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Please keep the family and co-workers in your prayers, as we have lost another member in our family too soon.The men and women of the Iowa State Patrol and Department of Public Safety are heartbroken to announce the loss of one of our own, Trooper Ted Benda ISP #313. Trooper Benda, 37, was involved in a single-vehicle crash on Thursday, October 14th while in route to assist the Clayton County Sheriff's Office with a wanted suspect. He succumbed to his injuries today, October 20, 2021.

Trooper Benda joined the DCI in 2005, assigned to the Special Enforcement Operations Bureau in Marquette. He transferred to the State Patrol in 2016, assigned to District 8 in Mason City and most recently working out of the District 10 office in Oelwein. He is not only a valuable part of the Department of Public Safety, but he was more importantly a loving husband, father, son, and brother. Trooper Benda leaves behind his wife, Holly, and their four young children along with many family, friends, and colleagues.

Please keep the Benda family in your thoughts and prayers as they face this unimaginable loss.

Rest in Peace, Trooper Benda...we have your 6 from here.
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Please keep the family and co-workers in your prayers, as we have lost another member in our family too soon.

We are half way through the month of October. If you want any Pink Patches, now is the time to get them. All money goes back to programs in the State of Iowa.Iowa State Patrol Pink Patches are now available on the ISTA Website You can also purchase these patches in person at the following District Offices across the state: Post 3, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, & 13. They will be available at all District Offices very soon!

Please support your Iowa Troopers and their fight against Breast Cancer! Each patch is $10 and the Proceeds will benefit Susan G. Komen Greater Iowa Pink Patch Project #pinkpatchproject
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We are half way through the month of October. If you want any Pink Patches, now is the time to get them.  All money goes back to programs in the State of Iowa.

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I clicked on the link and it said page not found. I really want the black one with pink writing, will look great on my Jean jacket!

Thank you for your support.Day 9: I wish I had more pictures, but I don't think to snap them in the moment.

Today's post is dedicated to our officers in Brown: The Iowa State Patrol. Morning shift, night shift, first week, second week- we have friends in all shifts. I have heard more of the history as to why Betties has a special relationship with these men and women. It goes back way before my time. Growing up, I remember my Poppo saying, "They serve us, we serve them." But it's more than that. It's a friendship that has been passed down both on their end and ours. Retired troopers come back to say hello and give hugs. Troopers bring their family by when off duty. I have met new State Troopers this year that only know the stand as Karen's hot dogs. :) It's really something special.

Betties crew has always been watched over and probably always will. A hot dog and some soda doesn't seem like much, but hopefully the men and women in brown know how much we appreciate them and all they do.

Thank you Iowa State Patrol for your service. Stay safe out there! ...And if you're hungry, you know where to find us.🌭
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Timeline PhotosWE'RE HIRING CERTIFIED OFFICERS Get ready to advance your law enforcement career with us as a Trooper 1, Trooper 2, Special Agent 2 or Fire Inspector. We're opening apps for our short 10-week 46th Certified Academy Friday, Aug. 6. When you join our team, your experience pays more starting DAY ONE. Watch for applications on our website tomorrow! ... See MoreSee Less

