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Lucas State Office Building
Des Moines, IA 50319
(515) 281-3879

In 2000, Capitol Police was placed into the Iowa State Patrol and became District 16. District 16 maintains a highly visible security presence on the State Capitol Complex as well as protection and security of Terrace Hill, the official residence of the Governor of Iowa.

Providing Security to the 167 acre Capitol Complex and 6.5 acres of Terrace Hill is accomplished by patrol car, bike patrol and on foot. Troopers are responsible for the security and safety of all employees and visitors (182,0771 in 2009) to the Capitol Complex. This also includes the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Supreme Court Justices, Iowa Senators and Representatives.

Post 16 has held a long and proud tradition of being a starting place for many DPS employees since 1976.  The experience gained at Post 16 has assisted many officers as they further their career in DPS.

Post 16 is also responsible for the access card system for state employees that work on the Capitol Complex.  This badging system is connected to the Andover and Toye security system which allows for a safe and secure environment for employees in their work places.  Click here for information regarding parking on the capitol complex, obtaining building access and parking permits.

The Executive Protection Unit is responsible for the protection of the Governor, First Lady, their children, and the Lt. Governor.  EPU Troopers must remain flexible as their day may be spent at the State Capitol, another location in the United States or a trip overseas.  The many members of the Iowa State Patrol that have provided security for Iowa’s Governor dating back to Governor Robert Ray have performed this service with integrity and loyalty.

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