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Iowa State Police Association Newsletter
June 2015


July 13
RTC Open Golf Tournament
Location: Fort Dodge Country Club
Time: 11:00 AM

July 14
ISPA Board meeting
Location: RTC campus
Time: 12:30 AM

July 14
RTC meeting
Location: RTC campus
Time: 9:30 AM

July 19-23
NAPO Annual Convention
Location: Savannah, GA



Charlie Martin Morse
Iowa State Police Association Local #27

Jimmie Lloyd Schmidt
Iowa State Police Association Local #12

Rex L. Tarrence
Iowa State Police Association Local #71



By Ryan Goecke, ISPA President

imageGreetings all. For this issue’s Spotlight, there are some highlights and a couple reminders.

Support our business partners
Hopefully, when browsing through our web page, you have noticed different links to our sponsors. Over the years the Iowa State Police Association (ISPA) Board has partnered with businesses for the benefit of ISPA and its members. Below are some of our partners and what they have to offer.

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By Rick Host, Secretary/Treasurer

image I hope the summer finds all of you well and enjoying the warmth and family. It is nice to be done with the cold.

I have, from time to time, written about retirement issues. It has been a while since I talked about Social Security and how being in law enforcement impacts your Social Security benefit.

Most of us do not (did not if retired) pay in to Social Security through our law enforcement career. However, most of us worked at a job before our law enforcement career where we did pay into Social Security. A lot of us also worked off-duty jobs that we likewise paid Social Security taxes. As a result, we expect to receive a Social Security benefit when we retire.

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By Dani Creasy

Is there any industry that technology hasn’t revolutionized in the past few decades? Over the last ten years in particular, changes in Internet technology, the development of new software, and the influx of mobile devices have led to significant shifts in law enforcement, for example

Read the full blog article here.


imageNews and views from RCT, 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 that you and your families all are safe and healthy! Here are a few RTC updates for you:

Rockets baseball: We are just starting our 10th year in the local little league. Coach John O’Brien has our boys as prepared as possible. As you probably know, most of our boys have never played any organized baseball (or any sports for that matter), so this is a wonderful experience for them in so many ways. At this point of the season, we are 0-3 but we are fairly competitive and continue to display good sportsmanship, regardless of winning or losing the game!

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If you’re interested in participating in the RTC Open, please print the registration form and follow the instructions.


imageEighteen Recognized with Commissioner's Award for Excellence in Traffic Safety
By Alex Murphy, Public Information Officer for Iowa DPS

During the 25th Annual Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau (GTSB) Conference, held at the Meadows Events Center in Des Moines, 18 local law enforcement officials and agencies were awarded the Commissioner’s Award for Excellence in Traffic Safety.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS) annually recognizes outstanding contributions to traffic safety based on commitment and service provided beyond routine duties, creativity of approach, and effectiveness of a traffic safety program or campaign in 2014. The 2015 recipients include:

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How Early Retirees Are Different from the Rest of Us

Confidence vs. Ego: How One of Them Can Get You Killed

Safety Vision’s Body Worn Camera Earns Top Marks from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Leadership Tips from a SEAL: Become a Better Police Officer

What to Know About Use of Force

Police Wives Reveal the Craziest Text Messages They've Received from Their Husbands

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