Iowa Peace Officers


2024 IPOA Training Conference
February 26th & 27th, 2024
Prairie Meadows, Altoona
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 

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. 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.

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Multiple Registrations from same agency: Number Attending:        
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.