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Troopers and Officers to reward Nebo School District Students who buckle up with candy canes – Media Advisory

December 12, 2018

Click-it for a Candy Cane To spread holiday cheer and encourage teen drivers to buckle up, Troopers and Officers will be rewarding those that buckle up with candy canes. WHAT: Troopers, local agencies and Nebo School District Student Body Officers alongside school staff will be reminding students about the importance of wearing seat belts over the […]

SR-40 injury crash involving a semi tanker

December 11, 2018

At about 9:00 AM, a grey 2006 Mercedes Benz was westbound on SR-40 going up a grade near milepost 11 in the right lane in Heber City. There was a slower moving semi tanker in the right lane ahead. The driver of the Mercedes failed to slow or change lanes and impacted with the rear […]

One person injured after rock falls from mountainside causing a five car crash

December 6, 2018

At about 6:00 AM, a car was northbound on SR-189 near milepost 23. There was a large rock in the roadway that came off the mountainside. The car attempted to stop but hit the rock. The car behind that stopped, but then several others crashed into the rear of those vehicles. It ended up being […]

Investigators ask for the public’s help identifying suspect involved in road rage incident and assault

November 30, 2018

Investigators with the State Bureau of Investigation are asking for the public’s help identifying the person and/or vehicle involved in a road rage incident on Wednesday, November 28 at approximately 7:45 p.m. The incident occurred on 2100 south northbound on ramp in the gore area. There, an aggravated assault occurred after the original road rage […]

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 […]

Lewiston crash involving a school bus turns fatal.

November 26, 2018

A 2012 Toyota Corolla struck the left rear portion of a 2019 Bluebird School Bus with it’s right front. This collision occurred on SR-61 westbound near milepost 4 (1875 West Center) Lewiston, Utah. Not one of the school bus’s 32 elementary school aged occupants were transported to a medical facility. However, two kids were checked […]

DPS statement regarding crash investigation involving Felix Calata

November 26, 2018

On March 25, 2018, Department of Public Safety (DPS) troopers and agents responded to the scene of a fatal accident involving Felix Calata. DPS investigators originally scheduled to screen the case with prosecutors on June 20. Constant communication between investigators and prosecutors was ongoing up until the rescheduled meeting on October 24.  On October 24, […]

Utah State Capitol CCTV video of an alleged altercation on October 3rd, 2018

November 21, 2018

Use the following link to download the video: State Capitol CCTV Video

I-80 Semi fire at MM 181

November 21, 2018

On November 21, 2018 at approximately 1317 hours a semi truck hauling Wal-Mart products was traveling west on Interstate 80 near mile post 181. The driver pulled to the right shoulder of the roadway after he smelled smoke. The truck and trailer then caught fire and became fully engulfed. The fire spread across the roadway […]

Injury/property damage crash involving a Jeep liberty and dump truck in Kamas

November 20, 2018

On November 20, 2018 at 4:27pm a blue 2004 Jeep Liberty was traveling westbound on 100 South in Kamas, Utah. As the female driver of the Jeep approached the intersection of 100 South and State Road 32, the driver failed to stop for a stop sign at that intersection. The female driver of the jeep […]

Early morning wrong way vehicle crash on I-15 at 5300 South

November 20, 2018

On 11/20/2018, at 0221 hours, UHP dispatch broadcast a head on collision between two vehicles on southbound I-15 near 5300 South. While Troopers were responding to the accident, dispatch reported a caller stated one vehicle was traveling wrong way going northbound in southbound lanes. As Troopers arrived on scene, a gray Toyota SUV with heavy […]

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 […]

Information regarding the funeral and internment of Asst. Chief Dennis Vincent

October 28, 2018

MEDIA ADVISORY: Asst. Chief Dennis Burt Vincent – End of Watch Oct. 26, 2018 It is with deep sorrow and heavy hearts that we announce that our friend and brother, Brigham City Assistant Police Chief and Brigham City Emergency Manager Dennis Burt Vincent 53 years old of Brigham City, Utah passed away on Friday, October […]

Preliminary findings of Garden City semi crash.