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The Iowa State Troopers Association is asking for your help.  They are joining the Pink Patch Project.  They are trying to decide which Iowa State Patrol patch they should go with for their fund raising efforts.  Both patches are awesome but they can't decide which patch is the better looking one.  Voting is open for one week.  To vote for the Pink with Black writing like with a 👍.  To vote for the Black with Pink writing like with a ❤️.  The patch will be for sale in the near future.
Happy 4th of July. Have a safe holiday weekend.
We can’t thank a 7 year old young lady enough for making all these treats and dropping them off to our Troopers. This has been happening all over the state with law enforcement You have no idea what this means to law enforcement. THANK YOU.
As this Memorial Weekend comes to an end.  Let us not forget all those that have given for us.
Honoring those we have lost.  Thanking those who serve.
To all the moms out there helping us be our best.
We would like to thank all of the nurses, especially the ones here in Iowa, for all the work you have done during this time in our lives.  You have been here in good and bad times for us.   Take care and go home safe. Iowa Nurses Association University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital MercyOne Siouxland Medical Center MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center UnityPoint Health - Des Moines UnityPoint Health - Sioux City UnityPoint Health - Cedar Rapids CHI Health Mercy Council Bluffs Nebraska Medicine Mercy Hospital – Iowa City Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics and all other hospitals in Iowa.
We would like to welcome Trp. Bullington back to work today. He has been off work since he was hit from behind on Feb 25.  It’s good to see him in his uniform again. Please pay attention and follow the rules when you’re driving.
We would like to say “Thank you” to Trp. Dave Helton for 15 years of service to ISTA & SPOC boards. We hope you enjoy your well deserved retirement.
Starting off the Iowa Legislative season by meeting with the men and women that serve and represent us.  Thank you for attending and hearing the issues.
Good luck to the Grandview Little League team on their hunt for a championship at the Little League World Series.  You have already made the State of Iowa proud.  #LLWS
Happy Mother's Day to all of our Law Enforcement moms.
Truly an honor for SPOC to present Iowa Concerns of Police Survivors with a donation of $2500 in honor of Deputy Burbridge.  Thanks to the troopers of Districts 3 and 4, ISTA, Iowa Park Rangers, and SPOC for donating. Thank you Iowa COPS for all the work you do to support law enforcement.
Help us help you.  We ask that if you are traveling, plan ahead.  Slow down, leave space, and drive with caution. Iowa State Patrol Iowa Department of Transportation
While the public should recognize the bravery, courage, honor and integrity shown by our nation’s law enforcement officers every day, there is one day each year set aside to show how much we value their service and protection of our communities.  Let an officer know if you see one.
Thank you District 11 Honor Guard members for representing tonight. "Honor to be a part of laying a brother in brown to rest!! RIP X397!" Sgt. Trainor.
The final game of the year, hanging with Kid Captain Laurel Schaul for a little while.  Always a joy to have these opportunities.  University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital Iowa Hawkeyes Hawkeye Football
Kid Captain, Logan Manderfield taking the time to get a photo with us at the Ohio State vs Iowa game.  What a great young man.  University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital Logan's Hope Hawkeye Football
We would like to thank Doug Drost for serving on the SPOC Board for 13 years. Thank you for everything that you have done over the years.
The Iowa Department of Public Safety is NOW hiring. We're looking for highly motivated individuals to help fill open positions for troopers and special agents across our state!
Start your process here:
On this day, and always....we will never forget!
Trooper Allen Patrick Nieland
Iowa State Patrol
EOW 10/14/90
Thank you for your service to the State of Iowa.
Looks like everyone had a good time.  Thanks to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital and to Hawkeye Football for giving all the kids this experience at the games.
Help Trooper Anderson with his project in the Fort Dodge area.  “He came up with the idea to challenge troopers across the state to donate blood,” Miller said. “He’s a technical accident investigator, so he sees a lot of accidents and the need for a lot of blood.”  It is open to the public, details in the article.
Thank you to all the men and women that work to protect all.  We will never forget and we will do our best to protect you.
We want to hear from you.  Which side of the house are you on?  👍 for Hawkeye Football and 💟 for Iowa State Football.  Help us out this weekend.  Safe travels this weekend to cheer on your team.
