Iowa Peace Officers


2022 IPOA Training Conference
February 28 & March 1st, 2022
Prairie Meadows, Altoona
Calibre Press Presentation:  Here
Conference Registration:  Here 

LOCATION: Prairie Meadows

1 Prairie Meadows Drive

Altoona, IA 50009  515-967-3000

Booking Code: 022822IPOA

Password: 863001392


Monday February 28th Agenda

Cyber Crime Trends

  • Overview from the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Cyber Crime Unit and the Iowa Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force to include emerging trends, highlighting wearables and the associated nexus to criminal investigations. The discussion will also include information related to DCI’s Tech Assist Agent function and the services available to local law enforcement agencies.


Iowa Public Employee Relations Board (PERB) Update

PERB administrative law judges will explain recent developments and PERB decisions related to Iowa Code Chapter 20, including scope of bargaining for public safety officers, representation elections, recertification, and  impasse procedures.


Public Safety Pensions Presentations

Representatives of the Municipal Fire & Police Retirement System of Iowa (MFPRSI) and the Iowa Public Employees Retirement System (IPERS) will provide an overview of the performance of the systems, disability and retirement benefits, and any recent changes.


Qualified Immunity

Discussion of the 2021 changes to Iowa’s qualified immunity law and the potential impact to law enforcement liability.


Tuesday March 1st Agenda

       Provided by: Calibre Press

Legally Justified; But Was it Avoidable analyzes dozens of recent use of force videos and focuses on the totality of the interaction. We dissect the behavior of the offender and more importantly, the thoughts and behavioral processes of the officer(s) involved. Specifically, we consider if poor or ill-advised tactics, ineffective communication, a lack of personal control and/or a misunderstanding of acute stress led the officer(s) to escalate the event, unintentionally and unconsciously.

In this course we will discuss:

Force: Can it be avoided? How? 

Powerful research: how stress breaks down your ability to process information 

Handling pressure at the pivotal moment

Did poor tactics contribute to the need to shoot?

Don't throw fuel on the fire! Controlling the inner "idiot"

The overall goal and how stress diverts from that mission

Slowing things down can be your most powerful tactic

A hard look at the reason mistakes are being made

Cognitive deterioration leads to "Decision Decline"

Avoiding Behavioral and Content Loops

The Power of Mid-Event Disengagement


Email Registration:

Or call 319-269-4104

Fees: $125   Deadline: February 20,2022


2020 IPOA Training Conference

March 16th & 17th, 2020
Conference will be held at Prairie Meadows in Altoona
beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Click HERE for more information on presentation "Armed Suspect Encounters" by Lou Savelli.

Click Here for Conference Agenda.

"Team Adam Presentation"
"Presentation on Nikko Jenkins("spree killer") convicted of 4 murders"
Reps from Pension Systems.
"Armed Suspect" encounter will be on Tuesday, topics like threat recognition, behavioral profiling, legal concerns,tactics and officer safety.
Full details of the training:
posted soon:

Registration now available at MCTC
Cost for both days: $75

You can register by going to the Midwest Counter Drug website, the link is located on the front page for the IPOA Conference.

2018 IPOA Training Conference
Feb. 27-28, 2018,
on Intelligence Gathering by Internet, Social Media,  Click HERE for detailed information on our Speaker,
Sam Del Rosario.
  We will not have space available for Vendors this year.

2017 Iowa Peace Officers Training Conference

April 17th & 18th, 2017

Camp Dodge   Johnston, Iowa

Click HERE for the 2 day program agenda and registration forms.  All attendees must register on the MCTC site, it only takes a few minutes and they are offering free lodging up to 30 rooms.

IPOA Training Conference 2017 Seminars:
Investigating Subversives by Sgt. Kory Flowers,
And Retired Arkansas Police Chief Bob Paudert
Conference speaker Chief Robert Paudert
(retired), West Memphis, Arkansas,
P.D., speaks on home grown terrorists.

