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To be a highly-regarded organization through innovative, progressive and accountable policing practices.


Committed to relentlessly fighting crime with trust and care.


• Professionalism
• Commitment
• Unity

WELCOME from Chief Tim Gately

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Welcome to the City of Des Moines, Washington Police Department. The men and women of DMPD have chosen a career in public safety that is both a privilege and the noblest of callings. We strive each day to serve and protect the Des Moines community. This isn't merely our job; it's our calling. Des Moines is a waterfront small city that grapples with challenges similar to larger urban areas. We strive to earn your trust as we fight crime and treat everyone with dignity and respect. We are a full service contemporary law enforcement agency, including police officers, professional staff, and homeless outreach services. We combat crime and work collaboratively to address community issues, and we appreciate the continued support of our community, citizens, City Council, and City Manager.

We are hiring! Consider this an opportunity to discover not just a career but your true passion and a sense of belonging. Join the Des Moines family, and in doing so, find your path, your purpose, and your community. At Des Moines, you'll discover your best self.
Apply today to become part of our team.

Tim Gately
Chief of Police 

General Inquiries - email

Please note this email link is not monitored 24/7 and response times will vary.

Police Tip Line
(206) 870-6871

Ph: (206) 878-3301
Fx: (206) 870-7626

Emergency call 911  

When to call 911

Business Lobby Hours
M-F 6am to 8pm
Sat & Sun 8am to 4pm

21900 11th Ave. S.
Des Moines, WA 98198