Why Choose the Polk County Sheriff’s Office?

Why Choose the Polk County Sheriff’s Office?

Working at the Polk County Sheriff’s Office is more than just serving and protecting the citizens of central Iowa. It’s a chance to grow your criminal justice career in a supportive environment. From building partnerships with communities to helping the most vulnerable, working with us is a real way to make a difference every day.

Grow Your Career with Us

A True Career Path

Whether you choose the path of a Detention Officer or a Deputy Sheriff, advancement opportunities await from Sergeant and beyond.

A Diversity of Opportunities

From Jail and Patrol to Detectives, and Mental Health. Urban to rural. The Sheriff’s Office has many ways to become deeply involved in the world of criminal justice.

A Bigger Family

A philosophy that you matter and are part of a team when you join the Polk County Sheriff’s family.

A Part of the Community

From our patrol of towns like Grimes and Bondurant to our involvement in all the communities and rural areas of Polk County, you will make a daily difference in your community.

A Future Beyond Employment

A benefits package unmatched with guaranteed retirement income after a satisfying career.

An Embracement of Technology and Advanced Training

Learn and be trained in advanced and proven techniques and philosophy in law enforcement.

Moving to Des Moines is a Smart Career Move

Fast-Growing Metro

We’re one of the fastest-growing metros in the nation. New restaurants, shopping and social spaces are regularly added as many suburbs continue to expand.

Miles of Recreation

We’re home to sporting events and outdoor recreations of all kinds. Whether you like to paddle, pedal or pound the pavement, there’s hundreds of miles of trails to explore in Des Moines.

Affordable Living

Des Moines consistently tops the list for best places to buy a home in the U.S. With outstanding school districts and affordable living costs, it’s a great place to live.

Be a Part of the Team

Current Openings