DOT-MVE Chief Lorenzen will discuss

“Blue Courage”

Monday, April 17, training will be “Domestic Terror and Criminal Subversive
Groups: Bikers, Skinheads, Sovereigns and More” by Sgt. Kory Flowers.
Sgt. Flowers says this is a “101” basics course on various criminal subversive
groups, including sovereign citizens, white gangs and anarchists.
“I’ll also be doing a two-hour block during the day on outlaw motorcycle gangs,
which as you know have also dealt heavily in narcotics,” Flowers says.
Attendees will learn the basic ideologies, criminalities, and best ideas on successful
and safe encounters and prosecutions of criminal subversive groups ranging
from sovereign citizens and white supremacists, to outlaw biker gangs and anarchists.
The information presented is gleaned from years of first-person investigative and undercover work among these groups at the state and federal level.

Instructor Kory Flowers is a 17-year veteran sergeant with the Greensboro, North
Carolina, Police Department. He trains law enforcement officers, judges, district attorneys,
and various outside governmental agencies and corporations nationwide on
leadership, subversive criminal groups, and tactical communication. Sgt. Flowers has
written articles and conducted interviews and podcasts for publications including POLICE
Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and National
Public Radio.

Tuesday, April 18: Morning Conference speaker  Chief Robert Paudert, retired,
presentation synopsis: On May 20, 2010 two police officers were gunned down on
Interstate 40 in West Memphis, Arkansas, by sovereign citizens. Approximately
90 minutes later, they were observed on a Walmart parking lot. There, they shot and
wounded the Sheriff and chief deputy. As they attempted to flee, officers from surrounding
agencies shot and killed the suspects in a violent shootout. This event brought the sovereigns to the attention of the FBI. Prior to the West Memphis shooting, they were classified as whitecollar criminals.

Today, they are listed as domestic terrorists. This training has been presented in all 50 states and Canada. It has been highly effective in saving officers lives when encountering sovereign citizens. It is the most requested training on sovereigns in the country. The training offered in this four-session seminar will prepare officers to effectively identify a sovereign, and know the best course of action to take to survive this encounter.

About Robert “Bob” Paudert: Bob Paudert began his law enforcement career in Tennessee with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office in February of 1966 at the age of
21. His first assignment was in the jail division. After six months, he was moved to the
patrol division where he patrolled the Shelby County area for 5-½ years. He requested
a transfer to Metro Narcotics in November of 1971, and immediately went undercover
infiltrating major drug kingpins in Memphis and Shelby County. In August 1973, Paudert
volunteered for an assignment in Metro Aviation, a newly created unit. After his
initial training period he became a certified flight instructor within the first year. He was
appointed assistant commander of the Aviation Unit and served in that position until
June of 1980. He was promoted to captain and again transferred back to Metro Narcotics
as a shift commander. In 1986, Paudert was promoted to Inspector and Commander
of the Internal Security Unit investigating police corruption and complaints against

Married to wife Linda for 49 years, they have two sons and six grandchildren. His son, Brian, was a fighter pilot in the United States Navy flying the F-14 Tomcat in combat missions in Afghanistan and Iraq. His son Brandon, a West Memphis Police Officer, was
shot and killed in the line of duty May 20, 2010.

Tuesday, April 18: Afternoon Conference speaker

Chief David Lorenzen will lead discussions on the concept of “Blue Courage.”
Chief Lorenzen has been delivering Blue Courage throughout the state. This training
is focused on the individual officer’s heartset and mindset.
This discussion will be an introduction to what Blue Courage is and the disciplines
of it. Blue Courage is a transformational process focused on the human development
of a law enforcement officer. It draws on relevant proven literature and research on
human effectiveness, positive psychology, leadership development and neuro science.
The goal is personal and cultuheart set, mindset, skillset and toolset of
today’s law enforcement officers.
Law enforcement officers in 2017 are serving the citizens in a time of accelerating
change and increasing disruption. In his book, Thank You for Being Late, Thomas
Friedman wrote, “Increasing forces of accelerating change are outpacing the human
and organizational capacity to adapt.” Law enforcement agencies are striving to provide
the best working environment, taking into account all the issues, challenges and
opportunities. Law enforcement agencies have done a fairly good job of training their
officers in the skillset and toolset portions of the job. A high percentage of training
time is spent in those areas. Unfortunately, the personal challenges law enforcement
officers are subject to – such as cynicism, relationships, identity, integrity, health, and
stress issues – have not been adequately handled.
Blue Courage training instills a sense of commitment and purpose that can help
develop the guardian heartset. Today, more than ever, requires law enforcement officers
to be grounded in the high core values of integrity, courage and character.
These attributes are not unique to law enforcement, but are simply the building
blocks of a highly evolved and effective human being.

