Iowa Peace Officers

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Iowa Peace Officers Association (IPOA)

2024 Annual Training Conference

February 26th-27th, 2024    REGISTER

At Prairie Meadows Conference Center, Altoona IA

Monday, February 26th, 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Check in / Registration

8:30 a.m.: Present Colors / Benediction / Welcome

8:35 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. – Imran Ali: Kim Potter: 

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Lunch

This course will dive in to use of force in America the last decade.  Imran, a former prosecutor will examine the law as it relates to use of force, polices and procedure trends, and recent cases around America.  Participants will focus on use of force as it relates to Duty to Intercede, Duty to Render Medical Aid and De-Escalation. Imran will be joined on stage with former Officer Kim Potter who was involved in a critical incident. Both Imran and Kim will their experiences and through reflections will provide resiliency to each officer as we move forward as a profession.

Former Officer Kim Potter—A 26 year veteran in law enforcement.  Kim was a leader, an FTO, and an officer who made an impact in the communities she served.  In 2021, Kim was involved in a national use of force case.  Through criminal prosecution and incarceration this critical incident created a national debate.  Kim will provide tools she learned through reflection about the incident and the importance of training . This will be the first time she is talking in public.  


Tuesday, February 27th, 2024  
8:30 a.m. IPOA  Memorial Service
After Memorial Service - 11:30a.m.:  Fargo, North Dakota, Police Chief David Zibolski and Assistant Chief Travis Stefonowicz are scheduled to talk about the line-of-duty death of Fargo Police Officer Jake Wallin. On July 14th,2023 Officer Wallin was killed while working a traffic accident. Two other Fargo Police Officers were ambushed and wounded. Chief Zibolski and Asst. Chief Stefonowicz will recap the event and focus on the Department and the well-being of the Officers involved.
11:45 a.m.  Lunch and IPOA Business Meeting
1:00 a.m.  Iowa Attorney General Brenna Bird
Followed with Pension System Updates & Education for members.

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After Memorial Service – 11:30 a.m.: Fargo, North Dakota, Police
Chief David Zibolski and Assistant Chief
Travis Stefonowicz are scheduled to talk
about the line-of-duty death of Fargo Police
Officer Jake Wallin on July 14, 2023. Officer
Wallin had only joined Fargo P.D. on April
19 and was still in field training at the time
of his death. Chief Zibolski and Asst. Chief
Stefonowicz will focus on the Department and
well-being of the officers involved.
Officer Wallin died after police and fire
officials responded to a routine traffic crash
on a busy Fargo street and a gunman opened fire on them. Two other
officers were wounded. Officer Wallin had served with the Minnesota
National Guard since Dec. 2017 and was deployed to Afghanistan and
Iraq from Nov. 2020 to July 2021.
11:30 p.m. - Lunch & IPOA Business Meeting
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. - Iowa Attorney General Brenna Bird.
Also, Pension System Updates & Education for members. Learn the
differences and essential information for retirement planning from
pension system staff of MFPRSI (Municipal Fire & Police Retirement
System Of
After Memorial Service – 11:30 a.m.: Fargo, North Dakota, Police
Chief David Zibolski and Assistant Chief
Travis Stefonowicz are scheduled to talk
about the line-of-duty death of Fargo Police
Officer Jake Wallin on July 14, 2023. Officer
Wallin had only joined Fargo P.D. on April
19 and was still in field training at the time
of his death. Chief Zibolski and Asst. Chief
Stefonowicz will focus on the Department and
well-being of the officers involved.
Officer Wallin died after police and fire
officials responded to a routine traffic crash
on a busy Fargo street and a gunman opened fire on them. Two other
officers were wounded. Officer Wallin had served with the Minnesota
National Guard since Dec. 2017 and was deployed to Afghanistan and
Iraq from Nov. 2020 to July 2021.
11:30 p.m. - Lunch & IPOA Business Meeting
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. - Iowa Attorney General Brenna Bird.
Also, Pension System Updates & Education for members. Learn the
differences and essential information for retirement planning from
pension system staff of MFPRSI (Municipal Fire & Police Retirement
System Of
After Memorial Service – 11:30 a.m.: Fargo, North Dakota, Police
Chief David Zibolski and Assistant Chief
Travis Stefonowicz are scheduled to talk
about the line-of-duty death of Fargo Police
Officer Jake Wallin on July 14, 2023. Officer
Wallin had only joined Fargo P.D. on April
19 and was still in field training at the time
of his death. Chief Zibolski and Asst. Chief
Stefonowicz will focus on the Department and
well-being of the officers involved.
Officer Wallin died after police and fire
officials responded to a routine traffic crash
on a busy Fargo street and a gunman opened fire on them. Two other
officers were wounded. Officer Wallin had served with the Minnesota
National Guard since Dec. 2017 and was deployed to Afghanistan and
Iraq from Nov. 2020 to July 2021.
11:30 p.m. - Lunch & IPOA Business Meeting
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. - Iowa Attorney General Brenna Bird.
Also, Pension System Updates & Education for members. Learn the
differences and essential information for retirement planning from
pension system staff of MFPRSI (Municipal Fire & Police Retirement
System Of

