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Utah Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Coalition’s Live Crash Demonstration

May 12, 2021

What:  The Utah Highway Patrol (UHP), Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT), and first responders from public and private agencies have joined together to form Utah’s first Traffic Incident Management Coalition (TIM). The TIM Coalition will provide a live crash response demonstration highlighting the new and improved multi-agency response to crashes/incidents, demonstrating drone use in investigations, and […]

Utah Department of Public Safety launches Ponte el Cinturón campaign

May 10, 2021

New seat belt safety video and website geared towards Spanish-speaking community  SALT LAKE CITY (May 10, 2021) —  To increase seat belt use and save lives, The Utah Department of Public Safety launched a new campaign in May to reach members of the Spanish-speaking community. The “Ponte el Cinturón” campaign, which translates to “Put Your […]

Motorcycle Lane Filtering in Utah

April 30, 2021

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

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

April 28, 2021

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

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

April 7, 2021

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

New Mobile Driver License to Offer Utahns Enhanced Privacy

March 30, 2021

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

Concealed Firearm Review Board Positions Open

March 17, 2021

The Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCI) is accepting applications to serve on the Concealed Firearm Review Board for a term of four years. The duties and description of the board are found in UCA § 53-5-703. There are two openings on the board to be appointed by the Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety. […]

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

March 16, 2021

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

Driver License Division Partners with Donor Connect

February 19, 2021

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

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

February 16, 2021

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

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

February 5, 2021

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

Data Privacy Day 2021 – Own Your Privacy

January 28, 2021

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

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

January 27, 2021

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

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

December 29, 2020

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

Concealed Firearm Permit Scam

December 23, 2020

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

Increased Impaired Driving Enforcement Happening in December

December 14, 2020

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

Thanksgiving Fire Safety

November 19, 2020

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

Dashcam captures head-on collision where seat belts saved lives

November 17, 2020

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

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

November 13, 2020

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

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

November 3, 2020

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

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

October 29, 2020

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

Police Reform – DPS Commissioner’s Report to the Governor

October 22, 2020

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

Disinformation Stops With You

October 14, 2020

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

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

October 1, 2020

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

2020 Child Passenger Safety Week

September 17, 2020

For Immediate Release Free car seat checks and an updated website mark this year’s CPS Week Parents can locate inspection stations and seat belt safety resources at SALT LAKE CITY (September 16, 2020)—Child passenger safety (CPS) week is September 20-26, 2020. With 60 percent of car seats not installed correctly, this week is dedicated to […]

Utah Announces Elimination of Sexual Assault Kit Backlog

September 15, 2020

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

Increased Enforcement for Labor Day Weekend

September 3, 2020

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

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

August 19, 2020

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

Utah’s Drowsy Driving Awareness Week 2020

August 17, 2020

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

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

July 28, 2020

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

Driver License Division Launching New Appointment Scheduler

July 13, 2020

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

4th of July Enforcement Plans

July 1, 2020

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

What fireworks can I use and when?

June 28, 2020

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

Celebrating with Fireworks? Make Sure You Celebrate Safely

June 24, 2020

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

Utah State Fire Marshal’s Office Shares Campfire Safety Tips

June 8, 2020

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

Help Salt Lake recover from violent protests and solve crimes

June 1, 2020

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

Utah DPS supports Salt Lake City curfew

May 30, 2020

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

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

May 21, 2020

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

I’m a Trooper and a Mother

May 10, 2020

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

Update to Services Offered by Driver License Division Beginning May 4

May 3, 2020

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

Shopping Safely Online

May 3, 2020

Why do online shoppers have to take special precautions? The internet offers convenience not available from other shopping outlets. You can search for items from multiple vendors, compare prices with a few mouse clicks, and make purchases from your home. However, the internet is also convenient for attackers, giving them multiple ways to access the personal […]

ShakeOut, don’t freak out to prepare for earthquake

April 16, 2020

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

Happy 14th Birthday to Be Ready Utah!

