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Motorcyclist Killed on I-80

June 20, 2020

On Saturday, June 20, 2020 around 3:30pm, a 43 year old male was traveling above the posted speed limit going eastbound on I-80 near milepost 158 on a 2011 Harley Davidson. The rider failed to negotiate a bend in the roadway and lost control, crashing in the median.  Several witnesses stopped to render first-aid but […]

Fatal Crash: San Juan County on SR-191 at Milepost 78

May 11, 2020

On Sunday, May 10, 2020 just before 10:00pm, there was a three vehicle crash at milepost 78 on SR-191. A black Ford F-350 pulling a 25 foot enclosed trailer was traveling northbound in front of a red Chevrolet Tahoe. The Tahoe was attempting to pass the Ford in a no passing zone when it collided, […]

Utah’s New Lane Filtering Law

May 8, 2019

As you might or might not be aware of, Utah has a new law that will affect all motorists. Utah’s new motorcycle lane filtering law goes into effect on May 14, 2019. What Is Lane Filtering? Definition: “Lane filtering” means, when operating a motorcycle other than an autocycle, the act of overtaking and passing another […]

UHP’s 1st annual “Fill the Hive – Food Drive” for the Utah Food Bank

November 23, 2020

Utah Highway Patrol Troopers need the public’s assistance – but it’s not for what you would normally expect. Instead of crime tips, they’re looking for donations for the Utah Food Bank. On Wednesday, Troopers will be at the Smith’s Marketplace in East Millcreek with their iconic beehive marked patrol cars in hopes to fill them […]

DPS Aero Bureau Encounters Monolith in Red Rock Country

November 23, 2020

On November 18, 2020, the Utah Department of Public Safety Aero Bureau was working with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources to conduct a count of big horn sheep in a portion of southeastern Utah. While on this mission, they spotted an unusual object and landed nearby to investigate further. The crew members found a […]

Trooper Geoffrey Hall Successfully Intercepts a Wrong-Way Driver on I-15 Near Nephi

November 23, 2020

At 11:30 pm on November, 20th, 2020, Richfield dispatch received multiple 911 calls of a wrong-way vehicle on I-15 near mile marker 228 (north Nephi exit). The vehicle was traveling north in the southbound travel lane. Trp. Geoffrey Hall responded to the area and located a minivan facing the wrong way near mile marker 232, […]

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 […]

Update: With the Public & DCSO’s Help, Davis County Troopers Tracked Down the Driver of this Vehicle

November 18, 2020

Davis County Troopers are asking for the public’s help in identifying the owner/owners and/or driver/occupants of the vehicle pictured below. The below vehicle appears to be a white GMC Sierra or Chevy Silverado pickup truck with a sticker in the back window. The driver and occupants are victims of an attempted hijacking that took place […]

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 […]

Fatal Crash Near Strawberry Reservoir

November 14, 2020

On November 14, 2020, at approximately 8:15PM Troopers responded to reports of a head on crash near milepost 46 on US 40 in Wasatch County. An empty double tanker truck was traveling eastbound and a small Volkswagen sedan was traveling westbound. The Volkswagen crossed the center line into the eastbound lane where it made contact […]

Commercial Vehicle Rollover *** Driver Identified***

November 13, 2020

Grantsville, UT   Approximately 10:43 AM on November 13, 2020 a 2020 Freightliner pulling double trailers was west bound I-80 at MM 74. The vehicle drifted to the right and off the interstate. The tractor and trailers overturned and came to rest on its top. The male driver and sole occupant was unconscious upon UHP’s […]

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 […]

Fatal crash on I-15 at MM 227 near Nephi

November 11, 2020

At 6:30 am on Nov. 11th, 2020, a 2005 Nissan truck was traveling north on Interstate 15 near mile marker 227. For an unknown reason, the 25-year-old male driver of the truck swerved left and into the median. The truck rotated counterclockwise and began rolling multiple times coming to rest facing south on the inside […]

Fatal Crash on SR-36 Mile Post 8 in Tooele County.

November 7, 2020

On November 7, 2020 at approximately 1048 hours, the driver of a maroon Lincoln LS passenger vehicle was traveling southbound on SR 36 at approximately mile marker 8 in Tooele County. A semi was traveling northbound in the opposite direction. For an unknown reason the passenger vehicle swerved in from the semi and crashed head […]

DPS to deploy Wireless Emergency Alert to cell phones due to AMBER Alert

November 7, 2020

This will be the third public deployment of the wireless emergency alert for an AMBER Alert since April This morning, the Utah Department of Public Safety will send a statewide wireless emergency alert to mobile devices due to an AMBER Alert that was issued this morning in Cedar City. The alert will feature the following […]

Fatal Crash on US-91 at Mile Post 43.

November 7, 2020

On November 6, 2020 at approximately 2128 hours, the driver of a silver Toyota Rav4 was traveling southbound on US-91 near mile marker 43. The driver of this vehicle drifted left across the median onto oncoming lanes. The driver then continued left, exiting the roadway and striking a culvert at the intersection with 12700 North. […]

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 KSL.com here: https://www.ksl.com/article/50040283/police-crack-down-on-distracted-driving-in-utah-county 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 […]

Fatal Crash on SR-30 at 4400 West near Riverside

October 28, 2020

On Wednesday, October 28, 2020, at approximately 0826 hours, the driver of a white Honda Odyssey was traveling south on 4400 West at the intersection of SR-30. For an unknown reason, the driver of the Odyssey drove through the stop sign and into the intersection where it struck a tractor trailer traveling eastbound on SR-30. […]

Fatal Crash at the Intersection of SR-130 and Midvalley Rd in Enoch

October 27, 2020

At about 3:30 pm on October 26th, 2020, the driver of a 2005 Beige Chevrolet Malibu was driving east on Midvalley Road at the intersection of SR-130. For an unknown reason, she pulled past the stop sign and in front of a large drill pump truck that was traveling south on SR-130. The driver of […]

Accident SR-201 Mile Marker 1

October 24, 2020

A Hyundai Elantra was traveling eastbound SR-201 near mile marker 1. The driver of the Elantra crossed the median and struck a westbound Honda Accord head-on. The driver of the Elantra was transported from the scene to a local area hospital by helicopter. The driver of the Accord was transported to an area hospital by […]

Wrong-Way Vehicle Causes Fatal Crash on I-80 at about 7600 West (MM 111)

October 23, 2020

        On October 23, 2020, at approximately 0930 hours, the driver of a Dodge Neon was traveling west on I-80 approaching 8000 W.  For an unknown reason, it turned around and started traveling east in the westbound travel lanes.  The driver of a westbound Subaru Crosstrek swerved to miss the wrong-way vehicle […]

Fatal Crash on SR-24 near Vermillion

October 22, 2020

At 11:42 am on October 22, 2020, a Geo Tracker was traveling south on SR-24 at MM 7 near the town of Vermillion in Sevier County. A Chevrolet pick-up was traveling north in the same area. The Chevrolet pick-up crossed the center-line and hit the Geo Tracker almost head-on. After the vehicles hit the Chevrolet […]

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 […]

Two Fatalities Occur in Near Head-on Collision on SR-132

October 21, 2020

On October 20th, 2020, at around 1730 hours, a 1997 Nissan pathfinder traveling east on SR-132 near mile post 7 crossed the center line and struck a westbound 2014 Ford F150 nearly head on. The black pathfinder rotated once and stopped blocking both travel lanes. The F150 spun a half turn and went off the […]

UTV Passenger Dies Following Crash on SR-14

October 16, 2020

        At 3:00 am on October 16th, 2020, a Polaris UTV with 4 occupants was heading east on SR-14 in the milepost 30 area. The driver entered a curve in the roadway too fast and overcorrected. The UTV left the roadway to the right and rolled. A female adult (sitting in the […]

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 […]

Double fatal on SR-40 in Duchesne County

October 12, 2020

On the evening of October 11, 2020 at approximately 8:16 pm a Ford Explorer traveling eastbound struck a cow at mile post 102 on SR-40 in Duchesne County. The driver of the Ford stopped and got out of the Ford. A Hyundai Sonata traveling behind the Ford stopped near the Ford and a backseat passenger […]

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 […]

Fatal Crash Kane County 9/23/2020

September 26, 2020

    On 9/23/2020 at approximately 7:51PM Kane County dispatch advised of a head on collision on Hwy 89 at milepost 35.5. A westbound Toyota Highlander was traveling behind a slow moving large truck and attempted to pass it in a no passing zone. As the SUV moved into the eastbound lane of travel it […]

Report of Shots Fired on I-215 West California Ave off ramp.

September 18, 2020

On September 18, 2020 at 2201 hours dispatch advised of a shots fired call at I-215 West and California Avenue off ramp. The caller was a driver of a semi-truck that stated he stopped at the Flying J on 900 West and 2100 South. The driver continued by saying the he was being shot at […]

Rollover Accident on SR-224

September 18, 2020

On 09/18/2020, at 1426 hours, a single unit dump truck was traveling north on SR-224, down a steep grade. The truck left the roadway to the right. It appears that the driver over corrected to the left, and the truck began to roll. When the truck rolled, it lost its entire load of asphalt onto […]

Two Die in Fatal Wrong-Way Crash Overnight on I-70

September 18, 2020

At 11:07 pm on September 17th, 2020 on I-70 at mile marker 89, (East of Salina) a small white vehicle was called in to dispatchers as driving wrong-way on I-70 near MP 84. It was reported that the vehicle was traveling East in the Westbound lanes. A few minutes later, Richfield Communication Center received a […]

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 clickit.utah.gov 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 […]

Fatal crash on US-89 and Crestwood Rd in Kaysville

September 16, 2020

At 8 pm on September 16th, 2020, two motorcycle riders were traveling southbound on US-89 at Crestwood Road in Kaysville. One male rider on one bike and a female on another. A driver of a passenger car was traveling northbound On US-89 and made a left turn from a left turn lane directly in front […]

Motorcyclist dies after skidding into oncoming traffic on SR-24 at MM 73 near Torrey, UT.

September 15, 2020

At 1512 hours on Tuesday, September 15th, 2020, the driver of a Harley Davidson motorcycle was traveling in a large group on SR-24 near MM 73. There was tire debris in the road and the front two motorcycles slowed down to avoid the debris. The driver of the Harley Davidson slowed to avoid the front […]

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 […]

Accident I-15 northbound Parrish Lane

September 13, 2020

On September 13, 2020, at approximately 0051 hours, troopers in Davis County were dispatched to an accident on I-15 northbound near Parrish Lane in Centerville. The driver of a Ford passenger car left the roadway to the right. There was a red Audi passenger car that was stopped on the shoulder of the road. The […]

Utah Announces Elimination of Sexual Assault Kit Backlog

September 10, 2020

Legislators and the Department of Public Safety gather at State Crime Lab to mark the completion of processing sexual assault kits WHAT: Utah Department of Public Safety Commissioner Jess L. Anderson and members of the Utah Legislature will gather at the State Crime Lab to announce the completion of a milestone in the DNA testing […]

What’s Really Inside Our Officers: A Desire to Serve and Protect

September 3, 2020

On September 1, 2020, the Salt Lake Tribune published an editorial cartoon depicting columnist Pat Bagley’s interpretation of “The Deep Hate.” It is a representation of a law enforcement officer staring at the X-ray image of himself with the doctor pointing to an internal image of a hooded figure and stating, “Well, there’s your problem.” […]

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 nstreet@utah.gov, 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 […]

Semi Crash at Highway 89 and Bear Lake Blvd.

