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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 […]

Free Gun Locks: Store Them Safe

September 9, 2018

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

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 […]