JULY 2016

JULY 2016

Iowa Police Journal - July 2016
Iowa State Police Association Newsletter
July 2016


July 23
NAPO Annual Convention
Location: Palm Beach, FL


August 20
Bremer County Peace Officers Golf Tournament
Time: 9:00 AM





By Ryan Goecke, ISPA Immediate Past President

imageAs a board member and past president of the nearly 3,200-member Iowa State Police Association (ISPA), I have had many opportunities to talk with officers from around the state of Iowa, as well as the United States. I’ve also attended the National Peace Officer Ceremony in Washington D.C., as well as the Iowa ceremony. We have spent many hours talking about issues ranging from what affects our officers in their local communities to the monumental change in the level of trust of law enforcement in America.


Ferguson, Mo. in August 2014. This incident was widely inaccurately reported despite statistics, sparking riots and a national movement that is often anti-police. Subsequent incidents with police elsewhere seemed to follow the same pattern, resulting in violent protests — often before the facts of the case were known. Reactions by members of the public, local and state authorities have created changes in law enforcement, and not necessarily for the better. This can make it more difficult to attract dedicated people to the profession — people who are needed now more than ever.


In March of this year, two Des Moines police officers were killed in the line of duty. While attending the services for these officers, I could see the outpouring of support — not only from the community...


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By Rick Host, Secretary/Treasurer


image I hope this finds all of you well and enjoying another Iowa summer. It appears it is going to be a hot one.


Here is an update on the condition of the Iowa State Police Association (ISPA). As of 14 June 2016, membership stands at 3,146. This is down from last year. We have had a few members choose not to renew their membership and there is the usual turn over with the locals. Some of the locals’ losses have been countered by new members but not all. Additionally, we have lost 28 members to death so far this year. Over the long run, we average about 30 deaths per year. The last two or three years have been exceptional with numbers in the mid-to-upper 30s. I hope this trend discontinues. It would be nice not to have any more this fiscal year.

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By Zach Lewis, ISPA President

imagePolice Week events in Washington, D.C. were held May 9 through May 15. Iowa State Police Association (ISPA) First Vice President Todd Thoeming and I were in Washington, D.C. to participate in several of these events, including the annual National Association of Police Lobby Day.

Andy Edmiston, NAPO Director of Governmental Affairs, set up meetings with our elected officials from Iowa. Todd and I met with Congressman Blum, Senator Grassley, Congressman King and Congressman Young. We also met with staff members from Congressman Loebsack and Senator Ernst’s offices as they had prior engagements.

The following topics were the areas that we (NAPO members) focused on this legislative session. Many of these bills have gained some good traction and have a good possibility of passing both houses and moving to the president. The Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program Reauthorization Act...


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3 arrested for stealing guns in “credible threat” to harm Baton Rouge cops


5 arrested after shots fired on D.C. police


Dui arrest justifies warrantless search of car


Armstrong v. Village of Pinehurst: Training and Policy Implications for Police


Swiping a credit card was not an unconstitutional search


Michigan courthouse gunman was cuffed



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