August 25, 2020

Around 7 o’clock PM, a concrete pumper truck failed to stop at the intersection of Highway 89 and Bear Lake Boulevard in Garden City, Utah. Witnesses said that the truck’s brakes appeared to be on fire moments before it crashed into the Lighthouse Landing Gift Shop building. The only injuries were sustained the truck driver. […]

Fatal Auto Vs. Pedestrian near Helper, Utah

August 24, 2020

On Sunday: 23 August 2020. At approximately 1:10 PM a westbound pickup truck struck a pedestrian who was walking westbound on SR 6 in the emergency lane, this was near mile marker 233. The pedestrian sustained fatal injuries. The driver of the pick-up truck failed to remain on scene. A UHP trooper located a truck […]

Fatal Auto Vs. Pedestrian on I-15 at 4500 in Murray

August 22, 2020

On Saturday morning at approximately 4:30, a white SUV was traveling southbound on I-15 at the top of the 4500 South off ramp. The SUV struck a pedestrian and continued driving. A citizen followed the SUV and call 911 to report it’s recklessly driving. Murray PD located the suspect vehicle and stopped it. Murray PD […]

Fatal Auto vs Pedestrian Crash on SR-36 at Cimmarron Way

August 20, 2020

 At 06:13 am on August 20th, 2020, Troopers were notified of an auto pedestrian crash on SR-36 at milepost 58 near Cimmarron Way.  Sadly, the pedestrian was pronounced dead on scene.  The pedestrian was running on the right shoulder of southbound traffic in an unknown direction. Physical evidence indicates the driver of a 2016 Ford […]

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 […]

Fatal Crash on SR-73 at Mile Post 9

August 17, 2020

At 17:36 hours on August 17th, 2020, a blue BMW passenger vehicle was traveling southbound on SR-73 at approximately mile marker 9. The BMW had just passed a pickup truck at a high rate of speed. For an unknown reason the driver went off of the road to the left. The driver and only occupant […]

Motorcyclist dies following crash on SR-167 at MP 9 (Trapper’s Loop).

August 17, 2020

At 1539 hours on August 16th, 2020, a 2015 Honda CBR550 motorcycle with a solo male rider was traveling southbound on SR-167 at mile post 9. It appears that the rider was traveling outside of the envelope of his abilities as he entered an uphill left hand turn. The rider was traveling in lane one […]

Wrong way driver dies after driving head-on into a semi on I-84

August 17, 2020

On August 16, 2020, at 2317, troopers received calls about a vehicle traveling westbound in the eastbound travel lanes near Morgan City.  Several units responded and more calls came in.  At 2323 hours, a caller indicated that there had been a collision.  The wrong way vehicle, a Ford Crown Victoria sedan, had crashed head-on into […]

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 […]

Fatal Crash on SR-132 MM 42

July 30, 2020

        At 0842 hours on July 30th, 2020, the driver of a 1999 Ford Explorer was traveling east on SR 132 (Nephi Canyon) near mile marker 42. The driver drove off the right side of the road. He overcorrected coming back onto the roadway, crossing both travel lanes and off the westbound […]

Fatal Crash on US-6 at MM 193

July 29, 2020

At 1630 hours on July 28th, 2020 on US Highway 6 at mile marker 193, a double tanker semi was westbound on the roadway and either slowed or stopped completely in the single westbound lane. A westbound Dodge pickup behind the semi failed to stop and struck the left rear corner of the second trailer. […]

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 DisasterAssistance.gov or or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the […]

SR 150 Mirror Lake Fatal Crash

July 26, 2020

On 7/25/20 at approximaltey 9:40 am, a sixty-five year old male was traveling on SR 150 Mirror Lake Highway when he struck a deer on his motorcycle near milepost 43. The driver was wearing full protective gear including helmet, leather, and riding boots. The driver was transported by air with life-threatening injuries. SR 150 was […]

Suicidal Subject I-15 /SR-92

July 25, 2020

On Saturday, July 25, 2020, at about 11:52 witnesses reported that an adult male had climbed up onto the side of I-15 at milepost 284 and looked like he might jump off the bridge. Shortly after it was reported that the male had jumped and had no pulse. Rescue attempts were made and Lifeflight was […]

Auto Pedestrain I-80 mm 37

July 25, 2020

At 1:21 am on 7/25/20 a Honda Civic containing three occupants was leaving Wendover, Nevada heading eastbound on I-80 towards SLC. At mile marker 37, two passengers who had been drinking needed to use the restroom. The driver pulled over and let the two passengers out. While pulled over, one of the passengers began to […]

Fatal Crash on I-84 MM 95

July 18, 2020

At approximately 18:21 hours, on 07/17/2020, Troopers were notified of a crash blocking the freeway on I-84 westbound at milepost 95. Upon arrival, Troopers found that there were two vehicles involved. A BMW passenger car was traveling eastbound on I-84 near milepost 95 at a high rate of speed according to witnesses.  A Mercury passenger […]

Fatal Crash Involving Tandem Cyclists on SR-201

July 16, 2020

On 7/16/20, at 0546 hours, a man and a woman were riding a tandem bike on SR-201 at 9200 West in the westbound lanes. A white sedan was traveling westbound at the same location. The area was dark with minimal lighting. The tandem bike was veering to the right, when it crossed in front of […]

Fatal Crash on I-70 at MM 139

July 16, 2020

This morning on I-70 at MM 139 at 1:30 am, Troopers responded to a fatal crash involving a Hyundai Sonata that was eastbound when the driver failed to negotiate a curve and drove straight off road where the road made a right hand turn. The vehicle left the roadway and rolled. The fatally injured person […]

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 […]

Truck drivers stop to assist State Trooper

July 12, 2020

On July 9th 2020 around 1:12 PM Troopers were dispatched to the area of I-15 southbound just prior to the 200 North exit to Kaysville, for a pedestrian walking on the interstate. Trooper Justin Law responded to the area and located a male subject walking along the concrete barrier in the left shoulder. Unsure of […]

Four juveniles ejected on I-15 near Scipio

July 9, 2020

  A maroon 1999 Dodge Caravan was traveling north on I-15 near mile post 194. This area is at the beginning of a construction project. The Dodge Caravan was traveling in the left lane and attempting to pass a semi as they entered a transition zone of the construction area where the left lane tapered […]

Fatal Accident on I-15 near Mile Marker 231

July 2, 2020

 On July 2, 2020, at approximately 1830 hours, a Toyota Land Cruiser was traveling south on I-15 near mile marker 231. For an unknown reason, the driver lost control, traveled into the right lane, and struck a Chevy Silverado. The Land Cruiser continued off the right shoulder where it began to roll. The vehicle continued […]

Details on a Triple Fatal Crash on SR-276 MM 83

July 2, 2020

        On July 1, 2020, at approximately 2252 hours, the driver and two additional occupants were southbound on SR-276 near milepost 83 in a Toyota Tacoma when the driver swerved to the right causing the vehicle to drive off the shoulder of the road. The driver over-corrected to the left. This caused […]

Additional Details on the Triple Fatal Crash on SR-18 MM 9

July 1, 2020

At about 1:30 pm on July 1st, 2020 the male driver of a black Cadillac SUV was northbound on SR-18 just past the Ledges exit. For an unknown reason, the vehicle drifted to the left into the southbound travel lanes. The driver of the Cadillac SUV sideswiped a silver Ford Focus, causing the female driver […]

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 […]

Wrong way driver dies in Fatal Crash on I-80 in Tooele County

June 17, 2020

At about 47 minutes after midnight on Wednesday, June 17th, 2020, Troopers were called to a wrong way driver traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes of I-80 at mile post 64 in Tooele County. Before Troopers could get to the wrong way driver, it collided with a semi-truck head on near mile post 56. The […]

Rollover Fatal I-215 2000 East

June 14, 2020

On June 13, 2020, at 2330 hours a rollover crash was put out westbound I-215 at 2000 East, blocking all lanes of traffic with a person lying in the road. The first Trooper to arrive started CPR on a male that was laying between the number one and two lane, fire personal arrived a short […]

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 […]

High Winds Across the Beehive State.

June 5, 2020

High winds have turned over semi trucks from I-15 to I-80. An empty semi blew over and is blocking both southbound lanes of I-15 at mile marker 232 in Juab County.  The driver had minor injuries and was transported. I-15 is now reopened.   At 6:40 pm a semi blew over at MP 27 westbound […]

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 […]

Utah Highway Patrol Memorial Day Weekend Recap

May 26, 2020

State Troopers had a busy weekend with their enforcement efforts, highlighted by 54 DUI arrests and zero fatal crashes on UHP patrolled roadways. From 0001 hours on May 22 through 2359 hours on May 25Traffic Stops: 4,732Speed Citations/Warnings issued: 3,481Speed Citations Issued for over 100 mph: 119Reckless Driving Arrests: 17DUI Arrests: 54Pursuits: 2Crashes Investigated: 182

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. […]

Wrong way driver causes fatal crash on I-15 in Lindon

May 20, 2020

        On May 19th, 2020, at 11:35 PM, UHP Dispatchers received reports of a vehicle traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of I-15 at MM 273 in Lindon.  There was a collision between that vehicle and a southbound vehicle.  The driver of one of the vehicles, a 28-year-old male, was unrestrained and […]

Two passengers die in I-15 crash.

May 17, 2020

Paragonah, UTAH On May 17, 2020, at 7:25 AM a gray 2003 Honda Odyssey Van occupied by a family of 4 was traveling northbound in the area of milepost 82. The right rear tire of the van experienced a failure and the driver of the van lost control. The van traveled into the median and […]

Fatal Motorcycle on Trappers Loop Road *Updated with rider’s name*

May 17, 2020

Huntsville, Morgan County. At 9:55AM on May 17, 2020, a motorcycle being driven by a 77 year old male was traveling north bound on Trappers Loop Road near milepost 8. The driver ran off the right side of the roadway and onto the grass hillside. The driver continued traveling through the grass for approximately 200 […]

Passenger dies following injuries sustained in crash on I-15 SB MM 248

May 15, 2020

        At about 1700 hours on Thursday, May 14th, 2020, the driver of a Lincoln sedan entered southbound I-15 from 800 South in Payson.  They began to drift left, swerved back to the right, then swerved hard left, going into the far left lane.  Their sedan was struck directly in the driver […]

Details on the fatal crash on I-15 SB at MM 319 in Davis County

May 13, 2020

        At approximately 1132 hours, on May 13th, 2020, a passenger vehicle was traveling southbound on I-15 in Centerville near mile marker 319.  The driver was in a center lane of I-15 when they realized they needed to take the Parrish Lane off ramp.  They crossed the right lane into the gore […]

Fatal Crash: Parley’s Canyon, Wrong-Way

May 10, 2020

On Saturday, May 9, 2020 at approximately 11:41 pm, there were multiple reports of a silver passenger car driving westbound in eastbound lanes near milepost 141 on I-80 in Parley’s Canyon.  Moments later, with several troopers responding from Salt Lake and Summit County, further reports came in of a serious crash just three miles from […]

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 […]

Details on the 5 Year Old Driver Stopped on I-15 by a Trooper in Ogden

May 5, 2020

On May 4th, 2020, at about 11:45 am, Trooper Rick Morgan was conducting speed enforcement on I-15 near Mile Post 344 in the Ogden metropolitan area of Utah. He had just clocked a speeder at 88 MPH and pulled out to initiate a traffic stop on the violator. While making his way south on I-15 […]

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 […]

Fatal Crash Near Milepost 156 on SR-6

May 1, 2020

DPS Incident Notification 7882 (Crash – Fatal / Initial Information / Sent: 05-01-2020  16:26) Notification Made By: Sgt. Cameron RodenSection: 6 // District: A Date: 05-01-2020 Time: 10:30 Location: SR-6 Milepost 156 Mile Post: 156 Travel Direction: West Inv. Agency: UHP Initial Description:        On Friday, May 1st, 2020, at about 1030 hours, […]

Fatal Crash overnight on I-15 NB at MM 129

April 29, 2020

DPS Incident Notification 7878 (Crash – Fatal / Supplemental Information / Sent: 04-29-2020  02:14) Section: 11 Date: 04-28-2020 Time: 21:23 Location: I-15 Mile Post: 129 Travel Direction: North Inv. Agency: Utah Highway Patrol Initial Description:        On April 28, 2020 at approximately 21:23 hours a gray KIA Optima occupied by a 30 year […]

Fatal Crash in Iron County on SR-56

April 28, 2020

DPS Incident Notification 7877 (Crash – Fatal / Supplemental Information / Sent: 04-28-2020  12:29) Section: 11 // District: Date: 04-28-2020 Time: 06:51 Location: SR-56, Iron Springs Road Mile Post: 56 Travel Direction: West Inv. Agency: Utah Highway Patrol Initial Description:        On April 28, 2020 at approximately 6:51 hours a black Mitsubishi Eclipse, […]

I-80 Westbound at milepost 137 closed

April 26, 2020

At approximately 11:30 A.M on April 26, 2020, a Semi trucking was traveling westbound on I-80 at milepost 137. The semi was hauling double tanks, the second tank somehow became detached and rolled. The Semi and first tank pulled to the shoulder while the second tank remained blocking all three westbound lanes. The tank contains […]

Department of Public Safety Appoints New Public Affairs Director

April 22, 2020

Joe Dougherty has earned and accepted a new position within the Utah Department of Public Safety as Public Affairs Director. Mr. Dougherty will take over the position from Lt. Nick Street, the Utah Highway Patrol Public Information Officer who has served as the interim Public Affairs Director after the previous Director, Marissa Cote, accepted a […]

Additional details on the Fatal Crash at 4200 W SR-201 WB.