October 26, 2018

On Oct 10, 2018 at approximately 18:36 p.m. a 2000 Kenworth Semi, owned by MA Logistics of Omaha Nebraska, was eastbound on US-89 traveling from Cache Valley toward Garden City. The semi had an eventual destination of Colorado with its load of butter. As the driver approached the T-intersection with SR-30, known as Bear Lake […]

Halloween DUI Enforcement

October 26, 2018

With Halloween right around the corner and the World Series in full swing, some things you might see this weekend are witches, ghosts, ninjas, scary clowns, and Dodgers and Red Sox fans. One thing you will definitely see this weekend is extra police officers working DUI patrols. To help make sure everyone gets home safely, […]

October 20th crash on SR-40 at MM 32 turns fatal

October 23, 2018

On October 20th 2018, at about 12:40 AM, a black Ford Explorer was westbound on SR-40 near milepost 32.  A silver Audi was eastbound in the same area.  The Explorer left the road to the right, over-corrected to the left and went into oncoming lanes. It impacted nearly head on with the Audi.  The male […]

Updates on fatal crash involving dump truck on U.S. Hwy 40 near Jordanelle Reservoir

October 22, 2018

On 10/19/2018, at 11:56 am, a dump truck was traveling westbound on SR 40 near milepost 10. Due to possible impairment of drugs and alcohol, the driver of the dump truck crossed the median and vaulted over the cable barrier. A 2002 Dodge Ram pickup occupied by six adults was traveling eastbound when the dump […]

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 […]

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 […]

Fatal crash overnight on SR-40 at MM 80.5

October 19, 2018

     Just after 11 p.m. on Thursday, October 18th, 2018, a passenger car was traveling westbound on SR-40 at mm 80.5.  A semi tractor pulling double tankers, was traveling eastbound at the same location. The passenger car suddenly drove into the eastbound lane and collided with the semi truck head-on.  The semi continued on […]

Two Women Wanted for Questioning in the Deaths of Two Idaho Infants Arrested in Box Elder County

October 18, 2018

     On October 18th, 2018, at around noon, Utah Highway Patrol Troopers received word that Detectives in Cache County had located two individuals in a silver Chevrolet Cruze (Haley Miller and Sylvia Tapia) both wanted for questioning in a Twin Falls, Idaho death investigation. The individuals had been previously flagged by Utah’s Statewide Information […]

Governor’s statement on the confirmation of Commissioner Jess Anderson

October 17, 2018

SALT LAKE CITY (Oct. 17, 2018) – Gov. Gary R. Herbert issued the following statement after the Utah Senate’s confirmation of Jess L. Anderson as the new commissioner of the Utah Department of Public Safety: “Jess Anderson is a respected leader in our law enforcement community and I have immense trust and faith in him. […]

Fatal Crash on SR-18 MM 23

October 16, 2018

A red Chevy S-10 was northbound on SR-18 at milepost 23 and a gray Pontiac passenger car was southbound at the same location. For an unknown reason, the Chevy S-10 crossed the center line, into the southbound travel lane. The female driver of the Pontiac Steered left, into the northbound lane, in an effort to […]

Multi-Vehicle Crash on I-15 SB at MM 129

October 12, 2018

On October 12, 2018 at approximately 0640 hours, a semi traveling northbound near milepost 129 on I-15 had an equipment failure and lost both right rear wheels of its trailer. One wheel came to rest in the southbound left lane of I-15. A white F150 struck the wheel and shortly after a gray Dodge Ram […]

Semi Crashes into a Garden City Sporting Goods Store

October 10, 2018

At 6:37 pm, on Wednesday, Oct 10, a black semi tractor with a refrigerated box-style trailer ran the stop sign at the SR-89 junction with SR-30 in Garden City. The tractor trailer combination rolled while also jackknifing and sliding into a sporting goods business located on the east side of SR-30 in and area known […]