April 6, 2020

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

Unified Command for Coronavirus Response

April 1, 2020

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

SIAC Reports Increase In Gift Card Scams Targeting Businesses

March 31, 2020

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

Consumer Protection Division Reports Significant Increase In Spear Fishing Scams

March 27, 2020

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

Beware of Paying Scammers With Gift Cards

March 27, 2020

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

REAL ID Enforcement Deadline Extended Until October 1, 2021

March 26, 2020

On March 26, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security released the following statement regarding REAL ID enforcement deadline. “Due to circumstances resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and the national emergency declaration, the Department of Homeland Security, as directed by President Donald J. Trump, is extending the REAL ID enforcement deadline beyond the current October 1, […]

Safe Firearm Storage

March 24, 2020

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

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

March 17, 2020

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

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

March 17, 2020

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

DPS Definitions: Spontaneous Combustion

March 3, 2020

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

2019 DPS Annual Report

March 2, 2020

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

DPS Employee Spotlights

February 26, 2020

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 […]

Springville Driver License Division Office Directions and Information

February 20, 2020

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

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

January 31, 2020

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

POST Class #347 Graduation

January 30, 2020

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

SBI Starts Second Year of Training Series for Sex Crimes Investigators

January 27, 2020

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

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

January 17, 2020

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

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

January 1, 2020

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

UHP Holds Click It for Candy Cane Events

December 24, 2019

To help remind high school students to buckle up during their holiday break, Troopers in Utah County and Wasatch County held Click It for Candy Cane events at local high schools. As students, parents, and teachers left the school, if they were wearing their seat belts, they received a candy cane or lifesaver. The message […]

POST Class #346 Graduation

December 23, 2019

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

Avalanche Awareness Week 2019

December 6, 2019

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

Holiday Fire Safety

December 6, 2019

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

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

December 4, 2019

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

Thanksgiving Travel

November 26, 2019

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

POST Class #345 Graduation

November 25, 2019

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

Thanksgiving Click It or Ticket Media Kick Off

November 21, 2019

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

Traffic Incident Response Week Media Event

November 10, 2019

Traffic Incident Response Week Why November 10-16, 2019, has been designated by the Federal Highway Administration as National Traffic Incident Response Awareness Week to draw public awareness to the dangers emergency responders face when reacting to a traffic incident.  Emergency responders across the country work tirelessly to help save lives at the scene of traffic […]

Traffic Incident Response Week

November 10, 2019

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

Increased DUI Enforcement for Halloween

October 29, 2019

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

Halloween Fire Safety Tips

October 25, 2019

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

Teen Driver Safety Week October 20 – 26, 2019

October 21, 2019

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

Eight Danger Zones for Teens Behind the Wheel

October 21, 2019

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among teens. Make sure your young driver is aware of the leading causes of teen crashes, and put rules in place to help your teen stay safe. NO.°1: DRIVER INEXPERIENCE. Most crashes happen during the first year a teen has a license. Provide at least 30 to 50 […]

State Fire Marshal’s Office Life Safety Trailers Hit the Road for Education

October 10, 2019

The State Fire Marshal’s Office’s mission is to identify, develop, and promote ways and means of protecting life and property from fire-related perils through direct action and coordination of Utah Fire Services. One important way in which the Fire Marshal’s Office works toward that mission is through education about fire prevention and safety. Life Safety […]

POST Introduction to K9 Class Featuring Nomos, Onyx and Kuli

October 9, 2019

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

National Fire Prevention Week

October 7, 2019

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

Online Privacy

October 2, 2019

The Internet touches almost all aspects of our daily lives. We are able to shop, bank, connect with family and friends, and handle our medical records all online. These activities require you to provide personally identifiable information (PII) such as your name, date of birth, account numbers, passwords, and location information. #BeCyberSmart when sharing personal […]

Identity Theft and Internet Scams

October 2, 2019

Today’s technology allows us to connect around the world, to bank and shop online, and to control our televisions, homes, and cars from our smartphones. With this added convenience comes an increased risk of identity theft and Internet scams. #BeCyberSmart on the Internet—at home, at school, at work, on mobile devices, and on the go. […]

Five Steps to Protecting Your Digital Home

October 2, 2019

More and more of our home devices— including thermostats, door locks, coffee machines, and smoke alarms—are now connected to the Internet. This enables us to control our devices on our smartphones, no matter our location, which in turn can save us time and money while providing convenience and even safety. These advances in technology are […]

Social Media Cybersecurity

October 2, 2019

Now more than ever, consumers spend increasing amounts of time on the Internet. With every social media account you sign up for, every picture you post, and status you update, you are sharing information about yourself with the world. How can you be proactive to stay safe online and, “Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT.”? […]