April 20, 2020

DPS Incident Notification 7865 (Crash – Fatal / Supplemental Information / Sent: 04-20-2020  12:26) Section: 4 // District: I Date: 04-20-2020 Time: 10:10 Location: SR-201 Westbound 4200 West Mile Post: 12 Travel Direction: West Inv. Agency: Utah Highway Patrol Initial Description:        On April 20, 2020 at 10:10 AM a white Ford F150 […]

Troopers and Murray City Firefighters make an unexpected rescue on Sunday afternoon

April 19, 2020

In the afternoon of Sunday, April 19th, 2020, Corporal Pollard was dispatched to a Mother duck and her ducklings disrupting traffic on I-15 northbound at 4700 S in Murray. He was able to get them corralled away from traffic and onto the other side of the freeway barrier. One of the ducklings fell into a […]

AMBER Alert update

April 19, 2020

Following an AMBER Alert that did not include complete information early Sunday, the Department of Public Safety will pause the sending future AMBER Alerts through the Wireless Emergency Alert system. We are conducting a thorough review of the system. This means WEA will not be available for local law enforcement agencies to send AMBER Alerts […]

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 […]

Details on the Fatal Crash I-15 NB at MM 105 near Beaver, Ut

April 15, 2020

DPS Incident Notification 7850 (Crash – Fatal / Supplemental Information / Sent: 04-13-2020  19:23) Section: 11 // District: Date: 04-13-2020 Time: 16:02 Location: I-15 Mile Post: 105 Travel Direction: North Inv. Agency: Utah Highway Patrol Initial Description:        On April 13, 2020, Section 11 District B Troopers were dispatched to a single vehicle […]

Details on the Cache County crash involving a loose horse

April 13, 2020

DPS Incident Notification 7849 (Crash – Other / Initial Information / Sent: 04-13-2020  13:34) Section: 1 // District: B Date: 04-13-2020 Time: 07:30 Location: US-91 Mile Post: 36 Travel Direction: South Inv. Agency: Utah Highway Patrol Initial Description:        This morning at approximately 0730, two horses were loose on State Highway 91, 1-mile […]

Fatal Crash I-15 1200 North

April 13, 2020

On April 13, 2020, at 0306 hours Troopers were dispatched to a blocking crash at I-15 Southbound and 1200 North. Troopers arrived on the scene and saw that medical personnel were working on a male that had been ejected out of the vehicle. This is a single-vehicle crash with only one occupant and the vehicle […]

Fatal Crash SR-201

April 11, 2020

On April 11, 2020, at approximately 12:02 PM A white Aston Martin was traveling at a high rate of speed which was estimated by witnesses. The Aston Martin was eastbound on SR-201 just east of 900 West at approximately 800 West.  The Aston Martin was swerving through traffic when the front driver side caught the […]

Critical injury crash closes I-15 NB at 11400 South

April 8, 2020

DPS Incident Notification 7837 (Crash – Other / Initial Information / Sent: 04-08-2020  16:34) Section: 4 // District: I Date: 04-08-2020 Time: 14:23 Location: I-15 Northbound 11400 South Mile Post: 293 Travel Direction: North Inv. Agency: Utah Highway Patrol Initial Description:        On April 8, 2020, at 1423 hours, a Red Honda Civic […]

Fatal Crash 1900 W Midland Drive in West Haven

April 8, 2020

DPS Incident Notification 7835 (Crash – Fatal / Initial Information / Sent: 04-08-2020  14:14) Section: 15 // District: E Date: 04-08-2020 Time: 06:37 Location: 1900 W Midland Drive Mile Post: Travel Direction: South/East Inv. Agency: UHP Initial Description:        A silver passenger car was traveling southbound on 1900 West in the left turn […]

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 […]

Additional Details on the Fatal Crash at US-89 MM 297

April 6, 2020

DPS Incident Notification 7833 (Crash – Fatal / Initial Information / Sent: 04-06-2020  13:20) Section: 6 // District: D Date: 04-06-2020 Time: 11:36 Location: US-89 Mile Post: 297 Travel Direction: North Inv. Agency: UHP Initial Description: A Silver Ford passenger car was travelling northbound on US-89 at milepost 297. This area of highway consists of […]

Stolen Vehicle Chase in Salt Lake Valley

April 5, 2020

April 5, at 4:30 pm (with information from Salt Lake Dispatch) UHP Troopers pursued a stolen vehicle eastbound on I-80, starting near the entrance of Parleys Canyon. The pursuit continued east into Summit County. The stolen vehicle, a blue 2018 Chrysler 300, turned back west at SR40. The pursuit continued west on I-80 and then […]

Additional details on the critical injury crash on I-15 SB at 5400 S in Murray

April 1, 2020

DPS Incident Notification 7823 (Hwy Closure / Initial Information / Sent: 04-01-2020 19:41) Section: 4 Date: 04-01-2020 Time: 18:23 Location: 5400 South I-15 southbound Mile Post: 299.9 Travel Direction: South Inv. Agency: UHP Initial Description:On April 1, 2020 at approximately 1823 hours, a white Subaru was traveling south on I-15 near 5400 south with a […]

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 […]

Fatal crash on SR-18 MM 5 just outside of St. George

March 31, 2020

DPS Incident Notification 7820 (Crash – Fatal / Initial Information / Sent: 03-31-2020  21:49) Section: 12 // District: B Date: 03-31-2020 Time: 18:20 Location: SR-18 Mile Post: 5 Travel Direction: North Inv. Agency: UHP Initial Description:         On March 31, at about 1820 hours, a white Infinity G35 was traveling northbound on SR-18. The driver lost […]

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 […]

Fatal crash on SR-100 at MM 8 near Fillmore

March 30, 2020

DPS Incident Notification 7819 (Crash – Fatal / Supplemental Information / Sent: 03-30-2020 15:33) Section: 14 // District: B Date: 03-30-2020 Time: 12:00 Location: SR-100 Mile Post: 8 Travel Direction: East Inv. Agency: UHP Initial Description: At approximately 1200 hours today, on SR-100 west of Fillmore, a landowner was burning stubble from a field adjacent […]

Fatal crash near milepost 62 on I-15

March 29, 2020

DPS Incident Notification 7818 (Crash – Fatal / Initial Information / Sent: 03-29-2020  18:47) Section: 11 // District: A Date: 03-29-2020 Time: 15:05 Location: I-15 Mile Post: 62 Travel Direction: South Inv. Agency: Utah Highway Patrol Initial Description:         Vehicle no.1 was a 1993 Toyota 4- Runner. The driver of vehicle no.1 was driving south on […]

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, […]

Dash cam video of a Davis County Trooper’s actions during a high risk incident

March 25, 2020

The below video shows the events that unfolded on the morning of March 25th, 2020 at approximately 8:22 am, A Davis County Trooper observed a pick-up truck traveling at freeway speeds suddenly swerve into the barrier on I-15 in Kaysville at mile post 327. The truck continued to impact the center median barrier even losing […]

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 […]

University Parkway Autoped – Orem

March 14, 2020

On March 13 around 11:30 p.m. a motorist driving a red passenger car pulled over on the northbound on ramp to I-15 due to a flat tire. Two good samaritans stopped with the vehicle and all three males began to change the tire while one helped direct traffic. Another motorist in a black Volkswagen entered […]

Fatal Crash near Holden

March 8, 2020

On March 7 about 7:50 pm a white 2015 Chevrolet Impala was traveling south on I-15 near mile post 175, when the driver allowed the car to go off the left shoulder onto the rumble strips, over corrected to the right, left the road to the right and rolled several times. A 39 year old […]

Fatal Crash I-15 at 800 N Orem

March 7, 2020

On March 7 about 1:24am a 2006 Toyota Tundra was traveling southbound on I-15 in Orem at the 272 on ramp area. The vehicle left main flow I-15 and entered the area between main flow and the on ramp. The vehicle skidded sideways and then rolled over. There were three occupants in the vehicle. The […]

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 […]

Tactical Flight Officer’s helmet cam of an injured skier’s rescue

February 26, 2020

In the evening of February 19th, 2020, the DPS Helicopter was used to hoist a critically injured skier off the mountains west of Mapleton, UT. Below you can download the video from the Tactical Flight Officer’s helmet camera.

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 […]

Trooper successfully intercepts wrong way DUI driver on I-80 at MM 107

February 25, 2020

DPS Incident Notification 7746 (Crash – DPS Involved / Initial Information / Sent: 02-16-2020  23:41) Section: 4 // District: C Date: 02-16-2020 Time: 22:49 Location: I-80 West milepost 107 Mile Post: 107 Travel Direction: West Initial Description:        On February 16, 2020 at approximately 2249 hours, dispatch advised of a wrong way vehicle […]

Two critically injured in vehicle rollover on US 89 near Fairview

February 25, 2020

Section: 10 // District: B Date: 02-24-2020 Time: 20:26 Location: US-89 Mile Post: 281 Travel Direction: South Inv. Agency: Utah Highway Patrol Initial Description:A 1999 Chevy Suburban was traveling South on US-89 near MP 281. A deer stepped out onto the road in the lane of travel. The suburban struck the deer, ran off the […]

Protected: DPS Case #20DP00013

February 20, 2020

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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 […]

Head-on crash on US-189 near Wallsburg

February 18, 2020

DPS Incident Notification 7751 (Crash – Other / Initial Information / Sent: 02-18-2020 15:16) Section: 7 // District: C Date: 02-18-2020 Time: 12:40 Location: US-189 Mile Post: 20 Travel Direction: North Inv. Agency: Utah Highway Patrol Initial Description: On February 18, 2020 at approximately 1240 hours a silver 2004 Toyota Corolla was traveling south on […]

Serious injury on icy I-80

February 17, 2020

At 6:45 on February 17th a single vehicle was traveling eastbound on I-80 at 1100 East. The investigation of the accident determined that a Ford Ranger pickup was traveling too fast for conditions on icy roads. The pickup impacted the right concrete barrier and ejected an unrestrained passenger through the passenger side window, the 22-year-old […]

State Trooper stops a wrong way vehicle. Driver is DUI.

