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DPS Employee Spotlights

August 14, 2019

With more than 1,600 Department of Public Safety employees stationed across the state, it’s tough to see the work each of them do. The behind the scenes efforts and dedication that keep our Department running. In this video series, we will highlight the employees who work every day toward our goal of keeping Utah safe. […]

UHP Releases Strategic Plan

August 12, 2019

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 […]

2019 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics

June 20, 2019

On Tuesday, several law enforcement agencies in the Salt Lake Valley participated in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. DPS and UHP joined Unified Police Department, West Jordan Police Department and South Jordan Police Department in the run. Commissioner Anderson, Deputy Commissioners Higgs and Rigby, members of the Utah Highway Patrol administration, members […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

You’re Invited to the 2019 DPS Safety Fair!

March 5, 2019

Utah families will have an opportunity to participate in dozens of family friendly activities during the annual Family Safety Fair on Thursday, June 20th 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 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 […]

DLD Adds New CDL Examiners

February 19, 2019

Eight Driver License Division (DLD) employees recently completed the course for certification as commercial driver license (CDL) examiners. Officially, these employees completed the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators Certified Commercial Examiner course. These employees will be able to administer the commercial driver license exam. The DLD is adding new CDL examiners to meet increased […]

Chief Forensic Scientist Pilar Shortsleeve Retires After 30 Years at the Crime Lab

February 15, 2019

Pilar Shortsleeve, Chief Forensic Scientist at Utah’s state crime lab, is retiring after 30 years of service. The crime lab held a small reception on Thursday to honor Pilar and her incredible work. Before presenting her with a special retirement shadow box, crime lab Director Jay Henry reflected on Pilar’s career. “In 1993, we made […]

Valentine’s Day seat belt effort

February 14, 2019

The Utah Department of Public Safety’s Highway Safety Office works to develop, promote and coordinate traffic safety initiatives designed to reduce motor vehicle crashes, injuries and fatalities on Utah’s roadways. A major focus of our program is to encourage all motorists and passengers to buckle up every time they travel in a vehicle. As part […]

Interview Techniques Class

February 12, 2019

Two DLD managers make an internal investment to help improve morale and train the future. The Driver License Division (DLD) administration called on its managers to help improve morale within the division. When John Fairbanks and Dave Tafoya asked themselves what they could do to help with the issue, a persistent problem came to mind. […]

DPS Forensic Scientists Honored for Service and Recent Promotions

February 11, 2019

On February 7th, the Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Bureau of Forensic Services (also known as the crime lab) held a promotional and recognition ceremony for its staff. Promotions Before each employee received a promotional certificate and new badge, the employee’s manager shared information about his or her contributions to the important work of the […]

Crime Lab’s List of Most Frequently Submitted Substances

February 4, 2019

Every year, drug samples are submitted to the Utah Bureau of Forensic Sciences (Crime Lab) laboratories by federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies throughout the state. The Chemistry Section of the lab compiles a Top Ten list of substances submitted for testing each year. This list represents the ten substances most frequently submitted to the […]

DPS College Degree Recognition

January 28, 2019

Over the last two years, 29 DPS employees received their bachelor’s or master’s degrees. They hailed from six different divisions – Driver License, the Fire Marshal’s Office, Highway Patrol, the Highway Safety Office and POST. To recognize these individuals, DPS administration held a luncheon and ceremony at which Commissioner Anderson said, “Thank you for making […]

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 […]

SAKI Team Honored by NAACP Salt Lake Branch

January 21, 2019

At a luncheon held by the NAACP’s Salt Lake Branch, members of the DPS Sexual Assault Kit Initiative team – Victim Advocate Lauren DeVries and Investigators Steve O’Camb and Derek Coats – were honored for their efforts and accomplishments in 2018. Funding through the National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) was awarded to assist in […]

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 […]

AMBER Alert test this Sunday

January 9, 2019

Utah’s AMBER Alert Plan will be tested on Sunday, January 13, 2019, as part of National AMBER Alert day. This will be the 32nd test of the Utah AMBER Alert Plan. “We need as many people as possible to get involved each time the AMBER Alert is activated,” says Utah Department of Public Safety Commissioner […]

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 […]

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. 🙂

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 […]