Congratulations to some of our Iowa State Troopers and the other recipients for being recognized for their uses of AED and CPR by Des Moines Firefighters.  "Quick use of an AED and Bystander CPR helped make a difference! Take the time to learn CPR And know how to use a defibrillator. These folks helped save a co-workers life!"
We would like to thank the men and women of the State Police Officers Council and all of our public safety partners that worked over the Holiday Weekend.
August 1, 2017 is National Night Out.  Come meet the men and women that work 24/7/365 to keep you safe.  They would love to meet you.  Check with our local agencies on their event location. #nationalnightout2017
SPOC recently donated to a great cause, COPS AGAINST CANCER.  It is an honor to assist them with their future plans. #copsagainstcancer
HF 574 will be discussed in a House subcommittee today - ask your legislators to support hunting and fishing fee modernization for a safer and improved natural habitat.
Troubling trend lines - as trooper numbers have decreased, there have been 17,600 fewer speed citations issued than four years ago, 6,617 more crashes than  four years ago and 54 more deaths than just two years ago.
As legislators face tough budget decisions, we must remember that there is one trooper on the road today for every 8,426 drivers compared to one trooper for every 6,333 drivers seven years ago. As licensed drivers have increased, trooper numbers have gone down. We need more troopers on the road, not less, to keep Iowans safe.
Ask your legislators to support HF574, which will allow for an increase in hunting and fishing fees to provide revenue for the many conservation, safety and preservation services enjoyed by hunters and anglers.
Happy St. Patrick's Day - please celebrate responsibly
Ask your legislators to support House File 510, a bill that allows the Iowa DNR to set market rate prices for state park camping and other amenities. This will help our state parks be competitive in the marketplace, attract visitors and be cleaner and safer.
Did you know – there were 1.7 million licensed drivers in 1970, compared to 2.2 million today? But there are fewer troopers on the road to patrol and keep Iowa’s roads safe.
Did you know – there were more troopers on the road in 1970 than today? While trooper numbers have declined steadily, the number of registered vehicles increased exponentially.
What problem is legislature trying to fix? SPOC is the lowest cost insurance pool in the state - members contribute 20% to their health insurance premiums and often voluntarily forgo wages in exchange for insurance benefits.
SPOC is not only the lowest cost family plan for State employees, but also had a 0% rate increase last year while all other groups averaged a 10% increase. #StandWithIowaOfficers
Thank you to Great Southern Bank for the generous donation to the families of fallen officers Tony Beminio & Justin Martin.  #StandWithIowaOfficers
SPOC costs the state the least in insurance premiums. Switching to a statewide pool would inevitably cost the Department of Public Safety more for insurance premiums, which is money that would be better spent putting troopers on the road. #StandWithIowaOfficers
Similar to many private sector plans, SPOC members voluntarily contribute 20% to their health insurance plans. #StandWithIowaOfficers
Please stay safe on Iowa's icy roads. If you do find yourself in trouble, we will get to you as quickly as possible, but help us out by staying off the roads if you can.
Did you know – SPOC and the State have successfully negotiated every contract together the last 18 years? #StandWithIowaOfficers
Did you know – Troopers have to spend an additional 40,000 hours annually on other assignments and their time patrolling the highways has decreased by 6,000 hours annually?  #StandWithIowaOfficers
The collaborative process laid out in Chapter 20 has served Iowa well for more than 40 years. There is no need for dramatic changes to a law that is achieving exactly what it was intended to do. #StandWithIowaOfficers
Negotiations under Iowa Code Chapter 20 almost always end with voluntary agreement between the parties. In rare cases where a dispute is submitted to arbitration, the rules are designed to require that the most reasonable proposal wins, based upon criteria specified in the law. SPOC has reached voluntary agreements with the State 14 times out of 19. #StandWithIowaOfficers
We welcome legislators back to Des Moines for the 2017 Legislative Session and look forward to working together to find solutions that will help our members continue to serve and protect Iowans.
Did you know – State troopers have responded to 6,617 more crashes than four years ago?  #StandWithIowaOfficers
Did you know – Last year, Iowa Division of Narcotics agents disrupted or dismantled 85 Drug Trafficking Organizations? #StandWithIowaOfficers
Did you know – there is one trooper today for every 8,426 drivers in Iowa? Seven years ago there was a trooper for every 6,333 drivers on the road.  #StandWithIowaOfficers
Happy New Year - please celebrate responsibly and help keep the roads safe tonight.
Did you know – Each year, 15 million people visit Iowa’s state parks and recreation areas? #StandWithIowaOfficers
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