De Soto Police Department

The De Soto Police Department is committed to being responsive to the community in the delivery of quality law enforcement services. We recognize our responsibility to maintain order, while affording dignity and respect to every individual. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for the citizens of De Soto through a partnership with the community that promotes safe, secure streets and neighborhoods.

The De Soto Police Department is staffed with a full-time Chief of Police, two part time certified officers and five reserve officers.

Reminder from the De Soto Police Department
Don’t leave your valuables in a vehicle and if you have to please cover them so they are not as visible. Also remember the snow season is approaching as well please become familiar with the De Soto snow ordinance. As always stay safe!!

Reserve Officer Unit
A Reserve Officer is a volunteer (non-paid) position. Reserve Officers are required to complete an extensive training program set by the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy. Reserves will be required to have over 500 hours of supervised ride time before being allowed to conduct solo patrols. Once Reserve Officers complete the training process, they will become State Certified Reserve Officers. Reserves must complete annual training to remain on the department as a Reserve Officer. Reserves have the same rights and authority as a full-time police officer. The De Soto Police Department currently has three Reserve Police Officers.

Social Media
The De Soto Police Department uses Facebook to send out community information and alerts. To follow our Facebook page please go to the De Soto Iowa Police Facebook page

Community Engagement
The De Soto Police Department enjoys supporting many of the fun events that make De Soto a great place to live. Here are some photos from recent events.


Complaints / Compliments
If you would like to file a complaint or compliment email the Chief of Police at

Police Department Forms / Handouts
Business Emergency Contact Form
Witness Statement
Vacation House Check Request Form
Civilian Rider Request Form
Golf Cart Ordinance

Chief of Police – John Sparling
Phone: (Non-Emergency) 515-346-9395
Dallas County Sheriff’s Office Non Emergency Dispatch: 515-993-4567
Emergency Phone: Dial 911