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Iowa State Police Association Newsletter


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

August 2
Ames PBA Golf Tournament Location: Veenker Memorial Golf Course - Ames, IA
Time: 9:00 AM

August 6 - 7
5th Annual Fallen Officers Memorial Race
Location: Knoxville, Iowa
Time: August 6, 2014 - August 7, 2014 (two day event during Knoxville Nationals)

September 9
RTC board meeting (if needed)
Location: RTC Fort Dodge Campus
Time: 11:00 AM

September 10
ISPA Board Meeting
Location: Americinn Fort Dodge
Time: 9:00 AM

November 11
RTC board meeting
Location: RTC Fort Dodge Campus
Time: 1:00 PM

November 12
ISPA Board Meeting
Location: AmericInn Fort Dodge
Time: 9:00 AM

October 13-October 15
2014 ISPA Conference
Location: Quality Inn Ames, Iowa



Michael James McBride
Iowa State Police Association #10



By Todd Thoeming, ISPA Third Vice-President

imageGreetings from Davenport. I'm having trouble believing I'm on my fourth year as a member of the Iowa State Police Association (ISPA) Executive Board; it's gone by so fast. Have you ever thought of becoming a board member but talked yourself out of running? Let's look at some of the excuses we've all heard and dispel the myths about them.

Eight years is a long time for the commitment.
As I stated, I can't believe four years has gone by. When I first got on the board, the president and past president both told me the time would fly. I thought they were crazy, but so far they're right. It's flying by.

I don't have the time to spare.
As a member of the ISPA Board, you're also on the Rabiner Treatment Center (RTC) Board. The boards meet two days every other month. This is only 12 days a year.

I'm too young.
Past President Burdess was the youngest person to be voted onto the ISPA Board at the age of 28, only to be under-aged by current President Snyder at the age of 25.

I don't have much time before I retire or I'm too old.
Senior Director Bob Flannery was already retired after serving 38 years on the Dubuque Police Department before being elected to the board. (As a side note: If you didn't get a chance to read Bob's article in the last Iowa Police Journal about retirement, you should it - it's a great article that will get you thinking.)

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By Eric Snyder, ISPA President

imageIt's that time of year again. July 1st is quickly approaching and there's a new list of laws going into effect. It can be difficult to figure out what passed and what didn't, so we're highlighting a few notable bills.

During the last Iowa legislative session, the ISPA worked on about 168 of the approximately 830 bills introduced during the session. If you were able to follow all of this, and know which bills passed and which didn't, I commend you. For the rest of us, our lobbyists have broken it down. The full report can be found here.

What passed?
The following bills passed and were signed by the governor. The effective date is included.

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By Rick Host, Secretary/Treasurer

image I hope you all are having a wonderful summer so far. I believe we deserve a nice summer after the winter we just had. As I write this, we are getting ready to head up to Minnesota for our annual fishing vacation. All of our daughters and the grandkids will be with us for the first week. It should be fun.

I would like to thank all of you for being so diligent in sending in your 2014 dues. As a result, I sent out the fewest past due notices in my tenure as your Secretary/Treasurer. I only had four members not renew their membership in 2014. This is another record low. Thanks again.

On a sadder note, this had been another bad year for deaths of our members. There are two-and-a-half months left in the 2013-2014 fiscal year. At this time, we have lost 32 members. One of those members had his father listed as his beneficiary. The father predeceased the member. Additionally, there was no estate for the member. To date...

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California Casualty is in search of ISPA heroes to honor!image

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.

Over the last year-and-a-half, we've received thousands of nominations, shared dozens of stories and gained an even deeper appreciation of the sacrifice our customers make on a daily basis.

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The RTC Open Golf Tournament is quickly approaching. image

Come support the Rabiner Treatment Center by golfing in this year's event on July 14th in Fort Dodge. We'll be slicing our way to foot-wedge adjusted scores starting at 11:00 a.m. (mulligans available for purchase if you like to follow the rules)!

It's a great event for a great cause. There are still a few openings left. If you would like to sponsor the event, there are multiple ways to do so. More information can be found here. Hope to see you there!

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Supreme Court: Warrant required to search cell phones

Legal Eagle: Supreme Court Upholds Use of Deadly Force

Has Chicago Reduced Its Crime Rates?

Everybody in Every Profession Should Wear Body Cameras

Hearing Loss Among Officers Put Into Focus

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