February 17, 2020

On February 16, at approximately 10:49 pm, Highway Patrol Dispatch was notified of a wrong way vehicle. A four door silver sedan was traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes. The vehicle was first reported at mile 104 on I-80. A reponding trooper slowed down traffic as he traveled toward the area of the reported wrong […]

Injury Crash on I-15 NB at MM 48

February 10, 2020

DPS Incident Notification 7737 (Crash – Other / Initial Information / Sent: 02-10-2020 20:38) Section: 11 // District: A Date: 02-10-2020 Time: 18:29 Location: I-15 Mile Post: 48 Travel Direction: North Inv. Agency: Utah Highway Patrol Initial Description: On I-15 near mile 48 Northbound there was a black Jeep Wrangler and a black Peterbuilt semi […]

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 […]

UHP Troopers seize 2,149 THC vape cartridges following a traffic stop near Cedar City

January 30, 2020

Just before midnight Wednesday evening, on I-15 northbound at mile marker 62, a trooper observed the driver of a Chrysler 200 speeding and fail to signal a lane change. He initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and became aware of possible criminal behavior from the two vehicle occupants. An odor of cannabis was present […]

Serious injury crash on SR-165 at 1700 S near Logan,

January 30, 2020

DPS Incident Notification 7717 (Crash – Other / Initial Information / Sent: 01-30-2020 01:30) Section: 1 // District: A Date: 01-29-2020 Time: 22:05 Location: SR-165 1700 S Mile Post: 10 Travel Direction: South Inv. Agency: Utah Highway Patrol Initial Description:Just after 10:00 p.m., the driver of a Chevy Tahoe was southbound on State Route-165 at […]

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 […]

Additional details on the injury crash on I-15 at 6800 S

January 23, 2020

DPS Incident Notification 7710 (Hwy Closure / Initial Information / Sent: 01-23-2020 08:57) Section: 4 // District: E Date: 01-23-2020 Time: 07:29 Location: I-15 Mile Post: 297 Travel Direction: South Inv. Agency: UHP Initial Description:Just prior to 7200 South traffic was quickly slowing. A box truck was rear ended by a flatbed semi truck causing […]

Additional details on the auto pedestrian crash on SR-224 in Park City

January 23, 2020

DPS Incident Notification 7709 (Crash – Other / Initial Information / Sent: 01-23-2020 08:54) Section: 7 // District: A Date: 01-23-2020 Time: 06:39 Location: SR-224, Lame Dog Lane Mile Post: 5.9 Travel Direction: North Inv. Agency: Utah Highway Patrol Initial Description:On January 23 2020 at 06:39, A female pedestrian was crossing SR-224 near Lame Dog […]

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 […]

Additional details on the fatal crash at MM 16 on SR-18.

January 14, 2020

DPS Incident Notification 7696 (Crash – Fatal / Initial Information / Sent: 01-14-2020 18:14) Section: 12 // District: A Date: 01-14-2020 Time: 13:38 Location: SR-18 Mile Post: 15 Travel Direction: North Inv. Agency: UHP Initial Description:On 1/14/2020 at approximately 13:38 hours, Dispatch advised of a head on collision on SR-18 near milepost 15. A four […]

Statement on the Passing of Chief O’Neal

January 13, 2020

Department of Public Safety Commissioner Jess L. Anderson released the following statement on the passing of Chief William “Bill” O’Neal: “I was saddened to hear of Chief William “Bill” O’Neal’s passing. Chief O’Neal was a tremendous example of a leader in law enforcement and our partner in public safety. He was an example and friend […]

Tulare County California Homicide Suspects Arrested Near Green River Last Night

January 6, 2020

DPS Incident Notification 7683 (Pursuit / Supplemental Information / Sent: 01-05-2020 22:59) Section: 9 // District: C Date: 01-05-2020 Time: 20:00 Location: Interstate 70 and SR 19 JCT Mile Post: 0 Travel Direction: West Inv. Agency: UHP Initial Description:A UHP Trooper and several Grand & Emery County Deputies located a vehicle wanted in connection to […]

Trooper Struck While Investigating Roll Over In Provo Canyon

January 1, 2020

While Troopers were investigating a roll over crash on SR-92 near mile marker 26, a Trooper was hit by another vehicle. the original call was for a white SUV who was travel westbound in the area. The white SUV slid off the road to the right and turned upside down in the North Fork of […]

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 […]

Multiple crashes Point of the Mountain to American Fork with Trooper involved accident

December 29, 2019

There are dozens of crashes due to black ice from Mile 275 to Mile 287 on I-15 in both directions. Troopers are handling them as fast as they can. Avoid the area, slow down. If you are involved in an accident, move off the road to the nearest exit if you are able. UHP Trooper […]

Clarification on Firefighters deployed to Australia

December 26, 2019

DPS is aware of the reports regarding Firefighters from the state of Utah being deployed to assist with fire fighting efforts in Australia. To avoid any confusion we want to clarify that this is not part of a State of Utah coordinated effort. The best information DPS currently has is this is part of a […]

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 […]

Details on the officer involved shooting in Emery County

December 21, 2019

At about 5:15 pm on Saturday, December 21st, 2019, Emery County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center received information on a possible DUI driver. When the vehicle pulled over, a male driver exited the vehicle and pointed a handgun in the direction of the Emery County Deputy. The male driver got back into the vehicle and the […]

Be REAL ID Ready

December 19, 2019

If you travel for the holidays, this time next year you’ll need to add a new item to your packing list: a gold star on your license. Starting October 1, 2020 any American traveling by air above the age of 18 will need a REAL ID- compliant driver’s license or another acceptable form of ID […]

Additional details on the four teenagers critically injured in the Richfield area crash.

December 17, 2019

DPS Incident Notification 7655 (Crash – Other / Initial Information / Sent: 12-17-2019 15:00) Section: 10 // District: B Date: 12-17-2019 Time: 12:06 Location: CC Road/Richfield Mile Post: Travel Direction: East Inv. Agency: Utah Highway Patrol Initial Description:A silver/gray Jeep Cherokee was traveling East on the CC Road just west of Richfield. The CC Road […]

Additional details on the fatal crash on I-84 EB MM 106

December 16, 2019

DPS Incident Notification 7651 (Crash – Fatal / Initial Information / Sent: 12-16-2019 13:37) Section: 2 Date: 12-16-2019 Time: 08:22 Location: I-84 Mile Post: 106 Travel Direction: East (An earlier Tweet put out by UHP incorrectly stated westbound) Inv. Agency: UHP Initial Description:A vehicle was eastbound on I-84 near mile post 106. The vehicle went […]

Fatal crash on U.S. 6 between Price and Green River

December 11, 2019

DPS Incident Notification 7643 (Crash – Fatal / Initial Information / Sent: 12-11-2019 18:02) Section: 9 // District: A Date: 12-11-2019 Time: 14:35 Location: US-6 Mile Post: 273 Travel Direction: South/East Inv. Agency: UHP Initial Description:On Wednesday (11 December 2019) at approximately 1435 hours an eastbound 2019 White Chevrolet Colorado pickup occupied by a single […]

Fatal crash on I-70 near the Colorado border.

December 11, 2019

DPS Incident Notification 7642 (Crash – Fatal / Supplemental Information / Sent: 12-11-2019  15:10) Section: 13 // District: A Date: 12-11-2019 Time: 09:11 Location: I-70 Mile Post: 223 Travel Direction: East Inv. Agency: UHP Initial Description:        At approximately 09:11 hrs today, a white Chevrolet Malibu with Utah plates with two male occupants […]

Fatal crash on I-84 EB MM 96 in Morgan County.

December 9, 2019

DPS Incident Notification 7638 (Crash – Fatal / Initial Information / Sent: 12-10-2019 01:31) Section: 2 // District: D Date: 12-10-2019 Time: 22:54 Location: I-84 Mile Post: 96 Travel Direction: East Inv. Agency: UHP Initial Description:A 2007 International Harvester was traveling eastbound at the Peterson overpass in Morgan County. The truck was pulling a 53 […]

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. […]

Major Crash on I-15 SB in Springville

December 5, 2019

DPS Incident Notification 7634 (Crash – Other / Initial Information / Sent: 12-05-2019 17:04) Section: 6 // District: A Date: 12-05-2019 Time: 16:10 Location: I-15 Springville Mile Post: 259 Travel Direction: South Inv. Agency: UHP Initial Description:A pickup ran out of gas and stopped on the left shoulder, and the occupants arranged for a ride […]

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 […]

Fatal crash at milepost 34 on SR-89

December 1, 2019

DPS Incident Notification 7623 (Crash – Fatal / Initial Information / Sent: 12-02-2019 00:48) Notification Made By: Sgt. Lamar Heaton Section: 12 // District: C Date: 12-01-2019 Time: 19:20 Location: SR-89 Mile Post: 34 Travel Direction: North Inv. Agency: UHP Inv. Officer: UHP Initial Description: A Ford van was southbound on SR-89 at a high […]

Crash with serious injuries near milepost 230 on northbound I-15

December 1, 2019

DPS Incident DPS Incident Notification 7621 (Crash – Other / Initial Information / Sent: 12-01-2019 21:53) Notification Made By: Lt. Scott Robertson Section: 14 Date: 12-01-2019 Time: 19:44 Location: I-15 Mile Post: 230 Travel Direction: North Inv. Agency: UHP Inv. Officer: UHP Initial Description: A 2008 Chevrolet Malibu was northbound on I-15 in moderate to […]

Semi with doubles overturned NB I-15 near mm 282

November 30, 2019

On Saturday, November 30th, 2019, around 1024 hours, a semi with doubles–transporting butane–has overturned in Lehi near milepost 282, I-15 northbound. One of the tanks is leaking. Both directions of I-15 are closed for the cleanup and evacuation process. The butane is currently being offloaded to another tanker in order to get I-15 open. More […]

UHP Sergeant Struck Near Milepost 100 on I-15 Southbound

November 29, 2019

At approximately 3:40 pm on Friday, November 29th, 2019, UHP Sergeant David Bairett was attempting to slow traffic near milepost 100 on southbound I-15 when he was struck by a vehicle in a head-on fashion. Both Sergeant Bairett and the driver of the other vehicle are not injured but it was quite an impact. Please […]

Additional details on the fatal crash on I-15 NB at MM 358

November 27, 2019

DPS Incident Notification 7616 (Crash – Fatal / Initial Information / Sent: 11-27-2019 17:09) Section: 1 // District: 0 Date: 11-27-2019 Time: 11:16 Location: I-15 Mile Post: 358 Travel Direction: North Inv. Agency: Utah Highway Patrol Initial Description:The driver of a 2014 Ford Fusion was traveling northbound on I-15 near milepost 358-north of the Willard […]

Trooper Coy Dash Cam

November 26, 2019

Crash Information Date: 11-25-2019 Time: 22:09 Location: I-15 southbound 14600 South Mile Post: 288 Travel Direction: South Trooper Coy was investigating a crash blocking the HOV lane on I-15 southbound at 14600 South.   While on scene a small passenger car lost control and struck a van on scene.  The impact caused the vehicle to then spin […]

Trooper Rugg Dash Cam

November 26, 2019

Crash Information Date: 11-26-2019 Time: 19:35 Location: 7200 South I-15 Northbound Mile Post: 298 Travel Direction: North  At approximately 1935 hours, Trooper Riley Rugg was investigating a non-movable crash on I-15 Northbound near 7200 South on the right.  Rugg was out of his vehicle and another vehicle lost control and struck the back of the patrol SUV pushing it […]

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 […]

Single Vehicle Fatal Crash

November 23, 2019

Around 6:00am, a tan Ford Ranger was traveling north on I-15 near mile post 143. The road curves gradually to the right, however, the driver continued in a straight line off the left side of the road. The driver over steered back to the right, crossing all travel lanes. Just prior to leaving the road […]

Fatal crash on I-15 SB at 2100 S in Salt Lake City

November 22, 2019

DPS Incident Notification 7596 (Crash – Fatal / Supplemental Information / Sent: 11-22-2019 04:49) Section: 4 // District: B Date: 11-22-2019 Time: 23:37 Location: I-15 Sb 2100 S Mile Post: 305 Travel Direction: South Inv. Agency: UHP Initial Description:Traffic was slowing due to construction lane closures in the area. For an unknown reason, the driver […]

Fatal crash US 40 WB to I-80 WB

November 21, 2019

DPS Incident Notification 7594 (Crash – Fatal / Initial Information / Sent: 11-21-2019 14:07) Section: 7 // District: A Date: 11-21-2019 Time: 11:37 Location: US 40 WESTBOUND FLYOVER TO I-80 WB Mile Post: 0 Travel Direction: West Inv. Agency: UHP Initial Description:Today at approximately 11:37 hours a 2 axle Dump Truck was traveling westbound on […]

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. […]

New Utah County Driver License Office

November 18, 2019

The Driver License Division (DLD) is opening 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 Driver License Office in Springville will […]

