MARCH 2016

MARCH 2016

Iowa State Police Association Newsletter
March 2016


May 4
ISPA Meeting
Location: Sioux City
Time: 9:00 AM

May 12
NAPO Legislative Seminar
Location: Washington, DC



James "Jim" Leroy Hanson
Iowa State Police Association Local #94

Robert L. Worden
Iowa State Police Association Local #7

James A. Griglione
Iowa State Police Association Local #10



By Josh Bell, ISPA Junior Director

image Greetings Iowa State Police Association (ISPA) members. As a new member on the ISPA Board, let me take a minute and tell you a little about myself.

I have been with the Cedar Rapids Police Department since 2002. During my career, I have been a field training officer, bike officer, honor guard team member, special response team sniper and shield operator, union steward and Local 5 board member.

Since 2011, I’ve been in the Criminal Investigation Division (CID), and for the last three years, I have been assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force. Being on the ICAC task force, I have worked with some great law enforcement officers across Iowa and throughout our country. I’ve learned that our 411 pension plan is one of the best in the nation, and I’m proud of that.

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By Paula Feltner, ISPA Lobbyist


image The 86th Iowa General Assembly gaveled in on Monday, January 11, 2016. There were historic changes in House leadership. Representative Linda Upmeyer (R-Clear Lake) was selected to be first female Speaker in state history when former Speaker Kraig Paulsen stepped down from the post. Chris Hagenow (R-Windsor Heights) was elected the new Majority Leader.


Two changes also occurred in House membership. Two special elections were both won by republicans, so the House split remains 57 republicans to 43 democrats. (Remember that the Iowa Legislature has “split” control — the democrats control the Senate with 26 democrats, 24 republicans). In House District 5, Representative Charles Holz replaced Representative Chuck Soderberg. The district includes most of Plymouth County and parts of west central Woodbury County. In House District 21, Representative Tom Moore from Griswold filled the seat vacated by the death of long-term and much beloved Representative Jack Drake. That district includes parts of Adams, Cass, Pottawattamie and Union counties.


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image The Iowa State Police Association (ISPA) is proud to recognize extraordinary individuals with the Iowa Law Enforcement Purple Heart Award. This honor is granted to sworn Iowa peace officers who have been seriously, critically or fatally injured in the line of duty. In addition, this award may be conferred if an injury was averted by body armor.


Please visit our Purple Heart Award page to nominate an officer. Purple Heart Award nominations must involve an assailant attack or act of valor occurring or concluding between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2016. This year, and in future years, the award will be presented to the recipient or posthumously to the law enforcement officer’s family at the annual ISPA conference in October.


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Shooting at a moving car: 3 key lessons for cops in SCOTUS ruling


The 10 best states to make a living as a police officer


FBI, Apple clash before Congress as encryption fight simmers


Ford boosts protection for police interceptor


Ohio police officer fired over Facebook post



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