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Increased DUI Enforcement Statewide for the Holiday Season

December 23, 2021

Utahns are seeing an increase in statewide DUI enforcement which started December 15, 2021 and continues until January 1, 2022. During this time, over 145 extra DUI shifts are being worked by 22 different Utah law enforcement agencies statewide. Officers will be on high alert, looking to get impaired drivers off the roads. UHP will […]

Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2021 – Cybercrime in Utah

October 26, 2021

We’ve been sharing information about how you can DO YOUR PART – BE CYBER SMART throughout the month of October. We thought we’d close out this Cybersecurity Awareness Month with information about cybercrime in Utah and throughout the nation. In Utah in 2020, there were 4,926 victims of cybercrime (50% increase from 2019), and $47,113,946 […]

2020 Crime In Utah Report Now Available

October 5, 2021

2020’s data follows a nationwide trend and includes increases in numbers of homicides, robberies, aggravated assaults and thefts, but with a decrease in the number of rapes. Tuesday, October 5, 2021 The 2020 Crime in Utah Report, as well as reports going back to 1997, can be downloaded at You can compare Utah data […]

October 2021 Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October 4, 2021

Now in its 18th year, Cybersecurity Awareness Month continues to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity across our Nation. Held every October, Cybersecurity Awareness Month is a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure everyone in the Nation has the resources they need to be safer and more secure online.  DO YOUR PART. […]

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over National Enforcement Mobilization – August 18th – September 6th

August 26, 2021

The Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS) is hosting the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign and national enforcement mobilization to o deter, detect and remove impaired drivers from Utah’s roadways and encourage Utahns to choose a sober ride. On Wednesday, August 25th, DPS held a media event to raise awareness about the tragic […]

Utah Drowsy Driving Awareness Week 2021

August 16, 2021

  The third full week in August has been designated as Drowsy Driving Awareness Week in Utah, so we’ll be sharing information about the dangers of drowsy driving and how everyone can help prevent episodes of it. WHO During 2019, male drivers were two times more likely to drive drowsy than female drivers.  WHAT Driving […]

DPS Expands Seat Belt Website Content Directed at Rural Counties

August 10, 2021

For Immediate Release  The Together For Life Project helps Utahns start the conversation to remind their loved ones to buckle up [Taylorsville, Utah] – The Utah Highway Safety Office’s Together For Life rural seat belt project is relaunching its website. The tool includes information and resources for nine rural counties and new guidance for having the sometimes tricky conversation about asking someone to wear their seat belt.   ”We all […]

UHP responds to crashes with multiple fatalities on I-15 in Millard County

July 25, 2021

UPDATED INFO 15:00 P.M.Names of fatal parties involved. Occupants of the Buick: Passengers: Kortni Sawyer Age: 30  From: St. George, UTRiggins Sawyer Age: 6 From: St. George, UTFranki Sawyer Age: 2 From: St. George, UTDriver: Race Sawyer Age: 37 From: Lehi, UT (Father to Ryder and Brother-in-law to Kortni)Ryder Sawyer Age: 12 From: Lehi, UT […]

Multi-State Campaign to Raise Awareness of Seat Belt Safety

July 1, 2021

For Immediate Release Multistate campaign to raise awareness of seat belt safety Utah Highway Patrol joins forces with neighboring states to increase seat belt use and reduce out-of-state traveler’s fatalities during summer travel WHO: Colonel Michael Rapich, Utah Highway Patrol WHEN: July 1st, 2021 Availability for phone or in-person interviews with Colonel Rapich, call PIO […]

Utah’s Mobile Driver License Gets First Financial Institution to Participate in Pilot Program

June 22, 2021

Utah Community Credit Union Signs on to Participate in Mobile Driver’s License Pilot State’s First Financial Institution to Pioneer Acceptance of Secure, Contactless Mobile ID Salt Lake City, Utah (June 22, 2021) – The Utah Department of Public Safety’s Driver License Division (DLD) announced today that Utah Community Credit Union (UCCU) will be the state’s first financial institution equipped […]

Utah Driver Licenses and ID Cards to Get a New Look

June 16, 2021

New Design to Help Prevent Fraud and Protect Identities What’s new The Utah Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Driver License Division will begin issuing a new, more secure driver license and identification card design. Utah’s new design advances fraud protection measures compared to the old design and improves the security of the physical license. DPS […]

How We Get Ready for Emergencies

June 8, 2021

A dispatch from the State Emergency Response Team’s monthly training Today at DPS, we joined the State Emergency Response Team (SERT) for their monthly training. Today’s meeting was the first time the team met in person since March 2, 2020. The SERT’s mission is simple to state but a challenge to execute: Prepare state government agencies […]

Secure Your Load Day

June 6, 2021

The Problem: Road Debris is All Too Common June 6th is Secure Your Load Day. Utah Highway Patrol Troopers know the dangers presented by unsecured loads because they see the consequences of road debris every day. Calls for road debris are one of the most frequent calls to which they respond. In fact, over the […]

2021 Click It or Ticket Enforcement Kickoff

May 11, 2021

For Immediate Release Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement happening May 17- June 6 Four crash survivors share why they now buckle up “even on short trips” SALT LAKE CITY (May, 12, 2021) — Next Monday begins Click it or Ticket, a two week increased seat belt enforcement period. During this time, over 40 […]

Motorcycle Lane Filtering in Utah

April 30, 2021

CLICK HERE FOR VIDEOS As warmer weather arrives in Utah, drivers can expect to see more motorcycles on our roads. And that means they’ll see more motorcycles lane filtering – moving between two lanes to the front of traffic stopped at an intersection. Motorcycle lane filtering has been legal under certain circumstances in Utah since […]

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Marks the Opening of New Southern Utah Crime Lab

April 28, 2021

Commissioner Anderson joins Governor Cox, local legislators and law enforcement representatives to celebrate the opening of the new state crime lab in Cedar City. At a media event on Monday, April 26th, representatives from Utah state government, the Department of Public Safety, Iron County law enforcement agencies and Cedar City government gathered to commemorate the […]

Media Availability: Wasatch Front Police Agencies to Conduct Distracted Driving Enforcement

April 7, 2021

For Immediate Release: Police Agencies throughout Salt Lake & Utah Counties to Participate in Covert Distracted Driving Enforcement What: Law Enforcement Officers across Salt Lake & Utah Counties will utilize an unmarked van with spotters sitting inside looking for violations of Utah’s distracted driving laws. Violations will be called out to nearby marked units who […]

New Mobile Driver License to Offer Utahns Enhanced Privacy

March 30, 2021

Pilot Project Set to Begin for 100 Participants The Utah Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Driver License Division (DLD) is taking the first steps toward moving Utahns’ identities out of their wallets and into the 21st century with the initiation of a mobile driver license (mDL) and identification card pilot program. In addition to the […]

DPS and UDOT Encourage Safer Driving Choices as 2020 Traffic Related Fatalities Increased

March 16, 2021

Although traffic in Utah decreased by 13% in 2020, traffic-related fatalities increased by 11%. DPS Commissioner Anderson spoke at a press event highlighting the fact that traffic fatalities increased on Utah’s roads in 2020, in spite of a significant reduction in traffic. “The truth is we need to look at our own behavior and be […]

Driver License Division Partners with Donor Connect

February 19, 2021

“Smile If You Checked Yes” is the theme of press conference highlighting the partnership between DPS’ Driver License Division and DonorConnect Watch the full press conference from a Facebook Live recording below. At a virtual press conference, the Utah Department of Public Safety’s Driver License Division (DLD) and DonorConnect highlighted the “Smile Yes If You […]

Utah Permit-Less Concealed Carry H.B. 60 Frequently Asked Questions

February 16, 2021

The Utah Legislature recently passed and Governor Spencer J. Cox recently signed House Bill 60 (H.B. 60) Conceal Carry Firearms Amendments. This changes Utah’s law regarding concealed firearm permits (CFP). Below are answers to some frequently asked questions about this change. For more information about CFPs, visit the Bureau of Criminal Identification: TEXT ONLY […]

Utah Law Enforcement Agencies’ Game Plan For Super Bowl Sunday: Working DUI Overtime Shifts to Help Keep Utahns Safe

February 5, 2021

It’s Super Bowl 55, but the radio call that Officers, Deputies and Troopers hope they don’t have to make is “10-55”, that’s the police radio ten-code for a DUI in Utah. The National Football League’s Super Bowl LV is on Sunday, February 7, 2021, and it’s one of America’s favorite annual celebrations. Whether or not […]

Data Privacy Day 2021 – Own Your Privacy

January 28, 2021

National Cyber Security Alliance encourages individuals to “Own Your Privacy” by learning more about how to protect their valuable data online Data Privacy Day is a global effort — taking place annually on January 28th — that generates awareness about the importance of privacy, highlights easy ways to protect personal information and reminds organizations that […]

Winter Driving Conditions Reminder – Slow Down, Move Over for Vehicles on the Shoulder

January 27, 2021

With snow, ice and winter weather back in the forecast, the Utah Highway Patrol is reminding drivers that it’s more important than ever to slow down and move over for vehicles on the shoulder. Winter in Utah has been mild so far, but snow is back in the forecast. Ice and snow means the roads […]

New Year, Same Message: Start Your New Year Right – Drive Sober

December 29, 2020

A year with many changes will end – and a new one will begin – with a constant: increased DUI enforcement WHAT: In a year when almost everything has been different, one thing that has remained the same is Utah law enforcement’s commitment to stopping impaired drivers. On this New Year’s Eve, just like previous […]

Concealed Firearm Permit Scam

December 23, 2020

We have been made aware that a new scam is arriving on everyone’s phones right before Christmas. Scammers are attempting to gain information from individuals via spam text messages by referencing their supposed concealed firearm permit. Embedded in the text is a fraudulent link. Please, do not click any links. The Utah Bureau of Criminal […]

Increased Impaired Driving Enforcement Happening in December

December 14, 2020

For Immediate Release Increased Impaired Driving Enforcement Happening in December  Increased DUI shifts aimed at preventing impaired driving this holiday season WHAT: Media are invited to interview Colonel Rapich and Lieutenant Street as they discuss enforcement efforts happening this holiday season. Utahns can expect to see an increase in statewide DUI enforcement from December 16th […]

UHP’s 1st annual “Fill the Hive – Food Drive” for the Utah Food Bank

November 23, 2020

Utah Highway Patrol Troopers need the public’s assistance – but it’s not for what you would normally expect. Instead of crime tips, they’re looking for donations for the Utah Food Bank. On Wednesday, Troopers will be at the Smith’s Marketplace in East Millcreek with their iconic beehive marked patrol cars in hopes to fill them […]

DPS Aero Bureau Encounters Monolith in Red Rock Country

November 23, 2020

UPDATE: 11/30/20 Update here: — BLM Utah (@BLMUtah) November 30, 2020 Read the full statement here: On November 18, 2020, the Utah Department of Public Safety Aero Bureau was working with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources to conduct a count of big horn sheep in a portion of southeastern Utah. While on […]

Thanksgiving Fire Safety

November 19, 2020

Thanksgiving fire facts Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day, Christmas Eve, and the day before Thanksgiving. In 2018, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,630 home cooking fires on Thanksgiving, the peak day for such fires. Unattended cooking was by far the leading contributing factor in cooking […]

Dashcam captures head-on collision where seat belts saved lives

November 17, 2020

Click it or Ticket seat belt enforcement happening November 16-29 WHAT:  Media are invited to hear from crash survivors Jillian White and Ty Bolton who credit their seat belts for saving their lives when a wrong-way driver hit their vehicle. The couple hopes their story will encourage travelers to buckle up this holiday season and […]

Border to Border Seat Belt Enforcement Kicks Off Click It or Ticket Campaign

November 13, 2020

For Immediate Release: Beginning November 16th, Utah DPS is launching “Border to Border” seat belt enforcement with a Click It or Ticket Campaign aimed at holiday road travel. UHP partnering with neighboring states’ police to encourage Utahns to buckle up Salt Lake City, Utah – On November 16th, the Utah Highway Patrol will join law […]

