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!!

Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau

The De Soto Police Department is a member of the Iowa Governors Traffic Safety Bureau (GTSB). Our agency receives grant funding from the State to provide overtime for officers to conduct extra traffic enforcement patrols during Special Traffic Enforcement Projects (STEP). This funding can be used to purchase newer equipment for traffic enforcement purposes, or can be used to provide overtime funding to officers to conduct traffic enforcement. During the 2017 Grant year we elected to use the grant for the purchase of a new in car video system. The new Watch guard 4RE system was installed into our Ford Utility Interceptor.

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

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