Fugitives roam free beyond borders

Iowa law enforcement agencies are unwilling to chase fugitives across a state border in about one out of five cases, according to a joint investigation by The Des Moines Register and USA TODAY into how aggressively suspects are pursued when they flee a jurisdiction to avoid justice. Fugitives from Iowa who have fled across state lines include some wanted for sexual assault, aggravated assault and robbery.

Source: Des Moines Register and USA TODAY

Posted on: March 12, 2014

Gun tracing not consistent in Iowa

The federal government recommends tracing all firearms, but a Gazette review shows some of Iowa's largest police departments traced half or fewer of the guns they took in to custody last year. Some departments blamed lack of staff or long wait times. Others said the process rarely helps solve local crimes.

Source: The Cedar Rapids Gazette

Posted on: March 18, 2013