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Iowa State Police Association Newsletter


Jan 9 - Jan 11
ISPA Goal Planning Location:
Council Bluffs,Iowa

Jan. 24
NAPO Pension & Benefits Seminar
Location: Las Vegas, NV

Feb. 24
ISPA Board meeting
Location: TBD
Time: 1:00 PM

Feb. 25
RTC meeting
Location: TBD
Time: 1:00 PM

Feb. 25
Coalition Legislative Breakfast
Location: State Capitol Des Moines
Time: 7:00 AM



Ralph E. Gray
(1938-2014), Iowa State Police Association Local #4

Hans M. Hanson
(1946-2014), Iowa State Police Association Local #10




By Steve Hanson, ISPA Junior Director

image Greetings Iowa State Police Association (ISPA) members. As a new member on the ISPA Board, let me take a minute and tell you a little about myself.

I have been in law enforcement for 13-1/2 years. I worked in two smaller police departments prior to starting with the Fort Dodge Police Department in 2006. I have worked in many different capacities at the Fort Dodge Police Department, including patrol and the Criminal Investigations Division (CID). I worked as a narcotics detective for the Webster County Drug Task Force, then as a general crime detective. Recently, I was promoted to sergeant, where I will be assigned to our CID to oversee the day-to-day activities of four other detectives. I was elected president of our local police association (Local 8) three years ago and also serve as the chief steward and barging team member for our union.

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RABINER ROUND-UP - News and views from RCT, home of the Jerry Rabiner Memorial Boys Ranch
imageBy 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

Christmas at the Boys Ranch: By the time you receive this newsletter, we will have celebrated Christmas at RTC. As I shared in the last newsletter, due to a number of factors (mostly staff/time and resources), we are not having our all-agency Christmas party. This year, our boys and staff celebrated Christmas in their individual cottages. Each team decorated their cottage for Christmas in anticipation of a visit by the bearded gentleman from the North Pole! You can see by the pictures that the kids take great pride in their cottage and decorations.

Most of our boys will be going home for Christmas, but not all. For those who have no place to go, we will have an extra celebration with gifts on Christmas day! Staff and boys will be going to one of the holiday blockbuster movies on Christmas day and are looking forward to doing so. Please know that we will be doing our best to give the boys a holiday to remember!

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Eric Snyder, ISPA Immediate Past President

imageWe've all gotten the email that says something similar to "URGENT REQUEST! Contact your legislator now! The zombies will kill us all if you don't!" How many of you immediately stop what you're doing and make the contact? I would venture a guess it isn't many.

I'll admit, I've dropped the ball in this department before. There are a multitude of reasons we don't take action, but it's increasingly important that we get involved and do our part individually. Below are several of the excuses I've used, or heard from others, over the years. Hopefully by addressing these, we can help you feel more comfortable making the contact...ced preserve the safety of your family from the zombies.

1. I don't know who my legislators are. As crazy as this sounds, you aren't the only one in this boat. Many people don't know their legislators past a name on a ballot. While it's important to pay attention to the issues and get to know your legislator...

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Iowa State Police Association

image2014 will arguably be considered one of the roughest in recent years on law enforcement in the United States as a whole. Now is the time that we, as peace officers, need to be the most supportive of our brothers and sisters in blue, and not only offer our shoulders to those who have lost lives in their fight to walk that thin blue line, but also to remember to speak out about the ones who have gone above and beyond the expected to help those in need.

Listed below is a recap of the past year of those who have either lost the fight, fought and survived, or chose to serve in a capacity beyond what anyone would have asked of them.

The Iowa Law Enforcement Purple Heart Medal was adopted by ISPA in July 2013 for the purpose of honoring sworn Iowa law enforcement officers who have been seriously wounded or killed in the line of duty as a result of a combat incident. The following are the 2014 recipients of this award:

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