WOMEN OF THE WILD WEST
March 22-24, 2020
Courtyard Sioux City Downtown/Convention Center
901 4th Street Sioux City, IA 51101
1700: Preregistration (main floor of the convention center near gallery C or the lobby of the hotel registration desk).
0800-0830: Welcome/Opening Ceremony/Introductions
0830-1200: Emotional Survivor for Female Officers –Cyndy Velasquez
Provided by Courtyard Sioux City Downtown/Convention Center
1300-1600: Emotional Survivor for Female Officers –Cyndy Velazquez
1600-1700: IaAWP Board meeting
1730-1815: Social (5th floor suite. Room number TBD)
1815: Dinner at M’s on 4th –1021 4th St, Sioux City, IA
Challenge coins will be available at the registration desk for $10.00
0830-1000: Tactical Medicine – Jennifer Probasco & Marie Divis
1000-1100: Officer Involved Shooting –Jill Ohm Fitch
1100-1200: Officer Involved Shooting –Kevin McCormick
Provided by Courtyard Sioux City Downtown/Convention Center
1300-: Financial Representatives from MFPRSI, SPOC, & IPERS will discuss retirement with individual conference participants
Keynote Speakers Biography’s
Emotional Survival for Female Officers
Deputy Chief Cyndy Velazquez
Deputy Chief Cyndy Velazquez has been a Chicago Suburban police officer for over 27 years. Cyndy trained at the Chicago Basic Police Academy in 1990 and was the first female recipient of the Outstanding Recruit Award. Working her way through the ranks, Cyndy has served as a patrol officer, Sergeant, Detective, Lieutenant and Commander of the Investigations Unit. Now serving as the first female Deputy Chief, she is also the first female promoted to Assistant Commander for the DuPage County Major Crimes Task Force.
Chief Velazquez has a Master’s Degree in Organizational Behavior and a Bachelor’s Degree in Law Enforcement Administration. She served in the United States Army and was granted the Outstanding Squad Leader Award. Cyndy attended the Northwestern University School of Staff and Command and is currently a defensive tactics and physical fitness instructor at the Suburban Law Enforcement Academy where she was named Instructor of the Year in 2013. Cyndy has also taught Rape Prevention.
Cyndy has been an instructor for Calibre Press since 2013 and serves as the lead and subject matter expert on all of our female specific courses. She currently teaches Female Enforcers, Emotional Survival for the Female Enforcer, Women in Command, and Guardian on the Grounds. Cyndy is a keynote speaker and also works in the private sector training in workplace safety.
Officer Jennifer Probasco & Retired Officer Marie Divis
Jennifer Probasco started her career in Health care as a CNA at the age 16. When Jennifer turned 18, she joined the volunteer fire department in Onawa, Ia and achieved her EMT-B. After high school she received her Associate’s Degree in the Fire Science, then completed the Paramedic certification and obtained a job at Siouxland Paramedics Inc. in Sioux City in 2011 as a paramedic specialist. She married Jeremy Probasco, state trooper, in 2012 and became a bonus mom to 3 boys, Ian, Eli, Mason and then together they had Harper. In August of 2015 she was sworn into the Sioux City Police Department where she currently works on patrol, Watch 2 Westside team. During her career at the police department she has become a tacmed instructor and teaches the post academy training tacmed. She is also a basic life support instructor. Jennifer also completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Bellevue University after one year on the department.
Marie Divis received her license to practice as a licensed practical nurse (LPN) in 1992 and went on to obtain her Associate’s Degree in Nursing (AND) and license to practice as a registered nurse (RN) in 1993. During that time, she worked as a staff nurse, skin care specialist, and the Assistance Director of Nursing (ADON) at Indian Hills Nursing and Rehab. In 1996 she was hired by the Sioux City Police Department as a Police Officer and held various positions during her thirteen years at the department to include, Patrol, Drug Task Force Investigator, and Accreditation Assistant. In 2008 she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Health Care Management. In 2009, Marie retired from the SCPD. From 2009 until 2011 she worked as the ADON at Holy Spirit Nursing and Rehab. In 2011 she was hired by the Sioux City Police Department as the Crime Analyst and currently holds that supervisory position. She is also a certified American Heart Association CPR/First Aid Instructor and acts as the lead CPR Instructor for the Sioux City Police Department.
Officer Involved Shooting
Retired Officer Jill Ohm Fitch & Retired Officer Kevin McCormick
Jill Ohm Fitch went to the University of Nebraska at Omaha where she graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Physical Education K-12. During her tenure at UNO, she played basketball from 1995-2000. After she graduated, she was an Emergency Medical Technician on the Le Mars Ambulance Service in Le Mars, Ia. Jill started her law enforcement career as a police officer at the Hawarden Police Department in Hawarden, Ia in 2004. On 9/13/2010, Jill was hired by the Sioux City Police Department, in Sioux City, Ia, where she was assigned as a Master Patrol Officer on Uniform Watch II.
During her time on the police department, she was trained as a Field Training Officer and received numerous awards. Her awards are: Purple Heart from the Sioux City Police Department, Purple Heart from the Iowa State Police Association, Distinguished Service from the Sioux City Police Department, Women of Excellence Award, Women Taking Risks from Women Aware, Top Cop Honorable Mention from the National Association Police Organization, and Valor Honorable Mention from the Iowa Association Women Police. On October 3, 2014, Jill was involved in an officer involved shooting where she sustained facial injuries. Jill returned to full duty a short time later where she continued to be an FTO on Uniform Watch II. Jill married John Fitch on February 21, 2015 and also became a stepmom to Shawn Fitch. Jill was medically retired from the Sioux City Police Department on December12, 2016. Jill currently works courthouse security for the Woodbury County Sherriff’s Office and enjoys spending time with her family.
Kevin McCormick was a second-generation law enforcement officer. He began his law enforcement career with the Sioux City Police Department in February 2012 where he was assigned to District 1, a large portion of Sioux City’s West side, and became a Master Patrolman in 2015. In 2014 Kevin was assigned to the departments Investigations Bureau where he served as a Youth Bureau Investigator for five years before his early retirement.
During Kevin’s fairly short tenure with the Sioux City Police Department he received numerous awards including: Purple Heart Award (2013), A.T.F. Honor Award (2013), Western Iowa Tech Distinguished Service to the Community Award (2013), Officer of the Year Award (2015), Community Team Policing Award (2014 and 2018). Kevin is a certified Smith & Wesson Armorer, Certified instructor in S.A.V.E. Yourself and Verbal Judo, Law Enforcement Recruitment Specialist and a co-leader for the department’s Critical Incident Stress Management Team. Kevin is a graduate of Leadership Siouxland (2016).
Kevin is always giving back to the community through his involvement with and being a board member for numerous groups in the Sioux City area including: Dismas Charities, Inc., Mental Health Association of Siouxland, Bright Futures of Greater Siouxland and the Siouxland Coalition for Bullying Prevention. Kevin is also an active mentor with BOOST-FF and the Siouxland Youth Golf Association First Tee program.
Kevin is a dedicated father and husband. During his free time, Kevin enjoys spending time with his family, wood-working and carpentry projects.