The state capitol will be overrun by the Iowa State Patrol this weekend, but it’s not part of stepped up security. Sergeant Regina Clemens says the entire patrol is getting together for a 70th anniversary picture. She says it’ll include all current employees and also retirees, who’ll gather on the west steps of the capitol. Clemens says the photo is scheduled for Sunday. She says there’ll be approximately 450 people involved in the whole picture. She says they’ll actually take three pictures, one with everyone, one with the current patrol employees, and one with just the sworn personnel. So who’s patrolling the streets while the troopers are saying cheese? She says they’ve notified the counties and cities that the troopers will be out of the area for awhile. She says they will still have people in the communications center. Clemens says this is a rare happening. She says this is the third time all the officers have gotten together — the last in 1985. Clemens says the actual 70th anniversary is July 28th of next year, but they’re taking the photo now for use in a yearbook and other displays for the anniversary.
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