After Memorial Service – 11:30 a.m.: Fargo, North Dakota, Police
Chief David Zibolski and Assistant Chief
Travis Stefonowicz are scheduled to talk
about the line-of-duty death of Fargo Police
Officer Jake Wallin on July 14, 2023. Officer
Wallin had only joined Fargo P.D. on April
19 and was still in field training at the time
of his death. Chief Zibolski and Asst. Chief
Stefonowicz will focus on the Department and
well-being of the officers involved.
Officer Wallin died after police and fire
officials responded to a routine traffic crash
on a busy Fargo street and a gunman opened fire on them. Two other
officers were wounded. Officer Wallin had served with the Minnesota
National Guard since Dec. 2017 and was deployed to Afghanistan and
Iraq from Nov. 2020 to July 2021.
11:30 p.m. - Lunch & IPOA Business Meeting
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. - Iowa Attorney General Brenna Bird.
Also, Pension System Updates & Education for members. Learn the
differences and essential information for retirement planning from
pension system staff of MFPRSI (Municipal Fire & Police Retirement
System Of
After Memorial Service – 11:30 a.m.: Fargo, North Dakota, Police
Chief David Zibolski and Assistant Chief
Travis Stefonowicz are scheduled to talk
about the line-of-duty death of Fargo Police
Officer Jake Wallin on July 14, 2023. Officer
Wallin had only joined Fargo P.D. on April
19 and was still in field training at the time
of his death. Chief Zibolski and Asst. Chief
Stefonowicz will focus on the Department and
well-being of the officers involved.
Officer Wallin died after police and fire
officials responded to a routine traffic crash
on a busy Fargo street and a gunman opened fire on them. Two other
officers were wounded. Officer Wallin had served with the Minnesota
National Guard since Dec. 2017 and was deployed to Afghanistan and
Iraq from Nov. 2020 to July 2021.
11:30 p.m. - Lunch & IPOA Business Meeting
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. - Iowa Attorney General Brenna Bird.
Also, Pension System Updates & Education for members. Learn the
differences and essential information for retirement planning from
pension system staff of MFPRSI (Municipal Fire & Police Retirement
System Of
2023 IPOA Conference
2023 IPOA Training Conference
February 27th & 28th, 2023
Prairie Meadows, Altoona
Set the date aside and request the time now to attend the 23 IPOA Conference. We have excellent Speakers/Programs planned for our Annual Training Conference. Prairie Meadows offers excellent facilities and we look forward to our return in 2023.
         Conference Agenda
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27th 7:30 am – 8:15 am Check in / Registration 

