Records: Iowa troopers going to border at ‘no cost to Texas’
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Agreements between Iowa and Texas show Iowa is donating the use of state troopers and their equipment at “no cost to Texas” to fight crime along the U.S. border with Mexico. Despite that language, a spokesman for Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds says there still is a chance Texas could eventually pick up the costs after the mission concludes.
The agreements show Iowa troopers, members of an Iowa State Patrol tactical team that responds to high-risk situations, command staff and an investigator will be part of the deployment. Iowa officials have said previously they expect to send 25 to 30 officers from the Iowa Department of Public Safety for a two-week mission this month.
The agreements show Texas and Arizona asked other states to “absorb the associated costs with this mission” for the good of the country.
It’s believed to be the first time Iowa state police officers have been sent on an out-of-state mission since Iowa joined the compact in the 1990s. Several other Republican governors have pledged to send law enforcement in response to the requests, including those in Florida, Nebraska, Idaho and Ohio.
The interstate compact says states responding to disasters are to be reimbursed for their services and equipment by states receiving aid, but that states can establish separate agreements regarding costs.
Iowa also has 24 soldiers from the Iowa National Guard providing assistance to law enforcement at the border.