Jail: (515) 323-5400
Law Enforcement
: (515) 286-3306