Additional details on the fatal crash on U.S. 40 near MM 29

November 15, 2019

DPS Incident Notification 7578 (Crash – Fatal / Initial Information / Sent: 11-15-2019 13:48) Section: 7 // District: A Date: 11-15-2019 Time: 10:28 Location: US 40 Mile Post: 29 Travel Direction: East Inv. Agency: UHP Initial Description:At approximately 10:28 hours, a white Dodge Ram pickup was traveling eastbound on US 40 near milepost 29. Multiple […]

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 […]

Fatal incident 14600 S I-15 NB

November 9, 2019

DPS Incident Notification 7567 (Crash – Fatal / Supplemental Information / Sent: 11-09-2019 09:00) Section: 7 // District: Date: 11-09-2019 Time: 06:30 Location: 14600 South I-15 Northbound Mile Post: 288 Travel Direction: North Inv. Agency: UHP Initial Description:On Saturday, November 9, 2019 at approximately 0630 hours, a passenger vehicle traveling North on I-15 near the […]

Fatal Crash MM 100 U.S. 40 near Myton

November 6, 2019

DPS Incident Notification 7558 (Crash – Fatal / Initial Information / Sent: 11-06-2019  09:11) Section: 5 // District: B Date: 11-06-2019 Time: 07:25 Location: SR-40 Mile Post: 100 Travel Direction: West Inv. Agency: UHP Initial Description:        A Honda Civic was traveling westbound on US-40 at MM 100.  A semi tractor pulling a […]

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 […]

Fatal crash 8 miles east of Green River on I-70

October 28, 2019

DPS Incident Notification 7538 (Crash – Fatal / Initial Information / Sent: 10-28-2019 16:04) Section: 9 // District: A Date: 10-28-2019 Time: 13:10 Location: I-70 Mile Post: 172 Travel Direction: East Inv. Agency: UHP Initial Description:On Monday: 28 October 2019 at approximately 1310 hours an eastbound 1999 Blue Lincoln Town Car was traveling on I-70 […]

Double fatal on I-70 near Green River

October 28, 2019

DPS Incident Notification 7537 (Crash – Fatal / Initial Information / Sent: 10-27-2019  22:20) Section: 9 // District: A Date: 10-27-2019 Time: 15:55 Location: I-70 Mile Post: 157 Travel Direction: West Inv. Agency: UHP Initial Description:        A white 2003 Ford Excursion with Colorado temporary registration was traveling west in the number one […]

Additional details on a serious crash on I-15 at MM 279 in Utah County on Friday night

October 28, 2019

DPS Incident Notification 7529 (Crash – Other / Initial Information / Sent: 10-26-2019  01:16) Section: 6 // District: D Date: 10-25-2019 Time: 22:54 Location: I-15 Mile Post: 279 Travel Direction: North Inv. Agency: UHP Initial Description:        A silver hatchback driven by a 19 yr old female was northbound on I-15 near MM […]

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 […]

Serious five car crash at mile 338 on I-15

October 24, 2019

Heavy traffic with multiple vehicles were following too close and traveling too fast causing a chain reaction crash on I-15 in Weber county today at 2:50 pm. Five people were transported to area hospitals with minor injuries. One adult female was transported by helicopter in critical condition. Most of I-15 southbound was closed for one […]

Fatal crash on Ephraim Canyon Road

October 22, 2019

DPS Incident Notification 7515 (Crash – Fatal / Initial Information / Sent: 10-21-2019 22:30) Section: 10 // District: B Date: 10-21-2019 Time: 17:34 Location: Ephraim Canyon Road Mile Post: Travel Direction: East Inv. Agency: Utah Highway Patrol Initial Description: A 2016 Suzuki motorcycle was headed up Ephraim Canyon Road at a high rate of speed. […]

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 […]

Double fatal crash – Legacy Parkway MM 10

October 19, 2019

DPS Incident Notification 7508 (Crash – Fatal / Initial Information / Sent: 10-19-2019 16:48) Section: 3 // District: A Date: 10-19-2019 Time: 11:28 Location: MM 10 Legacy Parkway Mile Post: 10.3 Travel Direction: South Inv. Agency: Utah Highway Patrol Initial Description: On 10/19/2019 at 1128 hours a head on crash was dispatched at southbound Legacy […]

Fatal Crash on SR-9 MM 1.2

October 11, 2019

DPS Incident Notification 7491 (Crash – Fatal / Initial Information / Sent: 10-11-2019 17:41) Section: 12 // District: B Date: 10-11-2019 Time: 11:44 Location: SR-9 Mile Post: 1.2 Travel Direction: East Inv. Agency: UHP Initial Description: On October 11, 2019, at about 1144 hours, eastbound traffic was stopped at a red light at the intersection […]

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 […]

Details on the fatal crash at SR-147 MM 3

October 7, 2019

DPS Incident Notification 7485 (Crash – Fatal / Supplemental Information / Sent: 10-07-2019 21:08) Section: 6 Date: 10-07-2019 Time: 17:15 Location: 8033 S 5600 W: SR147 Mile Post: 3.5 Travel Direction: North Inv. Agency: Utah Highway Patrol Initial Description: A 1975 blue Ford F25 and a 2004 white Chevy Silverado were both traveling northbound on […]

Injury crash on SR-6 MM 193

October 7, 2019

DPS Incident Notification 7484 (Hwy Closure / Initial Information / Sent: 10-07-2019 18:49) Section: 6 // District: D Date: 10-07-2019 Time: 17:34 Location: SR-6, Spanish Fork Canyon Mile Post: 193 Travel Direction: West Inv. Agency: Utah Highway Patrol Initial Description: A dump truck pulling a flatbed trailer with a front end loader was westbound on […]

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.”? […]

E-Skimming

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 […]

Phishing

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 […]

DPS Releases the 2018 Crime in Utah Report

October 1, 2019

Our Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCI) team has worked hard to gather and confirm 2018 crime data from 130 law enforcement agencies across the state.  This report gives a glimpse into the state of crime in our communities and it is important to our Department that this report be released in a timely manner each […]

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 […]

Fatal crash near MM 294 on SR-6

September 29, 2019

DPS Incident Notification 7462 (Crash – Fatal / Initial Information / Sent: 09-29-2019 19:36) Notification Made By: Lt. Chris Parkins Section: 9 // District: Date: 09-29-2019 Time: 15:53 Location: SR-6 Mile Post: 294 Travel Direction: East Inv. Agency: Utah Highway Patrol Initial Description: A white 1994 Infiniti was eastbound on SR-6 near milepost 294. The […]

UHP sergeant struck on I-15 near MM 398

September 28, 2019

DPS Incident Notification 7457 (Crash – DPS Involved / Initial Information / Sent: 09-28-2019 19:44) Notification Made By: Lt. Lee Perry Section: 1 // District: 0 Date: 09-28-2019 Time: 13:36 Location: I-15 Mile Post: 398 Travel Direction: North Inv. Agency: Box Elder County Sheriff Office and UHP Initial Description: On Saturday, Sept 28th at approximately […]

Fatal crash MM 102 SR-24

September 27, 2019

Notification Made By: UHP Section: 9 // District: B Date: 09-27-2019 Time: 10:00 Location: SR-24 Mile Post: 102 Travel Direction: East Inv. Agency: Utah Highway Patrol Initial Description: On 9/27/19 at about 1000 hours on SR-24 near mile post 102, 13 miles west of Hanksville, a blue Volkswagen Jetta was driving east when it slowed […]

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 […]

Fatal crash I-15 NB at MM 349 in Farr West

September 24, 2019

DPS Incident Notification 7444 (Crash – Fatal / Initial Information / Sent: 09-24-2019 02:23) Section: 2 // District: Date: 09-23-2019 Time: 21:27 Location: I-15 Mile Post: 350 Travel Direction: North Inv. Agency: UHP Initial Description: The driver of a gray 2000 Honda Odyssey was northbound on I-15 near mile post 350. For an unknown reason, […]

Fatal motorcycle crash on I-70 at MM 28 near Elsinore

September 19, 2019

DPS Incident Notification 7431 (Crash – Fatal / Supplemental Information / Sent: 09-19-2019 16:45) Section: 10 // District: B Date: 09-19-2019 Time: 12:50 Location: I-70 Mile Post: 28 Travel Direction: East Inv. Agency: Utah Highway Patrol Initial Description: An operator and his motorcycle were traveling east on I-70 near MM 28. The wind was blowing […]

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 […]

Details on a fatal crash, semi vs truck, US-6 MM 226

September 13, 2019

DPS Incident Notification 7416 (Crash – Fatal / Initial Information / Sent: 09-13-2019 08:28) Section: 9 // District: Date: 09-13-2019 Time: 03:18 Location: SR-6 Mile Post: 226 Travel Direction: West Inv. Agency: UHP Initial Description: A Blue Freightliner tractor-trailer was westbound on SR-6 near milepost 226 when it attempted to pass a slower tractor-trailer in […]

Additional details on the auto-ped incident I-15 NB at University Pkwy.

September 13, 2019

DPS Incident Notification 7415 ( Possible suicide / Initial Information / Sent: 09-13-2019 07:56) Section: 6 // District: 0 Date: 09-13-2019 Time: 05:58 Location: I-15 Mile Post: 269 Travel Direction: North Inv. Agency: Utah Highway Patrol Initial Description: At approximately 05:52 hours this date, dispatch received a call of a body lying in the road […]

Is Your Child Safe? 60% of Car Seats Are Installed Incorrectly

September 5, 2019

Traffic safety partners celebrate CPS Week with free car seat inspections  WHAT: Media are invited to the Salt Lake County Health Department’s car seat class to learn more about Child Passenger Safety (CPS) week and the importance of car seat checks.  For children under the age of 13 in the United States, motor vehicle crashes […]

Additional details on the overnight fatal crash at 14800 S I-15 NB

September 5, 2019

DPS Incident Notification 7394 (Crash – Fatal / Initial Information / Sent: 09-05-2019 00:45) Section: 4 // District: G Date: 09-04-2019 Time: 22:54 Location: I-15 Mile Post: 287 Travel Direction: North Inv. Agency: UHP Initial Description: On Wed Sept 4, 2019 at approx. 2254 hrs, a UPS semi truck hauling double trailers experienced an air […]

How does government plan for an earthquake?

September 4, 2019

Let’s start by talking about transportation After an earthquake… Where do you land airplanes with relief supplies and equipment? Ideally, Salt Lake City International Airport. But… that airport is in a high liquefaction zone. What if it’s not available? Hill Air Force Base is close, and its location is less susceptible to liquefaction.But… any supplies […]

Additional Details: Fatal Crash I-80 MM 81

September 3, 2019

A 2000 Chevy Blazer and a Freightliner tractor with trailer were traveling westbound on I-80 at approximately mile post 81. The Blazer was traveling at approximately 35 mph due to a separated tire. The Freightliner tractor trailer was traveling at approximately 75 mph. The Freightliner ran into the rear of the slower moving Blazer, causing […]

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 […]

Body Cam Footage of California Kidnapping Suspects Caught in Southern Utah

August 13, 2019

On July 30th, 2019, sisters, eight-month old, Emma, and twenty-month old, Darla Yonko, were taken from their Riverside, California home. On July 31st, 2019, Los Angles based FBI Agents with the Riverside Resident Agency – Violent Crimes Against Children Task Force asked State Highway Patrol Troopers to be on the lookout for a 1982 blue […]

Remembering our friend, Battalion Chief Matthew Burchett

August 13, 2019

One year ago today, the State of Utah received devastating news: One of our state’s firefighters, who had deployed to California to assist during their terrible fire season, had been killed in the line of duty while fighting the Mendocino Complex Fire. Our collective breaths stopped. We couldn’t believe it. Our friend, Draper Battalion Chief […]

Fatal crash on I-15 at MM 179 near Holden

August 12, 2019

DPS Incident Notification 7317 (Crash – Fatal / Initial Information / Sent: 08-12-2019  11:22) Section: 14 // District: B Date: 08-12-2019 Time: 07:20 Location: I-15 Mile Post: 179 Travel Direction: South Inv. Agency: UHP Initial Description:         The driver of a Ford RV Conversion Vehicle was traveling south on I-15 when he lost […]

UHP Releases Strategic Plan

August 12, 2019

Fatal Motorcycle Crash on SR-143 MM 50.5 near Panguitch

August 9, 2019

DPS Incident Notification 7309 (Crash – Fatal / Initial Information / Sent: 08-08-2019 17:55) Section: 10 // District: B Date: 08-08-2019 Time: 16:48 Location: SR-143 Mile Post: 50.5 Travel Direction: South Inv. Agency: Utah Highway Patrol Initial Description: A Toyota pickup was traveling north on SR-143 MP 50.5. A motorcycle was traveling south in the […]

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 […]

Additional details and photos – Fatal Crash MM 67 I-15 SB near Enoch

August 2, 2019

DPS Incident Notification 7287 (Crash – Fatal / Supplemental Information / Sent: 08-02-2019 07:56) Section: 11 // District: A Date: 08-02-2019 Time: 04:04 Location: I-15 Mile Post: 67 Travel Direction: South Inv. Agency: UHP Section 11 Initial Description: A black 1994 Mercedes-Benz was traveling south on I-15 when the vehicle drifted onto the white fog […]

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 […]

Double fatal crash on US-6 in Utah County near milepost 206

July 27, 2019

Notification Made By: Sgt. Cameron Roden Section: 6 // District: B Date: 07-26-2019 Time: 20:27 Location: SR-6 Mile Post: 206.3 Travel Direction: East Inv. Agency: Utah Highway Patrol Initial Description: On Friday, July 26, 2019, at about 2027 hours, a tan Chevy Silverado was traveling eastbound on SR-6 at mile post 206.3 in the no.1 […]

Fatal Crash on SR-21 MM 94, 4 Miles East of Minersville.

