Captain Ken Clary

Captain Ken Clary has worked for the Iowa State Patrol since 1994 and currently serves as an Area Commander, which involves the oversight of four patrol districts totaling approximately one quarter of the State of Iowa. During his time with the ISP, Captain Clary has held a variety of positions including CALEA Accreditation Coordinator for the Department of Public Safety, Field Operations Commander, and Statewide Tactical Team / Weapons of Mass Destruction Response Team Coordinator.

Captain Clary was selected by the National Institute of Justice as a Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science (LEADS) Scholar in 2016.  Captain Clary is working directly with Dr. Cynthia Lum and Dr. Chris Koper at George Mason University to implement a multi-year project and associated study within his Area.  This project implements hot spot enforcement, Koper Curve, and community policing, attempting to reduce rural traffic crashes and resulting fatalities.  His other research has involved officer involved shootings and intrinsic bias.  Captain Clary has presented at a number of academic and professional police conferences including the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

Captain Clary received his Bachelor’s degree in Criminology from the University of Northern Iowa and his Masters in Public Administration from Upper Iowa University.  He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy Session 269, International Association of Chiefs of Police – Leadership in Police Organizations, and the Northwestern University School of Staff and Command.

Captain Clary was a Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) Committee Member for four years and, he currently serves on the Executive Board for the Food Bank of Iowa.  He received the Governor’s Volunteer Award in 2014 and 2016 due to his volunteer efforts.