Iowa DARE Officers
We will be featuring DARE Officers from around the state in the coming months. Check back often for updates and meet the members of the Iowa DARE Officers Association.
Deputy Josh Brittton Jasper County Sheriff's Office
My name is Josh Britton, I am
currently a patrol deputy (50-26) for the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office. I was
hired to be a deputy in June of 2009. In Sept. 2011, I attended DARE Officer
Training (DOT) School. DARE is being taught by the Sheriff’s Office in all of
the county schools, not including Newton Schools. I currently teach at the
Baxter Community Schools and Lynnville-Sully Community Schools, where I get to
interact with some amazing teachers, administration, and most of all, KIDS!! Shortly
after I started to be a DARE instructor, I started to gather some of the other
instructor positions that I serve as at the Sheriff’s Office, those instructor
positions include; ASP Baton, Handcuffing, and Defensive Tactics. I also serve
as an AR-15 Rifle Armorer, and as a nationally certified EMT with the newly
formed Jasper County Sheriff’s Office EMS program which is formed by a group of
deputies which are medically trained to assist in emergency medical calls.
Cascade Police Chief Fred Heim
Chief Fred Heim has been working in Law Enforcement since
1986. He has 30 years of experience
working mostly with small town police agencies and has been teaching DARE for the past 18 years.
The first twenty years were spent in southwestern Wisconsin where he
worked for the Cuba City and Hazel Green Police Departments as a full-time
officer. He also worked part-time for
the Grant County and Lafayette County Sheriff’s Offices. He became the Chief of Police for the Cascade
Police Department in 2006. He has had a
variety of roles in law enforcement, but the majority of his career has been
focused on working with youth and juveniles both in and out of the school
Fred has attended several training sessions out of
state including attending classes at the Center for Missing and Exploited
Children and New Mexico Technical College.
He belongs to several organizations in Iowa, including LEIN and the Iowa
DARE Officers Association. He is a
current and active member of JCERT (Jones County Emergency Response Team).
Fred has been married to his wife Beth for 27
years. They have three children Jacob,
25 who just graduated with a degree in criminal Justice. Nathan, 22, who will graduate this summer
with a degree in Social Work, and Nicholas, 17 who is a Senior at Cascade High
School. Fred also has a small
business as a farrier and has
worked with clients horses. He is shown leading a parade recently on his
personal horse, they have been in over 100 parades together.
Deputy Robert McMillen Ida County Sheriff's Office
Deputy Robert McMillen has been a
deputy with the Ida County Sheriff’s Office since September 2010. Deputy
McMillen is married with three children and has been teaching D.A.R.E. since
Officer Ringo Covert West Burlington Police
In February of 2003 I joined the West Burlington Police
Department and began working as a patrol officer. I take a lot of pride in
being a member of the Law Enforcement Community and serving our citizens.
In September 2012 I completed my training to become a DARE
Officer. Teaching DARE to the West
Burlington Schools 5th graders has been a very challenging and
rewarding experience for me. With the
support of the school staff, West Burlington Business’s and West Burlington
City Officials; DARE graduation is a special day of celebration for our 5th
grade DARE graduates.
Have a Great Day in America!
I’m Deputy Robert Juarez and I
have been with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office since 2010. Before my law
enforcement career I served our great nation in the military. I began teaching
DARE in 2014 and love every minute of it. I teach DARE to over 250 kids every
year throughout my County. Building successful relationships with the community
is our number one goal at the Sheriff’s Office.
BEST JOB EVER Lt. Craig Alexander
Lt. Craig Alexander and have been with the Oskaloosa Police Department since
1988. I have been teaching DARE since 1990. I'm also the SRO,
spending most of my time at the schools interacting with the kids which I
throughly enjoy. Best job ever!
Mike Lammers begins his 21st year of DARE for the Butler County Sheriff’s Office, having started in 1997. Deputy Lammers teaches approx. 210 to 220 5th grade students in the Aplington-Parkersburg, Clarksville, Dike-New Hartford, and North Butler school districts. Deputy Lammers estimates he has taught approximately 4500 students in Butler County the 5th and 6th grade curriculum. Deputy Lammers recently began teaching the lower elementary curriculum to North Butler schools as a pilot program for his other schools and anticipates adding it to the other schools in the future. Deputy Lammers is also an SRO for the Butler County Sheriff’s Office and enjoys spending as much time as he can working with middle and high school students. In his spare time he enjoys sports, fishing, hunting, and spending time with family and friends.