2016 Iowa Peace Officers Training Conference

April 18th & 19th, 2016

Mid-America Conference Center

Council Bluffs, Iowa

Monday- Butane Honey Oil

Investigation & Safety Course

Tuesday-Surviving and Thriving in Your Career.

Mobile Drivers License: Fact or Fiction

For further information and program descriptions, view the Iowa Law Enforcement magazine on the main menu.

Download Conference Registration Form




2015 Annual Training Conference

  was held on

April 20-21, 2015.

This event was held at the Ramada Tropics Resort and Conference Center in Urbandale, Iowa.

This years training seminars focused on "Human Tafficking". Mondays speaker was Tina Frundt, founder and director of Courtney's House. She has testified before Congress and been featured on many national shows and publications.

On Tuesday our own Mike Ferjak was one of our featured speakers. Mike leads the Iowa Department of Justice Human Trafficking Enforcement and Prosecution Initiative for Attorney General Tom Miller.  The day concluded with a presentation by Ross Loder, Bureau Chief for the DPS Program Services Bureau. 

For complete information please view the Iowa Law Enforcement Magazine Winter 2014 Issue.


2014 IPOA Conference
Detecting Danger during Traffic Stops
Patrol Officers Approach to Narcoterrorism

Recognizing Characteristics of Armed Suspects

Monday April 14th, 2014

Speaker Biography

Sgt. Lou Savelli, NYPD - Retired. Savelli is one of the world's leading authorities on gangs and gang investigation. He has spent 25 years in law enforcement combating gangs, drug gangs, drug cartels and organized crime. He is a highly decorated NYPD Sergeant who retires as the detective squad supervisor of the NYPD Terrorist Interdiction Unit. He was chosen by NYPD Police Commissioner William Bratton as one of the top 10 of the NYPD's most effective leaders. He has received awards from the FBI, DEA, ATF, Dept. of Treasury, US Attorneys Office, US Department of State, Los Angeles Sheriff's Office, Canada, Italy, New South Wales Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Japan and many others.

Lou has consulted on such television shows as TheThird Watch (NBC) and One Life to Live (Fox), and provided intricate authentic information to television shows such as New York Undercover. Lou was the technical consultant for and is currently appearing on the History Channels Gangland Series.  Lou is a frequent consultant to hundreds of Law Enforcement agencies each year throughout the United States and abroad. His list of accomplishments goes on and on.

Sovereign Citizens Training for Law Enforcement

Tuesday morning April 15th, 2014

This training will equip attendees with the knowledge to recognize and identify sovereign citizens and anti-government individuals and allow for a better understanding of the subculture movement. Attendees will learn the fundamental principles of the sovereign citizen movement. The presentation will forcus on sovereign citizens and their rapidly increasing problematic contact with all forms of government on a local, state, and federal level.


Recognize common sovereign citizen language and buzzwords.

Recognize common sovereign paperwork often filed, such as: leins, lawsuits, affidavits, fraudulent documentation, etc.

Discuss and understand basic sovereign ideological pillars and how they relate to our frequent encounters with sovereign citizens.

Speaker Biography

Kory Flowers is a Corporal with the Greensboro Police Department, Patrol Division, where he has been assigned since 2012. Prior to his promotion, he spent five years assigned to the Criminal Intelligence Unit where his daily responsibilities included monitoring, documenting and prosecuting subversive criminal groups and organizations that included sovereign citizens/anti-government extremists, white supremacists/racist skinheads, anarchists, separatists and animal/earth extremists. Cpl. Flowers has worked numerous criminal cases on a state and federal level that have resulted in successful prosecutions. He is well versed on covert and overt surveillance techniques used during intelligence operations involving these subversive groups and has worked several large regional and national events in multiple jurisdictions.

  Tactical Medicine for Law Enforcement

Tuesday afternoon April 15th, 2014

Tactical Medicine for Patrol is designed to familiarize law enforcement personnel with the skills necessary to support Self aid and Buddy aid. As the violence associated with drug activity and terrorism continues to increase, the ability to have officers trained and skilled with this specialized talent is becoming a standard among tactical law enforcement.