DPS to deploy Wireless Emergency Alert to cell phones due to AMBER Alert

November 7, 2020

This will be the third public deployment of the wireless emergency alert for an AMBER Alert since April This morning, the Utah Department of Public Safety will send a statewide wireless emergency alert to mobile devices due to an AMBER Alert that was issued this morning in Cedar City. The alert will feature the following […]

Department of Public Safety’s Crime Lab Biology Team Receives Governor’s Award for Outstanding Public Service

November 3, 2020

The Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS) Crime Lab’s Biology Team was nominated for and received the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Public Service.  The Governor’s Award for Excellence provides an opportunity for state employees to be recognized for outstanding public service and achievements that display dedication to the citizens of Utah. This talented and dedicated […]

Seven Utah County Law Enforcement Agencies to Participate in Covert Distracted Driving Enforcement

October 29, 2020

STATS FROM THE OPERATION Read a story about the enforcement from here: What: Utah County Law Enforcement Officers will utilize an unmarked van with spotters sitting inside looking for violations of Utah’s distracted driving laws. Violations will be called out to nearby marked units who will take appropriate enforcement action to educate or cite […]

Police Reform – DPS Commissioner’s Report to the Governor

October 22, 2020

POLICE REFORM: A Report to the Governor STATE OF UTAH – DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY OVERVIEW On June 11, 2020, following the untimely death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, that sparked much civil unrest and precipitated the discussion on police reform in the United States, including the State of Utah, Governor Herbert directed Utah […]

Disinformation Stops With You

October 14, 2020

You have the power to stop misinformation and disinformation. As part of a national initiative to protect the integrity and security of the 2020 election, the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is working with national partners to build resilience to election interferences, particularly information activities (e.g., disinformation, misinformation). The Department […]

Do Your Part. Be CyberSmart – October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October 1, 2020

Governor Herbert has declared October to be Cybersecurity Awareness Month in Utah. The line between our online and offline lives is indistinguishable. In these tech-fueled times, our homes, societal well-being, economic prosperity, and nation’s security are impacted by the internet. The overarching theme for Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2020 is “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.”  The theme empowers […]

Utah Announces Elimination of Sexual Assault Kit Backlog

September 15, 2020

On Thursday, September 9th, Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS) Commissioner Jess Anderson, members of the Utah Legislature and administration and staff from the State Crime Lab gathered to announce the completion of a milestone in the DNA testing of sexual assault kits. Utah is the 8th state to eliminate its backlog of sexual assault […]

What’s Really Inside Our Officers: A Desire to Serve and Protect

September 3, 2020

On September 1, 2020, the Salt Lake Tribune published an editorial cartoon depicting columnist Pat Bagley’s interpretation of “The Deep Hate.” It is a representation of a law enforcement officer staring at the X-ray image of himself with the doctor pointing to an internal image of a hooded figure and stating, “Well, there’s your problem.” […]

Increased Enforcement for Labor Day Weekend

September 3, 2020

Extra shifts will focus on impaired driving, seat belts, speeding and distracted driving.   Media Contact: Lt. Nick Street, Utah Highway Patrol – PIO, 801.554.5659     Labor Day weekend traditionally marks the end of summer. And while many people are making plans for travel and a final weekend of fun before fall arrives, we’re […]

DPS Partners with Utah U.S. Attorney’s Office on I-80 Criminal Interdiction Effort

August 19, 2020

From August 9th through August 11th, 2020, the Utah Highway Patrol Criminal Interdiction Team along with Agents from the State Bureau of Investigation conducted an Enforcement project on Interstate 80 in Tooele County.  The objective of the project was to provide a safe and secure environment for motorists on Interstate 80 through high volume traffic […]

Utah’s Drowsy Driving Awareness Week 2020

August 17, 2020

  The third full week in August has been designated as Drowsy Driving Awareness Week in Utah, so we’ll be sharing information about the dangers of drowsy driving and how everyone can help prevent episodes of it. WHO During 2019, male drivers were two times more likely to drive drowsy than female drivers.  For the […]

4 months later: Did you have damage from the Magna earthquake?

July 28, 2020

Davis and Salt Lake County residents may be eligible for federal assistance Disaster assistance is now available for certain homeowners who: Live in Davis or Salt Lake counties Had earthquake damage in March Had damage not covered by insurance Disaster Assistance steps Register with FEMA at or or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the […]

Driver License Division Launching New Appointment Scheduler

July 13, 2020

On Tuesday, July 14th, the Utah Driver License Division will launch a new appointment scheduler. Appointments will be available for all licensing services. Appointments will be required to ensure DLD offices safely manage the number of customers in its buildings to ensure physical distancing standards can be maintained. Appointments will reduce individuals’ wait times and […]

4th of July Enforcement Plans

July 1, 2020

Home Safely What are your 4th of July plans? Our plans for the 4th include working extra shifts with the goal of helping to make sure everyone to gets where they’re going and gets home safely. Increased Enforcement Extra DUI, Seat Belt, Speed and Distracted Patrols Will Be Worked Statewide Over 240 Extra DUI Shifts […]

What fireworks can I use and when?

June 28, 2020

A fire that broke out overnight in Lehi early Sunday morning that burned 500 acres was caused by fireworks that were used outside of the legal dates of use. Even though fireworks are on sale through July 25, there are only certain dates they can be used. Fireworks are only allowed July 2-July 511 a.m. […]

Celebrating with Fireworks? Make Sure You Celebrate Safely

June 24, 2020

Fireworks are a big part of our 4th of July and Pioneer Day celebrations. We want to remind everyone that if you’re celebrating with fireworks, make sure you celebrate safely. Fireworks can cause serious injuries and have the potential to start fires. Fire Risk Fireworks started an estimated 19,500 fires in 2018. National Fire Protection […]

Utah State Fire Marshal’s Office Shares Campfire Safety Tips

June 8, 2020

Nothing says summer like a trip to the great outdoors and enjoying some time around a campfire. But with officials expecting an “above average” season for wildfire activity, and a recent increase in human-caused fires, the Utah State Fire Marshal’s Office is sharing some campfire safety tips. UNBELIEVABLE. Bountiful resident finds abandoned campfire burning at […]

Help Salt Lake recover from violent protests and solve crimes

June 1, 2020

After a day and night of violence, law enforcement partners are seeking information on unlawful activity during protests in Salt Lake City, Utah SALT LAKE CITY — Though Saturday’s protests started with peaceful intent, they quickly devolved into various acts of lawlessness, violence, destruction, and graffiti. It’s time to put things back in order.  Utah’s […]

Utah DPS supports Salt Lake City curfew

May 30, 2020

As protests and violence have broken out across the United States, Salt Lake City was not immune. What was supposed to start as a peaceful protest devolved into violence and damage to public property, including the destruction of a Salt Lake City patrol vehicle and vandalism at the Salt Lake City Public Safety Building and […]

DPS Reminds Utahns to Make Safe Driving a Priority This Memorial Day Weekend and Throughout the Summer

May 21, 2020

With school ending, national parks opening, virtual graduations being held and COVID-19 restrictions easing, we know a lot of people will be hitting the road this weekend and into the summer. To help make sure everyone gets where they’re going and back home safely, we wanted to remind everyone to make safe driving a priority. […]

I’m a Trooper and a Mother

May 10, 2020

“My advice to women considering a career in law enforcement? Do it…because you can have it all.” Trooper Kunz We want to recognize – in particular on Mother’s Day – our Utah Highway Patrol Troopers who are also mothers. Balancing being a state trooper with motherhood isn’t an easy thing. But these women have nerves […]

Details on the 5 Year Old Driver Stopped on I-15 by a Trooper in Ogden

May 5, 2020

On May 4th, 2020, at about 11:45 am, Trooper Rick Morgan was conducting speed enforcement on I-15 near Mile Post 344 in the Ogden metropolitan area of Utah. He had just clocked a speeder at 88 MPH and pulled out to initiate a traffic stop on the violator. While making his way south on I-15 […]

Update to Services Offered by Driver License Division Beginning May 4

May 3, 2020

For vehicle registrations, visit the Utah DMV website DMV.UTAH.GOV The Utah Department of Public Safety’s Driver License Division (DLD) is updating information regarding services it will be providing in connection with Governor Herbert’s announcement that the State’s COVID-19 level is changing from high risk (red) to moderate risk (orange). This change will allow the DLD to […]

Department of Public Safety Appoints New Public Affairs Director

April 22, 2020

Joe Dougherty has earned and accepted a new position within the Utah Department of Public Safety as Public Affairs Director. Mr. Dougherty will take over the position from Lt. Nick Street, the Utah Highway Patrol Public Information Officer who has served as the interim Public Affairs Director after the previous Director, Marissa Cote, accepted a […]

Troopers and Murray City Firefighters make an unexpected rescue on Sunday afternoon

April 19, 2020

In the afternoon of Sunday, April 19th, 2020, Corporal Pollard was dispatched to a Mother duck and her ducklings disrupting traffic on I-15 northbound at 4700 S in Murray. He was able to get them corralled away from traffic and onto the other side of the freeway barrier. One of the ducklings fell into a […]

AMBER Alert update

April 19, 2020

Following an AMBER Alert that did not include complete information early Sunday, the Department of Public Safety will pause the sending future AMBER Alerts through the Wireless Emergency Alert system. We are conducting a thorough review of the system. This means WEA will not be available for local law enforcement agencies to send AMBER Alerts […]

ShakeOut, don’t freak out to prepare for earthquake

April 16, 2020

Mother Nature let us know in no uncertain terms this year that Utah is Earthquake Country. And she started the Shake Out with a shake! A 4.2 aftershock from the March 18th Magna quake happened at 7:41 am. With the March 18 earthquake in Magna and more than 1,000 aftershocks that have already happened, now is the […]

Happy 14th Birthday to Be Ready Utah!

April 6, 2020

In April 2006, then-Lt. Gov. Gary Herbert created the Be Ready Utah campaign in response to his visit to Louisiana, which was ravaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. He wanted a Utah-based program to promote and increase preparedness within Utah. The Be Ready Utah program today resides within the Division of Emergency Management and as […]

Unified Command for Coronavirus Response

April 1, 2020

Utah has established a unified command at the State Emergency Operations Center at the State Capitol. This is where the state gathers the most critical players in the same room to make sure the government is working as efficiently as possible. Right now, those critical players are the Utah Department of Health, supported by DPS’s […]

SIAC Reports Increase In Gift Card Scams Targeting Businesses

March 31, 2020

DPS’ Statewide Information and Analysis Center has seen a recent spike in gift card scams both in Utah and nationwide. This scam is typically a Business Email Compromise (BEC) variant, as cyber criminals will impersonate a senior level employee and ask a subordinate to hurry and get them a gift card because they are in […]

Consumer Protection Division Reports Significant Increase In Spear Fishing Scams

March 27, 2020

Utah’s Consumer Protection Division is reporting a significant uptick in spear fishing scams. These scams are more common and effective right now because people are home more than usual and also tuned in to helping others in serious financial need more than usual. WHAT ARE SPEAR FISHING SCAMS These scams are done via impersonation of […]

Beware of Paying Scammers With Gift Cards

March 27, 2020

Gift cards are for gifts, NOT payments. Gift cards are a popular and convenient way to give someone a gift. They’re also a popular way for scammers to steal money from you. That’s because gift cards are like cash: if you buy a gift card and someone uses it, you probably cannot get your money back. […]

Safe Firearm Storage

March 24, 2020

The Department of Public Safety wants to remind firearm owners that it is your responsibility to ensure that guns in your home are always stored where they are inaccessible to children, at-risk persons or other unauthorized persons. Hiding a gun in a closet, drawer or similar location is not safe storage. Safe storage is employing […]

New Information from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Regarding Driver Licenses for Air Travel

March 17, 2020

In light of the current national health crisis, we will be allowing people with driver’s licenses that expired beginning March 1, and who are not able to renew their license, to use it as acceptable ID at checkpoints for 1 year after the expiration date, plus 60 days after the COVID-19 national emergency. Learn more […]