David Turpen has been in law enforcement since September 4,
2001, when I was hired by Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office. In January
2002 I was hired by the Webster City Police Department, I received my initial
DARE certification in 2004 while working for the Webster City Police
Department. I taught classes in Webster City from 2004 until 2007 when I
was hired by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office. I assisted the
Sheriff's Office DARE Officer in 2008 but due to working night shift and two
other Deputies being assigned to the program during this time I was not able to
continue with that. In 2015 I had the opportunity to take over teaching
DARE again and I attended DARE certification a second time in 2015, my first
class after this recent certification was in the spring of 2016. When I
was offered the chance to do DARE a second time I was excited to be given that
opportunity. I teach at two different schools in Hamilton County on an
annual rotating basis, each school has a combined 5th and 6th grade class, thus
I am only able to be in the school every other year. One of the best
parts of teaching is when you see your students in public and they come up to
you and visit while the parents just look at you wondering why their kid is
talking to you. This then gives the opportunity to meet parents and
explain why their kids know Deputy Dave.
Gary Bellinghausen Carroll
I have been
a police officer for 26 years. I started
my career with the Lake City Police Department in 1990 and I have been with the
Carroll Police Department since 1999. I
started teaching the D.A.R.E. Program in 2000 and have been actively involved on
D.A.R.E. Iowa Board, serving many years
as the northwest representative. I have
held the positions of 2nd Vice President, 1st Vice
President and President, hosting the D.A.R.E Iowa Conference in 2014 in
promoted to sergeant in the spring of 2016 in charge of investigations and
public relations. I currently am the
Treasurer for D.A.R.E. Iowa Board, elected to the position at the 2016
Iowa DARE Officers Association President
Sergeant Jay King has been a Police Officer since 1978 and started teaching D.A.R.E. in 1996. Sergeant King who has worked for the LeMars Police Department for the last 28 years has been actively involved with the Iowa D.A.R.E. Association Board serving as 2nd Vice President, Vice President and President. While President in 2003 LeMars hosted the annual training conference in LeMars. King has also represented the Iowa D.A.R.E. Association as D.A.R.E. Americas D.A.R.E. Instructor Advisory Committee. Sergeant King has once again been selected as President and will host the 2017 Training Conference once again in LeMars.
Sgt. Jay King
LeMars Police Department
Email Address: JKing@lemarsiowa.com
Wolfgram took the office of Sheriff of Buchanan County in 2005. He has been in law enforcement in Buchanan
County since 1989. Since 1991 he has
taught D.A.R.E and has been a board member of the Iowa D.A.R.E. Association
since 1992 serving as Secretary of the IDOA. Hobbies include fishing and he is
a licensed pilot.
Tom Daubs is the Marion Police DARE officer. He has been with the Marion Police Department
since 1995 and was selected to replace their original DARE officer (Jim Teahen)
who retired in 2013. After attending the
DARE Officer Training class in 2012, Tom immediately realized just how
impactful his role has on today's youth.
Bringing a uniformed police presence to almost 800 5th and 6th graders
per year is an absolutely amazing honor for him. Having the chance to introduce himself to 28
classes of DARE students each school year as
"Officer Tom" and to initiate positive police encounters is
the most beneficial part of his interactions.
In addition to teaching the DARE curriculum, he is also the department's
full time School Resource Officer.
Throughout his career, he has been awarded such collateral assignments
as Field Training Officer, Hostage
Negotiator, Crime Scene Technician, Bike Patrol Officer, and CPR/AED
instructor. Officer Daubs is also a
member of the Honor Guard unit and in 2013, was awarded with an Outstanding
Service Recognition. Becoming a DARE
officer was the ultimate game changer for Tom and continues to redefine his
rewarding law enforcement career.
Kyle Van Otterloo, Spencer Police Department
I am currently a Lieutenant on the Spencer Police
Department. I started on the police department back in 2001. I have
been teaching DARE since 2008.
Officer Rick LaGue, Osage Police Department. Rick served as President of the IDOA from 2015-2016 and will continue to serve as Past President on the Board.
Officer Brandon Gravett Ottumwa Police Department
I’ve been working for the Ottumwa Police Department since 2004. I became a DARE instructor in 2008. Over the eight years that I have been a DARE instructor, I was able to help the Ottumwa DARE program and the community by raising money through a haunted house. The haunted house was called “Nightmare on 3rd Street” and helped fund the DARE programs pizza party, bowling party, school supplies, and prizes for all the students, as well as gave the community a fun, safe, activity to do during the Halloween Holiday.