October 2, 2019

The Internet touches almost all aspects of our daily lives. We are able to shop, bank, connect with family and friends, and handle our medical records all online. These activities require you to provide personally identifiable information (PII) such as your name, date of birth, account numbers, passwords, and location information. #BeCyberSmart when sharing personal […]


October 2, 2019

Phishing attacks use email or malicious websites to infect your machine with malware and viruses in order to collect personal and financial information. Cybercriminals attempt to lure users to click on a link or open an attachment that infects their computers, creating vulnerability to attacks. Phishing emails may appear to come from a real financial […]

Five Ways to Be Cyber Secure At Work

October 2, 2019

 Businesses face significant financial loss when a cyber attack occurs. In 2018, the U.S. business sector had the largest number of data breaches ever recorded: 571 breaches. (Identity Theft Resource Center, “2018 End-of-Year Data Breach Report”, 2018. ) Cybercriminals often rely on human error—employees failing to install software patches or clicking on malicious links—to gain access […]

Internet of Things

October 2, 2019

 Internet of Things (IoT) or smart devices refers to any object or device that is connected to the Internet. This rapidly expanding set of “things,” which can send and receive data, includes cars, appliances, smart watches, lighting, home assistants, home security, and more. #BeCyberSmart to connect with confidence and protect your interconnected world.  WHY SHOULD […]

Creating a Password

October 2, 2019

Creating a strong password is an essential step to protecting yourself online. Using long and complex passwords is one of the easiest ways to defend yourself from cybercrime. No citizen is immune to cyber risk, but #BeCyberSmart and you can minimize your chances of an incident. SIMPLE TIPS TO SECURE IT. Creating a strong password […]

A How To Guide for Multi -Factor Authentication

October 2, 2019

SIMPLE TIPS TO SECURE IT. Have you noticed how often security breaches, stolen data, and identity theft are consistently front-page news these days? Perhaps you, or someone you know, are a victim of cyber criminals who stole personal information, banking credentials, or more. As these incidents become more prevalent, you should consider using multi-factor authentication, also […]

Utah Highway Patrol Swearing In Ceremony

October 2, 2019

Commissioner Anderson administered the oath of office for the 12 newest UHP Troopers. On Thursday, September 26th, the 12 newest members of the Utah Highway Patrol graduated from Police Officer Standards and Training and then were sworn in at the Utah State Capitol. Commissioner Anderson, Colonel Rapich, Major Winward and Captain Ricks all addressed the […]

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October 1, 2019

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

POST Class #344 Graduation

October 1, 2019

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

SBI Continues Series of Trainings for Sex Crimes Investigators

September 30, 2019

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

Rail Safety Week: Stop. Trains Can’t

September 24, 2019

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

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

September 19, 2019

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

POST Class 344 9/11 Healing Field PT Session

September 18, 2019

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

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

September 2, 2019

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

UHP Labor Day Enforcement Plan

August 29, 2019

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

SBI Continues Training Series for Sex Crimes Investigators

August 25, 2019

SBI continued its yearlong series of trainings for sex crimes investigators, with classes in June and July. At the class in June, officers from multiple agencies, including the newly formed Riverton Police Department, received information from Matt Janzen, main Special Victims’ Unit (SVU) supervisor for the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office and Langdon Fisher, […]

Labor Day Impaired Driving Crackdown

August 22, 2019

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

I-15 Closure Due to Fire

August 22, 2019

UPDATE – AS OF 5 PM THURSDAY, BOTH DIRECTIONS ARE OPEN AS OF 2 PM THURSDAY, AUGUST 22ND Crews have closed Southbound I-15 at exit 129 and Northbound I-15 at exit 95 (SR-20) due to a fire affecting the roadway at milepost 122. Motorists are advised to plan travel and use an alternate route. ALTERNATE […]

Utah’s Drowsy Driving Awareness Week

August 19, 2019

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

UHP Releases Strategic Plan

August 12, 2019

POST Session #343 Graduation

August 8, 2019

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

State Bureau of Investigation Quarterly Highlights

August 1, 2019

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

2019 Governor’s Public Safety Summit

July 31, 2019

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

POST Conducts Introduction to K9 Course

July 18, 2019

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

Operation Canyon Thunder

July 15, 2019

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

UHP 4th of July Enforcement Plans

July 3, 2019

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

BCI Supports Salt Lake County’s Expungement Day

June 27, 2019

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

Utah DPS Commissioner Graduates from FBI National Academy

June 11, 2019

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

Box Elder News Journal Article About Dispatch Center

June 11, 2019

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

DPS Forensic Services Staff – National Recognition

June 10, 2019

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

Secure Your Load

June 6, 2019

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

POST Session #342 Graduation

May 29, 2019

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

2018 DPS Annual Report

May 22, 2019

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

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

May 19, 2019

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

DPS Aero Bureau Recognized with Governor’s Award for Excellence

May 17, 2019

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

SBI Hosts Fourth In Series of Trainings for Sex Crimes Investigators

April 29, 2019

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

How bad would an earthquake be at my house?