Utah Department of Public Safety Encourages Utahns to Utilize Online and Mail-In Services

March 17, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY (March 16, 2020) — As part of the statewide efforts to limit the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS) is encouraging Utahns to utilize the many online and mail-in services that the department provides.  Online services available from DPS include the following: Driver license and ID […]

DPS Definitions: Spontaneous Combustion

March 3, 2020

What is spontaneous combustion? The ignition of a substance or body from the rapid oxidation of its own constituents, without heat from any external source. Spontaneous combustion or spontaneous ignition, as it is often called, is the occurrence of fire without the application of an external heat source. Due to chemical, biological, or physical processes, […]

2019 DPS Annual Report

March 2, 2020

2019 was another remarkable year for DPS. Read about the many activities of our 11 divisions in our annual report.  Below is the message from Commissioner Anderson that appears at the beginning of the report. As we end one decade and enter a new one, the future of the Department of Public Safety (DPS) is […]

Springville Driver License Division Office Directions and Information

February 20, 2020

The Driver License Division (DLD) has opened a new location in Utah County. The opening is a proactive measure by the Department of Public Safety to better serve the growing community and its needs. An existing office in Orem will remain open to serve residents in that area.  The new office is located at 2277 west […]

Woman Thanks Trooper – Who Is a Family Friend – for DUI Arrest

January 31, 2020

“My whole life changed from that night on.” Hillary Staska Hillary Staska’s life was forever changed when, just over four years ago, a family friend and Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) sergeant arrested her for driving under the influence of alcohol. Since her arrest, Hillary has been sober and made positive changes in her life. She […]

POST Class #347 Graduation

January 30, 2020

Be the good! Do the good! On Thursday, January 23, DPS’ Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Law Enforcement Academy held graduation exercises for Law Enforcement Officer Session #347. Thirty-eight new officers, troopers and deputies graduated and will join 16 different law enforcement agencies throughout the state. The agencies receiving new law enforcement officers from […]

SBI Starts Second Year of Training Series for Sex Crimes Investigators

January 27, 2020

Earlier this month, SBI started the second year of its training series for sex crimes investigators with a session that featured directors of both the state toxicology lab and the crime lab. Training attendees included representatives from the state crime lab, Primary Children’s Hospital Safe and Healthy Families, and officers from law enforcement agencies including […]

I wasn’t ready: What I learned during the 1994 Northridge Earthquake

January 17, 2020

Do you have a story to share that can help others prepare? 4:30 a.m. I was asleep. But suddenly, I was awake. Lying in my bed and pulling a blanket over my head, as my room was shaken back and forth, as if a garbage truck were continuously ramming the house. I would have guessed […]

Statement on the Passing of Chief O’Neal

January 13, 2020

Department of Public Safety Commissioner Jess L. Anderson released the following statement on the passing of Chief William “Bill” O’Neal: “I was saddened to hear of Chief William “Bill” O’Neal’s passing. Chief O’Neal was a tremendous example of a leader in law enforcement and our partner in public safety. He was an example and friend […]

A New Year’s resolution you can keep any time of year

January 1, 2020

You can resolve to be ready for emergencies. 2020 is a great year to have clear vision, vision for the future. For us, the clearest vision for the future is one where all Utahns are resilient, or able to bounce back from disaster. The only way to bounce back from disaster is to take action […]

POST Class #346 Graduation

December 23, 2019

Class motto was “Kia Kaha!” a Maori phrase meaning “Stay Strong!” On Thursday, December 19th, DPS’ Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Law Enforcement Academy held graduation exercises for Law Enforcement Officer Session #346. Thirty-eight new officers and deputies graduated and will join 23 different law enforcement agencies throughout the state. The agencies receiving new […]

Be REAL ID Ready

December 19, 2019

If you travel for the holidays, this time next year you’ll need to add a new item to your packing list: a gold star on your license. Starting October 1, 2020 any American traveling by air above the age of 18 will need a REAL ID- compliant driver’s license or another acceptable form of ID […]

Avalanche Awareness Week 2019

December 6, 2019

This is part of our #UtahHazards411 ongoing series to teach Utahns about the hazards around our state and how to stay safe. On average, 2.8 people die each year in avalanches. In 2018, 4 people lost their lives. It’s time to change that. We love the outdoors. It doesn’t matter what season. Utahns like to […]

Holiday Fire Safety

December 6, 2019

It’s fun to decorate for the winter holidays, but holiday decorations can increase your risk for a home fire. As you deck the halls this season, be fire smart. Candle Safety  The top three days of the year for home candle fires are Christmas, New Year’s Day, and New Year’s Eve. Consider using battery-operated flameless candles. […]

10 Shopping Tips for the Holiday Season – Online and In-Store

December 4, 2019

Online Shopping is On The Rise According to the National Retail Federation, almost 70 million consumers shopped online on Cyber Monday alone. So Are Consumer Losses to Online Shopping Scams Better Business Bureau data shows that consumers lost $4.7 million in 2018 to online shopping scams. In 2017, the number was $2.3 million and in […]

Thanksgiving Travel

November 26, 2019

More than 55 million travelers are making plans to kick off the holiday season with a trip of 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving. This will be the second-highest Thanksgiving travel volume since AAA began tracking in 2000, trailing only the record set in 2005. Overall, an additional 1.6 million more people […]

POST Class #345 Graduation

November 25, 2019

345 – Protect the Hive! On Thursday, November 21st, DPS’ Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Law Enforcement Academy held graduation exercises for Law Enforcement Officer Session #345. The class’s motto was “345 – Protect the Hive!” New Ogden City Police Officer Williams addressed the motivation behind the motto in his class response – see […]

Thanksgiving Click It or Ticket Media Kick Off

November 21, 2019

Buckle Face Heroes Help Highway Patrol Improve Seat Belt Use in Utah Click it or Ticket enforcement happening Nov. 27 – Dec. 1, 2019 WHAT:  Media are invited to sit back, relax and kick off Click it or Ticket with the Utah Highway Patrol by sharing the Department of Public Safety’s humorous Buckle Face campaign. […]

New Utah County Driver License Office

November 18, 2019

The Driver License Division (DLD) is opening a new location in Utah County. The opening is a proactive measure by the Department of Public Safety to better serve the growing community and its needs. An existing office in Orem will remain open to serve residents in that area. The Driver License Office in Springville will […]

Traffic Incident Response Week

November 10, 2019

During the week of November 10-16, the goal is to increase awareness of the dangers emergency responders face and remind drivers to slow down and move over. Emergency responders across the country work tirelessly to help save lives at the scene of traffic incidents. Every year hundreds of emergency responders experience close calls, or are […]

Increased DUI Enforcement for Halloween

October 29, 2019

Each year, millions of children and adults alike celebrate Halloween, a holiday known for its sweet treats and spooky parties. Leave the dangerous driving for the witches on brooms, and commit to sober driving Halloween night, and every night. To help make sure everyone gets home safely, law enforcement officers throughout the state will be […]

Halloween Fire Safety Tips

October 25, 2019

BEWARE OF HAUNTING HALLOWEEN FIRE HAZARDS! We’ve got some tips to help keep your Halloween safe and fire-free. Decorations Can Ignite Keep all decorations away from open flames and other heat sources like light bulbs and heaters. Tell Children to Stay Away from Open Flames Be sure they know how to stop, drop and roll […]

Teen Driver Safety Week October 20 – 26, 2019

October 21, 2019

This week – and every week, parents should have conversations with their teens about the important rules they need to follow to stay safe behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. National Teen Driver Safety Week is October 20-26, 2019, and is a great opportunity for parents to sit down with their teen drivers and […]

POST Introduction to K9 Class Featuring Nomos, Onyx and Kuli

October 9, 2019

POST Class #344 learned first-hand what it’s like to work with K9 units through the Introduction to K9 course. Thanks to the K9 handlers and their K9 partners who conducted the training and showed the cadets the ropes! Davis County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Wennergren and K9 Nomos Lehi Police Department Sgt. Lewis and K9 Onyx […]

National Fire Prevention Week

October 7, 2019

2019 Campaign This year’s FPW campaign, “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!” works to educate everyone about the small but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe. Did you know?In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes […]

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October 1, 2019

The line between our online and offline lives is indistinguishable. In these tech-fueled times, our homes, societal well-being, economic prosperity and nation’s security are impacted by the internet. Under the overarching theme of  ‘Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT.’, the 16th annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) is focused on encouraging personal accountability and proactive behavior in […]

POST Class #344 Graduation

October 1, 2019

On Thursday, September 26th, DPS’ Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Law Enforcement Academy held graduation exercises for Law Enforcement Officer Session #344. The class’s motto was “344 – We Want More!” Forty-seven new officers, deputies and troopers graduated and will join 18 different law enforcement agencies throughout the state. The agencies receiving new law […]

SBI Continues Series of Trainings for Sex Crimes Investigators

September 30, 2019

For the eighth in its series of trainings for sex crimes investigators, the State Bureau of Investigation, through the support of the SAKI program and crime lab, invited pediatric forensic nurse Mary Lassiter to present information about Primary Children’s Hospital’s Center for Safe and Healthy Families. The presentation was designed to introduce investigators to who […]

Rail Safety Week: Stop. Trains Can’t

September 24, 2019

Rail Safety Week (RSW) is being held in Sept. 22-28 to empower people to keep themselves safe near tracks and trains.  The Utah Department of Public Safety, Utah Operation Lifesaver, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Utah Transit Authority, the Utah Department of Transportation are working together to remind motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians about the lifesaving importance of […]

UHP Kicks Off Adopt-A-High School Program with a Sweet Treat for Seat Belted Skyhawks

September 19, 2019

At Salem Hills High School, Troopers handed out Creamies to teens who were buckled up. With students headed back to school and getting behind the wheel, the Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) has launched its Adopt-A-High School program for the new school year. This means  UHP Troopers are back on campus reminding teens about the importance […]

POST Class 344 9/11 Healing Field PT Session

September 18, 2019

Utah POST instructor Sgt. Lauritzen brought Class 344 to the 9/11 Healing Field in Sandy City for a PT session designed not just to challenge the cadets physically, but to also give them a greater and deeper understanding of what it means to be a first responder and to be the person that people are counting […]

Is Your Child Safe? 60% of Car Seats Are Installed Incorrectly

September 5, 2019

Traffic safety partners celebrate CPS Week with free car seat inspections  WHAT: Media are invited to the Salt Lake County Health Department’s car seat class to learn more about Child Passenger Safety (CPS) week and the importance of car seat checks.  For children under the age of 13 in the United States, motor vehicle crashes […]

How does government plan for an earthquake?