July 25, 2019

DPS Incident Notification 7267 (Crash – Fatal / Initial Information / Sent: 07-25-2019 19:58) Section: 11 // District: B Date: 07-25-2019 Time: 14:38 Location: SR-21, 4 miles east of Minersville Mile Post: 94 Travel Direction: East Inv. Agency: Utah Highway Patrol Initial Description: At about 1438 hours a white Chevrolet Blazer was traveling eastbound on […]

16-Year Old Unlicensed Driver in Serious Condition Following I-15 Rollover

July 25, 2019

DPS Incident Notification 7266 (Crash – Other / Initial Information / Sent: 07-25-2019 13:22) Section: 11 // District: B Date: 07-25-2019 Time: 04:40 Location: I-15, 11 miles south of Beaver Mile Post: 98 Travel Direction: South Inv. Agency: Utah Highway Patrol Initial Description: At about 0440 hours this morning a gray Nissan Rogue, driven by […]

Critical Injury Crash on I-15 near Beaver, UT

July 24, 2019

DPS Incident Notification 7263 (Crash – Other / Initial Information / Sent: 07-24-2019 20:41) Section: 11 // District: B Date: 07-24-2019 Time: 17:19 Location: I-15 Mile Post: 125 Travel Direction: North Inv. Agency: UHP Initial Description: At approximately 17:19 hours, a maroon Chevrolet Tahoe was northbound on I-15 near milepost 125. The area was raining […]

Serious Injury Crash I-15 in Springville MP 262

July 22, 2019

At approximately 10:15 hours a female driver left her lane and struck another vehicle to her right. She then shot left and struck the wall. She was extricated and transported to an area hospital with serious to critical injuries. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

Fatal crash near Toquerville

July 22, 2019

On July 21, 2019, at about 2049 hours, a small Chevy pickup truck was traveling eastbound on SR-17. The driver of the pickup was a 17-year-old female with a learner’s permit. There were four other passengers in the truck as well. Near milepost 4 (Toquerville) the driver failed to negotiate the swooping turn that leads […]

Millard County Fatal Crash 7/19/2019

July 20, 2019

Date: 07-19-2019 Time: 08:20 Location: SR-6 Mile Post: 84 Travel Direction: West Inv. Agency: UHP Inv. Officer: Jeff Rowell Initial Description: A blue Dodge pickup was traveling north on SR-257, approaching the intersection with SR-6. The driver of the blue pickup did not stop, and did not appear to attempt to slow or stop at […]

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 […]

Facial Recognition in Utah

July 8, 2019

The Facial Recognition System used by the Utah Statewide Information and Analysis Center (SIAC) is designed to be used in conjunction with an official law enforcement investigation. Law enforcement officers/agencies must provide information demonstrating an active investigation is ongoing. A case/department/intelligence report number and type of criminal investigation are required with every request for facial recognition […]

Protected: July 7th crash in Parley’s Canyon Dash Cam Video

July 8, 2019

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What do the California earthquakes mean for Utah? FAQ post

July 6, 2019

On July 4, 2019, a magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck the area of Ridgecrest, California. There was a 5 percent chance that a larger earthquake could happen. On July 5, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck, showing that small percentages can still come to pass. These earthquakes are causing Utahns to ask what this means for Utahns. […]

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 […]

Fatal Crash SR-191 MM 82 near Monticello

July 1, 2019

DPS Incident Notification 7196 (Crash – Fatal / Supplemental Information / Sent: 07-01-2019 18:30) Section: 13 // District: 0 Date: 07-01-2019 Time: 12:21 Location: SR-191 Mile Post: 82 Travel Direction: South Inv. Agency: UHP Initial Description: SR-191 at Mile Post 82, approximately 10 miles North of Monticello. A Ford F-350 4 door work truck flat […]

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 […]

2019 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics

June 20, 2019

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

Fatal incident – semi vs. pedestrian, I-15 NB MM 356

June 14, 2019

DPS Incident Notification 7157 (Crash – Fatal / Initial Information / Sent: 06-14-2019 07:04) Section: 1 // District: C Date: 06-14-2019 Time: 05:15 Location: I-15 Mile Post: 356 Travel Direction: North Inv. Agency: Utah Highway Patrol Initial Description: At 0515 Box Elder Dispatch received phone calls of an auto-pedestrian crash on I-15 near mile post […]

Fatal crash I-15 NB near Leeds (MM 21.5)

June 13, 2019

DPS Incident Notification 7154 (Crash – Fatal / Initial Information / Sent: 06-13-2019 06:51) Section: 12 // District: B Date: 06-13-2019 Time: 01:30 Location: I-15 Mile Post: 21.5 Travel Direction: North Inv. Agency: UHP Initial Description: On June 13, 2019, at about 0130 hours, there were reports of horses on the freeway on I-15 near […]

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 […]

UHP Memorial Day Weekend – DUI Blitz

May 25, 2019

Memorial Day Weekend kicks off the 100 Deadliest Days on Utah Roadways. In 2017, during the 100 Deadliest Day period, we had 85 fatal crashes with 90 fatalities statewide. In 2018, over the same period, we had a significant increase to 91 fatal crashes with 103 total fatalities statewide. 21 of those 103 fatalities were […]

Fatal Crash 3000 South I-215 West Northbound

May 25, 2019

Notification Made By: Lt. Wade Breur Section: 4 // District: Date: 05-24-2019 Time: 22:47 Location: 3000 South I-215 W northbound Mile Post: 18 Travel Direction: North Initial Description: On May 24, 2019, at approximately 2247 hours, dispatch received a call of a car fire on I-215 West northbound near 3000 South. Troopers arrived and determined […]

Media Availability: State Bureau of Investigation Spokesperson

May 24, 2019

MEDIA Availability: Who/What/Why: Sgt. JT Jensen with the State Bureau of Investigation will be available to provide details to the media on the I-84 homicide, South Idaho manhunt and apprehension of the suspect, Jonathan Llana. When: 8:45 pm, tonight, Friday, May 24th, 2019 Where: On the 1700 East bridge over Interstate 80 near Sugarhouse Park […]

Homicide on I-84 at MM 21 near Snowville

May 23, 2019

DPS Incident Notification 7103 (Homicide  / Initial Information / Sent: 05-23-2019  01:13) Section: 1 // District: 0 Date: 05-22-2019 Time: 20:02 Location: I-84  Mile Post: 21 Travel Direction: West Inv. Agency: UHP /  SBI Initial Description:         At 20:02 DPS Dispatch in Box Elder received a 911 call from the passenger in a […]

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 […]

Fatal crash on I-70 MM 202 near the Colorado boarder

May 21, 2019

DPS Incident Notification 7102 (Crash – Fatal / Initial Information / Sent: 05-21-2019 19:05) Section: 13 // District: 0 Date: 05-21-2019 Time: 14:56 Location: I-70 at Mile Post 202 Mile Post: 202 Travel Direction: East Inv. Agency: Utah Highway Patrol Initial Description: I-70 at Mile Post 202 Eastbound. A Jeep Compass SUV was traveling at […]

Driver in critical condition following rollover on I-84 MM 9

May 21, 2019

DPS Incident Notification 7101 (Crash – Other / Initial Information / Sent: 05-21-2019 09:15) Section: 1 // District: D Date: 05-21-2019 Time: 06:50 Location: I-84 Mile Post: 9 Travel Direction: West Inv. Agency: Utah Highway Patrol Initial Description: At about 0650, we responded to a single car rollover on I-84 at milepost 9. A 2003 […]

Fatal Crash SR-36 MM 61

May 21, 2019

DPS Incident Notification 7100 (Crash – Fatal / Supplemental Information / Sent: 05-21-2019 04:28) Section: 8 // District: A Date: 05-21-2019 Time: 00:26 Location: SR-36 Mile Post: 61 Travel Direction: North Inv. Agency: UHP Initial Description: A black GMC Sierra was traveling northbound on SR-36. It drifted off the right shoulder of the roadway. The […]

Fatal crash on I-15 at MM 110 in Beaver

May 20, 2019

DPS Incident Notification 7098 (Crash – Fatal / Initial Information / Sent: 05-20-2019 16:41) Section: 11 // District: B Date: 05-20-2019 Time: 15:56 Location: I-15 (Beaver) Mile Post: 110 Travel Direction: North Inv. Agency: Utah Highway Patrol Initial Description: At about 1356 hours, a red Dodge Durango was traveling northbound on I-15 near milepost 110, […]

Protected: Video of box truck colliding with a Trooper’s patrol vehicle while the Trooper was conducting a slow-down maneuver.

