law enforcement

River to River
3:47 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Iowa Police Departments' Use of Military Gear

Guardsmen train on Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle prior to Iraq deployment
The National Guard

Recent clashes between police and civilians in Ferguson, Missouri have led local community members to consider the military-style equipment given to local police departments.

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Talk of Iowa: From the Archives
4:50 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

History Of The Iowa State Patrol

Iowa Highway Safety Patrol Officers
Iowa Department of Public Safety

In 1935 fifty men were sworn in as the first officers of the Iowa Highway Safety Patrol.

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River to River
1:56 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

The Crime of Stalking

According to the Stalking Resource Center 6.6 million people are stalked in the U.S. every year.
Flickr / daniellehelm

Though stalking became a crime in the state of Iowa in 1994, it’s a difficult charge since in many ways stalking is an “invisible" crime.  Upon examining this crime River to River asks, "What should a person do if they're being stalked?" And also, "What drives stalkers to obsessively harass their victims?"

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River to River
2:24 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Concern Over State Trooper Numbers & Officer Safety

Iowa State Patrol Diorama
Phil's 1stPix / flickr

Since the year 2000, the amount of state troopers on Iowa’s roads has dropped more than 20 percent, delaying accident response time and forcing officers to make hard decisions based on where they are needed most. Today on River to River, Ben Kieffer talks with state troopers about their experience on the force and sits down with local police to discuss the dangers that exist for law enforcement personnel.

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Crime, Justice and Public Safety
6:00 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Strip searches in Iowa: what's the law?

Keith Allison

It seems like everybody’s talking about strip searches these days. But as Iowa Public Radio’s Kate Wells reports, strip searches for minor crimes are pretty limited in this state – or at least, they’re supposed to be.