April 26, 2019

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

Motorcycle Safety Awareness Media Event

April 25, 2019

With 2018 seeing the highest increase in motorcycle fatalities in Utah history, the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) and the Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS) say driver and motorcycle rider behavior must change on Utah’s roads. Motorcycle fatalities increased almost 24 percent last year, from 38 in 2017 to 47 in 2018.   At Bill’s […]

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 […]

Easter Weekend Safe Driving Tips

April 19, 2019

 In the past week, the Utah Highway Patrol has handled 7 fatal crashes resulting in 8 deaths.  We know a lot of people will be traveling for the holiday weekend, and we want to make sure no one else is involved in a fatal crash. UHP troopers throughout the state will be working extra enforcement […]

ShakeOut, Don’t Freak Out on April 18

April 17, 2019

Plenty to cover during annual Great Utah ShakeOut earthquake drill SALT LAKE CITY — The Great Utah ShakeOut is back! This annual earthquake drill is important in 2019 because so many Utahns felt earthquakes for the first time in their lives between February and March. The official time for the ShakeOut on April 18 is […]

Highway Safety Office Trains Car Seat Technicians

April 11, 2019

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

ShakeOut, Don’t Freak Out in 2019

April 9, 2019

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

DPS supports agencies responding to train derailment in Juab County

March 30, 2019

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

SBI Holds Third In Series of Trainings for Sex Crimes Investigators

March 21, 2019

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

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

March 18, 2019

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

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

March 7, 2019

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

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

February 24, 2019

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

SBI Hosts Second in Series of Training for Sex Crime Investigators

February 21, 2019

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

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 […]

Zion National Park Rescue by DPS Helicopter Team

February 18, 2019

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

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

February 18, 2019

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

Two earthquakes strike near Bluffdale

February 15, 2019

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

This is the most common natural disaster

February 8, 2019

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

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

February 5, 2019

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

Public comment open on 2019 Utah State Hazard Mitigation Plan

February 4, 2019

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

Data Privacy Day

January 27, 2019

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

How to prepare for an active shooter incident

January 22, 2019

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

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 […]

Riding Season Is Coming – Will You Be Ready?

January 14, 2019

It’s cold and snowy across most of the state, but the best motorcyclists know there is no off-season.  If you’re a rider, you can take advantage of winter by: Improving your bike by giving it a tune up, replacing worn parts, and making sure it is in top condition Using the winter months to update […]

Heating Safety

January 10, 2019

Did you know that heating equipment is one of the leading causes of home fire deaths? And that half of home heating fires are reported during the months of December, January and February? Follow these safety tips and precautions so you can be both warm AND safe this winter. Source: National Fire Protection Association

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 […]

ShakeOut, don’t Freak Out in 2019

January 8, 2019

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

Holiday Fire Safety

December 10, 2018

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

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 […]

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 […]

Drive Safely Near School Zones and Bus Stops

November 13, 2018

There was a recent deadly week for kids at the bus stop. Tragedies in Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi and Pennsylvania have left parents without children, and have drastically changed families, and communities across the country. The Utah Department of Public Safety is joining the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to urge you to drive safely, […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Memorial Day Safety Reminders

May 17, 2018

Memorial Day – the official start of summer! It is a holiday many of us spend doing family gatherings, hitting the roads to head out camping, backyard BBQs or enjoying a nice evening out with friends and family. However, we choose to celebrate, do so by honoring those who have lost their lives for our […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Joint Counterterrorism Awareness Workshop Series

November 30, 2017

Counter Terrorism efforts are in full swing in Utah thanks to a federal grant. The Utah Department of Public Safety, Salt Lake County, the District Attorney, and Salt Lake County Emergency Management teamed together to bring a series of workshops to our region. The workshops support planning, training, and exercises to counter possible terrorist incidents […]

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 […]

