Melissa Henderson

Cedar Rapids Police Department

At their July 2018 meeting, the ISPA Board approved Melissa Henderson as representative to the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy Council. She replaces Marshalltown Police Sergeant Melinda Ruopp who announced her upcoming retirement.  

Officer Henderson has been with the Cedar Rapids Police Department for 24 years as a full-time officer and served 2 more years prior to that as a reserve police officer. She currently serves as the Traning Coordinator which includes coordinating the Cedar Rapids Regional Police Academy.  Prior to her current assignment she worked full time as a Task Force Officer with the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force.  During this time she was also a WMD Coordinator for the State of Iowa. Prior to that assignment she worked as an investigator investigating sex crimes, worked undercover with narcotics and vice, worked as a narcotics investigator, and as a patrol officer.  She has been an ILEA instructor in various subjects for almost 20 years. She is on the board of the Cedar Rapids Police Protective Charity and is on the City of Cedar Rapids Incident Management Team. Officer Henderson has been married 21 years and has four children.

The ISPA Board is greatly appreciative of the time Sgt. Ruopp devoted to the ILEA Council and to Officer Henderson for filling that roll for the ISPA.

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