PatrolThe Patrol Section is an intricate part of the department. This section provides around-the-clock services to the community. Officers assigned to patrol work hard to keep the lines of communication open between the Department and the community. Each officer is assigned to a routine beat so they can learn the businesses, the neighborhood and the people that make up that neighborhood. 

  • First Watch – 9:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.
  • Second Watch – 6:00 am. To 4:00 p.m.
  • Third Watch – 1:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Patrol Canine (K-9) Unit
All the canines are certified through the United States Police Canine Association.
  • The canines are used for a variety of purposes including:
  • Tracking missing persons and suspects
  • Searching for evidence, drugs and explosives
  • Helping to apprehend criminals
Different Sections with the Operations Division are:
  • Asian Outreach Resource Officer (A.O.R.O.)
  • Hispanic Outreach Neighborhood Resource Advocate (H.O.N.R.A.)
  • Crime Free Multi Housing
  • Safe Haven for Seniors
  • Seniors & Law Enforcement Together (SALT)
  • Mobile Crisis Response Team
  • Neighborhood Watch
  • Police Athletic League (PAL)
  • Des Moines Police Boxing Club
  • LGBTQ+ Liaison
  • Safety City
  • Youth Service Coordinator
  • DMPD Explorer Post #21
  • Community Ambassador Program (CAP)
  • Traffic
  • Homeland Security Bureau
  • Airport
  • Bomb Squad
  • Explosive Detection K-9
  • Metro S.T.A.R.
  • Animal Care and Control