September 4, 2019

Let’s start by talking about transportation After an earthquake… Where do you land airplanes with relief supplies and equipment? Ideally, Salt Lake City International Airport. But… that airport is in a high liquefaction zone. What if it’s not available? Hill Air Force Base is close, and its location is less susceptible to liquefaction.But… any supplies […]

SBI Hosts 7th in Series of Training for Sex Crimes Investigators

September 2, 2019

Research Findings on Sexual Assault Cases: Implications for Investigators The August session of SBI’s monthly training for sex crimes investigators featured Dr. Julie Valentine from BYU who shared information about Sexual Assault Research Findings and their implications for investigators. Dr. Valentine began her presentation by discussing recent increases in SANE exams in Salt Lake and […]

UHP Labor Day Enforcement Plan

August 29, 2019

Troopers working additional shifts to help make sure everyone gets where they’re going SAFELY.  As the sun sets on summer, we head into the Labor Day weekend, which will mark the end of 2019’s “100 Deadliest Days of Summer.” While fatality numbers are down from where they were last year at this time, UHP would […]

Labor Day Impaired Driving Crackdown

August 22, 2019

Increased DUI enforcement statewide as DPS encourages drivers to “Know Your Limits” SALT LAKE CITY (August 22, 2019) – Law enforcement agencies throughout Utah have been participating in the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over crackdown on impaired drivers. As a result, Utahns can expect to see an increase in DUI enforcement now through […]

Utah’s Drowsy Driving Awareness Week

August 19, 2019

  The third full week in August has been designated as Drowsy Driving Awareness Week in Utah, so we’ll be sharing information about the dangers of drowsy driving and how everyone can help prevent episodes of it. Special thanks to Dr. Kristofer Mitchell from St. Mark’s Hospital for helping us make our Drowsy Driving Awareness […]

Body Cam Footage of California Kidnapping Suspects Caught in Southern Utah

August 13, 2019

On July 30th, 2019, sisters, eight-month old, Emma, and twenty-month old, Darla Yonko, were taken from their Riverside, California home. On July 31st, 2019, Los Angles based FBI Agents with the Riverside Resident Agency – Violent Crimes Against Children Task Force asked State Highway Patrol Troopers to be on the lookout for a 1982 blue […]

Remembering our friend, Battalion Chief Matthew Burchett

August 13, 2019

One year ago today, the State of Utah received devastating news: One of our state’s firefighters, who had deployed to California to assist during their terrible fire season, had been killed in the line of duty while fighting the Mendocino Complex Fire. Our collective breaths stopped. We couldn’t believe it. Our friend, Draper Battalion Chief […]

POST Session #343 Graduation

August 8, 2019

Motivated, Dedicated and Ready to Lead On Thursday, August 1st, DPS’ Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST)’ Law Enforcement Academy held graduation exercises for Law Enforcement Officer Session #343. The class’s motto was “Motivated, Dedicated and Ready to Lead!” and was usually shouted in response to the question “Class 343, what are we?” Thirty-three new […]

State Bureau of Investigation Quarterly Highlights

August 1, 2019

We’ve got the second edition of SBI’s Quarterly Highlights – we’ve got details about what agents have been doing to keep Utah safe. SBI Quarterly Highlights August 2019 We’re proud to share the first edition of a new publication – the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) Quarterly Highlights. This edition includes information about recent activities […]

2019 Governor’s Public Safety Summit

July 31, 2019

12th annual conference had a special focus on cold cases and school safety. DPS hosted the 12th annual Governor’s Public Safety Summit on July 30th and 31st at the Davis Convention Center in Layton. It was a record-breaking year for the summit, as it saw over 570 attendees for the first time. Commissioner Anderson delivered […]

POST Conducts Introduction to K9 Course

July 18, 2019

Cadets receive exposure to working with K9 units POST recently held its Introduction to K9 class for Session #343 cadets. The 4-hour class is designed to give cadets exposure to working with K9 units. Following a short classroom session in which POST’s Sgt. Nope discussed why law enforcement agencies utilize K9s, the cadets headed to […]

Operation Canyon Thunder

July 15, 2019

UHP Explosive Detection K9s Train with Utah Bomb Squad Task Force Troopers Colvin and Elmer and their K9 partners Arros and Rocco recently participated in the Utah Bomb Squad Task Force’s Operation Canyon Thunder, one of two annual training sessions the task force hosts. The training brings together all eight bomb squads in Utah, the […]

Facial Recognition in Utah

July 8, 2019

The Facial Recognition System used by the Utah Statewide Information and Analysis Center (SIAC) is designed to be used in conjunction with an official law enforcement investigation. Law enforcement officers/agencies must provide information demonstrating an active investigation is ongoing. A case/department/intelligence report number and type of criminal investigation are required with every request for facial recognition […]

What do the California earthquakes mean for Utah? FAQ post

July 6, 2019

On July 4, 2019, a magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck the area of Ridgecrest, California. There was a 5 percent chance that a larger earthquake could happen. On July 5, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck, showing that small percentages can still come to pass. These earthquakes are causing Utahns to ask what this means for Utahns. […]

UHP 4th of July Enforcement Plans

July 3, 2019

Record-Breaking Number of Travelers According to AAA, a record-number of travelers – nearly 49 million – will be hitting the road for the 4th of July holiday. 41.4 million of those will be traveling by car. Home Safely Our goal is for everyone to get where they’re going and to get home safely. Last year […]

BCI Supports Salt Lake County’s Expungement Day

June 27, 2019

On June 26th, the Salt Lake County Mayor’s Office partnered with the Department of Public Safety’s Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCI) and over 60 volunteer attorneys from the Utah State Bar to host a second Expungement Day event. This event was the first in a two-step process to help qualifying individuals legally clear their criminal […]

Utah DPS Commissioner Graduates from FBI National Academy

June 11, 2019

Utah Department of Public Safety Commissioner Jess L. Anderson has successfully completed the 276th Session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.  The ten-week National Academy consists of top law enforcement executives from around the world who have the opportunity to discuss the latest trends, policies, professionalism and leadership tactics that are affecting today’s […]

Box Elder News Journal Article About Dispatch Center

June 11, 2019

We’d like to thank Hailey Hendricks and the Box Elder News Journal for a great article they recently published about our Box Elder Communications Center. Click here to read the article on the Box Elder News Journal website. Dispatchers do an important, stressful—sometimeshumorous—job for county’s public safety operations Below are photos taken by Hailey Hendricks […]

DPS Forensic Services Staff – National Recognition

June 10, 2019

At the recent American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD) Annual Symposium held in St. Louis, MO, employees of the Utah DPS crime laboratory received national honors and recognition. ASCLD is a professional society of crime lab directors and leaders dedicated to providing excellence in forensic science through leadership and innovation. Jay Henry, Laboratory Director, […]

Secure Your Load

June 6, 2019

The Problem: Road Debris is All Too Common June 6th is Secure Your Load Day. Utah Highway Patrol Troopers know the dangers presented by unsecured loads because they see the consequences of road debris every day. Calls for road debris are one of the most frequent calls to which they respond. In fact, over the […]

POST Session #342 Graduation

May 29, 2019

On Thursday, May 22nd, DPS’ Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST)’ Law Enforcement Academy held graduation exercises for Law Enforcement Officer Session #342. The class’s motto was “Three Forty Two – Back the Blue!” Thirty-eight new officers, deputies and troopers graduated and will join 21 different law enforcement agencies throughout the state. The agencies receiving […]

2018 DPS Annual Report

May 22, 2019

Click here or on the image below to access the report. 2018 was another remarkable year for DPS. Read about the many activities of our 11 divisions in our annual report. Below is the message from Commissioner Anderson that appears at the beginning of the report. The Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS) is woven […]

UHP Kicks Off Click It or Ticket with Border to Border Seat Belt Enforcement

May 19, 2019

On Monday, May 20th, the Utah Highway Patrol will join law enforcement agencies throughout Utah and in its six neighboring states and across the United States in mobilizing the Click It or Ticket “Border to Border” (B2B) Operation, a one-day national seat belt awareness kickoff event. Law enforcement agencies will join forces to provide increased […]

DPS Aero Bureau Recognized with Governor’s Award for Excellence

May 17, 2019

On Wednesday, May 15th, the DPS Aero Bureau was recognized by Governor Gary R. Herbert with a Governor’s Award for Excellence for Outstanding Public Service. When he notified the Aero Bureau team members that they would be receiving the award, Colonel Rapich noted, “It is my honor to have the opportunity to inform you, and […]

Chief Redd and Crime Lab Recognized By U.S Attorney’s Office

May 16, 2019

The U.S. Attorney for Utah hosted its annual Police Week Law Enforcement Awards on May 16, 2019. At the ceremony, 21 local, state and federal agents and agencies were recognized. Two of those receiving recognition were DPS’ State Bureau of Investigation Chief Redd and the Crime Lab. Below are photos from the ceremony and descriptions […]

Utah’s New Lane Filtering Law

May 8, 2019

As you might or might not be aware of, Utah has a new law that will affect all motorists. Utah’s new motorcycle lane filtering law goes into effect on May 14, 2019. What Is Lane Filtering? Definition: “Lane filtering” means, when operating a motorcycle other than an autocycle, the act of overtaking and passing another […]

Utah DEM and Salt Lake City Receive Award in Excellence from Seismic Policy Council

May 1, 2019

The Western States Seismic Policy Council (WSSPC) honored employees of Utah DPS and Salt Lake City Emergency Management for a mitigation program they created to help homeowners with seismic retrofits on homes at extreme risk for earthquakes. Brad Bartholomew, mitigation section manager from the DPS Division of Emergency Management, and Audrey Pierce, manager of Salt […]

SBI Hosts Fourth In Series of Trainings for Sex Crimes Investigators

April 29, 2019

SBI held its fourth in a year-long series of special trainings for sex crimes investigators. This session featured Marlesse Jones, from the Utah Prosecution Council, discussing Trauma Informed Interviewing. Jones started by sharing common cultural myths about rape and then debunking them with statistics and information. These cultural perceptions about rape add to the challenges […]

How bad would an earthquake be at my house?

April 26, 2019

We’ve received a lot of questions related to the earthquakes in Bluffdale in February and March. If you have a question, you can text it to 43362. If you’d like earthquake preparedness information delivered to your cell phone, text UtahQuake to 43362 How bad will an earthquake be? It’s a long answer with a number […]

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April 22, 2019

Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) is a campaign to raise public awareness about sexual violence and educate communities on how to prevent it. This year SAAM is celebrating its 18th anniversary with the theme I Ask. One month alone isn’t enough to solve the serious and widespread issue of sexual violence. However, the attention April generates […]

POST Session #341 Graduation

April 21, 2019

On Thursday, April 18th, DPS’ Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST)’ Law Enforcement Academy held graduation exercises for Law Enforcement Officer Session #341. Thirty-seven new officers, deputies and troopers graduated and will join 16 different law enforcement agencies throughout the state. The agencies receiving new law enforcement officers from session #341 are as follows:  Emery […]

Highway Safety Office Trains Car Seat Technicians

April 11, 2019

Techs learn how to make sure you’re protecting your most precious cargo DPS’ Highway Safety Office held a National Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Certification Program training course in April. This course certifies individuals as CPS technicians who learn how to choose the right car seat for children based on their size and how to correctly […]

ShakeOut, Don’t Freak Out in 2019

April 9, 2019

Mother Nature let us know in no uncertain terms this year that Utah is Earthquake Country. With hundreds of earthquakes that have already happened, now is the time for Utahns to join the only statewide earthquake drill in Utah since 2012. The Great Utah ShakeOut is a day of special events for families, workplaces, church […]

DPS supports agencies responding to train derailment in Juab County

March 30, 2019

Photos available below The Utah Department of Public Safety is supporting efforts on the ground by local responders from various jurisdictions after a Union Pacific train derailed Saturday in Juab County. We are aware of spilled propane at this time. Cleanup efforts are expected to last into next week. No injuries were reported in the […]

SBI Holds Third In Series of Trainings for Sex Crimes Investigators

March 21, 2019

On Tuesday, March 12th, DPS’ State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) held its third in a series of monthly trainings for sex crimes investigators. This session featured scientists from DPS’ state crime lab who presented information about forensic DNA, the processes involved in the testing of DNA samples and the results law enforcement agencies will receive […]

Warm Weather Means It’s Time to Share the Road With Vulnerable Roadway Users

March 18, 2019

This winter, we’ve only really had to share the road with snow. As the temperature rises, more people are ready to get outside of their houses and outside of their cars. Which means we’ll be seeing more motorcyclists, pedestrians and bicyclists out on our roads. Because they don’t have safety features like air bags and […]

Don’t live in a myth, get the flood facts

March 7, 2019

March is Flood Safety Awareness Month Contact: Joe DoughertyPublic information officerDPS – Division of Emergency Managementjdougherty@utah.gov801-538-3738 With spring just around the corner, and floods threatening southern Utah, Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert has declared March as Flood Safety Awareness Month (download the declaration here). This is a chance to dispel some of the myths about […]

DPS Employee Appreciation Message

March 1, 2019

A message from Commissioner Jess L. Anderson DPS family,Today, on National Employee Appreciation Day, I want to thank each of you for the many different ways you serve our great state. One of the best parts of my job as Commissioner is getting to meet more of you as I work with each of our […]

DPS Dive Team Trains With California Sheriff’s Office in Ice Diving

February 27, 2019

On Wednesday, February 20th, the Utah Department of Public Safety’s Dive Team hosted the Riverside County (CA) Sheriff’s Office for an extreme training in ice diving at Deer Creek Reservoir. Twenty members from Riverside County SO and DPS’ 10 man team practiced diving and became certified in the icy waters. In the past, the Riverside […]

First All-UHP Class Since 1967 Graduates and Takes Oath of Office – All One, All Highway

February 24, 2019

On Friday, 24 new Utah Highway Patrol Troopers graduated from their training and took their oath of office. They will start working with their Field Training Officers as soon as Saturday. This class represents the first UHP only and UHP run academy since POST was created in 1967. Their 21 weeks of training began on […]

SBI Hosts Second in Series of Training for Sex Crime Investigators

February 21, 2019

On Tuesday, DPS’ State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) hosted the second in a year-long series of trainings for sex crime investigators. SBI’s Chief Brian Redd welcomed the attendees, who represented multiple agencies including: South Salt Lake PD, West Valley City PD, UTA Police, University of Utah PD, Tooele City PD, Cottonwood Heights PD and DPS. […]

Zion National Park Rescue by DPS Helicopter Team

February 18, 2019

The Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS) helicopter was requested by officials at Zion National Park to hoist out a hiker near an area known as the Subway. The individual had been hiking with a companion when he became stuck in some sort of quicksand. They were unable to free him so his companion hiked […]

What if you can’t drop, cover and hold in an earthquake?