May 20, 2019

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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 […]

Fatal motorcycle crash on US-6 at MM 298

May 17, 2019

DPS Incident Notification 7082 (Crash – Fatal / Initial Information / Sent: 05-17-2019 02:55) Section: 9 // District: A Date: 05-16-2019 Time: 22:45 Location: US-6 Mile Post: 298 Travel Direction: South/East Inv. Agency: UHP Inv. Officer: Boe Minchey Initial Description: On Thursday night (16 May 2019), at approximately 2245 hours, an eastbound motorcycle with a […]

Wrong way driver successfully intercepted by Davis County Trooper

May 17, 2019

DPS Incident Notification 7083 (Crash – DPS Involved / Initial Information / Sent: 05-17-2019 04:05) Section: 3 // District: C Date: 05-17-2019 Time: 02:30 Location: I-15 Southbound 2600 South Mile Post: 315 Travel Direction: South Investigating Agency: Woods Cross Police Initial Description: Salt Lake Dispatch put out a call of a wrong way driver near […]

Semi Rollover I-80 EB @ I-84 split (Echo Junction)

May 16, 2019

DPS Incident Notification 7080 (Crash – Other / Initial Information / Sent: 05-16-2019 15:25) Section: 7 // District: 0 Date: 05-16-2019 Time: 13:25 Location: I-80 E/B at Echo Junction, I-84 split Mile Post: 168 Travel Direction: East Inv. Agency: Utah Highway Patrol Initial Description: At about 1325 hours, a Saturn Freight semi truck and box […]

Chief Redd and Crime Lab Recognized By U.S Attorney’s Office

May 16, 2019

The U.S. Attorney for Utah hosted its annual Police Week Law Enforcement Awards on May 16, 2019. At the ceremony, 21 local, state and federal agents and agencies were recognized. Two of those receiving recognition were DPS’ State Bureau of Investigation Chief Redd and the Crime Lab. Below are photos from the ceremony and descriptions […]

Fatal Crash on U.S. 40 MM 12

May 15, 2019

DPS Incident Notification 7075 (Crash – Fatal / Initial Information / Sent: 05-15-2019  12:58) Section: 7 // District: 0 Date: 05-15-2019 Time: 10:32 Location: SR-40 Four miles north of Heber City Mile Post: 12 Travel Direction: East Inv. Agency: Utah Highway Patrol Initial Description:         At approximately 1030 hours, a red Honda Civic […]

Fatal crash I-15 NB MM 227 near Nephi

May 2, 2019

DPS Incident Notification 7044 (Crash – Fatal / Initial Information / Sent: 05-02-2019 14:52) Section: 14 // District: A Date: 05-02-2019 Time: 12:18 Location: I-15 Mile Post: 227 Travel Direction: North Inv. Agency: Utah Highway Patrol Initial Description: At 1218 hrs, UHP was notified of a crash on I-15 northbound near mile marker 227. A […]

Utah DEM and Salt Lake City Receive Award in Excellence from Seismic Policy Council

May 1, 2019

The Western States Seismic Policy Council (WSSPC) honored employees of Utah DPS and Salt Lake City Emergency Management for a mitigation program they created to help homeowners with seismic retrofits on homes at extreme risk for earthquakes. Brad Bartholomew, mitigation section manager from the DPS Division of Emergency Management, and Audrey Pierce, manager of Salt […]

Fatal crash involving two semis on US Hwy 6 at MM 279

April 30, 2019

DPS Incident Notification 7036 (Crash – Fatal / Initial Information / Sent: 04-30-2019 07:25) Section: 9 // District: C Date: 04-30-2019 Time: 03:55 Location: SR 6 Mile Post: 279 Travel Direction: East Inv. Agency: UHP Initial Description: A westbound semi tractor trailer crossed the center-line of the highway and struck an eastbound semi tractor trailer […]

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 […]

Fatal auto-ped crash in Kanab

April 17, 2019

DPS Incident Notification 6999 (Crash – Fatal / Initial Information / Sent: 04-17-2019 20:50) Section: 12 // District: C Date: 04-17-2019 Time: 18:54 Location: Intersection of SR-89 and SR-89A Mile Post: 63.9 Travel Direction: West Inv. Agency: Utah Highway Patrol Initial Description: At about 6:54pm, a husband and wife couple were in a crosswalk, crossing […]

Double fatal on SR-132 MM 14

April 17, 2019

DPS Incident Notification 6995 (Crash – Fatal / Initial Information / Sent: 04-17-2019 11:35) Section: 14 // District: A Date: 04-17-2019 Time: 08:52 Location: SR-132 Mile Post: 14 Travel Direction: East Inv. Agency: Utah Highway Patrol Initial Description: On SR-132 mile marker 14, eight miles east of Leamington, in Juab County, a 2002 Chevy Suburban […]

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 […]

Fatal Crash SR-191 MM 122

April 16, 2019

DPS Incident Notification 6987 (Crash – Fatal / Initial Information / Sent: 04-13-2019  23:56) Section: 13 // District: A Date: 04-13-2019 Time: 21:17 Location: SR-191/ Resource Blvd Mile Post: 122 Travel Direction: South Inv. Agency: Utah Highway Patrol Initial Description:        A blue Toyota sedan had stopped in the center turn lane on […]

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 […]

Fatal Crash on I-84 at MM 111

April 9, 2019

DPS Incident Notification 6970 (Crash – Fatal / Initial Information / Sent: 04-08-2019  11:10) Section: 1 // District: C Date: 04-08-2019 Time: 09:15 Location: I-84 Mile Post: 111 Travel Direction: West Inv. Agency: UHP Initial Description:        At 0916 hours on April 8th, 2019, a report of a rollover accident was made to […]

Fatal Crash on SR-40 at MM 152

April 9, 2019

DPS Incident Notification 6966 (Crash – Fatal / Initial Information / Sent: 04-07-2019  18:10) Section: 5 // District: A Date: 04-06-2019 Time: 15:21 Location: SR-40 Mile Post: 152 Travel Direction: East Inv. Agency: UHP Initial Description:        A 93′ blue Chevy pickup, with one occupant, was traveling westbound on SR-40 at MM 152. […]

Injury crash involving tour bus on U.S. 89 near Kanab

April 4, 2019

DPS Incident Notification 6959 (Crash – Other / Initial Information / Sent: 04-04-2019 17:05) Section: 12 // District: C Date: 04-04-2019 Time: 10:22 Location: US 89 Mile Post: 35 Travel Direction: East Inv. Agency: UHP Initial Description: A loaded tour bus was following a 2019 Yukon XL eastbound at the 65mph limit, with several cars […]

January 2019 DUI arrests with 0.050-0.079 BAC levels

April 1, 2019

The Department of Public Safety (DPS) has tallied the statewide 0.050-0.079 blood alcohol content (BAC) DUI numbers for January 2019. The numbers represent arrests by agencies across the state. Statewide there were 844 DUI arrests made in January. Of those 844 arrests, 38 were made on individuals whose BAC results were between 0.050 and 0.079. […]

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 […]

Double fatal near MM 6 SR201

March 27, 2019

DPS Incident Notification 6946 (Crash – Fatal / Initial Information / Sent: 03-27-2019 19:22) Section: 4 // District: B Date: 03-27-2019 Time: 16:42 Location: 9120 West SR 201 Mile Post: 6 Travel Direction: West Inv. Agency: Utah Highway Patrol Initial Description: A white Subaru with two occupants, both male, ages 21 and 26, was headed […]

Injury Crash involving two commercial vehicles MM 99 I-80 EB

March 26, 2019

Section: 8 // District: 0 Date: 03-26-2019 Time: 09:18 Location: I-80 (construction zone) Mile Post: 99 Travel Direction: East Inv. Agency: UHP Initial Description:        At 09:18hrs, a contractor for a portable toilet company was servicing the portable toilets in the construction area of westbound I-80 at the Exit 99 ramp reconstruction project. […]

Two in serious but stable condition following crash in Sardine Canyon

March 22, 2019

DPS Incident Notification 6930 (Crash – Other / Initial Information / Sent: 03-22-2019 12:46) Section: 1 // District: 0 Date: 03-22-2019 Time: 08:59 Location: SR-91 Mile Post: 10 Travel Direction: North Inv. Agency: Utah Highway Patrol Initial Description: A blue 2011 Subaru Impreza (initial reports to the PIO was that it was a Nissan Sentra) […]

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 […]

Fatal Crash MM 11 SR-91

March 19, 2019

DPS Incident Notification 6927 (Crash – Fatal / Initial Information / Sent: 03-19-2019 17:19) Section: 1 // District: 0 Date: 03-19-2019 Time: 14:13 Location: SR-91 Mile Post: 11 Travel Direction: South Inv. Agency: Utah Highway Patrol Initial Description: Our initial call was of head-on collision on SR-91 MM 11 in Sardine Canyon in area known […]

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 […]

Fatal Crash SR-191 MM 79

March 14, 2019

On 3/14/2019, at 07:17 hours, a black 4 door sedan with Colorado plates and two occupant was traveling southbound on SR-191 near mile marker 79 when it lost control and slid sideways into a northbound silver 4 door sedan with two occupants and Utah plates. Impact was made with the front of the silver sedan […]

Fatal incident on SR-6 MM 232

March 13, 2019

At 1855 hours a white tractor trailer flat-bed style vehicle was eastbound on SR-6 near milepost 232. A male pedestrian was walking in the area and had been causing a disturbance. Before troopers could arrive the male appears to have ran in front of the tractor trailer. The front of the tractor trailer impacted the […]

Fatal crash on U.S. Hwy 40 at MM 131 (15 miles west of Vernal)

March 11, 2019

DPS Incident Notification 6902 (Crash – Fatal / Supplemental Information / Sent: 03-11-2019  10:22) Section: 5 // District: A Date: 03-11-2019 Time: 05:30 Location: SR-40  Mile Post: 131 Travel Direction: East Inv. Agency: UHP Initial Description:       A 2005 Chrysler Sebring was traveling westbound on US-40 at MM 131. A 2001 GMC Denali was […]

Fatal crash MM 92 I-80 EB

March 7, 2019

DPS Incident Notification 6893 (Crash – Fatal / Initial Information / Sent: 03-07-2019 16:18) Section: 8 // District: A Date: 03-07-2019 Time: 13:29 Location: I-80 Mile Post: 92 Travel Direction: East Inv. Agency: UHP Initial Description: A green Chevrolet 1500 was traveling eastbound on I-80 in the area of milepost 92. The vehicle went off […]

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 […]

Fatal crash on US 40 MM 52

March 6, 2019

DPS Incident Notification 6892 (Crash – Fatal / Initial Information / Sent: 03-06-2019 18:09) Section: 7 // District: 0 Date: 03-06-2019 Time: 15:15 Location: SR-40 1 mile east of Soldier Creek Turn Mile Post: 52 Travel Direction: East Inv. Agency: Utah Highway Patrol Initial Description: SR-40 in the area of the crash was snowy and […]

You’re Invited to the 2019 DPS Safety Fair!

March 5, 2019

Utah families will have an opportunity to participate in dozens of family friendly activities during the annual Family Safety Fair on Thursday, June 20th from 3-7 p.m. Presented by the Department of Public Safety (DPS), the safety fair will feature free family activities, safety demonstrations, and local favorites and prizes. The fair will take place at […]

Fatal incident/crash SR-147 mile post 10 in Utah County

March 5, 2019

DPS Incident Notification 6888 (Crash – Other / Initial Information / Sent: 03-05-2019 14:13) Section: 6 // District: C Date: 03-05-2019 Time: 11:55 Location: SR-147 Mile Post: 10 Travel Direction: West Inv. Agency: UHP Initial Description: At 11:55 hours a John Deer 520 tractor was traveling West on SR-147 near mile marker 10 when the […]

DPS Employee Appreciation Message

March 1, 2019

A message from Commissioner Jess L. Anderson DPS family,Today, on National Employee Appreciation Day, I want to thank each of you for the many different ways you serve our great state. One of the best parts of my job as Commissioner is getting to meet more of you as I work with each of our […]

DPS Dive Team Trains With California Sheriff’s Office in Ice Diving

February 27, 2019

On Wednesday, February 20th, the Utah Department of Public Safety’s Dive Team hosted the Riverside County (CA) Sheriff’s Office for an extreme training in ice diving at Deer Creek Reservoir. Twenty members from Riverside County SO and DPS’ 10 man team practiced diving and became certified in the icy waters. In the past, the Riverside […]

BYU Police Notice of Intent to Decertify, Investigation & Public Records

February 26, 2019

The Utah Department of Public Safety has issued a notice of intent to decertify Brigham Young University (BYU) Police. Commissioner Jess L. Anderson has sent a letter of notice to police and university administration under Utah Administrative Code Rule 698-4-5. Below are the two documents available to the public. The first letter was issued to […]

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 […]

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

February 15, 2019

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

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 […]

Footage and Report of Mantua Police Chief Arrest

February 14, 2019

The Utah Department of Public Safety is releasing public records associated with the stop and arrest of Mantua City Police Chief Shane Zilles. Below is the redacted report and dash cam video. Please direct any additional inquiries to the UHP PIO at 801-554-5659.

Valentine’s Day seat belt effort

February 14, 2019

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

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Driver License Division

February 13, 2019

Did you know that Utah is consistently in the top 5 states with regard to the number of people who have registered as organ, eye and tissue donors? And that over 99 percent of the people who registered as organ donors last year did so on their driver license or state ID card? On Valentine’s […]

Interview Techniques Class

February 12, 2019

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

DPS Forensic Scientists Honored for Service and Recent Promotions

February 11, 2019

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

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 […]

Fatal crash on SR-91 in Richmond

February 5, 2019

Date: 02-05-2019 Time: 12:41 Location: SR-91 (9400 N.) Mile Post: 38 Travel Direction: South Inv. Agency: Utah Highway Patrol Initial Description: A green Subaru Forester was northbound on SR-91. A tractor pulling 53′ empty box trailer was southbound in the same location. The Subaru lost control on snow covered road, crossed into the southbound lanes […]

Details on the crash involving a semi and a Rich County Deputy.

