Des Moines County Sheriff Department

Find Des Moines County Iowa sheriff offices, departments, headquarters, jails, and detention centers. Sheriffs provide information on records, arrests, inmates, warrants, and mugshots.


Des Moines County Sheriff's Office 512 North Main Street Burlington IA 52601 319-753-8212


About the Des Moines County Sheriff Department

Sheriff's Departments in Des Moines County, IA are law enforcement agencies responsible for the management of Des Moines County jails and inmates and promoting public peace and safety through policing. Sheriff's Offices are tasked with patrolling areas not within the jurisdiction of the local Police Department. The Department is responsible for managing local court orders and judgments, including foreclosures, tax delinquencies, subpoenas, and repossessions.

You may contact the Sherriff's Office for questions about:
  • Des Moines County jail records and inmate lookups
  • Inmate visitation and contact procedures
  • Mugshots and police reports
  • Des Moines County, Iowa crime reports and Sheriff blotter
  • Warrant searches
  • Sheriff auctions
Des Moines County Public Records

Sheriff Departments keep Des Moines County public records, including criminal records, inmate rosters and jail records, mug shots, Sheriff blotters and logs, sales & auction activity, and public safety records. These records may be available upon request.

County Inmates & Jails

Des Moines County Sheriff's Depts are tasked with a wide variety of law enforcement responsibilities, including operating Des Moines County county jails, transporting and detaining prisoners until they are discharged, as well as detention facility maintenance.

Enforcing Legal Judgments

The Sheriff's Office is responsible for serving and executing a range of legal processes issued by non-criminal courts. These include issuing and enforcing summonses and subpoenas, court orders such as contempt of court, divorce papers, and evictions notices.

Office of the Sheriff

The Sheriff, often an elected official, is the head of the Sheriff's Department in Des Moines County. The Office, all departments, Sheriff's deputies and non-law enforcement employees are led by the Sheriff who serves a term length in accordance with county law.

Des Moines County Sheriff's Office Employment

Election to Des Moines County Sheriff's Depts do not usually require any particular law enforcement or legal training, although most applicants are former law enforcement officers. Sheriff's deputies, who are not elected to their positions, must undergo Iowa state law enforcement training. You may contact the Sheriff's Office for more information about job requirements and applications.