Warning: Your Space Heater Could Cause a Fire

November 30, 2017

The Utah State Fire Marshal’s office wants to pass along the warning recently sent out by a local fire department in Oregon to residents:  Warning: power strips are not equipped to handle the high power needed for space heaters. The weather is getting colder and people will begin pulling out their electric space heaters.  These […]

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 […]

How the SIAC is Combating Human Trafficking

November 28, 2017

Does human trafficking occur in Utah? According to Mary Ellis, Human Trafficking Intelligence Analyst for the Utah Department of Public Safety, it is a growing problem. “The exact numbers are hard to come by,” she explains, “but it is a growing issue. Think about it this way. Globally, 20 million people are trafficked in labor or […]

What You Need to Know About Human Trafficking

November 6, 2017

Human Trafficking equates to modern day slavery and it happens in every state in the nation. Know the signs and if you see anything suspicious please contact law enforcement.

Dispatcher Appreciation: Celebrating an Underrated Component of Public Safety

November 1, 2017

Dispatchers are the unseen heroes and the vital link for the public safety services we rely on every day. Dispatchers work long shifts, often in high stress situations. They take many calls and deal with troubling or life-threatening situations. We’re very grateful for their service and dedication.

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 […]

DPS Week 11 Operation Rio Grande Report

October 30, 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 10. However, there were still 28 drug-related arrests. Since the Operation began on August 14, the grand total jail booked arrests […]

Amber Alerts: A Call to Action

October 27, 2017

When a child is abducted, seconds count. That’s why we greatly appreciate the hard work from the team at the Bureau of Criminal Identification. They’re a major reason why Utah’s Amber Alert system is one of the best in the nation.

Safer Access to Services at Rio Grande

October 24, 2017

The before and after changes brought about by Operation Rio Grande are positive and dramatic. While some in the area don’t want treatment or help, many do. Some of those who are the most appreciative of the law enforcement efforts, are the people who call the Rio Grande area home, and who access the services […]

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 […]

The DEM Mobile Command Post

October 18, 2017

Many State of Utah agencies support Operation Rio Grande, one of them is the Division of Emergency Management which maintains the Mobile Command Vehicle. Check out this special vehicle in this video. Video produced & supervised by: Susan Thomas

SBI and SIAC’s Role in Operation Rio Grande

October 18, 2017

The State Bureau of Investigation and the State Information and Analysis Center provide support to the Utah Highway Patrol Troopers and other law enforcement agencies on the ground in the Rio Grande area. Their collaboration is helping to curb the criminal element. Video produced & supervised by: Susan Thomas

The first month’s success and multi-agency coordination

October 18, 2017

Operation Rio Grande’s law enforcement efforts are supported by multiple state and local agencies. Watch this report to hear how those boots on the ground work together in the Rio Grande area, under the leadership of the Department of Public Safety. They make the area safer and support those who access to the services there. […]

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.

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 […]

Workplace Safety Week Training

September 26, 2017

During Utah Workplace Safety Week, the Utah Safety Council hosted a training to address the unfortunate reality of workplace violence. For the class, Utah Highway Patrol instructors covered active shooter and self defense training. Video produced by Helen Knipe.

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 […]

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, […]

Simple Ways to Stay Safe and Prevent Fires While Celebrating

July 2, 2017

As we quickly approach our fireworks season, the Utah Department of Public Safety’s Fire Marshal Office would like to remind the citizens of Utah how to responsibly discharge and enjoy their fireworks and novelties this holiday season. “I would remind everyone as they celebrate the independence of our country and the coming of the Pioneers […]

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 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 […]

News release: Flood Safety Awareness Week 2017

March 14, 2017

UPDATE 6/6/17: We’ve added that Utah has now had seven river fatalities and a “water watcher” safety tip.UPDATE 5/11/17: The first line has been updated to reflect Utah’s current disaster declaration count. Helping you help others get ready for floods SALT LAKE CITY — Flooding is the most common weather-related natural disaster. In Utah, ten of the […]

Great Utah ShakeOut Reaches 1 Million Participants

August 5, 2016

By Joe Dougherty We’ve been waiting for this for a long time. Since 2011, I’ve been dreaming of the day we could declare that 1 million people had participated in our annual earthquake drill. We’ve gotten so close, and now that day is here. A record-breaking 1,004,593 Utahns participated this year! Gov. Gary Herbert challenged Utah […]