New DPS Administration

October 20, 2018

New Commissioner for the Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS), Jess L. Anderson, has made new appointments within the Department. Among the new appointments made by Commissioner Anderson are two new Deputy Commissioners, a Lieutenant Colonel and Chief Special Agent. Kristy Rigby – Deputy Commissioner: Prior to her appointment as Deputy Commissioner, Kristy has served […]

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 […]

Outreach Officers Celebrate Recovery Day

September 10, 2018

Members of the Utah Highway Patrol’s Operation Rio Grande outreach officer team joined community members at the 2018 Utah Recovery Day Celebration in Salt Lake City. Troopers Kunz and Trooper Zubal reconnected with individuals who they first met near the Rio Grande District and were able to engage with them on a new and sober […]

Meet the Newest Class of 32 Utah State Troopers

August 14, 2018

For Immediate Release August 14, 2018   Contact: Sgt Nick Street – Utah Highway Patrol – PIO (801)828-7473/ nstreet@utah.gov Marissa Cote – Department of Public Safety – PIO (801)793-8025/ mvillasenor@utah.gov Utah Highway Patrol’s recruitment efforts were ramped up one year ago and this group of 32 newly sworn in State Troopers are the largest class […]

Fox13 Dream Team Recognizes DLD Employee

August 1, 2018

The Fox 13 Dream Team is on a mission to change lives, including one of our own. This time the deserving Utahn was Amanda Larson from the Driver License Division. Amanda is a single mother with four great kids. She currently works two jobs to support her family. This takes her away from the home […]

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 […]

Utah hosted a FMCSA SPE class

July 31, 2018

Utah hosted a Federal Skills Performance Evaluation Training course this last week, the Skill Performance Evaluation program is for Commercial Motor Vehicle drivers who drive in interstate commerce. The SPE certification allows drivers with missing or impaired limbs to drive Commercial Motor Vehicles across state lines if they have been fitted with and are wearing […]

Driver License Division FAQ’S:

July 17, 2018

GENERAL DRIVER LICENSE FAQ’S: What forms of ID do I need if I lost my Utah License? To replace a lost Utah driver license you must appear at a driver license office and provide two proofs of documentation.  You can visit our required documentation page to see what works as proof.  This applies to duplicate, renewal, and lapsed Utah […]

Changes coming to Sanpete & Juab Driver License offices

July 17, 2018

In an effort to better serve the citizens of Sanpete and Juab Counties, the Driver License Division will be making some changes to the current schedule we have in our Ephraim and Nephi offices. In Ephraim the new hours will be every Monday and Thursday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. The Nephi office hours […]

Volunteer Victim Advocates Needed

July 10, 2018

Are you a compassionate person who is interested in helping your community by assisting individuals who have been a victim or witness to a crime? Do you want to learn more about law enforcement and the criminal justice system? The Utah Department of Public Safety is seeking volunteers for the Victim Services Volunteer Program. As […]

Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Service Now Offered by the Crime Lab

June 28, 2018

The Bureau of Forensic Services (State Crime Lab) has recently added a new forensic testing service for law enforcement, Bloodstain Pattern Analysis (BPA) . Bloodstain pattern analysis involves the interpretation of bloodstains at known or suspected violent crime scenes with the goal of helping investigators draw conclusions about the nature, timing and other details of the crime. Effective immediately, the Crime […]

Somali Refugee and UHP Cadet Honored by Community

June 21, 2018

A special member of the Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) was honored by Salt Lake City during its annual World Refugee Day Celebration on June 20 at the Sorenson Unity Center. UHP Cadet Daud Eftin.was honored at the luncheon for his outstanding support of the refugee community in Utah. Originally from Somalia, Daud is a refugee […]

That’s a Wrap! The 2018 DPS Safety Fair

June 19, 2018

The 2018 DPS Public Safety Fair hosted its largest crowd ever. This year’s event welcomed 95 booths with over 1,600 community members attending from around the Salt Lake Valley. DPS would like to thank its sponsors for their involvement and support. They helped us make an impact on safety in our community. DPS Commissioner Keith […]

Governor’s Team Highlights the Driver License Division

June 18, 2018

In 2013, Utah Governor Gary Herbert asked each state agency to become more efficient and gain a greater value for every tax dollar invested. While the Governor’s SUCCESS Framework goal was for state agencies to improve efficiency by 25%, the Department of Public Safety (DPS) went the extra mile by gaining 41% efficiency over the […]

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 […]

Motorcycle Rider Education

June 12, 2018

Over the last few months Dennis Walker with the Driver License Division has been working hard to to get increased awareness of the Motorcycle Rider Education courses offered in Utah.   During this years riding season Dennis and Dave Tafoya will be taking our new pop up tents and flags to several charity rides to […]

Who are they and what do they do?

