The Iowa State Patrol was started by Iowa's first female secretary of state, Ola Babcock Miller, who was a champion for highway safety. Her vision for the Iowa Highway Patrol was a group of well-trained officers who would enforce Iowa's traffic laws but also, more critical to her, spread the word about the importance of safe driving.
In 1935 fifty men were sworn in as officers of the Iowa Highway Safety Patrol. Known thereafter as the "First Fifty," they had been selected from a group of more than 3,000 applicants and more than 100 invited for the initial training at Camp Dodge. One member of that group, Buck Cole, proposed the patrol's motto of "Courtesy-Service-
Highlights of Iowa State Patrol include:
• Iowa’s Early Roads
• Mrs. Miller’s Vision
• First Highway Patrol Training Camp
• The “First Fifty” on Patrol
• Challenges and Changes
• Into the Modern Era
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