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Iowa State Police Association Newsletter
October 2016



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


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




By David McFarland, Second Vice President

Greetings from Waterloo, I hope all is well with everyone and their families. In this article I’m going to discuss a topic most people don’t want to talk about, but it’s something we must talk about: police suicides.


After 23 years of law enforcement, I can’t remember how many suicide calls I have responded to or investigated, and honestly I don’t want to. But on September 19, 2014, my perception of suicide was changed forever.


On that day, I was driving back from my vacation in Northern Wisconsin when my cell phone rang. It was my department telling me that my friend and co-worker of 23 years had taken his own life...


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News and views from Rabiner Treatment Center, home of the Jerry Rabiner Memorial Boys Ranch
By Brad L. Klug MSW, CEO of RTC

Hello to all my brothers and sisters in law enforcement! I hope you and your families all are safe and healthy! Here are a few Rabiner Treatment Center (RTC) updates for you:


Tour of Fort Dodge Law Enforcement Center (FDPD): On May 24, 2016, Director of Programming Justine Smith and I took the Elite Corps members on a tour of the FDPD. This tour was arranged by Captain Bob Thode of the FDPD and an RTC Board Member. Officer Matt Webb led the tour, passing on valuable and interesting information to our boys. We saw most every part of the police department, and the boys had opportunities to ask questions (which they did!). The boys (and staff) had a wonderful visit. We wish to thank Captain Thode, Officer Webb and the FDPD for opening their doors to us and for their hospitality and time.


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June 2016

  • The Council recognized Shelley Cabelka who retired from the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) with a card and a plaque.
  • House File (HF) 2267: The Council heard a request for a change in the ILEA administrative rules under 501.2.1. This will bring the ILEA administrative rules in line with the HF passage. HF2267 allows cities to eliminate the state residence requirements for civil service employees.
  • The 268th basic class graduated July 22, 2016. The 269th class graduated July 29, 2016.
  • The 268th basic class graduated July 22, 2016. The 269th class graduated July 29, 2016.


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