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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.

Brandon Trapp   Clear Lake Police Department

Officer Brandon Trapp has been a certified Police Officer in Iowa since 2005 and became a certified DARE Instructor in 2011. Officer Trapp is a former dual purpose K9 handler and has completed several drug narcotic schools including training with the DEA. Officer Trapp is a Patrolman with the Clear Lake Police Department and is also the Field Training Officer and Field Sobriety Instructor. Officer Trapp enjoys teaching DARE and educating students and parents. Officer Trapp believes that teaching DARE is the most rewarding aspect of his career. Officer Trapp is a proud Father to his daughter Breka and son Owen.

Email: btrapp@cityofclearlake.org
Garrett Quintus   Eagle Grove Police Department

Garrett has been with the Eagle Grove Police Department since Nov, 2011.  In the fall of 2015 Garrett attended the 33rd Iowa Dare Officer Training at Camp Dodge and became certified as a DARE Insructor. He has been married for the past six years and has two children.

Email: gquintus.egpd@hotmail.com
Buddy Harsch    Bloomfield Police Department

In July of 2008 I joined the Bloomfield Police Department and began working as a patrol officerIn 2009 I completed my training to become a DARE Officer.  I teach DARE to the 5th and 7th graders at Davis County Community School. In addition to working with the Bloomfield Police Department, I coach 7th/8th grade football and coach high school track.

Email: buddyharsch@yahoo.com

Deputy Tim Hungerford    Marshall County Sheriff's Office

Email: thungerford@co.marshall.ia.us
Officer Jason Hoerner

Officer Hoerner has been with the Dubuque Police Dept. since 2002 and worked patrol until 2011. In 2012 Officer Hoerner was selected to fill an SRO position.  Jason attended the Iowa DARE Officers Training in 2008 and has been teaching DARE for the past 8 years. Jason is also a CPR/AED Instructor for the Dubuque Police Department and assists with the departments Explorer Post.


Email: Jason Hoerner   Jhoerner@cityofdubuque.org

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.

Email: Josh Britton     jbritton@jaspersheriff.org
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 setting.

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.  Email: cpd@netins.net
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 September 2015.

Email:Rob McMillen  rmcmillen@idacountysheriff.us

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!                             Email is:  covertr@westburlington.org

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.

Email: robertjuarez@leecounty.org  

BEST JOB EVER  Lt. Craig Alexander

I'm 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!

Email: Craig.Alexander@oskaloosaiowa.org

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.

Email: mike@butlercoiowa.org

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. 

Email: dturpen@hamiltoncounty.org

Gary Bellinghausen     Carroll Police Department


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 Carroll, Iowa.

I was 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 Conference.


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

Sheriff Bill 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.

Email: bwolfgram@co.buchanan.ia.us

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.

Email: 142@marionpolice.com

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.

Email: kvanotterloo@spenceriowacity.com
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.

 Email: rlague@osagepd.org

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.

Email: gravettb@ci.ottumwa.ia.us

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 - L13

School Resource Officer-Elementary

770 Iowa St. Dubuque, IA 52001

Email: 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.hill@perryiapolice.com

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: jerry.jans@perryiapolice.com

Deputy Aaron Leusink.

I 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. 

Email: ALeusink@co.plymouth.ia.us

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.


Email: rhollenbeck@co.howard.ia.us

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. 

Email: reiden@fcpolice.org

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.

Teaching 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: lkepford@tiptonpd.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.

Email: buckallewg@yahoo.com