8:15 am Present Colors / Benediction / Welcome 

8:30 am – 4:30 pm Imran Ali: John French: Use of Force in America (Lessons learned); PAUSE (Crisis Communication / De-Escalation); and Self-Defense vs Homicide, Qualified Immunity (what it is, how it works, and why it may benefit officers in quickly-evolving incidents. Several other topics will be included and there will be a session for questions. This block will continue in the afternoon and end at approximately 4:30 pm 
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch 

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28th 
8:15 am – 8:30 am Welcome & IPOA memorial service 
8:30 am – 11:45 am Kent Gries: Fortitude After the Firefight, Analysis of a Close Quarters Gun Battle 
11:45 p.m. – 1:00 pm Lunch & IPOA Business Meeting 
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Pension System Updates & Education for members. Learn the differences and essential information for retirement planning from pension system staff. MFPRSI: Municipal Fire & Police Retirement System Of Iowa IPERS: Iowa Public Employees’ Retirement System


2023 Iowa Peace Officers Association Annual Training Conference Prairie Meadows Conference Center in Altoona, Iowa Feb 27th and February 28th, 2023. A block of discounted rooms will be available on the 26th and 27th at the Prairie Meadows Hotel. Information to register for rooms at Prairie Meadows.

Follow the link below: This is for rooms only. https://book.rguest.com/wbe/group/1609/PrairieMeadowsRacetrackandCasino/auth Group Code: PEACE23 Passcode: 863001392 YOU MAY CONTACT THE HOTEL BY CALLING 515-967-3000. Mention the IPOA Conference and you will receive the conference rate.



2023 IPOA REGISTRATION FORM: 
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Conference Fees: $125.00
Former Prosecutor and Nationally Renown Speaker: Imran Ali
Please access our current issue of Iowa Law Enforcement for complete details concerning Imran's presentation at the Iowa Peace Officers Training Conference, click HERE.

Featured Speaker: John French
John French: Director of Law Enforcement Education will be speaking at the 2023 IPOA Conference on a variety of topics. 
French has trained extensively locally and nationally on the following topics: • Effective Communication/ Conflict Management; • Communicating through Culture, Crisis and Conflict;

Active Shooter/Threat Assessment Critical Incident Response Planning; • Basic/Advanced Tactical Firearms Training; • Permit to Carry Certified Instructor, CPR/ AED/EMS Certified Instructor (EMSRB, AHA);

Title of Presentation: Fortitude After the Firefight 

 Analysis of a Close Quarters Gun Battle

Short Course Description: On October 17th, 2019 the Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Stuart Police Department in attempting to arrest Randall Comley. Comley had warrants for his arrest out of Clarke County for arson and Comley was known to be violent. At around 2230 hours, law enforcement learned Comley was hiding in an apartment. Deputy Gries led three officers into the apartment and gave commands for Comley to surrender peacefully.


Deputy Gries located an unknown person hiding in one of the apartment’s closets. The person was given commands to exit. Comley exited the closet quickly firing six shots while charging at Deputy Gries and Officer DeFrancisco of the Stuart Police Department from mere feet away. Comley’s bullets missed Deputy Gries’ head by inches. Law enforcement returned fire and disabled Comley. In the volley of gunfire between Comley and law enforcement inside the apartment, two deputies outside of the apartment were struck by gunfire.


The goal of the presentation is multi-purposed. Deputy Gries would like to share with all the lessons he learned from the shooting, so others can prepare themselves for similar situations.


As of Fall of 2022, Deputy Gries has traveled the state and has provided training to hundreds of law enforcement officers and prosecutors at events ranging from large conference to in-service training. The training is a close break down of a quickly unfolding traumatic situation and the aftermath.

 

Kent Gries

2022 IPOA Training Conference
February 28 & March 1st, 2022
Prairie Meadows, Altoona
Calibre Press Presentation: 
The IPOA Training Conference had 70 registrations for the two day Conference. Sgt. Davis presented on day two with excellent reviews on those in attendance.  We are planning the dates for next year and our goal is to have 100+ in attendance.