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Colonel Nathan Fulk, Chief

Colonel Nathan Fulk

Colonel Nathan Fulk has worked for the Iowa Department of Public Safety for over 26 years and currently serves as the Chief of the Iowa State Patrol based in Des Moines.

He started his career in 1997 as a Trooper with the Iowa State Patrol in Solon. Colonel Fulk has served in several leadership positions within the Department, including: District 1 Assistant District Commander, Assistant Tactical Team Leader, Honor Guard Coordinator, Basic Academy Lead Drill Instructor, Sniper Coordinator/Instructor, Professional Development Bureau Chief, Basic Academy Commander, and Area A Commander. 

 Colonel Fulk served on the Tactical Unit and as an instructor in ASP Baton, Defensive Tactics, Honor Guard, Firearms, O/C, Open Sight Rifle, and Sniper certification/deployment.

His job duties include: 

  • Provide leadership and management strategies to support all members of the Department.
  • Direct, control, and command the organization through the chain of command so the mission of the Iowa State Patrol can be carried out efficiently and effectively.
  • Set both short and long-term goals for the organization that align with Departmental goals. 
  • Work and communicate with internal and external clients and customers to meet their needs in a polite, courteous, and cooperative manner to provide quality law enforcement services in the State of Iowa. 

Colonel Fulk is a graduate of the Des Moines Area Community College. He attended the Police Leadership: West Point Model training program. He is U.S. Marine Corps Veteran who served in “Operation Restore Hope” in Mogadishu, Somalia in 1993. He completed his enlistment as a scout-sniper instructor for the 1st Marine Division.

Major Troy Bailey, Field Operations 

Field Operations Major Troy Bailey

Major Troy Bailey has worked for the Iowa Department of Public Safety for over 27 years and currently serves as the Field Operations Commander based in Des Moines. He began his career in 1996 as a Trooper in District 11 located in Cedar Rapids.

His job duties include: 

  • Ensuring integrity and accountability in the delivery of support and services to the public and other entities of state government
  • Create and apply short and long-term operational goals
  • Provide guidance and direction to Area Commanders and Assistant Field Operations Officers. 
  • Support, assist, and facilitate the implementation of goals and objectives for the Iowa State Patrol.

Major Bailey is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's National Academy and a graduate of Police Leadership: The West Point Model. Prior to his service with the Iowa State Patrol, Major Bailey served in the U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard. 

Major David Halverson, Administrative Operations

Administrative Operations Major David Halverson

Major David Halverson has worked for the Iowa Department of Public Safety for over 31 years and currently serves as the Administrative Operations Officer based in Des Moines.
In 1993, he started his career as a Capitol Police Officer in Des Moines, and in 1995 he became a Trooper with the Iowa State Patrol serving in District 1, Des Moines.  He was promoted to Sergeant-Assistant District Commander, District 1 in 2014.  In 2018, he was promoted to Lieutenant of the Professional Development Bureau. He then served as Captain-Area “D” Commander from 2020 until 2021 when he was promoted to Major, Administrative Operations Officer. Major Halverson has served on the ISP Tactical Unit, as a Drug Recognition Expert and has held positions at the DPS Basic Academy during (7) different academies since 2012.  He has also served as an instructor in the disciplines of Defensive Tactics, Taser and OWI/SFST.

His job duties include: 

  • Leadership and management of the State Patrol budget
  • Fleet & Supply
  • Human Resources-including Workers Compensation, and Vertical Infrastructure for fifteen properties across the state.  
  • Ensuring compliance with state policies and procedures regarding the acquisition of goods and services while simultaneously efficiently delivering support to the members of the Division.

Major Halverson is a graduate of Alexandria Technical College in Alexandria, MN where he earned an A.A.S. degree in Law Enforcement.  He has also attended Police Leadership: West Point Model training program.   

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The Iowa State Patrol strives to reduce traffic fatalities across Iowa. Each year, the Iowa State Patrol adopts a set of initiatives to focus on.

The Iowa State Patrol's current initiatives are:

  • Under 300 Initiative
  • Iowa State Patrol's Steps to Reduce Traffic-Related Fatalities


 The 6% of Iowa drivers and passengers who go unbuckled account for 44% of Iowa's vehicle fatalities. Seatbelt usage saves lives!

 Troopers will:  Vigorously enforce Iowa's Seatbelt Law.


 Crashes on Iowa roadways involving drugged or alcohol impaired drivers are on the rise.

 Troopers will:  Prioritize the detection and apprehension of impaired drivers.


 Vehicle lane departure or the vehicle leaving the roadway are contributing factors in 56% of serious injury crashes in Iowa.

 Troopers will:  Utilize unmarked vehicles to enhance distracted driving enforcement efforts.


Traveling in excess of the posted speed limit and traveling too fast for roadway conditions is the #1 leading cause of vehicle crashes in Iowa.

 Troopers will: Aggressively enforce Iowa's speed limit laws.



Click image to enlarge Under 300 Initiatives Poster

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Since 1935, 12 State Troopers have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty: Iowa State Patrol Line of Duty Deaths.

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Iowa State Patrol History

Iowa State Patrol History

Review historic events since the Iowa State Patrol was established in 1935.  

ISP History
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