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Police Reserve Unit

The West Des Moines Police Reserve Unit was established on September 1st, 1961 under the name of the West Des Moines Police Civil Defense Unit. Throughout the years, the unit's name has changed from the West Des Moines Auxiliary Police (1967-1977), to the West Des Moines Police Reserve Unit (1977-present).

The function of the Reserve Unit is to perform general support of the police department. If assisting Patrol Officers, Reserve Officers may be armed and in a uniform identical to full time officers with the addition of patch that displays "Reserve" under the department patch. Reserve Officers may partner up with a full time officer and assist with patrolling and responding to emergency calls for service, assist during community events or help the detectives as needed.

This is a volunteer position that requires 80 hours of training and additional weapons training. For more information contact Officer Jeff Hartshorn at (515) 222-3333 or 



Community Service Officer (CSO)

This position provides a wide variety of non-sworn support and enforcement functions for the public and the police department staff.  Some examples of duties performed by this position are: report writing, parking enforcement, road side assistance and traffic control, prisoner booking and monitoring, property and evidence handling, fleet vehicle transportation and public finger prints. There are currently three Community Service Officers at the West Des Moines Police Department. Two work Monday-Friday 8:00 am-4:30 pm and one works Monday-Friday 6:30 pm-3:00 am. 


Special Response Team

Suburban Emergency Response Team (S.E.R.T.)

The West Des Moines Police Department is a member of the Suburban Emergency Response Team (S.E.R.T.). This team is a collaboration with the police departments from Clive, Urbandale, Waukee, Johnston, Ankeny, Altoona and the Dallas County Sheriff's Office. The mission of S.E.R.T. is to protect and save lives by maintaining and enhancing the member department's ability to respond to and neutralize special threat/response situations through ability and superiority in team training, specialized tactics, superior marksmanship skills, ballistic supremacy and specialized equipment. Special operations conducted by S.E.R.T. may include high risk search or arrest warrants, barricaded subjects, hostage rescue, or dignitary protection. The team consists of entry operators, precision marksman, crisis negotiators, tactical paramedics and two team physicians. The overall control of the team and assets is managed by the S.E.R.T. Chief's Council which consists of the police chief or sheriff from participating agencies. 



Police Analyst

This position provides and presents data for operational and administrative use for the deployment of resources for the prevention and suppression of criminal activities, aiding the investigative process and for the efficient operation of the department. 


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Honor Guard Unit

The West Des Moines Police Honor Guard Unit was formed in 2004. The honor of serving on this unit is awarded to up to 12 officers who hold this duty in addition to their regular assignment. This is a highly respected unit as it represents the department at funerals, memorials and other special events.