Iowa Police Journal - February 2016 Issue
Iowa State Police Association Newsletter
November 2015


Mar 1
ISPA Meeting
Des Moines-TBD Time: 1:00 PM

Mar 2
RTC Meeting
Des Moines-TBD Time: 1:00 PM



James A. Griglione
Iowa State Police Association Local #10

Eugene "Gene" Louis Sternberg
Iowa State Police Association Local #2

Arnold William Latuska Jr.
Iowa State Police Association Local #5

John A. Britt
Iowa State Police Association



Pension and Benefits Seminar
By Tim Pillack

image Greetings! I hope 2016 is a wonderful year for you and your family.

Rick Host and I recently attended the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) Pension and Benefits seminar in Nevada. It was a good seminar with very informative presentations. There was a good discussion about a defined benefit retirement system (like our Municipal Fire and Police Retirement System of Iowa [MFPRSI]) versus a defined contribution system (similar to a 401K). The MFPRSI is a good retirement system, and this is why the Iowa State Police Association (ISPA) continues to work hard to keep the system intact for our members.

I learned more about the Healthcare Enhancement for Local Public Safety (HELPS) provision. This component grants eligible retired public safety officers an annual federal income tax exclusion of up to $3,000 for amounts paid to cover...


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Opening March 30, 2016
By Ryan Goecke, ISPA Past President


image If you’ve taken a leisurely cruise — or perhaps transported an inmate — past Grinnell (exit 182) on I-80 in the last couple years, you may have wondered what exactly that 250,000-square-foot, part-office/mostly warehouse-looking building is on the north side of the road. You may have even seen the sign that reads “Brownells Retail & Distribution Coming Soon.”


The truth is Brownells has been operating its distribution center out of that building since November 2014. A significant number of its office employees moved there in March 2015. However, the “coming soon” portion of the sign has been bugging central Iowa firearm enthusiasts since it was erected more than 2½ years ago.

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Tips for thwarting and surviving roadside attackers

By Greg Erie


image Ambush attacks resulting in line-of-duty deaths are on the rise and have been for several years. There is no good news/bad news approach to these types of attacks. An ambush is what it is. It is defined as: an act of hiding, waiting for others to appear, and then suddenly attacking them.


However, there are things to look for. One thing that stands out is traffic stop ambushes. In video after video of traffic stop ambushes, one thing remains constant: brake lights. This was brought to my attention at an International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA) conference by retired chief Jeff Chudwin. You would be hard pressed to find a better trainer. When Chudwin talks, people listen.


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Ferguson residents worried about cost of US-mandated police changes


Law enforcement leaders examine new use-of-force principles


How can suppressors pay for themselves?


Survey finds Chicago residents distrust cops


NLEOMF secures funding to build museum



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