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Iowa State Police Association Newsletter
December 2015

IN THIS ISSUE

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REMEMBRANCES

Morris Budd
(1932-2015),
Iowa State Police Association Local #7

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE MID-STATES CONFERENCE
By Tim Pillack, ISPA Second Vice President

Several board members recently attended the Mid-States Conference hosted by the Ohio Patrolman’s Benevolent Association (OPBA) in Cleveland, Ohio. The Mid-States Association also includes the Policemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association of Illinois (PBPA), Police Officers Association of Michigan (POAM), Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association (MPPOA), Wisconsin Professional Police Association (WPPA) and the Iowa State Police Association (ISPA). The Mid-States Association provides the opportunity to discuss trends and challenges facing the states in the upper Midwest.

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

image 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 prior to the holidays:

Iowa State Police Association (ISPA) Conference in Ames: October 12–14, 2015, ISPA Local #19 (Ames) hosted the annual ISPA Conference. A big thank you goes to Past President Ryan Goecke and his conference committee. This fantastic conference was extra special to RTC for a number of reasons.

First of all, we again brought some of our boys to the conference to share their stories of challenge and triumph...

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BOARD APPROVES CONTRIBUTION RATE REDUCTION

imageThe Municipal Fire and Police Retirement System of Iowa (MFPRSI) announced a significant reduction in the employer contribution rate for July 1, 2016. The MFPRSI Board of Trustees approved a new rate of 25.92 percent, down from a peak of 30.41 percent in 2014, and the current rate of 27.77 percent in 2015. The new rate will take effect July 1, 2016.

“We are pleased with the downward trend of rates over the past couple of years, as it signifies our commitment to providing an affordable plan for the municipalities we serve,” said Terry Slattery, executive director of MFPRSI. “Strong investment returns and the funding strategy adopted by our board of trustees allows us to support favorable contribution rates for the cities and deliver a secure retirement for Iowa’s civil servants — our courageous police officers and fire fighters.”

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IOWA’S HEROES
By Zach Lewis, ISPA President

imageThis edition of Iowa Heroes is dedicated to all of the officers, associations and departments that donate their time, money and bodies to make their communities and our state a better place to live. Throughout the year, officers volunteer in countless events in efforts to raise money, awareness and often the spirits for those involved.

The “Law Enforcement Torch Run” and “Polar Plunge” raise money for the Special Olympics of Iowa. These event are just two of the many activities that officers participate in that directly benefit individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families.

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THE RISING TIDE OF OPIOID ADDICTION
By Matt Harkin

imageWithout a doubt, methamphetamines have been the most problematic street drug we have dealt with over the past 20 years. Iowa communities and law enforcement have made great strides to reduce the occurrence of propane tanks with corroded valves and HCL gas generators tossed in ditches and dumpsters all over the state.

By in large, this is thanks to the pseudoephedrine law, yet the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) states methamphetamine use continues to slowly increase. In recent years though, Iowa has seen a dramatic increase in opioid abuse. The trend, quite literally, is migrating west and will likely cost communities more dollars to combat and more lives lost than the war on meth.

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LAW ENFORCEMENT NEWS

Iowa High Court Ruling Limits Warrantless Vehicle Searches

San Francisco Police Change Gun Policy in Wake of Fatal OIS

NAPO Victory! Zadroga Act, “Cadillac” Tax Delay Included in FY 2016 Omnibus Spending and Tax Bills

Fitness for Duty and Mandatory Counseling

St. Louis to Expedite Hiring of Police Officers


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