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State trooper ticketed for speeding with Branstad in vehicle

iowa dept of public safetyDes Moines, IOWA — The Department of Public Safety has concluded the review of the allegations of both work rule violations and a traffic offense involving two on-duty state Troopers.

Regarding the complaint of a traffic offense, Trooper Steve Lawrence was cited for speeding in Hamilton County on April 26, 2013, 84 m.p.h. in a 65 m.p.h. zone. The citation was issued on Thursday, July 25, 2013.

Concerning the allegation of work rule violations, a confidential personnel investigation has been completed. The completion of the investigation resulted in appropriate discipline for Trooper Steve Lawrence. Trooper Matt Eimers did not receive discipline as a result of his compliance with Departmental policies.

Commissioner London stresses the importance of serving as an example, “The peace officers of the Department of Public Safety must lead by example and obey our traffic laws at all times. We remain committed to serving Iowans professionally and acting in accordance with the law and Departmental policies.”

A review of Department of Public Safety policy was completed by members of the State Patrol Command Staff. This review resulted in a recommendation to strengthen the policy outlining the Duties and Responsibilities of Executive Protection Unit Troopers by adding reinforcing language from the DPS policy on vehicle operations:

“While providing transportation for the Governor, First Lady, First Family, Lieutenant Governor and other dignitaries, Executive Protection Unit Troopers are subject to rules, requirements and restrictions imposed by law, and applicable Department standards, and will operate state vehicles in accordance with section IV of DPS Operating Manual 22-03.06 (General Guidelines Regarding Operation of State Vehicles).”

This policy addition has been recommended by Commissioner Brian London and Colonel David Garrison, Chief, State Patrol Division. However, the policy revision must follow departmental protocol including following our implementation protocols. The implementation protocol includes a review and comment period by several members of the Department along with the State Peace Officer’s Council.

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