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Professional Development and Support Services

various pictures of training facilitated by the Professional Development Bureau

The Division of Professional Development and Support Services is responsible for facilitating training for over 550 sworn peace officers in the Department of Public Safety.  In addition to this task, it coordinates all DPS background investigations, sworn employee promotional processes and medical physicals.  

This team plans and coordinates the DPS law enforcement officer selection process and directs the DPS Academy.

In 2022, the Division will be facilitating training and updates including, but not limited to:

Training on the MILO Range firearm simulator
               Training on the MILO Range

  • Weapon Qualifications
  • Vehicle Close Quarter Battle
  • IFAK (Individual First Aid Kit) Advanced Medical 
  • Emergency Vehicle Operations 
  • Traffic Incident Management 
  • Biased Based Policing
  • Implicit Bias 
  • Ethics Training
  • Civil Disobedience
  • De-Escalation Training
  • Preventing Sexual Harassment
  • Blood Borne Pathogen
  • First Line Supervisor
  • Mental Health Awareness
  • Dependent Adult/Child Abuse
  • All Iowa Hazard Plan
  • IT Security Awareness
  • 2021 Legislative Law Update
  • Physical Fitness Annual Testing
  • Defensive Tactics                                                                                        

In addition, all sworn officers will receive training with real, life-like scenario based training via the MILO Range - a firearms training simulator.

The Division of Professional Development and Support Services is directed and overseen by Director Charis M. Paulson and Lieutenant Matt Struecker

Link to Charis Paulson photo                  Link to Lt. Struecker
     Charis M. Paulson                       Lt. Matt Struecker, #304
      Division Director                      Academy Camp Commander