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September 2016


September 14
RTC Meeting & ISPA Meeting
(if needed)
Time: 9:00 AM


October 3-5
ISPA Annual Conference
Location: Sioux City


November 8
RTC Meeting
Location: Fort Dodge Campus
Time: 1:00 PM


November 9
ISPA Meeting
Location: AmericInn Fort Dodge
Time: 9:00 AM



Joyce E. Lundstrom
Local 74 Ankeny

Shawn Glenn Miller
Local 55 West Des Moines Police

Rick Parker
Local 2 Davenport

Charles (Chuck) D. Tedesco
Local 10 Des Moines

Dennis R. Schnedler
Local 3 Burlington

Garland R. Morse
Local 56 Isp Post 10



by Zach Lewis, ISPA President

imageAs I write this final article as president of the Iowa State Police Association (ISPA) — for what seems like the hundredth time due to backspace and delete — for some reason, I can’t get a song out of my head. And for those in the peanut gallery, it is not: “Mahna mahna, do doo be-do-do, mahna mahna, do do-do do, mahna mahna, do doo be-do-do be-do-do be-do-do.”


Whitesnake’s “Here I Go Again” keeps repeating over and over. Specifically, the first two lines: “I don’t know where I am going, but I sure know where I’ve been.” This line is (depending on your generation) the broken record, skipping CD or corrupted mp3 file that keeps repeating in my mind.


Maybe this song takes me back to my younger days when I was eight and this song was first released, but I don’t think that’s it. Maybe it’s because Walmart used the lyrics in a back-to-school....


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The Iowa State Police Association (ISPA) will recognize the service and sacrifice of these officers and their families at the 84th Annual ISPA Conference in October.


image About the Purple Heart Award

The Purple Heart Award is granted to any sworn Iowa peace officer who has been seriously, critically, or fatally injured in the performance of law enforcement duty. In addition, this award may be conferred if an injury was averted by the wearing of body armor. This award will be given in all cases resulting in line of duty death, but will otherwise be limited to those cases involving an attack by an assailant or the performance of an act of valor. Please visit our Purple Heart page ( to nominate an officer for this award.


imageOfficer Ryan Moritz
Sioux City Police Department
Date of Incident: 2-07-16

At approximately 3 a.m. on Sunday, February 7, 2016, Sioux City police officers entered an apartment on the city's north side and detained eight people suspected in a series of burglaries and robberies....

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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Special Agent Todd Monney, Sioux City Police Detective Troy Hansen, Sioux City Police Officer Kevin McCormick and Assistant U.S. Attorney Forde Fairchild were honored August 25, 2016, during the 20th Annual ATF Awards Ceremony at ATF National Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

They received the awards after Sioux City gang member, Jamal Dean, and his associates were convicted of their crimes.

“When violent thugs wreak havoc in our communities, we depend on our law enforcement community to keep order, often at the risk of their own personal safety,” Senator Chuck Grassley said. “This was the case when Officer McCormick was shot while confronting Jamal Dean, a violent drug dealer in Sioux City. Despite his injury, Officer McCormick continued to relay information to fellow officers and help keep bystanders out of harm’s way. The teamwork by Special Agent Monney, Detective Hansen and AUSA Fairchild as well as Officer McCormick to locate, apprehend and...


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By Ken Wallentine, Xiphos August 2016

A patrol officer saw what he believed to be a stolen vehicle. After confirming that the vehicle was stolen, the officer began to follow it. Samalia, the driver, stopped, got out of the vehicle facing the officer, then turned and ran. Although the officer gave chase, Samalia was able to escape.

The officer returned to the vehicle and searched it. He found and seized a mobile phone. The officer called some of the numbers in the contact list and was eventually able to learn Samalia’s identity.

Samalia was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle. He asked the court to suppress the cell phone evidence that led to identifying and arresting him. Samalia claimed that the officer illegally seized and searched his mobile phone, asserting that the warrantless search did not fall within a valid exception to the warrant requirement. The prosecution argued that Samalia abandoned his mobile phone.

In Riley v. California (––– U.S. ––––, 134 S.Ct. 2473 (2014)), the Supreme Court noted that “many [mobile devices] are in fact minicomputers that also happen to have the capacity to be used as a telephone....


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Trump, Clinton differ greatly on policing


No seatbelt + loose pants + loose lips = conviction for gun crime


Sheriff's office invites Kaepernick to train


Chicago sees most violent month in 20 years


San Jose police face a staffing emergency


Detective suspended for Facebook comments


Baltimore approves $1.1 million more for Tasers



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