Speaker Biography

SSG Michael Martinez: a Combat medic and Tactical medicine instructor cares about training Solders. He has been doing that for over twenty years. Now he has turned his attention to law enforcementtactical medicine. Raised in Los Angeles, California SSG Michael Martinez is a Combat Veteran with over 20 years of military experience. Training Medics has been Martinez passion; he has trained over 1500 combat medics all over the United States as well as Egypt and Afghanistan. SSG Martinez is also a full time active duty member of the Midwest Counterdrug Training Center (MCTC), where he is the NCOIC and primary instructor of the Tactical Medicine Training program for federal, state and local Law enforcement agencies and tactical response teams.

SSG Martinez has had multiple deployments and was awarded the Combat Medic Badge for his actions in Afghanistan as well as, a Purple Heart for wounds received in combat. His Last deployment was to Afghanistan 2010-2011, Kumar Province, forward operating base Wright.



2013 Annual Training Conference

  April 23-24th, 2013


The 2013 Training Conference was held on

April 23rd and 24th, 2013. The host facility

was the Stoney Creek Inn, Johnston Iowa. The IPOA had 101 registered to attend this training.


Stoney Creek Hospitality Corporation







Presentations included the following:

“Where the Fight is, is Where you Fight”.  In Memory of Sergeant Eric Stein, Keokuk County Sheriff’s Office. This presentation will take an in-depth look from start to finish of the tragic shooting that occurred in Keokuk County, Iowa on April 4, 2011.

Presenters;  Iowa DNE Special Agent J. Douglas Hurley and

                   Iowa DCI Special Agent Darrell Simmons


Day one of the conference begins at 8:00a.m. and will highlight staff from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and United States Department of Homeland Security (USDHS) including; FBI Special Agent’s Stephanie Post and Scott James along with FBI Intelligence Analyst Darin Challacombe and from USDHS, Intelligence Officer Tom Riggs.  These presenters will cover present day topics to assist law enforcement officers in enhancing their crime fighting knowledge and ability to protect those we serve.   Topics include; interdiction intelligence and suspicious activity reporting, success stories of joint intelligence operations, understanding abnormal behavior patterns, anti-government movement trends, deescalating violent situations and crisis negotiations, and conspiracy and gang investigations.  This day will provide something of value for every attendee.   We will hold the Annual Business Meeting during Lunch on Tuesday April 23rd, this is for members only.

We will change things up for day two with conference attendees having the unique opportunity to learn from one of the nation’s top trainers on integrity and ethical behavior in law enforcement.  Dr. Neal Trautman will share his expertise with officers on a variety of areas to enhance their ability to recognize and overcome the many challenges they face both internally and externally as a sworn law enforcement officer.   Dr. Trautman brings real life experience with him as he served sixteen years as a police officer and then took that experience with him as he began the National Institute of Ethics.  This day of training will help attendees understand why choosing a career as a police officer is something to be proud of and respected by those lucky enough to serve in the profession. 

We hope you make the right choice this year to join us for the 2013 IPOA Conference.   The conference facility promises to be top notch and the training offered will bring your career as a law enforcement officer to a new level.  See you in April!



Dr. Neal Trautman

Dr. Neal Trautman is the author of EthicsEd's Preventing Sexual Misconduct and Abuse course. He has authored 12 published books, presented over 500 ethics and leadership seminars, been a special guest speaker at 59 conferences, written 56 articles and conducted 4 nationwide research studies.

Dr. Trautman is the founder of the National Institute of Ethics, a non-profit, Congressional award-winning organization dedicated to furthering ethics and integrity throughout America.  He is also the founding President of the International Association of Ethics Trainers.

As a Senior Analyst, he consults and teaches anti-corruption seminars to foreign government officials for United States Department of State and Commonwealth Trading Partners, Inc. Prior to founding the National Institute of Ethics, Neal finished his 16-year government career as the Director of Human Resources for the city of Winter Park, Florida.


Special Agent J. Douglas Hurley of the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement Special Agent Hurley has been employed with the DNE since 1997, conducting covert and overt narcotics investigations. Special Agent Hurley instructs in areas of narcotics investigations, search warrant preparation and execution, confidential source management, clan lab hazards, drug endangered children, firearms and open sight rifles. To date, Special Agent Hurley has investigated and dismantled in just shy of 400 methamphetamine laboratories and serves as an expert witness in both state and federal courts.  Prior to working with DNE, Special Agent Hurley was a Gaming Enforcement Officer for the Division of Criminal Investigation working in the Burlington/Ft. Madison, Iowa area from 1994 through 1997. Special Agent Hurley is a 1993 graduate of Central Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Administration and is an original founding member of INOA, currently serving as the secretary.