February 18, 2019

With just two months to go until the annual Great Utah ShakeOut earthquake drill, we wanted to address two of the questions we get most often: Why do you drop, cover and hold on? And what if you can’t? Why drop, cover and hold on? One of the myths about earthquakes is that they cause […]

Two earthquakes strike near Bluffdale

February 15, 2019

One was a magnitude 3.2 and the other was magnitude 3.7. Many Utahns in the southern part of the Salt Lake Valley and northern part of Utah County felt two earthquakes that happened around 5 a.m. today, February 15, 2019. This is one of our regular reminders that Utah is earthquake country. We typically have […]

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Driver License Division

February 13, 2019

Did you know that Utah is consistently in the top 5 states with regard to the number of people who have registered as organ, eye and tissue donors? And that over 99 percent of the people who registered as organ donors last year did so on their driver license or state ID card? On Valentine’s […]

This is the most common natural disaster

February 8, 2019

This article is part of our #UtahHazards411 series, to help Utahns understand what hazards exist and why they need to prepare for them. Our Division of Emergency Management recently conducted a Twitter poll that asked followers this question: What is the most common hazard that becomes a natural disaster? Here are the poll results with […]

Investigators Seek to Find Suspects Involved in 10-year-old Freeway Shooting

February 5, 2019

In January 2009, an altercation between two rival gangs occurred on the west side of Salt Lake City. After the altercation, Cesar Ramirez and his brother, who were riding inside a green Jeep Grand Cherokee, and Matthew Day and two others, who were inside a black Nissan Maxima, continued their argument onto I-15. A short […]

Public comment open on 2019 Utah State Hazard Mitigation Plan

February 4, 2019

Public comment on the plan is open until March 6, 2019. This is part of our ongoing series of posts about natural hazards in Utah and what you need to know about them. Join the conversation on social media with the hashtag #UtahHazards411. The State of Utah Hazard Mitigation Plan 2019 update is required to […]

DPS launches new cold case database

January 28, 2019

There are roughly more than 400 cold cases throughout Utah which include homicides, missing persons, and unidentified deceased persons. Last legislative session, Utah lawmakers passed Senate Bill 160 which required all law enforcement agencies in Utah to enter their cold cases and missing persons cases into the database. The Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS) […]

Maidenwater cold case comes full circle with a bittersweet reunion

January 28, 2019

After tireless work and the public’s help, agents with the Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS) have helped murdered cold case victim Lina Reyes-Geddes reunite posthumously with her family. In November, DPS investigators were able to identify the 1998 cold case victim as Lina Reyes-Geddes of Ohio. Since last year, Lina’s sister, who lives in […]

Data Privacy Day

January 27, 2019

Data Privacy Day, January 28th, is led by the National Cyber Security Alliance and is the signature event in a greater privacy awareness and education effort. Year-round, NCSA educates consumers on how they can own their online presence and shows organizations how privacy is good for business. NCSA’s privacy awareness campaign is an integral component […]

State Crime Lab Forensic Scientist Part of Team Providing Assistance to Puerto Rico After Hurricane Damage

January 24, 2019

Senior Forensic Scientist Manager Jennifer McNair traveled to San Juan, Puerto Rico, with a group of other  laboratory directors, leaders and attorneys general from around the country to assist the Puerto Rico Bureau of Forensic Sciences with the enhancement and restoration of their forensic science services.  The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) and the […]

How to prepare for an active shooter incident

January 22, 2019

This article is part of our #UtahHazards411 series, to help Utahns understand what hazards exist and why they need to prepare for them. We recognize that shopping malls and other crowded places pose a special challenge in planning for emergencies, such as for an active shooter. The gang-related shooting at Fashion Place Mall on Sunday, […]

Doing good in disasters: The best way to donate

January 15, 2019

This is part of an occasional series to help Utahns make the best decisions when disaster strikes. Join the conversation on social media with the hashtag #DoingGoodInDisasters. It happens all the time And it happens because we are good people with good intentions. But imagine that a disaster hits a far-off place, such as Texas […]

Planning for disaster: Utah’s Disaster Recovery Restricted Account

January 11, 2019

In 2007, the Utah Legislature created the Disaster Recovery Restricted Account, or DRRA, to help protect state agency budgets should they have unexpected expenses while responding to an emergency. The fund also allows Utah to cover expenses up front for agents of the state deploying on our behalf. If the Utah Division of Emergency Management […]

ShakeOut, don’t Freak Out in 2019

January 8, 2019

Each year, about 1 million Utahns practice what to do in an earthquake by joining our statewide earthquake drill. What will you do with 99 days? We get it. Sometimes, it doesn’t seem like Utah is going to have the devastating earthquake that we’ve been talking about for years. Sometimes, it seems like people have […]

SBI releases new Rio Grande totals

January 7, 2019

The Department of Public Safety’s State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) released new operation totals since August 2017. The numbers below are a reflection of work by SBI agents since August 2017 to December 31, 2018. Physical Custody Arrests: 484 Drug Dealers Arrests: 387 Federal Indictments: 7 Search Warrants Executed: 43 Heroin: 2,021 Grams/4.6 Pounds Methamphetamine: […]

Coats and Car Seats: What’s Best for Kids

January 2, 2019

It’s officially winter and the forecast calls for some really low temps. You want to make sure you bundle your kids up to keep them warm. But did you know coats can interfere with proper car seat fit? Though thick outerwear will keep your children warm, it can interfere with the proper harness fit on […]

.05 Frequently Asked Questions

December 28, 2018

The 2017 Utah Legislature passed HB155 “Driving Under the Influence and Public Safety Revisions.” The bill takes effect on December 30, 2018. The following information may be utilized to address inquiries about the new, lower BAC limit. Here are some frequently asked questions presented to our Department.  Below you can download a PDF of the […]

New administration takes the oath of office

December 20, 2018

Governor Gary Herbert and Lt. Governor Spencer Cox joined Department of Public Safety (DPS) employees as they officially welcomed their new leadership. This week new administration, including newly appointed Commissioner Jess L. Anderson and two new Deputy Commissioners, took the oath of office at the Utah Capitol. More than a dozen DPS employees representing several areas […]

Independent State Investigation & Recommendations

December 19, 2018

This investigative review by the Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS) was conducted upon request by the Utah Governor’s Office to examine the interactions and handling of an administrative case involving Melvin Shawn Rowland within the criminal justice system. This independent investigation involved a comprehensive review of multiple agencies, policies, systems and procedures.  Below is […]

Cybersecurity is a Shared Responsibility

December 18, 2018

It’s not just the responsibility of governments or CEO’s of large corporations that need to worry about cybercrime. Everyone has a part to play including the average person with a smart-phone. Five tips on cybersecurity for the average person. Top Tips Keep a clean machine. Regularly scan devices for viruses, spyware, keep software up to […]

2018 Division of Emergency Management Awards

December 17, 2018

Pardon us while we brag about some of our awesome employees who did great work on behalf of Utah in 2018. 🙂

What can Utah learn from the Alaska quake?

December 13, 2018

Alaska showed its resilience in the face of a 7.0 earthquake.  Like many, we feared the worst when we heard that a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck near the city of Anchorage, Alaska, Nov. 30. But as the hours ticked by, we received no reports of fatalities and only few injuries. The Verge reports how Alaska’s […]

Holiday Fire Safety

December 10, 2018

Christmas tree fires present real risk towards family and friends. Tips to help keep you and your family safe this season.

Rocky Mountain Interdiction Officer of the Year

December 4, 2018

Trooper Jesse Williams was recently honored by the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (RMHIDTA) as Outstanding Interdiction Officer of the year. Trooper Williams has been a law enforcement officer for over 16 years, and has been a trooper with the Utah Highway Patrol for approximately six years. Since Trooper Williams has been a […]

DPS announces major break in 20-year-old cold case investigation

November 29, 2018

After tireless work and the public’s help, agents with the Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS) have made a major breakthrough in their 1998 cold case investigation. Investigators have identified the victim as Lina Reyes-Geddes of Ohio. For the last 20 years the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) have actively worked on a homicide case […]

UHP Thanksgiving Enforcement Plans and Travel Tips

November 21, 2018

YOU AND 54 MILLION OTHERS AAA says that if you’re planning to travel more than 50 miles away from home this Thanksgiving weekend, you’ll be one of more than 54 million Americans making a similar journey. UDOT expects increased southbound traffic on Wednesday between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., while northbound traffic should be heavier between […]

A Closer Look at the State Crime Lab

November 13, 2018

The Utah Department of Public Safety’s crime laboratory was established in the 1970s to provide criminalistic laboratory service to federal, state, and local law enforcement, prosecuting attorneys and public defenders. The lab is the only full-service forensic lab in the State of Utah, serving over 175 agencies representing Utah’s population. The lab is a physical evident […]

Family’s Story Shows Seat Belts Can Make a Life-Saving Difference

November 13, 2018

Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement will increase during Thanksgiving holiday travel period.  No one ever leaves home thinking they’ll be involved in a crash. But anything can happen at any time, and the best way to help make sure you’ll get home safely is to buckle up every single time you get in […]

Utah SIAC helps connect the dots in high school shooting threat

November 9, 2018

Earlier this week the Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS) received information regarding a possible school shooting threat. The threat which was initially found by a young woman in Davis County on Snapchat. Garfield County Sheriff’s Office was initially contacted due to the school that was named in the threat. After review, it was found […]

Be Safe, Be Seen on Halloween

October 29, 2018

  Halloween means trick-or-treating fun, but it also means everyone needs to be extra aware of pedestrian safety. We’ve got some tips for trick-or-treaters as well as drivers to help make sure everyone gets home safely. Walk Safely Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Look left, right and left again when […]

Move Over Enforcement and Education Project

October 22, 2018

To help increase awareness of Utah’s Move Over law and the importance of giving emergency vehicles the room they need to work safely, the Utah County Section of the Utah Highway Patrol will be conducting a “Move Over” Enforcement and Education Project the week of October 22nd. The project aims to educate the public of […]

Earthquake preparedness is good at any time

October 18, 2018

Though the global ShakeOut earthquake drill is today, Utah’s official day in in April. Here’s why. When Utah signed onto the Great ShakeOut movement in 2010 with plans to hold our first drill in 2012, we knew we were doing something a little bit different. California, where the movement was born in 2008, has always […]

Water after fire isn’t always a good thing

October 16, 2018

Picture this scenario. It’s all too real: Utah’s past hot and dry summers have led to active wildfire seasons. Though we have lost many homes, many homes and businesses have survived wildfires due to heroic firefighting efforts, wise planning and some great luck. Imagine the horror many face when it turns out the wildfire burn […]

