Police Department

Storm Lake Police Patch transparent backgroundThe Storm Lake Iowa Police Department provides 24-hour law enforcement services to the City of Storm Lake. The department consists of 21 sworn police officers, 2 bilingual community service officers, and 2 civilian staff members. The department has a police chief, assistant chief, four lieutenants, thirteen patrol officers, and two detectives.

Police and Fire headquarters is located at 401 East Milwaukee Avenue in Storm Lake. The department’s patrol division currently has 17 officers. Each patrol shift is supervised by a Lieutenant. There is one K-9 officer that assists the department as well as surrounding agencies with narcotics detection, suspect apprehension, evidence, and subject searches, building searches, and crowd control.  The police department has an investigative division, administrative division, narcotics unit, hostage negotiators, drone pilots, clandestine drug lab team, search and recovery dive team, sexual assault response team (SART), bike patrol and a tactical entry team.Storm Lake Police Department Patrol Vehicle

The Storm Lake Police Department has been recognized nationally for its community policing initiatives and outreach efforts serving diverse populations. 

ESGR Freedom Award 2

On September 15, 2022, the Storm Lake Police Department was awarded the U.S. Secretary of Defense Freedom Award for support of its military members. Governor Kim Reynolds presented the award. 

Only 15 such awards are presented nationwide. The SLPD is the only public sector recipient in Iowa. The department was nominated by two of its members, Officer Gerardo Bravo and Officer Tyler Munden, who both serve in the Iowa National Guard and have served deployments. Seven members of the SLPD have served in the Guard. The SLPD was selected out of nearly 2,800 nominations nationwide.

Become a Storm Lake Police Officer


The Storm Lake Police Department is currently accepting application for patrol offices. The pay range for patrol officer is $55,189 to $69,604, plus incentive pay for dual language, education, and more. 

Assignment Opportunities 

  • Patrol DivisionSLPD Mission Statement
  • Investigation Division
  • School Resources Officer
  • Narcotics Unit 
  • K-9 Unit 
  • Clandestine Lab Team
  • Tactical Entry Team
  • Drone Pilots 
  • Search and Recovery Dive Team
  • Hostage Negotiation Team 
  • Sexual Assault Response Team
  • Bike Patrol 

Annual Police Report


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