June 12, 2018

The Driver License Archive Section The Archives section within the Driver License Division is responsible for putting all the documents into the Content Manager System.   Last year the Archives section processed 4,668,045 pages.  These pages included applications, address changes, citations and clearances, DUI’s, MVR, FR case files, courses, returned mail and various other miscellaneous […]

Employee Feature: Facial Recognition Analyst

June 12, 2018

The general public and even other employees may not realize that the Driver License Division uses the Facial Recognition program. They have one Criminal Information Specialist assigned to this program.  Sasheen Chambers will use driver license applications, photos, and fingerprints from our Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCI) to determine fraud. Many people have the impression […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Remarkable Milestone: Celebrating 50 Years of Service

May 15, 2018

The world has changed tremendously in the last 50 years. But for the Utah Department of Public Safety, one pillar of consistency has been Leila Billingsley. DPS Administration and peers recently honored the Utah Highway Patrol Secretary for her five decades of dedicated service. Starting in 1968, at age 19, Leila first worked at the […]

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 […]

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.

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 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 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 […]

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. […]

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 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 […]

New Colonel to Serve as Third Deputy Commissioner at DPS

November 28, 2017

Commissioner Keith Squires has appointed Major Brian Redd to the rank of Colonel to serve as the third Deputy Commissioner at the Department of Public Safety. Historically there have been three Deputy Commissioners, but due to budget cuts in 2009 and 2010, the decision was made to suspend one of these positions. With the continued […]

The National Fusion Center Association Honor’s DPS’ Stephen Gilley

November 28, 2017

During the annual National Fusion Center Association (NFCA) Training Event, November 7th -9th, 2017, in Alexandria, VA., Stephen Gilley received the prestigious Excellence in the Field of Analysis Award. The award is presented each year to the fusion center Intelligence Analyst selected from throughout the 79 state and major urban area fusion centers, who’s body of work exemplifies […]

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 […]

DPS Victim Services Unit Aims to Help Victims Across Utah

November 4, 2017

Victim Services offers crime victims and their families support and information at every stage of the criminal process. Victims have rights, and the Department of Public Safety is committed to ensuring that those rights are protected. Victim Services works to answer questions and to provide you useful and timely information.

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 […]

Lt. Garcia Honored as 40 Under 40 Law Enforcement Professionals in the World

October 26, 2017

Lieutenant Jared Garcia was recognized by IACP as one of 40 law enforcement professionals under the age of 40 from around the world who demonstrate leadership and exemplify commitment to their profession. The group was recently recognized at the annual IACP conference in Philadelphia. Lt. Garcia serves as major crimes section commander of DPS’ State Bureau […]

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.

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 […]

Beyond the Badge: Sgt. Nick Napierski

October 24, 2017

The following nomination comes from Chip Shortreed, Ticaboo Utility Improvement Distric CEO: “In fairness, Sergeant Napierski was on duty when these events took place; however, I believe that he went above and beyond to help me when I needed assistance. On August 11, 2017, I was transporting a generator to a vendor in Salt Lake […]

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 […]

We Are One DPS

October 11, 2017

Who is DPS? The Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS) is comprised of 11 divisions and bureaus that include the Utah Highway Patrol, the Division of Emergency Management, Driver License division, Statewide Information and Analysis Center (SIAC), State Bureau of Investigation (SBI), State Fire Marshal, Highway Safety Office, Communications, State Crime Lab, Bureau of Criminal […]

7 Things You May Not Know About Working for the Utah Highway Patrol

September 18, 2017

  It’s one of the most important and visible jobs in Utah. As an officer of the Utah Highway Patrol, your job is providing safety, service, and security to Utahns and visitors to our state. Officers do much more than write tickets. UHP is a very diverse agency that performs many different duties ranging from […]

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 […]

Go Behind the Scenes at the Department of Safety

August 16, 2017

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