DPS Renews 20-Year-Old Cold Case Investigation

October 2, 2018

WARNING: THE IMAGES BELOW MAY BE FOUND DISTURBING. Agents with the Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS) are asking for the public’s help identifying a murder victim in a cold case homicide from April 1998. The body of the unidentified female was found by a passerby on the side of SR-276 milepost 8, approximately 38 […]

Assisting Our Neighbors In Utah County

September 20, 2018

During the recent fires that have devastated our neighbors in Utah County, the Department of Public Safety (DPS) has helped residents  evacuate their homes and safely move livestock to a safer location. Our Department is humbled to provide residents assistance during the Pole Creek and Bald Mountain Fires. We are also proud to work alongside […]

Top Five Most Common Car Seat Mistakes

September 18, 2018

Ahead of Child Passenger Safety Week, technicians will demonstrate how to correct the five most common mistakes parents make when traveling with their children in car seats.  To kick off Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Week, law enforcement, firefighters and health officials are encouraging parents to make sure their kids are safe in the car. Motor […]

SBI Agents Arrest Suspected I-15 Rapist

September 4, 2018

On August 8th, 2018, Utah Highway Patrol troopers were called out to a reported rape near the rest area off of northbound I-15 in Kaysville. Upon arrival, State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) agents were called in to assist with the rape investigation involving a semi-truck driver and a female he originally came in contact with […]

DPS Releases the 2017 Crime in Utah Report

August 29, 2018

Our Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCI) team has worked hard to gather and confirm 2017 crime data from 130 law enforcement agencies across the state.  This report gives a glimpse into the state of crime in our communities and it is important to our Department that this report be released in a timely manner each […]

UHP Urges Drivers: Get Out of Traffic After Minor Crash

August 28, 2018

Rules to follow after a minor crash and why it can save a life Troopers and first responders are willing to put their lives on the line to protect the lives of those in need, however, many times the risk posed to first responders is unnecessary. This is why the Utah Highway Patrol wants to […]

Business Email Compromise: A small business killer

August 15, 2018

In May of 2018 the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) released the IC3 2017 Internet Crime Report. The IC3 stands for the Internet Crimes Complaint Center. It was established in 2000 and has received a total of 4,063,933 complaints since its inception.  The IC3 is a clearinghouse for criminal Internet activity and receives over 800 […]

DEM Statement: The passing of Draper Battalion Chief Matt Burchett

August 14, 2018

With the rest of Utah, the Division of Emergency Management is mourning the loss of Draper Battalion Chief Matt Burchett. An expert wildland firefighter, Matt deployed to California earlier this month to support a state in need. He was a leader of one of the two Utah task forces deployed under the Emergency Management Assistance […]

Information on German Citizen Involved in Hwy 89 Motorcycle Crash

August 10, 2018

A group of 8 motorcyclists were traveling east on SR-89. One of the riders remembered that he forgot a bag at the local McDonald’s restaurant so he caught up to the front riders and let them know that he was turning back. He told them he would catch up after he picked up his bag. […]

Inside Crime Scene Academy

July 31, 2018

Each year the Utah Department of Public Safety’s Forensic Services Bureau offers investigators from agencies across Utah and neighboring states the chance to further their knowledge on crime scenes. This year, investigators from Bountiful Police, Centerville Police, Davis County Sheriff’s Office, Cottonwood Heights Police, Murray, Police, American Fork Police, Grantsville Police and the Idaho State […]

Increase in Spear-Phishing Attempts in Utah

July 30, 2018

SITUATIONAL REPORT: ATTEMPTS INVOLVING CORRECT USERNAMES AND PASSWORDS IN UTAH The Statewide Information and Analysis Center (SIAC) has received an increase of complaints of phishing scams involving correct usernames and passwords listed in the email. Summary The Statewide Information and Analysis Center (SIAC) has received an increase of complaints of spear-phishing scams involving the victim’s […]

North Temple DPS Statistics

July 26, 2018

We are two weeks into our coordinated enforcement surge on North Temple.  We have been working with Salt Lake City Police (SLCPD) in attempt to curtail the distribution of narcotics and other criminal activity in the area. State Bureau of Investigation agents and Utah Highway Patrol troopers from the Department of Public Safety and officers from […]

Disaster closeout: Laub Dam failure 2012

June 29, 2018

SANTA CLARA — The aged Laub Dam, little more than 20 feet high, likely never prompted much thought in the community before Sept. 11, 2012. The earthen structure provided flood control and served as a walkway to get from nearby neighborhoods to Snow Canyon Middle and High schools, as well as a park. More than three […]

2018 Firework Safety & Usage

June 28, 2018

A Message from the Fire Marshal: As we quickly approach our fireworks season, I would like to commend the citizens of Utah in how they have responsibly discharged and enjoyed their fireworks. I would remind everyone as they celebrate the independence of our country and the coming of the Pioneers to our mountain valleys, that they […]

Law enforcement officials announce the formation of the Utah Crime Gun Intelligence Center

June 25, 2018

SALT LAKE CITY — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Utah Department of Public Safety (UDPS), and the U.S. Attorney for the District of Utah, announced the formation of the Utah Crime Gun Intelligence Center at a meeting today. The formation of the center will bring together cutting-edge technologies and the resources […]

Safe Summer Driving

June 21, 2018

Today marks the official first day of summer. We know a lot of people will be hitting the road for vacation this summer, and just wanted to share some safe summer driving tips. Utah’s 100 deadliest days started over Memorial Day weekend, and to date, there have been 25 fatalities on Utah’s roads. We want […]

Below the Surface: DPS Dive Team

June 14, 2018

The DPS Dive Team is utilized by agencies across the State of Utah and neighboring states. Due to the equipment assets and the unique diver skill sets, the dive team is often called upon to provide assistance to aquatic homicide investigations and accidental drownings. The dive team performs these functions at no cost to county […]

Join the DPS Family: Become a Dispatcher

June 13, 2018

The Department of Public Safety’s Communications Bureau is looking to hire its next batch of emergency dispatchers to work in its Salt Lake Communications Center. How does a $5,000.00 signing bonus sound? Would you like to have a job that makes a difference? Would you like to help the public and first responders? Would you like […]

Utah is 2018’s 4th Safest State in America

June 11, 2018

According to a recent study by WalletHub, Utah was ranked as the 4th safest state in the United States. In order to help families find the most secure places to settle down, WalletHub compared the 50 states across 48 key metrics. The data set ranges from assaults per capita to unemployment rate to total loss […]

You’re Invited to our Annual Family Safety Fair!

June 7, 2018

Utah families will have an opportunity to participate in dozens of family friendly activities during the annual Family Safety Fair on Thursday, June 7th from 3-7 p.m. Presented by the Department of Public Safety (DPS), the safety fair will feature free family activities, safety demonstrations, and local favorites and prizes. The fair will take place at […]

DPS Announces Sexual Assault Kit Tracking System for Survivors

June 5, 2018

The Department of Public Safety (DPS), along with the Commission on Criminal and Justice (CCJJ) and Rep. Angela Romero will unveil the implementation of House Bill 200. The bill, which was passed in the 2017 legislative session, provided funding to create a statewide sexual assault kit tracking system. The tracking system provides sexual assault survivors […]

U.S. Attorney Huber Honors DPS Troopers and Agents for Impacting Drug Trafficking

May 31, 2018

U.S. Attorney John Huber and his office representing the District of Utah recognized the Department of Public Safety’s troopers and agents for their efforts on drug trafficking in Utah and Nationwide. “The Utah Highway Patrol has exceeded the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (RMHIDTA) expectations for the last five years. According to RMHIDTA […]

Don’t Let Summer Memories End Up in Tragedy

May 29, 2018

Historically, fatal crashes nearly double in the summer compared to the rest of the year. That’s why the days between Memorial and Labor Day get called ‘The 100 Deadliest Days.’ If we can get Utahns to improve their driving, walking, riding behaviors this summer, we will undoubtedly save lives. You can protect yourself and those […]

Oscar Aced the Test!

May 28, 2018

Oscar will turn 5 years old on June 13th and he has a lot to show for himself over the last 5 years.  Oscar grew up behind prison walls in Ohio and was raised by a federal inmate before making his debut in Utah, where he now serves as a Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives […]

The Governor’s Public Safety Summit

May 24, 2018

The eleventh annual Public Safety Summit was hosted by Governor Gary Herbert Wednesday. Bringing hundreds of members of law enforcement, EMS, fire, health care and administrators from all over Utah. The summit discusses ideas and ways to improve public safety by bringing professionals from multiple disciplines of public safety together for two days. This summit […]

Governor’s Award For Excellence: Rio Grande Team

May 18, 2018

Utah Governor Gary Herbert and Lieutenant Governor Spencer J. Cox presented awards during the Governor’s Award for Excellence ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda on May 17, 2018.  The Governor’s Award for Excellence provides an opportunity for state employees to be recognized for outstanding public service and achievements that display dedication to the citizens of Utah. The […]

UHP To Participate in Border to Border Seat Belt Enforcement Operation

May 18, 2018

   Six States Join In One Concentrated Effort to Save Lives Border to Border Operation will focus on seat belt use across state lines On Monday, May 21st, the Utah Highway Patrol will join law enforcement agencies in its five neighboring states and across the United States in mobilizing the Click It or Ticket “Border […]

National Home Fire Sprinkler Day

May 18, 2018

“Every year, the majority of fire deaths in North America happen at home,” says Utah Home fire Sprinkler Coalition Chair Don Buckley. “Simply put, that’s unacceptable. There is a solution and it starts with education.” The Utah Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition is taking part in a North America-wide campaign May 19th initiated by the National […]

6th Annual Ride – Utah Fallen Peace Officer Trail

May 17, 2018

On Saturday April 21, 2018 the family of fallen Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) Trooper Eric Ellsworth participated in the 6th annual trail ride in Moab, Utah. The annual ride is to honor the fallen and to help them in a very small way, their families further a part of their lives in the form of […]

SBI Agents Honored by US Attorney for Operation Rio Grande Efforts

May 15, 2018

State Bureau of Investigation Agents Roy Contreras and Josh Workman received special recognition at the US District courthouse in downtown Salt Lake City. The pair were presented with the United States Attorney’s Award for their efforts in disrupting drug operations as a part of the Operation Rio Grande Drug Task Force. Colonel Brian Redd, who […]

DPS Officials Attend National Criminal Investigative Conference

May 14, 2018

Commissioner Keith D. Squires, Colonel Brian Redd and Major Tyler Kotter recently attended the Association of State Criminal Investigative Agencies (ASCIA) conference in Phoenix, Arizona on May 7-9, 2018. The majority of states sent leaders who oversee state-level criminal investigative agencies to Phoenix for three days of training on cutting edge topics in law enforcement […]

Chase in Southern Utah Leads to Kidnapping Charges for Driver

May 10, 2018

A man was arrested after leading UHP Troopers on a short chase on I-15 in southern Utah. The chase ultimately ended after the SUV collided with a semi-truck. At around 3:30 p.m. Utah Highway Patrol Troopers received reports of a suspicious vehicle traveling southbound on I-15 near Cedar City.  A female passenger inside the black […]

2016 Crime in Utah Report Now Public

May 10, 2018

Our Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCI) team has worked hard to gather and confirm 2016 crime data from 130 law enforcement agencies across the state. This report gives a glimpse into the state of crime in our communities and our goal is to learn from the data provided and move in the right direction.   […]

SBI Assists in Homicide Investigation

April 26, 2018

As the Utah Department of Public Safety we serve as a resource for law enforcement agencies across the state of Utah. From our Utah Highway Patrol troopers assisting at accident scenes to our agents with the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) who provide assistance when called upon by local law enforcement agencies. Whether it is […]

3 Questions with Lt. Todd Royce

April 23, 2018

Utah Highway Patrol’s Lt. Todd Royce was recently featured on Fox 13’s ‘3 Questions with Bob Evans’. Their conversation included the bravery troopers have when stopping wrong-way drivers, family life and how to really get out of a ticket. To read the original story, click here.

