http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/...ers-merging-into-department-of-public-safety/ The DOT enforcement folks are certified, armed, sworn, etc peace officers that primarily perform commercial vehicle enforcement duties. The state patrol is obviously a more general state law enforcement agency with primary responsibility for enforcement on state highways and interstates. Our state is very broad in the authority given to officers, so officers from both agencies (and any other agency) already have 24/7 peace officer authority statewide. This merger is interesting for a number of reasons. First, it appears that the governor executed the merger by executive order, and not through any legislative action. If I were a state employee, I would consider that to be mildly alarming, especially since I am of the impression that line employees of the agencies were not aware of anything until yesterday. While it would be easy to look at this as a big potential "cost saving" measure, it worth pointing out that DOT MVE is/was entirely funded through road use tax, and not the state's general fund. Their jobs have been considered "layoff safe" in recent years because they are not funded by the general fund, which has taken a huge hit. The Department of Public Safety (and therefore State Patrol) IS funded through the general fund, and they have seen a tremendous drop in authorized strength in the last five years, have only been able to hire once since 2007, and have been threatened with layoffs each year as well. DOT MVE also has a very high line/brass ratio because their sergeants are not supervisors. They have a lieutenant, six captains, and a major for their road patrol operation, which puts them at greater than 10:1. So the questions I'm left with: 1) When there is talk of layoffs again next year, how will seniority work? Especially if CMV enforcement is it's own division and more importantly, how will funding work since road use money will be coming in to the DPS/ISP now? 2) What happens to rank officers with DOT? The Sergeants have no equivalent rank in ISP relative to their duties (they are officers with some sort of "specialty" in DOT and bosses in ISP). The Captains with DOT have duties more in line with a Lieutenant at ISP (post commander). 3) What's new uniforms for 100+ officers, new striping on 100+ cars, and all of the assorted other stuff going to cost the tax payers? Wanna kill these ads? We can help!