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Iowa State Police Association Newsletter

In This Issue

June 21
Jamie Buenting Memorial Ride
Location: Rockwell City Fire Station
Rockwell City
Time: 10:00 AM

July 14
RTC Open Golf Tourney
Location: Fort Dodge Country Club
Fort Dodge
Time: 11:00 AM

July 15
RTC/ISPA Board Meetings
Location: RTC Fort Dodge Campus
Fort Dodge
Time: 9:30 AM

July 19-July 24
NAPO Annual Convention
Location: Kalispell, MT left


Lyle H. Ames
Iowa State Police Association #12

Harry Helgesen
Iowa State Police Association #12

Eugene Everett Jensen
Iowa State Police Association #4

Claire J. Keigley
Iowa State Police Association #19

Richard Roemer
Iowa State Police Association #10

Donald Lee Rowland
Iowa State Police Association #4

Arnold E. Siedelmann
Iowa State Police Association #19

Leroy "Sarge" Webber
Iowa State Police Association #52



Board Spotlight
By Bob Flannery, ISPA Senior Director

imageGreetings from Dubuque. I have the distinct pleasure of being the only Iowa State Police Association (ISPA) member to be elected to the Board of Directors after having retired. I served 38 years with the Dubuque Police Department. I have chosen to write my Board Spotlight article on retirement.

Few of us in law enforcement give much consideration to retirement in the early, or even middle, years of our career. This causes us to be ill-prepared in the later years when it gets down to the wire on leaving the job. I am going to highlight a few areas where I see we are not prepared when the time comes.

Financial planning for retirement should begin from the day you are sworn in. Most employers offer some type of deferred compensation plan in addition to your pension plan. Some actually contribute a portion of money to supplement your contribution and others do not. Either way, even a small contribution of $50 or less per pay period can reap great financial security over a 25- to 35-year career.

In addition, the Municipal Fire and Police Retirement System (MFPRSI) offers the Deferred Retirement Option Plan (DROP) program, which allows you to set a definite retirement date after you have fulfilled the requirements for a full pension - and you can bank a defined amount of what you will receive as your pension into this deferred account. You should also consider working with a financial planner, as discussed by Peter Hill in the March Iowa Police Journal.

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The Next Big Thing
By Eric Snyder, ISPA President

imageIn law enforcement, we seem to always be behind the curve when it comes to training. We are always trying to catch up to the newest ways criminals commit crimes. Sometimes it's a new way to do an old crime, and sometimes it's a new crime altogether. With the technological age upon us, these changes come faster than ever. So what is the "next big thing" and how can we catch up quickly?

If I use the term you're used to seeing, you'll probably stop reading. It's a term that I heard countless times before I was forced to sit through a presentation at a conference. I didn't know what it was or why it mattered to me. I had a general idea but didn't think there was anything I could do. That presentation changed my perspective. I regretted passing over this topic for so long.

So what am I referring to? Try these titles on for size: Forced Prostitution, Forced Labor, Modern-Day Slavery. . . The trade of people, against their will or without their consent. The topic I am referring to is human trafficking.

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Iowa's Heroes

Iowa's Heroes is sponsored by Hy-Vee. Each of Iowa's Heroes featured in this and future editions of the ISPA Journal is awarded a $50 gift card in appreciation for their service, sacrifice and dedication to their communities. A special thank you to Hy-Vee for donating to this cause.

On Wednesday, November 25, 2013, at approximately 4:12 in the morning, Officer Grant Stender of the West Liberty Police Department responded to a call regarding a female in labor. She was experiencing labor pains, but the situation didn't seem urgent...until her water broke. Stender realized that not only was she in labor - her baby was "crowning," ready to enter the world!

Stender said that his training kicked in, and he asked the baby's father to grab some supplies. "A switch flipped and. . .

Officer Grant Stender (left) of the West Liberty Police Department receives the Distinguished Service Award by the City of West Liberty.

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Brownells Supports and Serves Law Enforcement in Iowa and Beyond

imageA homegrown Iowa tradition for 75 years, Brownells is not just the World's Largest Supplier of Firearms Accessories, Ammunition and Gunsmithing Tools. They are also strong supporters of law enforcement throughout the U.S.

Founded in 1939 by Bob Brownell in Montezuma, Iowa, Brownells sells hundreds of law enforcement products, including armorer's tools, firearm parts, duty gear, training equipment, lights, night vision, ammunition and less-lethal devices. Everything is backed by Brownells' legendary 100 percent total satisfaction, forever guarantee, and offered at special, discounted prices for law enforcement and military personnel. That's right, be sure to tell their customer service staff that you're a law enforcement officer (current or retired), and you'll get a discount on most products.

Brownells' support for Iowa police officers goes beyond good prices on quality products. When the worst happens, and at the family's request, they donate their...

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Legislative Update
By Paula Feltner and Mike Heller, ISPA Lobbyists image

The 2014 session of the 85th General Assembly (second session) adjourned sine die at 8:50 a.m. on Friday, May 2, 2014. The Iowa House had adjourned a day earlier at 5:54 a.m. Final adjournment marked the 110th day of the 2014 session - 10 days beyond the date on which lawmakers stopped receiving per-diem payments to offset their expenses while serving in Des Moines and even more days past when lawmakers had hoped to adjourn. Democrats and Republicans alike convened in January talking about an early end to the session - maybe even sometime in March. Lawmakers have remained in session past the expiration of their per-diems every year since 2010.

This session was unusually busy for the Association. The great news is that we did not have to fight about our pension system with the cities this year. Several key members of the House and Senate put enormous time and energy into studying and comparing the pension systems. After several meetings and much deliberation, it was decided that no bill would move forward on...

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Law Enforcement News

NASRA ISSUE BRIEF: State and Local Government Spending on Public Employee Retirement Systems

Why being a training 'Goldilocks' could get you killed

Police Methods for Destroying Drug Evidence Vary

Jamie Buenting Memorial Ride

Ethics Training: A Total Waste of Time

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