Madison – The Wisconsin Professional Police Association (WPPA), the state’s leading law enforcement association, will hold its 74th Annual Convention at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells on May 20-22, 2006.
WPPA’s Annual Convention attracts members from around the state of Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, who gather each year to adopt resolutions on state legislation, discuss the legal rights of law enforcement officers, and hear from prominent speakers on law enforcement issues.
This year’s keynote speaker is renowned speaker and author, Dr. Alexis Artwohl, an internationally recognized law enforcement psychologist responsible for primary research on psychological aspects of lethal force encounters. Dr. Artwohl provides training and consultations across the USA and Canada, and is the co-author of the acclaimed book, Deadly Force Encounters. Dr. Artwohl will provide training on Critical Incidents: Investigations and Preparing to Survive.
On Sunday, May 21, the WPPA Annual Convention will host two one-hour candidate forums for those individuals running for governor and attorney general, all of whom have been invited. The forums will be conducted in a town-hall style format, in which WPPA Assistant Executive Director & Director of Governmental Affairs Jim Palmer will act as moderator. The forums will play a predominant role in the WPPA’s political action committee’s endorsement determinations.
In addition, the following workshops will be offered to attending delegates: (1) Funding Post-Employment Health Care, by David Zahller, regional vice-president of The Security Benefit Group of Companies; (2) Interest Arbitration: A Reality Check, by arbitrator/mediator Sherwood Malamud; (3) The Essentials of Financial Planning, by financial advisor George P. Croal; and (4) The Management of Stress in Policing and Related Occupations, by Dr. Michael J. Spierer.
The WPPA’s annual Service Awards will be presented at an evening banquet on Sunday, May 21. The WPPA recognizes law enforcement officers and citizens each year for heroism and contributions to their communities.
The 2006 Award for Valor, WPPA’s highest award, will be presented to Oneida County Deputy Sheriff Bradley S. Fogerty for his actions on March 18, 2005, when he responded to an incident involving an intoxicated driver. Because of his quick response, it is believed that he saved the lives of two other deputies, as well as his own. His courage and selfless actions will serve as an inspiration to all law enforcement officers.
Receiving the WPPA Meritorious Award are Oneida County Deputies Matthew J. Geenen, Grady M. Hartman, and Kurt J. Kopacz, for their actions on February 12, 2005, when they responded to an incident involving a suicidal person who was armed with a handgun. The three officers will receive the award for performing within the realm of duty and showing great courage, ability, and devotion to police service.
Additionally, at the Annual Convention, the WPPA will recognize Oneida County dispatcher Kelly Kiewert for the role she played in resolving the two incidents related above.
Madison Police Sergeant Chris Boyd will receive the WPPA Officer of the Year award because of her contributions to the Madison Police Department K9 unit and for her continuing statewide efforts to advance police K9s.
The WPPA’s 2006 Youth Award will go to Sam Farwell of Deerfield, Wisconsin, for his actions on January 23, 2005, when he saved his brother’s life after he fell through the ice while ice fishing.
In addition to the awards presented at the Annual Convention, WPPA has presented a Certificate of Merit for the application of proper police technique in the best interest of police service to:
Officers Jay Salzmann and Ben Hardgrove of the Fond du Lac Police Department for their actions on June 12, 2005, when they saved the life of a suicidal woman who was attempting to jump off the Johnson Street bridge in the city of Fond du Lac.
Sergeant Michael Blokhuis and Officers Brian Thomson, Todd Fischer, and Andrew Rosenow for their actions on September 10, 2005, when they responded to a burning home and saved the life of a woman and her elderly parents.
Sergeant Bill Greening and Officer Misty Servi of the Antigo Police Department for their actions on January 1, 2005, when they rescued two people from a home that was filled with smoke and flames.
Lieutenant Alfonso Morales of the Milwaukee Police Department for his actions on September 29, 2005, when he pulled his unmarked squad into the path of fast-moving cars to protect a young boy who had sprinted into traffic.
Officer Jeffrey Cate of the Marinette Police Department for his actions on August 1, 2005, when he responded to a fire and rescued a young mother, her infant daughter, brother and his friend, who were sleeping when the fire started in the attic above their second-floor apartment.
Officer Stephen P. Endries of the Fond du Lac Police Department for his actions on September 15, 2005, when he and K9 Ronny responded to a call from the Calumet County Sheriff’s Office for aid in locating and saving the life of a suicidal woman.
The WPPA also recognizes Wisconsin citizens for contributing to their local law enforcement. This year the WPPA presented a Citizen’s Award to Vicki Gates of Thorp, Wisconsin, for her actions on July 11, 2005, when she rescued a young boy from drowning at Riverview Park in Chippewa Falls. Ms. Gates was selected because of her courage and the help she provided to local law enforcement and the community.
A highlight of the WPPA’s Annual Convention is the Board of Directors’ annual raffle for the Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics. All proceeds from the raffle benefit Special Olympics Wisconsin athletes.
With 74 years of service to law enforcement personnel, the WPPA is recognized as the leading law enforcement association in the state. Founded in 1932, WPPA represents almost 11,000 active and retired members from over 380 locals.