About IPMBA

Board and Staff

Bernie Hogancamp President
Bernie Hogancamp, PCI #498
Homewood, Olympia Fields, Blue Island Police Departments (retired); Homewood IL
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Number of Years in Public Safety: 33
Number of Years on Bike Duty: 20
IPMBA Member Since: 1993
IPMBA Instructor Since: 2001
Most Memorable Moment on Bike Duty: Catching a burglar carrying a TV walking on a bike trail that he was trying to use to escape from town.
“Best” Crash: Endo at the bottom of steep stairs from a bridge while teaching a bike class in Naperville, IL
#1 Priority for IPMBA: Provide the best, most current training to public safety cyclists and strive to evolve to meet the challenges of changing times and missions.

Robert Hatcher Vice President
Robert Hatcher, PCI #629/EMSCI #103
Delaware Police Department, Delaware, OH
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Number of Years in Public Safety: 17
Number of Years on Bike Duty: 13
IPMBA Member Since: 2000
IPMBA Instructor Since: 2002
Most Memorable Moment on Bike Duty: Any time I make a positive contact in the community that wouldn’t have happened if I was in a car.
"Best" Crash: At the 2012 St. Paul conference, during a mountain bike ride. We came down a hill. I washed out in sand and endoed. As I was flying through the air, I came to an abrupt stop when I hit (back first) the rider in front of me. He crashed, too.
#1 Priority for IPMBA: To provide the best and most complete training and resources for public safety cyclists.

Craig Lepkowski Secretary
Craig Lepkowski, PCI #1180/EMSCI #272
Lake Forest Police Department, Lake Forest IL
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Number of Years in Public Safety: 21
Number of Years on Bike Duty: 8
IPMBA Member Since: 2009
IPMBA Instructor Since: 2010
Most Memorable Moment on Bike Duty: Surprising “Texting while Driving” violators
"Best" Crash: Endo while teaching a class how to ride up stairs
#1 Priority for IPMBA: Involving the membership by increasing awareness of the benefits of IPMBA.
 

Mike Harris Treasurer
Mike Harris, PCI #1125
Mill Creek Police Department, Mill Creek WA
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Number of Years in Public Safety: 26
Number of Years on Bike Duty: 22
IPMBA Member Since: 1992
IPMBA Instructor Since: 2008
Most Memorable Moment on Bike Duty: First day on bike duty.  I had just finished having coffee with the crew when the call for a subject breaking into a car came out.  I rode up to the car as the guy was ripping out the stereo, waited a second, and then said, “Hi!”  It took him a little while to stop shaking as he repeated, “You scared me, man."
"Best" Crash: As I was starting to race off to my first call (see above), in my excitement to show off, I struck the curb with my pedal in front of the whole crew and went completely over the front of the bike, landing on my back.  It was the best endo ever, with everyone laughing.
#1 Priority for IPMBA: To provide the best possible training and promote the valuable benefits of being a public safety cyclist.

Mike Wear Education Director
Michael A. Wear, PCI #516/EMSCI #059T
Metropolitan Police Department, Washington DC
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Number of Years in Public Safety: 25
Number of Years on Bike Duty: 21
IPMBA Member Since: 1998
IPMBA Instructor Since: 2001
Most Memorable Moment on Bike Duty: I was riding with two members of my bike team when a car ran a red light while passing us. I said, “I bet we can catch him." We all chuckled and half-heartedly sped after him. About five blocks later we caught up to him and made the stop. As I handed the driver his ticket, he said, “That was really impressive." I asked, “What was?” "The way you caught up and stopped me!” he replied.
"Best" Crash: On a ride in the Patapsco State Park, my team climbed the trails to an overlook, where we spotted a long flight of mountain stairs that just needed to be ridden. As I was finding a good line and some courage, a little girl asked me, "Hey, have you ever fallen off a mountain?" I laughed and replied confidently, "Nope, not yet!" One of my friends started down, but stopped on the first or second step with me close behind. I never reached the first step. I lost my balance and tumbled towards the overlook, quickly finding myself dangling over the edge of a cliff, held up by a small sapling. Laughing out loud and crying inside, I thought, "Nope, not yet!"
#1 Priority for IPMBA: Be Progressive, Be Passionate, Be a Leader. Always Strive for Excellence. Never stop being a Student. Ride Hard, Ride Safe.

Tom Harris Conference Coordinator
Tom Harris, PCI #861T/EMSCI #030T
East Baton Rouge Parish EMS/Livingston Parish Sheriff's Department, Baton Rouge, LA
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Number of Years in Public Safety: 37
Number of Years on Bike Duty: 18
IPMBA Member Since: 1996
IPMBA Instructor Since: 1999
Most Memorable Moment on Bike Duty: Delivering a baby while working an event at LSU
"Best" Crash: While teaching a class at Beaumont TX Police Department in the snow. It was a very nice ENDO!
#1 Priority for IPMBA: To provide the best possible training for public safety cyclists.

James Englert Industry Liaison
James Englert, PCI #1081
Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office, Centennial CO
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Number of Years in Public Safety: 15
Number of Years on Bike Duty: 8
IPMBA Member Since: 2006
IPMBA Instructor Since: 2008
Most Memorable Moment on Bike Duty: The below crash story.
"Best" Crash: Another Deputy and I were riding down some rocks, the other deputy fell on some rocks and severed 30% of his quad tendon.
#1 Priority for IPMBA: To keep offering the most complete and up to date training for public safety cycling and get as many agencies to use IPMBA as possible.

Wren Nealy EMS Coordinator
Wren Nealy, Jr., EMSCI#154/PCI#860
Cypress Creek EMS / Waller County Sheriff’s Office, Spring TX
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Number of Years in Public Safety: 24
Number of Years on Bike Duty: 14
IPMBA Member Since: 2000
IPMBA Instructor Since: 2005
Most Memorable Moment on Bike Duty: Four mile vehicle pursuit and capture of suspect.
"Best" Crash: Endo on the bowl drop at Cypress Creek trails.
#1 Priority for IPMBA: Integrate EMS and Police training topics at the annual conference and increase EMS involvement in the organization.

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Brian Gillman, EMSCI #189
Cypress Creek Emergency Medical Services, Spring, Texas
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Number of Years in Public Safety: 19
Number of Years on Bike Duty: 10
IPMBA Member Since: 2005
IPMBA Instructor Since: 2007
Most Memorable Moment on Bike Duty: Watching my team members apply what they have learned at every event, and knowing I was part of that teaching.
"Best" Crash: Endo on a curb in front of a class, not even teaching ascents at the time. Just one of those moments that went wrong.
#1 Priority for IPMBA: To increase EMS involvement and increase membership to further our mission of providing superior public safety training.

Maureen Becker IPMBA
Maureen Becker, Executive Director
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