Branstad names Bradshaw to head ILEA

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Iowa Gov. Terry E. Branstad today announced he has named current assistant director of the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) Judy Bradshaw as the director of the academy effective tomorrow, July 1. Bradshaw, 56, was appointed as current director Arlen Ciechanowski retires from the Academy effective at close of business today.

“The Iowa Law Enforcement Academy serves the important role of training Iowa’s peace officers and preparing them for their career of service,” said Branstad. “I believe Judy Bradshaw possess the leadership, knowledge, temperament and communications skills to effectively lead the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy.”

The ILEA was created by an act of the Iowa Legislature in 1967 with its purpose being to upgrade law enforcement to professional status. The specific goals were to maximize training opportunities for law enforcement officers, to coordinate training and to set standards for the law enforcement services.

“In interviewing Judy Bradshaw, I was impressed to learn more about her ability to bring individuals of diverse backgrounds together to better serve the community,” said Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds. “Judy Bradshaw’s career of distinguished service and her years of law enforcement experience make her an ideal choice to lead the training of the next generation of Iowa peace officers.”

The ILEA, in addition to maximizing training opportunities for all Iowa’s peace officers, is responsible for providing basic and in-service training for all county and city jailers and Iowa telecommunication specialists.

“I appreciate the confidence Governor Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Reynolds have placed in me as I transition into my new role of director of the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy,” said Bradshaw. “Our role at the academy is to prepare men and women to protect Iowans and I look forward to the opportunity to assist in teaching future peace officers best practices to effectively serve their communities.”

In her 35 years of law enforcement – most with the Des Moines Police Department – 27 years have been within management. She is a graduate of Ankeny High School and Drake University. She has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. For 10 years, Bradshaw taught Criminal Justice Studies at Grandview University and Des Moines Area Community College.

The governor’s appointment of Bradshaw is subject to Iowa Senate confirmation.