I-15 SB Ramp to EB I-80 Closed Due to Semi Fire

October 10, 2018

A tractor trailer hauling frozen food was southbound on I-15 connecting eastbound I-80. The driver lost control, the tractor trailer impacted the right cement barrier and caught on fire. The driver and co-driver were able to exit the tractor before it became fully engulfed in flames. The tractor is a total loss. Eastbound I-80 at […]

Fatal Crash on SR-6 MM 194

October 4, 2018

Approximately 0710 hours, today’s date, a white passenger car was traveling westbound on SR-6 near milepost 195. Light rain was in the area at the time, but likely heavier rain had fallen as roads were wet and some standing water was present. Two vehicles were eastbound at the same location as the white passenger car […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Interview with UHP on motorcycle safety and fatalities

August 6, 2018

With an increase in motorcycle incidents involving fatalities, the Department of Public Safety would like to issue a warning about motorcycle safety. Sgt. Croft with our Utah Highway Patrol’s motorcycle squad will be available for media interviews on Monday, August 6 at 3:00 p.m. Sgt. Croft can discuss motorcycle safety tips and recent fatality numbers. […]

Utah Highway Patrol Appoints New Public Information Officer

August 2, 2018

The Utah Department of Public Safety has named Sgt. Nick Street as the new public information officer for the Utah Highway Patrol.  Sgt. Street takes over the duties of Lt. Todd Royce who served in the position for five years. Sgt. Street will serve as the primary contact for all Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) media […]

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 […]

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 […]

UHP Conducts Distracted Driving Operation

June 28, 2018

To help address the issue of distracted driving, the Utah Highway Patrol conducted a distracted driving enforcement project operation June 27, 2018. The operation included 6 Troopers, 3 spotters, and 1 driver that focused on distracted drivers in Salt Lake County. This took place on I-15, I-215, and I-80, and utilized a black sixteen-passenger van that […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Statement Regarding Declination of Charges in July 2017 Shooting

May 18, 2018

For Immediate Release On May 18, 2018 the Department of Public Safety was notified by the Davis County Attorney’s Office of their decision to not file charges regarding the officer involved shooting on July 4, 2017 involving Sgt. Chamberlin Neff. We understand a thorough and independent investigation was completed by the Davis County Officer Involved Critical […]

2018 Click It or Ticket Campaign Kick Off

May 14, 2018

For Immediate Release: Saved by the belt – Family shares life-saving story to kick off annual Click It or Ticket Enforcement Utah joins border-to-border seat belt enforcement held May 21 – June 3 WHAT: Though Maia Florence had to push pause on her soccer career, she is feeling lucky to be alive. To kick off […]

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.   […]

Sunny Skies and Speed Can Be a Dangerous Combination

April 25, 2018

UHP conducting increased speed enforcement as 100 deadliest days of summer approaches. WHAT: It was just last week that we saw some snow here in Utah, but the Utah Highway Patrol is already setting its sights on summer. The start of the 100 deadliest days of summer is just a month away, and UHP is getting […]

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 […]

Joint Op with SLCPD, West Valley and Murray Police

March 30, 2018

In March, the Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS) and Salt Lake City Police Department (SLCPD), Murray Police, West Valley Police along with Adult Probation and Parole (AP&P), conducted an operation that focused on the Rio Grande district over a one-day period. During that time officers made more than two-dozen arrests and made contact with […]

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 […]

DPS Wants to Know Which Route Will You Choose?