Special Agent Darrell Simmons of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation

Special Agent Simmons started his law enforcement career with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) graduating from the 22nd Iowa Department of Public Safety Basic Academy in 1995.  From 1995 through 1999 S/A Simmons was assigned to the DCI’s Gaming Unit.  In the fall of 1999 S/A Simmons transferred to the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement (DNE).  S/A Simmons was assigned to the Clandestine Laboratory Response Team (CLERT) where he was responsible for investigating individuals and groups who were manufacturing and distributing methamphetamine throughout North East Iowa.  S/A Simmons also worked in an undercover capacity making controlled buys of illegal narcotics and weapons.  During S/A Simmons time with the DNE, S/A Simmons testified as an expert in state and federal court on numerous occasions.  In April 2006 S/A Simmons transferred back to the DCI’s Major Crime Unit.  As part of the Major Crime Unit, S/A Simmons is responsible for investigating and testifying in a variety of felony cases to include homicide, embezzlement, public corruption, officer involved shootings, sexual assault, bank robbery, kidnapping, and missing persons.  


Special Agent Stephanie Post
Special Agent Stephanie R. Post graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a specialization in Criminology and a minor in Spanish in 2004 and then received her master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Loyola University Chicago in 2006.  While at Loyola, SA Post published a thesis on serial killers in the media and also served as a research analyst for the Chicago Bar Foundation and Loyola University Chicago. In 2006, SA Post was hired on with the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, assigned to the Midwest High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (“HIDTA”), where she worked as an Intelligence Analyst supporting local and federal drug conspiracy cases.

In 2008, Stephanie Post was hired on with the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a Special Agent and was assigned to the Chicago Field office out of the Academy, where she worked on an African American Safe Streets Gang Task Force.  SA Post assisted with several complex gang investigations and served as case agent on a multi-agency and multi-state Title III case called “Operation Blood Hound” and an ongoing Chicago gang RICO investigation called “Operation Boxcar Willie”. SA Post is the 2012 recipient of the Chicago Crime Commission award and the Chicago Crime Stoppers award for her work on “Operation Blood Hound”.

In October 2012, SA Post transferred to the Des Moines office out of the Omaha Division and has been assigned to the Fusion Center, as the FBI representative for the State of Iowa.

Special Agent Scott James
Scott James has been an FBI agent for twelve years and a crisis negotiator for five years. He is currently assigned to the Des Moines Iowa joint terrorism taskforce. Prior to moving to Iowa in 2008, James lived in Los Angeles, CA where he specialized in white collar crime. After graduating from Colorado State University in 1994 with a BA in History, James served as an active duty Artillery Officer in the US Army until 1999.







The dates for 2012 Training Conference were:

April 30th and May 1st, 2012.


"Street Crimes" training was held at the

Prairie Meadows Hotel & Casino in Altoona,Iowa.

Pat McCarthy  was our featured speaker, he has developed this training for Law Enforcement Officers only. Pat spent 6 yrs. with the U.S. Marines Corps Reserve and is a 25 yr. veteran of the Chicago Police Department. He has earned 14 Special Department Commendations and more than 100 honorable mentions and letters of appreciation from the Director of the FBI and other Federal Agencies. You can read a more detailed account of the training on Page 8 of the Iowa Law Enforcement Magazine on this site.

Iowa Peace Officers Association


2011 Conference

The 2011 Annual Training Conference was held in Sioux City on May 2nd and 3rd. The Conference site and host Hotel was the Hilton Garden Inn. This years topic was," Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs", presented by Steve Cook. We held a raffle which included the winners choice of any Glock.  To view more photos from the Conference, open our Spring Iowa Law Enforcement Magazine located under Iowa Law Enforcement on the

left column of this page.


2010 Conference

The 103rd  annual conference of the Iowa Association of Chiefs of Police and Peace Officers was held on April 13-14, 2010, at the Des Police Department PARC Recreation Center, 5374 E. University, Pleasant Hill.

Dr. George Thompson, president and founder of the Verbal Judo Institute, conducted a two-day "Basic Verbal Judo" workshop.