Polk County Sheriff's Office

See Polk County Sheriff's Office location, address, and phone number, and public records search. Sheriffs are law enforcement officers which enforce laws and keep public order. Sheriffs are usually elected by their regional counties.


Name
Polk County Sheriff's Office
Address
2309 Euclid Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa, 50310
Phone
(515) 286-3800

Nearby Sheriffs

Sheriff Distance
Warren County Sheriff's Office 19 miles
Dallas County Sheriff's Office 19 miles
Madison County Sheriff's Office 27 miles
Story County Sheriff's Office 28 miles
Boone County Sheriff's Office 33 miles
Jasper County Sheriff's Office 34 miles
Marion County Sheriff's Office 37 miles
Marshall County Sheriff's Office 40 miles
Clarke County Sheriff 41 miles
Guthrie County Sheriff's Office 44 miles
Lucas County Sheriff's Office 45 miles
Jefferson County Sheriff's Office 46 miles

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What is a sheriff?

A sheriff is an elected law enforcement official who serves a specific county. Many of the responsibilities of the sheriff overlap with those of local police departments. The biggest difference is that a sheriff has jurisdiction over the entire county, while police departments can only enforce laws within city limits.

While sheriffs share law enforcement duties with city police officers, their degree of responsibility varies by jurisdiction. Municipalities with limited resources often contract law enforcement services to the sheriff, especially for complex crimes where they may not be equipped to conduct a detailed investigation.

Sheriffs tend to be more involved in cases where a suspect operates across city lines. Since they have the authority to investigate crimes and make arrests in any city in their jurisdiction, they often act as a bridge between various municipal law enforcement agencies in that jurisdiction.