In just a few weeks, two major law enforcement agencies in Iowa will merge in an effort to increase efficiency and consistency.
On May 16, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed legislation that will make the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) Motor Vehicle Enforcement (MVE) Division a part of the Iowa State Patrol.
The bill was signed into law at a weigh station in Dallas County.
Nearly 100 officers who make up the Iowa DOT MVE will become part of the Iowa State Patrol as part of the merger.
The move of the Iowa DOT MVE into the Iowa State Patrol is effective on July 1, 2023.
“This move will enhance the footprint of state officers on the road and improve safety and the ability of officers to protect through increased efficiencies, consistency in purpose and operations, and consistent training,” Iowa DOT said.
Radio Iowa reports that state officials have been working on merging the Iowa DOT MVE and the Iowa State Patrol since 2011.