Cpl. Danielle Beck has been employed with the Dubuque
Police Department since 2002. Cpl. Beck spent 12 1/2 years working as a patrol
officer and was selected to become a DARE officer in 2008. Cpl. Beck has been
teaching the DARE middle school curriculum since 2008.
Cpl. Beck was promoted to Corporal in 2015 and became a
member of the Community Oriented Policing Division. Her duties included bicycle
patrol as well as participating in various community events to promote more
positive interactions with the citizens in the community, with a focus on
youth. Events included attending teen nights for question and answer sessions,
reading hours at the library and local elementary schools, attending
neighborhood association meetings as well as numerous safety presentations
within the community.
As of May 2016, Cpl. Beck has been selected as the
Juvenile Liaison Officer and the Elementary School Resource Officer for the
communities 17 elementary schools. In addition to handling calls for service
within the schools, Cpl. Beck will participate in class talks and continue to
teach the DARE elementary curriculum.
In addition to these roles, Cpl. Beck has served as a
Field Training Officer, is a member of the Mobile Field Force Unit, has been
part of the Citizen's Police Academy, is a member of the Midwest Gang
Investigators Association and previously served on the Board of Directors for
Opening Doors, an organization which assists women and children who are the
victims of domestic violence and/or homeless. Cpl. Beck continues to attend
trainings on topics such as poverty, youth mental health, and teen culture to
expand her skills in assisting youth in the community.
Cpl. Danielle Beck - L13School Resource Officer-Elementary
770 Iowa St. Dubuque, IA 52001Email: Dbeck@cityofdubuque.org
Officer Jerome Hill started with the Perry Police Department May 13, 2002. Jerome is a Detective Sergeant and has been teaching the DARE program for the past 18 years
Email is: Jerome.firstname.lastname@example.org
Officer Jerry “Pat” Jans started with the Perry Police Department June 4, 1996. Pat is the School Resource Officer and has been teaching the DARE program for the past 11 years.
Email is: email@example.com
Deputy Aaron Leusink.
started my law enforcement career in Osceola County from 1999-2004. I was
then hired as a Deputy Sheriff in Plymouth County where I am currently
employed. In July 2011, I attended and graduated from the DARE officer
training course in Pierre, SD. Each year, I teach approximately 150 kids
from 4 schools in Plymouth County. I enjoy making a connection with the students
each year and love to see them outside the classroom. At the end of every
year, the PCSO invites all of the graduating students to the Kings Pointe
waterpark in Storm Lake, IA for a day of fun.
Deputy Richard Hollenbeck
I have been in law enforcement since 1997. I started as a reserve officer for the
Decorah Police and Winneshiek County Sheriff in 1997. In 2000 I started full time for the Cresco
Police Department. I have worked in
agencies for both Iowa and Minnesota. In
January 2014 I became employed by the Howard County Sheriff’s Department. I attended the DARE officer’s training in Des
Moines in September of 2014. I began
teaching DARE at Riceville Community Schools, Notre Dame Elementary, and Holy
Trinity Elementary in the winter of 2014.
I added Howard Winneshiek schools in Cresco in the fall of 2015 and
currently teach DARE to 5th and 6th grades at all four
schools. I am a graduate of Howard
Winneshiek School and am proud to teach DARE and be teaching at my alma mater.
Officer Ross Eiden of the Forest
City Police Department has been an officer in Forest City for 4 years. Officer
Eiden is the department’s Canine Officer with his partner Kona and has been
teaching DARE for 3 years.
Police Chief Lisa Kepford Tipton Police Department
Lisa currently serves as the Chief of Police in Tipton, IA. She has been in Law Enforcement for 11 years
and has been teaching DARE for the past 5 years.
DARE is the best part of my job. I enjoy seeing the kids throughout the school
year and getting to know them. I teach DARE to 5th and 7th graders, which gives
me the opportunity to watch the kids grow.
Lisa Kepford #501 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
My name is Gary Allen
Buckallew Jr I have been on the Centerville Police Department for 15
years. Iwas a prior military police officer with the United States Air Force where
I served for four years. I have been the Dare Officer for the Centerville
Community Schools for three years. For the past five years I have also served as the SRO for the Centerville School District.