That's a higher rate than 42% of US Police Departments.
We obtained data on 156 Iowa police departments.
Scorecard at a Glance
Average for 4 Sections: 48%
Scores range from 0-100% comparing cities with 100-250k population. Cities with higher scores spend less on policing, use less force, are more likely to hold officers accountable and make fewer arrests for low-level offenses.
|Police Funding: 39%|
|Police Budget Cost per Person|
|Police Presence/Over-Policing (Officers per Population)|
|Police Violence: 58%|
|Force Used per Arrest|
|Deadly Force per Arrest|
|Unarmed Victims of Deadly Force per Arrest|
|Racial Disparities in Deadly Force|
|Police Accountability: 49%|
|Misconduct Complaints Upheld|
|Excessive Force Complaints Upheld|
|Discrimination Complaints Upheld|
|Criminal Misconduct Complaints Upheld|
|Approach to Law Enforcement: 44%|
|Arrest Rate for Low Level Offenses|
|Racial Disparities in Drug Arrests|
7 Killings by Police
9 civilian complaints of police misconduct
44% were ruled in favor of civilians from 2016-17.
71,101 arrests made
57% of all arrests were for low-level, non-violent offenses from 2013-21.
Police Funding By Year
$68.86M | $314 per Resident
More Police Funding per Capita than 57% of Depts
Funds taken from communities in fines and forfeitures
Total: $53.5M from 2010-19
Number of officers per 1k population
351 Officers | 16.7 per 10k Residents
More Officers per Population than 58% of Depts
7 Killings by Police from 2013-21 | 1 every 10k arrests
^ More Killings by Police per Arrest than 42% of Depts
Deadly Force by Armed Status
14% Unarmed | 29% Did Not Allegedly Have a Gun
^ More Unarmed People Killed per Arrest than 55% of Depts
Police Violence by Race
Population of Des Moines
Des Moines Police Dept Demographics
^ More Racial Disparities in Deadly Force than 22% of Depts
Police Accountability i
Section Score: 49%
Total civilian complaints
9 from 2016-17 | 44% Ruled in Favor of Civilians
Use of Force Complaints
No Data Found Add Data
Approach to Law Enforcement i
Section Score: 44%
Arrests By Year
71,101 Arrests Reported from 2013-2020
Arrests for Low Level Offenses
40,207 Arrests | 26 per 1k residents
^ Higher Arrest Rate for Low Level Offenses than 68% of Depts
Disparities in Arrests for Low Level Offenses by Race/Ethnicity
Black people were 3.8x more likely and Latinx people were 0.9x more likely to be arrested for low level, non-violent offenses than a white person.
Percent of total arrests by type
All Arrests for Low Level Offenses ( 57% )
Drug Possession ( 9% )
Violent Crime ( 10% )
130 Homicides from 2013-21 | 34 Unsolved
^ Solved Fewer Homicides than 55% of Depts
Percent of Homicides Unsolved by Race
Homicides of Black Victims Unsolved ( 19% )
Homicides of White Victims Unsolved ( 7% )
Iowa Police Department Scores
Rankings are based upon a 0 to 100 percentage scale. Departments with higher scores use less force, make fewer arrests for low level offenses, solve murder cases more often, hold officers more accountable and spend less on policing overall.
Overall Scores for Depts where We Have Obtained the Most Data.
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|* Independence 49%|
|* Polk City 49%||▶+8%|
|* Albia 49%|
|* Sibley 49%||▶+5%|
|* Pleasantville 49%|
|* Princeton 49%|
|* Coggon 49%||▶+2%|
|* Adel 49%||▶-5%|
* An asterisk indicates this location did not publish enough data to evaluate. Click below to add data to the Scorecard.
About This Scorecard
This is the first nationwide evaluation of policing in the United States. It was built using data from state and federal databases, public records requests to local police departments, and media reports. While police data is never perfect, and there are additional indicators that still need to be tracked, the Police Scorecard is designed to provide insight into many important issues in policing.
Police Scorecard is an independent 501(c)(3) organization, learn more about our team here. If you have feedback, questions about the project, or need support with an advocacy campaign, contact our Founder, Samuel Sinyangwe.
Use this Scorecard to identify issues within police departments that require the most urgent interventions and hold officials accountable for implementing solutions. For example, cities with higher rates of low level arrests could benefit most from solutions that create alternatives to policing and arrest for these offenses. In cities where police make fewer arrests overall but use more force when making arrests, communities could benefit significantly from policies designed to hold police accountable for excessive force. And cities where complaints of police misconduct are rarely ruled in favor of civilians could benefit from creating an oversight structure to independently investigate these complaints.
Here's how to start pushing for change
Contact your Mayor and Police Chief, share your scorecard with them and urge them to enact policies to address the issues you've identified:
Advocacy Tip: This state has a Police Bill of Rights law. These laws make it harder to hold police accountable. Call state legislators and tell them to repeal this law.
Look up your state and federal representatives below, then tell them to take action to hold police accountable in your community.
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