The Mission of the Van Meter Police Department is to work with the community through partnerships to enhance the quality of life in our city and in accordance with constitutional rights to enforce the laws, preserve the peace, reduce fear, and provide for a safe environment to live and raise families.

    Core Values

    In partnership with the community, we pledge to:

    • Protect the lives and property of our fellow citizens and impartially enforce the law.
    • Fight crime both by preventing it and by aggressively pursuing violators of the law.
    • Maintain a higher standard of integrity than is generally expected of others because so much is expected of us.
    • Value human life, respect the dignity of each individual and render our services with courtesy and civility.

    Community Policing Philosophy

    Community Policing is a philosophy, management style and organizational strategy that permeates the organizational culture to promote proactive problem-solving and police community partnerships to address the cause of crime and fears as well as other community issues affecting the quality of life in the community


    William Daggett - Police Chief

    Chief (Director) Daggett currently serves as the Police Chief and Director of Public Safety.  He has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of the Ozarks and a Masters in Public Administration from Drake University.  He holds certification as a Certified Public Manager. Chief Daggett has served 32 years in the public safety field as a police officer, firefighter and emergency medical technician. He believes in a strong community policing philosophy and strives to provide departments that provide the best service to the community as possible.

    Michal Brown - Asst. Chief Police/Fire/EMS

    Assistant Chief Brown serves as the administrative assistant chief for police and fire operations.  He is a member of the U.S. Army Reserve and a valued member of the team.


    505 Grant
    PO Box 160
    Van Meter, IA 50261

    Emergency: 911

    Sheriff's Dispatch: 515-993-4567

    Bill Daggett: 515-202-4154