Law Enforcement

Polk County Sheriff's Office

The Office of the Sheriff

was instituted when the State of Iowa was granted Statehood in 1846. As the only elected law enforcement officer, the Office of Sheriff is unique in that the Sheriff is directly accountable to the people. The first Polk County Sheriff, Thomas Mitchell, took the Oath of Office on April 3, 1846. Our current Sheriff, Bill McCarthy, was reelected by the Citizens of Polk County in November 2016, and took the Oath of Office on January 3, 2017.

For more information about the Polk County Sheriff's office click here.

For non-emergency issues call 515-286-3333. To report a crime click here.

For animal control issues call 515-286-2265.

If there is an emergency call 911.