March 14, 2018

St. Patrick’s Day is just one reason for Utahns to celebrate this weekend – there are also March Madness basketball games, Utah Jazz home games and a Bon Jovi concert. If their celebrations include drinking alcohol, they’ll have to make a choice when it comes time to head home. Two custom-made road signs will show […]

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. […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

TEST: AMBER Alert System To Be Tested Saturday

January 11, 2018

Utah’s AMBER Alert Plan will be tested on Saturday, January 13, 2018 on National AMBER Alert day. This will be the 29th 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 Keith Squires. […]

Utah.Gov & DPS Launch First Utah State Government Google Home App

January 8, 2018

The Department of Public Safety and the Department of Technology Services announced the introduction of the Utah driver license practice exam on Google Home. The convenient, voice-activated practice exam allows new drivers to review Utah rules of the road with Google’s popular voice-controlled speaker and digital assistant, Google Home. “This even further expands the ways Utahns can access Utah driver license services,” said Chris Caras, […]

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 […]

Utah Firefighters Returning Home from California Wildfires

December 20, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY — They’ll be home for Christmas, and not just in their dreams. Most of the 100-plus firefighters deployed to California this month to battle the Lilac and Thomas fires are now on their way home and all should arrive before Christmas. For the most recent Thomas Fire, burning in Ventura and Santa […]

UHP and UDOT Provide Safe Winter Driving Tips

December 20, 2017

Weather Forecast Looks Somewhat Frightful, UHP & UDOT Hope Safe Winter Driving Tips Can Keep Holiday Travel Delightful Conditions could make for challenging commute on Thursday, frigid temps for holiday travel WHAT:  Media availability to discuss upcoming winter driving conditions and holiday travel. As we head into the long holiday weekend, the Utah Highway Patrol […]

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 […]

Commissioner Squires Promotes Three Richfield Employees

November 30, 2017

The Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS) honored three local employees for their dedication to public safety at a ceremony in Richfield. The three women Kathy Quarnberg, Alicia Gleave, and Amie MacArt were promoted by Commissioner Keith Squires. A swearing in ceremony was held at the Sevier County Search and Rescue building where Utah Highway […]

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 […]

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 […]

How one picture can save a life this holiday season

November 13, 2017

Click it or Ticket enforcement, November 18 – December 1 WHAT: To kick off Click it or Ticket, Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) troopers are encouraging Utahns to remind loved ones to buckle up. As part of this effort, troopers visit James E. Moss Elementary to share Alyson and Cortlen Simkin’s story, encouraging students to follow […]

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, […]

DPS Week 12 Operation Rio Grande Report

November 7, 2017

Significant Updates: Latest statistics– During this past week, the numbers of jail booked arrests are decreasing as Operation Rio Grande continues.  The number of arrests with a use of force was zero during week 12. There were 49 drug-related arrests during this week. Since the operation began on August 14, the grand total jail booked […]

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 […]

Halloween Pedestrian Safety Event

October 30, 2017

Walking Kids to School – One Huge Sign at a Time On Halloween, special signs will help escort students across a high-traffic intersection WHAT: It’s Halloween, and that means kids will be out trick-or-treating, increasing the risk they could be injured by a motor vehicle. To help remind drivers to be extra vigilant for pedestrians, […]

Halloween DUI Enforcement Media Advisory

October 25, 2017

This Weekend Will Include Many Halloween Parties as Well as Extra DUI Patrols Officers will be working DUI overtime shifts statewide to help keep Halloween revelers safe WHAT: Media Availability for Halloween DUI Enforcement Over the weekend and through next Tuesday, you’ll see everything from superheroes to scary clowns as Utahns celebrate Halloween. You’ll also […]

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 […]

State and local officials to provide two-month update on Operation Rio Grande

October 18, 2017

What: Operation Rio Grande began just over two months ago. State and local officials will provide an update on successes, challenges and current activities. Topics to be discussed include: Restoring public order and disrupting the criminal activities and drug trafficking Use of services in the Rio Grande area Establishment of the “safe space courtyard” Progress […]

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 […]

You and your family are fast asleep when the smoke alarm sounds: Do you know what to do

