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Cybersecurity is a Shared Responsibility

December 3, 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 […]

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 […]

Free Gun Locks: Store Them Safe

September 9, 2018

Did you know safe firearm storage is the #1 way to help prevent firearm accidents? We want to remind gun owners to store their firearms responsibly. The Utah Department of Public Safety and its Bureau of Criminal Identification, in collaboration with the Utah Department of Health and Department of Human Services along with Utah Shooting Sports […]

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 […]

News release – Utah Fire Agencies Plan to Deploy to Fight California Wildfires

December 6, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY — Dozens of firefighters from various Utah fire agencies are deploying to Southern California to help with firefighting in some of the recent devastating fires. The personnel are deploying under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), a system of state-to-state mutual aid. Their deployment is expected to last 14 days. Northern Utah […]

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 highwaypatrol.utah.gov 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.