Commissioner Squires Speaks at National Cyber Conference

April 19, 2018

This week Utah Department of Public Safety Commissioner Keith Squires will be in San Francisco, California for the 2018 RSA Conference. RSA brings the world’s top experts in cybersecurity together. There, Commissioner Squries will participate in a panel discussion on ‘Emerging Strategic and Structural Trends in State Cybersecurity’. Other panelist include Timothy Blute with the […]

ShakeOut, Don’t Freak Out, to Prepare for an Earthquake

April 18, 2018

The ShakeOut is back. In 2012, Utah embarked on an earthquake preparedness campaign to help Utahns get ready for the big one. Following the example of California and other states, Utah joined the ShakeOut movement. Since that time, millions of people have participated in the Great Utah ShakeOut, the only statewide emergency drill in Utah. […]

356 Pounds of Marijuana Seized

April 16, 2018

Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Highway Patrol troopers seized more than 300 pounds of marijuana on I-80 Monday morning. At approximately 7:30 a.m., a Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) trooper stopped a pickup truck on I-80 at milepost 158 for making an improper lane change. After speaking to the driver of the vehicle, the UHP trooper […]

The Consequences of Distracted Driving

April 14, 2018

*The images in this post were taken at a mock car crash and do not depict real victims.* The Utah Highway Patrol and local partners recently staged a mock car crash at Springville High School to give students closer look at the consequences of distracted driving. The head-on car crash included fake blood, broken windows, […]

New DPS Unit Focused on Building Relationships in the Rio Grande District

April 12, 2018

A new Utah Highway Patrol unit is trying to build relationships with the homeless in the Rio Grande neighborhood, but its attention to detail also recently helped reunite a man with the family who had been searching for him for the past two years. Bonnie Kunz, one of five outreach troopers now working the area, […]

DPS Honors Dispatchers for National Public Safety Telecommunications Week

April 10, 2018

We’re happy to celebrate National Public Safety Telecommunications Week. Dispatchers are a vital component to public safety and we’re grateful for the service they provide. Please join the Department of Public Safety this week in recognizing the men and women who work behind the scenes, often without recognition, to answer our 911 calls, dispatch our first […]

A Conversation on School Safety

April 2, 2018

With the recent school shootings in Florida, safety and what can be done is being talked about across the country. Department of Public Safety Commissioner Keith Squires sat down with KSL Radio’s Amanda Dickson and Director of Child and Adolescent Therapy at Wasatch Family Therapy Clair Mellenthin and Former Chief of Staff to Senator Mike Lee/Current […]

UHP Trooper Speaks for the First-time After Being Hit by Vehicle

March 27, 2018

Sgt. Cade Brenchley, a second generation trooper, with the Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) will speak to the media for the first-time since he was struck by a vehicle on Sunday in Sardine Canyon. Sgt. Brenchley was responding to multiple slide offs in the canyon when he was struck from behind by a vehicle driving on […]

A Web of Lies: Jake’s Story

March 22, 2018

It only took five days for an invisible criminal to destroy Jake’s life. Jake was a promising young college student. Generous, thoughtful and a prankster. The Utah native met what he thought was a girl online. She asked for a nude photo. He sent her one. And that’s when his nightmare began. Such cases underscores […]

Determined Trooper Stops Wrong Way Driver

March 21, 2018

This could have been much worse. We’d like to recognize trooper Stanford who put his life on the line to possibly save others. When dispatchers broadcast an attempt to locate a wrong way driver to our troopers, it’s a scary situation. But training prepares our troopers for unpredictable circumstances like these. The dash cam footage in […]

DPS and U.S. Attorney Announce Operation Rio Grande Indictment

March 12, 2018

SALT LAKE CITY – A four-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Salt Lake City charges James Musa Gama, age 39, of Salt Lake City, with two counts of possession of the synthetic cannabinoid commonly known as “spice” and two counts of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. […]

Commissioner Squires Joins State Leaders to Protect Utah’s Students

March 9, 2018

Department of Public Safety Commissioner Keith Squires has joined the Utah School Safety Commission along with multiple non-partisan volunteers, who bring years of expertise in a wide range of disciplines. The Utah School Safety Commission is dedicated to finding policies to work on one of the most pressing issues the nation is facing: gun violence […]

A Cut Above: The DPS Aero Bureau

March 5, 2018

Our Department’s Aero Bureau is a crucial component to law enforcement and search & rescue operations across Utah. From Logan to remote parts of Garfield county, the team of tactical flight officers and pilots are courageously assisting in search and rescue operations and law enforcement activities.  As the only law enforcement helicopter in the state […]

DPS 2017 Annual Report

March 1, 2018

The 2017 DPS Annual Report is now available! We are excited to highlight the work done by our 11 divisions and our multiple special units during 2017. It was an unprecedented year. We are excited to continue the forward progress in the year to come.      

DPS Agents Serve 23rd Search Warrant of Operation Rio Grande

February 28, 2018

As part of Operation Rio Grande, Department of Public Safety (DPS) State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) Agents served their 23rd search warrant. The warrant was served at a residence in the Glendale area of Salt Lake City on the morning of Tuesday, February 27. Agents became aware of a group of Honduran nationals who were […]

UHP Patrol Car Getting Hit for the Second Time & Updated Storm Totals

February 20, 2018

Storm totals from 12:00 a.m. on Sunday, February 18 to 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 20: Utah and Salt Lake Counties: 552 Davis County: 65 Weber County: 65 Combined total of 682 *No fatalities or major injuries Four UHP trooper patrol cars hit One UDOT IMT unit hit The dash cam video below shows UHP Sgt. […]

Report a Cyber Crime to DPS

February 13, 2018

The Department of Public Safety’s Cyber Crime Unit is made up of agents from two of its divisions: State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) and the Statewide Information and Analysis Center (SIAC). In partnership with the FBI, DPS agents work together as one to combat cyber crimes that affect businesses, state entities and members of our […]

Six Month Rio Grande DPS Task Force Totals

February 6, 2018

The Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Operation Rio Grande Task Force and the DPS Criminal Interdiction team has compiled the following narcotics seized since the start of Operation Rio Grande on August 14. Below is a six month update of the seizures by DPS agents: Operation Rio Grand Task Force Seizures Spice: 75 jars (10 […]

The New York Times Features DPS’ Cyber Crime Efforts

February 5, 2018

The Department of Public Safety and Commissioner Keith Squires were highlighted by the New York Times for their efforts in cyber crime. Read more about why it is critical for businesses and the public to report cyber offenses. “Utah’s chief law enforcement officer was deep in the fight against opioids when he realized that a […]

100 Heroin Balloons and More Seized by DPS Agents

January 23, 2018

In January, the Department of Public Safety’s State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) Narcotics Agents received information related to a Honduran drug trafficking organization responsible for the distribution of heroin and cocaine around the Salt Lake Valley.  Agents were able to identify six subjects associated with the drug trafficking group. After further investigation, SBI Agents were […]

DPS Deploys Cutting Edge Crime Scene Technology

January 22, 2018

3-D technology like the FARO scanner are giving investigators the upper hand when it comes to analyzing crime scenes. Evidence gathering and documentation used to take hours, even days. Now it takes minutes. The FARO scanner allows DPS’ State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) agents to virtually return to the scene and collect data that wasn’t initially picked […]

DPS and UDOT Release Preliminary 2017 Traffic Fatality Numbers

January 17, 2018

 On Wednesday, the Department of Public Safety (DPS) and Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) released preliminary traffic fatality numbers for 2017 and kicked off a new safety campaign aimed at reducing distracted driving.  In 2017 there were 273 lives lost on Utah’s roads. That’s a 2.8% decrease in roadway fatalities from 2016 (281). These fatalities involved: […]

Securing Sundance: How DPS is Helping Local Officers

January 15, 2018

The Utah Department of Public Safety, Statewide Information and Analysis Center (SIAC), is supporting the Park City Police Department in its security planning and preparations for the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Additionally, the SIAC will remain engaged in the security operations throughout the entirety of the festival, providing ongoing criminal and counterterrorism intelligence assistance to aid […]

Five Newly Promoted to the Ranks of Colonel, Major, Captain and Sergeant

January 9, 2018

Family, friends and peers joined Commissioner Keith Squires and Colonel Michael Rapich as they promoted five fine men to the ranks of Colonel, Major, Captain and Sergeant during the first promotional ceremony of 2018. Commissioner Squires appointed Major Brian Redd to the rank of Colonel to serve as the third Deputy Commissioner at the Department […]

Meet Mike & Ike: A Different K9 Team to Patrol the Rio Grande Neighborhood

January 8, 2018

If life were about “looking the part,” then a Belgian Malinois would almost always win the role of police K-9. The “strong and silent” type would routinely be typecast into roles like searching for suspects and sniffing for drugs. Sometimes, though, officers are in need of a little less fight and a little more finesse. […]

DPS Cyber Crime Unit: Catching an Invisible Criminal

January 4, 2018

The Department of Public Safety’s Cyber Crime Unit is made up of agents from two of its divisions: State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) and the Statewide Information and Analysis Center (SIAC). In partnership with the FBI, DPS agents work together as one to combat cyber crimes that affect businesses, state entities and members of our […]

SBI Refugee Outreach Program Highlights for 2017

January 4, 2018

In November 2015, in response to heightened security concerns surrounding terrorism worldwide, Governor Herbert directed the Utah Department of Public Safety to conduct a review of the federal screening process for refugees and security procedures related to refugee resettlement in Utah. This process led to a partnership between Refugee Services Office (RSO) and Public Safety, […]

Major Crimes Unit: 2017 at a Glance

January 3, 2018

In 2017 the Department of Public Safety’s State Bureau of Investigation’s (SBI) Major Crimes Unit conducted various investigations from cyber crime to assessing threats against individuals and critical infrastructure. SBI Agents also served as liaisons for new refugees in Utah. Here are 2017 year highlights for the unit: During 2017 the State Bureau of Investigation-Evidence […]

I-70 Greyhound Bus Crash Update

January 1, 2018

On December 31, 2017 at approximately 11:00 p.m. a Greyhound bus traveling westbound from Green River went off the right shoulder of interstate 70 near mile marker 113. The bus traveled into a steep wash and came to rest approximately 200 feet off the interstate. The bus was occupied by 12 passengers and the driver. A 13 […]

DPS & Utah Poison Control Center Warn About “SPICE” Product Sold at Local Stores

December 21, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY – The Department of Public Safety (DPS)  along with the Utah Poison Control Center (UPCC) are issuing a warning regarding a product labeled as “CBD” oil that is being sold at area smoke shops.  Since early November, the UPCC has received numerous calls about people becoming ill after using the oil. Adverse […]

Active Shooter Preparedness & Training

December 19, 2017

What would you do if you heard gunshots? Do you know? What would you do if you saw someone acting suspiciously?  Watch this video for tips that could save your life. We hear about it on the news all the time. Whether it is a terrorist or a disgruntled, troubled soul, shootings happen.   Chances […]

DPS Releases 2017 Interdiction Totals

December 18, 2017

“All crimes, all threats, all hazards.” (SALT LAKE CITY)— The Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Troopers and Agents had a busy year across the state of Utah. From arresting homicide suspects to seizing hundreds of pounds of drugs; there is no crime, threat or hazard DPS officers do not come across. In 2017, the Department […]

Family Shares the Devastating Impacts of Drunk Driving

December 15, 2017

Law enforcement will increase DUI patrols December 15th – January 1st to help everyone get home safely In 2015 a poor choice changed their life in an instant when a drunk driver hit and killed their 27 year-old son Michael. They don’t want other families to endure the same pain. “This did not need to […]

Operation Rio Grande Op Results in 40 Arrests

December 13, 2017

Agents with the Utah Department of Public Safety and multiple law enforcement agencies from across the Salt Lake Valley collaborated on an operation to take down criminal activity across the Salt Lake Valley. This operation was based on direct intelligence gathered through Operation Rio Grande. On the morning of December 12 officers from DPS’ State […]