October 11, 2017

Consider this scenario: It’s 2 o’clock in the morning. You and your family are fast asleep when you awaken to the smoke alarm sounding and the smell of smoke. What do you do? If you and your family don’t have a plan in place, it could jeopardize your safety, or even prove deadly. In a […]

Utah Department of Public Safety Enhances Their Victim Services by Connecting with Victims Via Texting

October 11, 2017

Salt Lake County, UT – The Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the Victim Information Notification Everyday program (VINE), will soon include the addition of Short Messaging Service (SMS) for the 25 County Jail Facilities and the Department of Corrections. This enhancement, commonly known as a text message, will be added during the latter […]

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 […]

Fatal Logan Canyon Rollover

September 28, 2017

A milk tanker hauling cream was traveling northbound on US-89 in Logan Canyon. Near milepost 478.5, which is between Ricks Spring and the Tony Grove turnoff. The tanker went around a curve too fast and ran off the road to the right, overturning off the shoulder. The cab was crushed and the driver was pinned. […]

Fatal Crash on SR-89 in Sanpete County

September 22, 2017

On Saturday, 9/16/2017, at 5:10 am, a GMC pick-up truck, was traveling northbound on SR-89 near mile marker 296, near the city of Fairview. There was heavy fog in the area and visibility was low. A deceased black cow was in the roadway. The truck, driven by 60-year-old Randall Hill, from Fairview, (Mr. Hill was […]

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 […]

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 […]

DPS & CCJJ Introduce New Resources for Sexual Assault Victims

July 19, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH– The Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice (CCJJ) and the Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS) have established a group dedicated to pursuing justice for victims of sexual assault. That group includes a new victim advocate who will be the point of contact for victims seeking resources and the status of […]

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, […]

Commissioner Keith D. Squires reappointed as the Commissioner of the Utah Department of Public Safety

June 23, 2017

The Utah State Senate confirmed the reappointment of Commissioner Keith Squires to another four-year term as the Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety (DPS).  Commissioner Squires was first appointed as DPS Commissioner in June of 2013 by Governor Gary R. Herbert and was nominated recently for reappointment to the position. “Keith has been dedicated […]

MEDIA ALERT: Illegal Drug Findings and Public Warning May 10 at 9:00 a.m.

May 8, 2017

For Immediate Release May 8, 2017   MEDIA ALERT:   Illegal Drug Findings & Public Warning May 10 at 9:00 a.m. What:  The Utah Department of Public Safety issues a “special hazard warning” to the public about new trends in street drugs across Utah. The crime laboratory has identified a single tablet that appears to be illicitly manufactured […]

Utah DEM Achieves National Accreditation

May 4, 2017

“Yes!” That’s the collective feeling at the Utah Division of Emergency Management this week as we were notified that the past two years of work have paid off. The Emergency Management Accreditation Program announced that Utah DEM has again achieved accreditation, which is valid for five years. “Emergency management accreditation represents a significant achievement,” states a […]

DPS Responds to CDL Fraud Conviction After Multi-Year Investigation

April 26, 2017

“The Utah Department of Public Safety’s State Bureau of Investigation and Driver License Division appreciate the cooperation of our Federal partners in participating with us in this multi-year investigation and prosecution. Our roads are safer today and the integrity of the CDL licensing process is maintained as a result of this investigation and prosecution.” Major […]

DPS Officials Participate in Mental Health Crisis Conference

April 26, 2017

The Utah Department of Public Safety participated in the Mental Health Crisis Response of Utah conference. Collaborating with other law enforcement, fire, EMS, and mental health professionals on helping community members in crisis.

News release: President Signs Disaster Declaration for Utah

April 21, 2017

Federal aid will cover 75 percent of eligible damages to public infrastructure For immediate release April 21, 2017 Contact: Joe Dougherty, public information officer Utah Division of Emergency Management jdougherty@utah.gov Fact sheets 4311 Declaration   Public Assistance Process   Public Assistance Fact Sheet SALT LAKE CITY – Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert has received confirmation […]

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 […]

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 […]