Sgt. Michael Clyde

  • Iowa State Police

Sergeant Michael Clyde began his career with the Iowa State Patrol in 2005 and was assigned to the Capitol Complex District. Michael was then promoted to Trooper II and assigned to the Executive Protection Unit. While on the EPU he provided worldwide protection for Iowa’s First Family and visiting dignitaries. After a four-year term on the EPU he was assigned to patrol duties in Iowa’s busiest district, District 1 Des Moines. While assigned to patrol duties Michael was tasked with additional responsibilities as an FTO, Technical Accident Investigator, Background Investigator, Technical Flight Officer, and Crisis Negotiator. In 2017 Trooper Clyde was promoted to Senior Trooper Pilot with the Iowa State Patrol Airwing where he served for two years. In 2021 Michael was promoted to Sergeant and currently serves as the Assistant District Commander for the Capitol Complex and Governors Security District.

Sergeant Clyde is actively involved in the field of crisis negotiation and currently serves as the Area A Crisis Negotiation Team Leader. Sergeant Clyde has written and facilitated numerous training scenarios as well as facilitated state-wide training events. He has spoken and presented nationally on the topic of “Rural and Roadside Negotiations”. Sergeant Clyde serves on the Board of the Iowa Crisis Negotiators Association and is a member of the National Tactical Operators Association.

As much as Sergeant Clyde loves the field of negotiation, he also loves his other full-time job of Husband and Father of four. Sergeant Clyde has a Bachelor of Science degree in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration from Western Illinois University.


  • Rural and Roadside Negotiations

    This block of instruction will explore the challenges and demands that face negotiators and negotiation teams when operating in a rural or roadside environment. This presentation uses multiple incident debriefs to highlight the strategies and lessons learned that all negotiators can take back to their departments.