Alert: Phone Scam Targeting Driver License Customers & Public

December 13, 2017

Please be advised that the Utah Driver License Division will never call or text asking for payment or private information.  All notifications are done through the mail. The Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Driver License Division is continuing to hear from citizens who have received unsolicited text messages from a phone number claiming  a “refund […]

DPS Employees Giving Back: It Takes Imagination

December 1, 2017

Boynton Family donation to Festival of Trees helps raise $5,001 for Primary Children’s Hospital Charity Care SANDY — Walt Disney helped the world understand the importance of creativity and imagination. That statement was the inspiration for the Boynton Family to transform a used armoire into a delightful puppet playhouse, a place where imaginations can be […]

Christmas Tree Safety

November 30, 2017

As you deck the halls this holiday season, be fire smart. A small fire that spreads to a Christmas tree can grow large very quickly. Here are some tips from the Utah Fire Marshal’s Office to keep you and your family safe this holiday season. PICKING THE TREE Choose a tree with fresh, green needles […]

Utah Scout raises money to buy bulletproof vests for UHP K-9

November 28, 2017

Gavin Ritter, 13, of Syracuse, spent five months selling pizza cards, doing service projects and collecting donations, with a goal of raising $1,500. He ultimately totaled $3,200. Two Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) K-9s were the beneficiaries of his hard work. These efforts were part of Gavin’s Eagle Scout project. “I just like dogs, and I […]

Multiple Drug Dealers Arrested in November by DPS Agents

November 27, 2017

In the month of November, agents from the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) have arrested multiple known drug dealers in connection to intelligence gathered during Operation Rio Grande. SBI agents arrested a local drug dealer and seized five pounds of methamphetamine likely destined for the Rio Grande area. Additionally, agents executed a search warrant in […]

Breaking Up Narcotic Operations in the Rio Grande District

November 14, 2017

For the past 14 weeks, the Department of Public Safety’s State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) agents have been working diligently to break up the vast drug networks that are preying on a vulnerable population in our state. Suppression operations, search warrants and daily police work have resulted in 126 distribution arrests and more than eight […]

Buckling Up This Holiday Season

November 14, 2017

To kick off Click it or Ticket enforcement, Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) troopers are encouraging Utahns to remind loved ones to buckle up. As part of this effort, troopers visited James E. Moss Elementary to share Alyson and Cortlen Simkin’s story, encouraging students to follow their example. When Alyson Simkins’ husband Michael wouldn’t buckle up, […]

Recent Spice Overdoses Have Emergency Responders on Alert

November 9, 2017

Four spice overdoses have been reported in the Rio Grande district in a four-day period this month, which have emergency responders on alert. The overdoses were due to the use of spice, however, medical teams used Naloxone to save each patient. Naloxone typically only works when used on patients who have used an opioid. But, […]

SBI Agents Arrest Known Honduran Dealers

November 3, 2017

The Department of Public Safety’s State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) agents served two search warrants this week at homes in Salt Lake City and West Valley City. As a result of the warrants, six foreign nationals were arrested. Five of the individuals are Honduran narcotic dealers. Agents found heroin and cocaine at both residences. The […]

Shooting Reconstruction: Giving Investigators a Comprehensive Visual

October 31, 2017

Recently the Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Bureau of Forensic Science, commonly known as the State Crime Lab, and the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) worked together as one to better each bureaus investigative knowledge.  “A forensic scientist has a detailed perspective of a crime scene,” said Sgt. JT Jensen, an SBI agent. “We as […]

We’re Hiring! #JoinUHP

October 24, 2017

CLICK HERE TO APPLY If you’ve ever thought about becoming a state trooper, now is the time! A career with the Utah Highway Patrol is as diverse as it is rewarding. For more information on qualifications and the application process, visit Video produced by Chris Averett.

New Feature: Live Chat with a Driver License Agent

October 24, 2017

The Driver License Division has began live chats with the public on their website.  The division takes an average of 1,300 calls daily. Now, the public has a new option of communicating with driver license representatives. Instead of calling into the call center, the public can now chat live with one of our agents. For […]

Oscar the Fire Dog Deploys to Oregon

October 24, 2017

The Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Fire Marshal’s Office is assisting fire investigators in Northern Oregon. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) announced that its National Response Team (NRT) has joined the investigation into the Underwood Fruit and Warehouse Company Fire that occurred on October 18, 2017 at approximately 5:30 AM. The […]

CYBER24: Simple Steps to Online Safety

October 16, 2017

In the premiere episode of CYBER24, Department of Public Safety’s Sgt. Jeff Plank discusses some of the top cyber security threats of 2017. To listen to the full podcast and subscribe to future CYBER24 podcasts, click here.

News release: Utah Fire Agencies to Deploy Saturday to California to Support Firefighting Efforts

October 13, 2017

UPDATE: This version fixes a couple of errors in jurisdictions from the version that was emailed to the news media. Also, we have added Pleasant Grove, Layton and Uintah City as agencies that are deploying to California for a new total of 32 engines. Also, see the video of the group deploying below or here […]

Beyond the Badge: SBI’s Agent Wallis

October 11, 2017

Nominated by Commissioner Keith Squires, DPS’ State Bureau of Investigation’s Agent Crystal Wallis has truly gone above and beyond her call of duty. Agent Wallis has been assigned to work Operation Rio Grande. Recently Agent Wallis made a connection with a man who was in obvious need of professional mental health. She introduced herself and […]

Governor Joins DPS in Honoring Its Finest

October 10, 2017

The Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS) honored more than 75 of its finest from all 11 divisions and bureaus, including members of the public and officers from across the state. Governor Gary Herbert joined DPS Commissioner Keith Squires in presenting local, state and community members who have made an impact on Utah and its residents in […]

The 8 Signs of Terrorism

October 2, 2017

In light of the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas, the Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS) reminds everyone to be vigilant and report suspicious activity to your local law enforcement agency. “If you see something, say something.” Know the eight signs of terrorism: Surveillance: demonstrating an unusual interest in facilities to determine how well […]

Recognizing the 8 Signs of Terrorism

October 2, 2017

As part of our ongoing commitment to public safety and the citizens of Utah, DPS partnered with the Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab (CELL), Lt. Governor Spencer Cox, local law enforcement agencies and many others, to create a video and the Community Awareness Program (CAP) designed to educate citizens on how to properly recognize and report […]

DPS Meets with Community Members at The Road Home

September 28, 2017

The Department of Public Safety (DPS) held a meeting with members of the community at The Road Home shelter in Salt Lake City.  This meeting was the second of a series of meetings scheduled at The Road Home. The goal of each community gathering is to answer questions and discuss any concerns regarding Operation Rio […]

State Employees to Deploy to Florida for Irma Recovery

September 20, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY — Three State of Utah employees are headed to Florida to help with a human and animal services mission there in response to Hurricane Irma. They will be available to the media for an hour for one-on-one interviews to discuss what their mission and expertise and how they have prepared to deploy […]

DPS Celebrates Forensic Science Week

September 18, 2017

In recognition of the important role that forensic science plays in the investigation of crimes throughout the nation, from exonerating the innocent to identifying the guilty,the Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS) would like to recognize the scientific and technical professionals that serve our communities in this vital role.  This week is nationally recognized 7 […]

Cyber Crime: How DPS Serves as a National Model For Cyber Preparedness

September 18, 2017

The U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance understands that many states and communities need support in helping ensure information systems are designed to identify, prepare for, prevent and respond to cyber threats and incidents. Utah is a leader across the nation in building cyber resilience and the Police Executive Research Forum published an […]

Utah Responds to #Harvey

August 31, 2017

Hurricane Harvey has caused devastation on the Gulf Coast in Texas. A disaster, by definition, is an event that overwhelms your resources. So Utah is helping First, see what you can do to help. Then, scroll down to see who from the Beehive State is helping in Texas and also to see how our own […]

UHP Troopers Give First Hand Account of Operation Rio Grande

August 24, 2017

Our Troopers are committed to making a positive impact in the community. They recently shared their first-hand experiences with Operation Rio Grande. Video produced by Chris Averett.

UHP and UDOT Urge Motorists to Drive off Freeway after a Minor Crash

August 13, 2017

The Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) and Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) are urging drivers to drive off the freeway after minor fender benders. These types of crashes can cause major delays on the freeway and create safety issues. After a typical crash on a six-lane freeway where the involved vehicles pull onto the shoulder, traffic […]

Commissioner Squires Discusses Cyber Crime

August 7, 2017

Utah Department of Public Safety Commissioner, and Homeland Security Advisor Keith D. Squires, discusses the growing threat of cyber intrusion to public agencies. Commissioner Squires discusses what Utah is doing to develop what FBI Director James Comey calls “a national model for investigating cyber crime”.

DPS Division of Emergency Management Holds Annual “Great Utah ShakeOut”

July 26, 2017

On April 20, the Department of Public Safety’s Division of Emergency Management held their annual state-wide earthquake drill “The Great Utah ShakeOut”. This year’s event drew nearly one million participants and served as a great reminder of what to do in the event of an actual earthquake, and how you can prepare to recover during […]

Senator Hatch Tours the DPS State Crime Lab, Discusses DNA Evidence

July 7, 2017

Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, senior member and former Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, toured the Utah Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) State Crime Lab along with Ed and Elizabeth Smart. “Utah is setting the standard that many other states should follow” when it comes to forensic science, said Hatch. DPS forensic scientists assist local, […]

The Utah Department of Public Safety Serves as a National Model For Cyber Preparedness and Incident Response Planning

June 5, 2017

The U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance understands that many states and communities need support in helping ensure information systems are designed to identify, prepare for, prevent and respond to cyber threats and incidents. Utah is a leader across the nation in building cyber resilience and the Police Executive Research Forum published an […]

Utah Highway Patrol / State Bureau of Investigation Seize Mass Quantity of Meth

April 27, 2017

On the morning of April 25, a UHP Trooper patrolling the area near the Utah/Arizona border stopped a vehicle heading northbound. A UHP K-9 was dispatched to the scene, where it indicated to the presence of narcotics. Further searching revealed two secret compartments containing 42 brick shaped packages, totaling 50 pounds. Field testing returned positive […]

DPS Celebrates National Public Safety Telecommunications Week

April 13, 2017

Every year during the second week of April, the telecommunications personnel in the public safety community, are honored. It is a time to celebrate and thank those who dedicate their lives to serving the public. Whether it’s dispatching emergency response teams in critical moments or the crucial assistance they provide law enforcement and first responders, […]

DPS Helicopter Crew and Sheriffs Accidentally Save Stranded Family of 4

April 3, 2017

During a search and rescue call for a missing kayaker, the Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) helicopter crew and a deputy from Garfield County came across a family of 4 who was stranded along the Escalante River. As the air crew searched the Escalante River for the missing kayaker, they noticed a group on the […]

DPS Responds to Governor’s Call for Improved Efficiency

March 30, 2017

At the Department of Public Safety, we are deeply committed to maximizing your investment in us. In 2013 Governor Gary Herbert challenged all state agencies to become more efficient; the target set was a 25% improvement. A persistent dedication to this goal over the last three years has helped us achieve a 41% improvement in […]

St. Patrick’s Day and March Madness Media Event

March 17, 2017

It’s a big weekend in Salt Lake City – St. Patrick’s Day and March Madness! St. Patrick’s Day brings many people to their favorite pub for a pint, while the NCAA tournament brings sports fans to their favorite bar to cheer on their alma mater or to Vivint Home Arena where first and second round […]

Under Arrest – DUI Consequences

October 24, 2016

Drinking and driving is dangerous and deadly. And it’s 100% preventable. To help people understand the many negative consequences of drinking and driving, we created five new videos which we’ll be sharing and promoting on our social media channels. You can help us spread the word – share these videos with your family and friends […]

SBI Agents Share Ideas on Terrorism Related Issues with International Counterparts

August 7, 2015

The Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy leadership program recently hosted a meeting with the Department of Public Safety’s State Bureau of Investigation division, the FBI, and their international counterparts from Algeria, Mali, Palestine, Lebanon, Egypt and Jordan where ideas on how to promote community resilience related to terrorism were discussed.