2016 Winter School

Photos Courtesy of Sheriff Rick Penning - Grundy County

The Iowa State Sheriffs’ & Deputies’ Association 2016 Winter School of Instruction convened at the Airport Holiday Inn in Des Moines from Sunday, December 4th through Wednesday, December 7th. Sunday afternoon, “Registration” was available, only to be followed by the evening banquet. The ISSDA Scholarship winners were also announced. Sunday night entertainment was the Hot Rod Lincoln Band.

Monday morning, “Registration” continued and ISSDA Sales items were available, along with a “Welcome” by ISSDA President John Godar, Linn County. The “Presentation of the Flags” was made by the ISSDA Honor Guard.  The first speaker was Iowa’s U S Senator Joni Ernst, who discussed topics and answered questions from ‘military surplus equipment’ to legislation to assist Public Safety. The entire day was devoted to Dr Kimberly Miller, who divided her presentation into 3 sections: Perfecting Your Show, Turning Conflict into Conversation and The Way of the Jedi: Developing Balance Between the Warrior & Guardian. Monday evening was Vendors Night and drawings.

Tuesday morning, Craig Phinney, Retired with the Ankeny Police Dept. reported on his life experience with cancer and the forming of “Cops Against Cancer”. The next presentation was from the Johnson County Crisis Intervention team and how it affects and reduces situations out on the street and in the jail. .During the above presentation, there was also a ‘break-out session’ for Newly Elected Sheriffs. The morning ended with Bremer Deputy Terry Dehmlow and Winneshiek Deputy Tim Felton updating the attendees on new DARE curriculum. During the lunch hour, which again the meal was provided for attendees this year, the annual Past Presidents Luncheon was also held. Following lunch, Division of Intelligence Asst Director Kevin Winker and DCI SAC Darrell Simmon advised of the upcoming Human Trafficking training. Watch for formal announcements. The membership then held their Annual Business Meeting. Tuesday evening was the President’s Banquet with Past President John Godar presenting the gavel to Johnson County Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek.

Wednesday morning, Linn County Sheriff Brian Gardner did an Overview of the ISSDA - Institute for Credible Leadership Training Program. All Association members are allowed to participate.
Johnson County Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabik discussed the DEA’s Opioid Awareness Presentation.
The final session of the school was Des Moines Police Chief Dana Wingert talking on Agency Considerations for Line of Duty Deaths..


This concluded the 2016 Winter School.


Please note this was the first time the ISSDA Winter School was held at the Airport Inn and the next 2 years winter schools will be held here also.