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UPDATE: State Patrol again posted at Iowa Juvenile Home / State Training School for Girls

May 2, 2014
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Iowa State Troopers are again present on the Iowa Juvenile Home / State Training School for Girls campus in Toledo. A patrol vehicle was first reported observed on campus about 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 1. A trooper remained there at mid-morning on Friday.

"Ensuring the facility is secure" was the reason given by the Iowa Department of Human Services on Friday morning to a Chronicle request for information made Thursday night. A Department of Public Safety spokesperson told the Chronicle inquiries concerning troopers at IJH were being handled by Human Services.

The Department of Human Services is in charge of campus.

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An Iowa State Trooper is parked in his patrol car on the west side of the Iowa Juvenile Home / State Training School for Girls campus in Toledo on Thursday, May 1, about 5 p.m.
Chronicle/John Speer

Statement from Amy Lorentzen McCoy, Department of Human Services media spokesperson received at 10:21 a.m. Friday:

"On-site staff presence at the campus is limited, and it is good stewardship to ensure the facility is secure. The Iowa State Patrol will have a presence as needed. The department continues to focus on the best interests of the youth and monitoring the alternative placements in licensed or accredited settings. The physical plant will be properly maintained and secured."

State troopers have been observed on the campus at various times since it was ordered closed on Jan. 15.



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