Estherville Police Department Staff
Chief of Police Brent Shatto
Captain Nate Dunlavy
Sergeant Matt Reineke
Sergeant Cory Danner
Officer Tyler Van Roekel
Officer Ryan Arends
Officer Andrew Clayton
Officer Matt Adams
Officer Reno Doty
Officer Nick Helmich
Officer Jacob Hinrickson
K9 Officer Pepper
In an effort to assist departments with high risk incidents, a regional emergency response team
was formed in 1998. The Estherville Police Department, in cooperation with other
departments, formed what later would be called the H.E.A.T. team. H.E.A.T. stands for High
risk Entry and Arrest Team, and it exemplifies the very nature of the organization.
The team is available to all law enforcement agencies needing to resolve high risk situations
for which regular officers may not be equipped. Some of these situations are, armed subjects
barricaded inside a structure, execution of search warrants where there is the threat of
firearms, high-risk warrant service, hostage situations, missing persons, or any reason an
agency may need increased manpower for an event or disaster.
The team consists of four hostage negotiators, four sniper/observer teams, an administrative
liaison, two communications specialist, a technical specialist, a specialists in less than lethal
and chemical munitions, entry specialists, drone team, three team leaders and a team
Commander. All members on the team are expected to complete a basic training course. The
officers must maintain a high level of physical ability. Training is a high priority, and the team
meets once a month for at least eight hours to train as a group. Every H.E.A.T. team member
is expected to qualify with his or her particular weapon several times per year. Some of the
situations for which the team trains include active school shooters, hostage negotiations, field
searches, riot control, and building and residential searches among other training scenarios.
A department may join the H.E.A.T. team by completing an application and then, upon
approval, making a monetary contribution based on the population of the jurisdiction and the
number of officers the department commits to the team. Presently twenty eight police and
sheriff’s departments from Northwest Iowa and Southwest Minnesota are members.
Team members thank all the individuals and organizations whose support helps to make them
one of the best trained teams in the area.