February 5, 2019

Date: 02-05-2019 Time: 10:32 Location: SR-30 Mile Post: 121 Travel Direction: West Inv. Agency: Utah Highway Patrol Initial Description: Due to slick roads and speeds too fast for those conditions, a semi rolled in Laketown Canyon. A UHP Trooper responded and was investigating. A Rich County Deputy was positioned just east of the crash location […]

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 […]

Crime Lab’s List of Most Frequently Submitted Substances

February 4, 2019

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

UHP is conducting increased speed enforcement on I-15 in Lehi

February 1, 2019

For Immediate Release Speeding through the I-15 Tech Corridor construction becoming a concern UHP is conducting increased speed enforcement on I-15 in Lehi. WHAT: UDOT crews working alongside traffic in the I-15 technology corridor are concerned with an observed increase in speed through the corridor. The construction zone speed limit through the area is 60 […]

Information regarding the DUI arrest of Mantua City Police Chief

January 30, 2019

At about 5 pm on Tuesday, January 29th, 2019, troopers in Cache County observed a Mantua City Police vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed without its emergency lights or siren activated. As troopers approached the speeding vehicle, they observed it struggling to maintain its lane. A traffic stop was initiated at about mile […]

DPS launches new cold case database

January 28, 2019

There are roughly more than 400 cold cases throughout Utah which include homicides, missing persons, and unidentified deceased persons. Last legislative session, Utah lawmakers passed Senate Bill 160 which required all law enforcement agencies in Utah to enter their cold cases and missing persons cases into the database. The Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS) […]

Maidenwater cold case comes full circle with a bittersweet reunion

January 28, 2019

After tireless work and the public’s help, agents with the Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS) have helped murdered cold case victim Lina Reyes-Geddes reunite posthumously with her family. In November, DPS investigators were able to identify the 1998 cold case victim as Lina Reyes-Geddes of Ohio. Since last year, Lina’s sister, who lives in […]

DPS College Degree Recognition

January 28, 2019

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

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 […]

State Crime Lab Forensic Scientist Part of Team Providing Assistance to Puerto Rico After Hurricane Damage

January 24, 2019

Senior Forensic Scientist Manager Jennifer McNair traveled to San Juan, Puerto Rico, with a group of other  laboratory directors, leaders and attorneys general from around the country to assist the Puerto Rico Bureau of Forensic Sciences with the enhancement and restoration of their forensic science services.  The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) and the […]

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 […]

UHP Trooper Recruitment at the Int’l Auto Expo

January 18, 2019

UHP Trooper Recruitment at the Int’l Auto Expo This will be the second year that UHP recruiters have attended this event. Last year’s efforts were very successful in helping us identify new Trooper candidates WHEN: Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, at 10 a.m. WHAT: The United Auto Dealers Association has kindly donated booth space at the […]

One person in critical condition following severe crash on I-15 at MM 230

January 17, 2019

Date: 01-17-2019 Time: 12:30 Location: I-15 Mile Post: 230 Travel Direction: South Inv. Agency: Utah Highway Patrol Initial Description: A Dodge Dakota Truck was traveling north on I-15 near mile marker 230, the roadway conditions were wet and it was raining. The driver lost control and traveled through the median onto the southbound travel lanes. […]

Details on the semi that crashed into a Wellington restaurant

January 16, 2019

Date: 01-16-2019 Time: 06:31 Location: SR-6 Mile Post: 246 Travel Direction: East Inv. Agency: Utah Highway Patrol On 1/16/2018, at approximately 0630 hrs, an eastbound tractor trailer was traveling too fast for existing conditions. The truck left the roadway where it collided with a restaurant. The restaurant was open for business and occupied by the […]

Doing good in disasters: The best way to donate

January 15, 2019

This is part of an occasional series to help Utahns make the best decisions when disaster strikes. Join the conversation on social media with the hashtag #DoingGoodInDisasters. It happens all the time And it happens because we are good people with good intentions. But imagine that a disaster hits a far-off place, such as Texas […]

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 […]

Double fatal head-on crash on SR-6 MM296 near Green River

January 11, 2019

At 0725 hours, on January 11th, 2019, a westbound Ford F150 and eastbound Toyota Camry were in a head-on collision. The driver of the Camry was fatally injured and died at scene. The driver of the Ford truck was transported from the scene by ambulance, but also died from injuries. Fog was moderate at the […]

Planning for disaster: Utah’s Disaster Recovery Restricted Account

January 11, 2019

In 2007, the Utah Legislature created the Disaster Recovery Restricted Account, or DRRA, to help protect state agency budgets should they have unexpected expenses while responding to an emergency. The fund also allows Utah to cover expenses up front for agents of the state deploying on our behalf. If the Utah Division of Emergency Management […]

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 […]

Early morning semi fire temporarily shutdown I-15 SB near Cove Fort.

January 9, 2019

Date: 01-09-2019 Time: 07:47 Location: i-15 Mile Post: 137 Travel Direction: South Inv. Agency: UHP Initial Description: At 0747, this morning a tractor pulling two trailers, caught on fire. The tractor and first trailer were burned. The second trailer was placarded and loaded with Bisulfite. Bisulfite is non combustible, but if involved in a fire […]

Head-on fatal crash at MM 50 on U.S. Hwy 40 near Strawberry

January 8, 2019

Section: 7 Date: 01-08-2019 Time: 09:00 Location: SR-40 30 miles east of Heber City, near Strawberry Mile Post: 50 Travel Direction: East Inv. Agency: Utah Highway Patrol Initial Description: At about 9:00 AM, a red Ford pickup pulling a trailer loaded with flooring product was eastbound on SR-40 at milepost 50. A white GMC pickup […]

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 […]

SBI releases new Rio Grande totals

January 7, 2019

The Department of Public Safety’s State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) released new operation totals since August 2017. The numbers below are a reflection of work by SBI agents since August 2017 to December 31, 2018. Physical Custody Arrests: 484 Drug Dealers Arrests: 387 Federal Indictments: 7 Search Warrants Executed: 43 Heroin: 2,021 Grams/4.6 Pounds Methamphetamine: […]

Fatal crash on I-15 north of Beaver

January 4, 2019

Date: 01-03-2019 Time: 21:28 Location: I-15, 13 Miles North of Beaver Mile Post: 125 Travel Direction: North Inv. Agency: Utah Highway Patrol At about 2125 hours, a semi was traveling southbound on I-15 near milepost 125.8. The semi drifted off the left shoulder for an unknown reason. Troopers are investigating an illness/fatigue as a contributor. […]

Coats and Car Seats: What’s Best for Kids

January 2, 2019

It’s officially winter and the forecast calls for some really low temps. You want to make sure you bundle your kids up to keep them warm. But did you know coats can interfere with proper car seat fit? Though thick outerwear will keep your children warm, it can interfere with the proper harness fit on […]

.05 Frequently Asked Questions

December 28, 2018

The 2017 Utah Legislature passed HB155 “Driving Under the Influence and Public Safety Revisions.” The bill takes effect on December 30, 2018. The following information may be utilized to address inquiries about the new, lower BAC limit. Here are some frequently asked questions presented to our Department.  Below you can download a PDF of the […]

One dead, two others critically injured following crash on Hwy 89 at MM 114

December 26, 2018

Date: 12-26-2018 Time: 18:15 Location: SR-89 Mile Post: 114 Travel Direction: South Inv. Agency: Utah Highway Patrol On 12/26/2018 near 1815 Hours, a black Nissan Altima was turning around on SR-89 near mile post 114. The Nissan Altima was sideways in the lane of travel facing west when it was struck in the passenger side […]

New administration takes the oath of office

December 20, 2018

Governor Gary Herbert and Lt. Governor Spencer Cox joined Department of Public Safety (DPS) employees as they officially welcomed their new leadership. This week new administration, including newly appointed Commissioner Jess L. Anderson and two new Deputy Commissioners, took the oath of office at the Utah Capitol. More than a dozen DPS employees representing several areas […]

Independent State Investigation & Recommendations

December 19, 2018

This investigative review by the Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS) was conducted upon request by the Utah Governor’s Office to examine the interactions and handling of an administrative case involving Melvin Shawn Rowland within the criminal justice system. This independent investigation involved a comprehensive review of multiple agencies, policies, systems and procedures.  Below is […]

Details of last night’s Bountiful semi crash on I-15 NB

December 18, 2018

Shortly after 8 pm on December 17th, a Semi Tractor Trailer was traveling northbound on I-15 near 500 South in West Bountiful, where it traveled off of the freeway to the right, crossed through the gore area of the on-ramp and into the dirt area between the freeway’s fence and a movie theatre parking lot. […]

Cybersecurity is a Shared Responsibility

December 18, 2018

It’s not just the responsibility of governments or CEO’s of large corporations that need to worry about cybercrime. Everyone has a part to play including the average person with a smart-phone. Five tips on cybersecurity for the average person. Top Tips Keep a clean machine. Regularly scan devices for viruses, spyware, keep software up to […]

2018 Division of Emergency Management Awards

December 17, 2018

Pardon us while we brag about some of our awesome employees who did great work on behalf of Utah in 2018. 🙂

What can Utah learn from the Alaska quake?

December 13, 2018

Alaska showed its resilience in the face of a 7.0 earthquake.  Like many, we feared the worst when we heard that a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck near the city of Anchorage, Alaska, Nov. 30. But as the hours ticked by, we received no reports of fatalities and only few injuries. The Verge reports how Alaska’s […]

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

December 12, 2018

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

SR-40 injury crash involving a semi tanker

December 11, 2018

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

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.

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

December 6, 2018

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

Rocky Mountain Interdiction Officer of the Year

December 4, 2018

Trooper Jesse Williams was recently honored by the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (RMHIDTA) as Outstanding Interdiction Officer of the year. Trooper Williams has been a law enforcement officer for over 16 years, and has been a trooper with the Utah Highway Patrol for approximately six years. Since Trooper Williams has been a […]

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

November 30, 2018

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

DPS announces major break in 20-year-old cold case investigation

November 29, 2018

After tireless work and the public’s help, agents with the Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS) have made a major breakthrough in their 1998 cold case investigation. Investigators have identified the victim as Lina Reyes-Geddes of Ohio. For the last 20 years the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) have actively worked on a homicide case […]

Lewiston crash involving a school bus turns fatal.

November 26, 2018

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

DPS statement regarding crash investigation involving Felix Calata

November 26, 2018

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

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

November 21, 2018

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

I-80 Semi fire at MM 181

November 21, 2018

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

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 […]

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

November 20, 2018

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

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

November 20, 2018

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

A Closer Look at the State Crime Lab

November 13, 2018

The Utah Department of Public Safety’s crime laboratory was established in the 1970s to provide criminalistic laboratory service to federal, state, and local law enforcement, prosecuting attorneys and public defenders. The lab is the only full-service forensic lab in the State of Utah, serving over 175 agencies representing Utah’s population. The lab is a physical evident […]

Family’s Story Shows Seat Belts Can Make a Life-Saving Difference

November 13, 2018

Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement will increase during Thanksgiving holiday travel period.  No one ever leaves home thinking they’ll be involved in a crash. But anything can happen at any time, and the best way to help make sure you’ll get home safely is to buckle up every single time you get in […]

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 […]

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

October 28, 2018

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

Preliminary findings of Garden City semi crash.

October 26, 2018

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

Halloween DUI Enforcement

October 26, 2018

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

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

October 23, 2018

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

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

October 22, 2018

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

Move Over Enforcement and Education Project

October 22, 2018

To help increase awareness of Utah’s Move Over law and the importance of giving emergency vehicles the room they need to work safely, the Utah County Section of the Utah Highway Patrol will be conducting a “Move Over” Enforcement and Education Project the week of October 22nd. The project aims to educate the public of […]

New DPS Administration

October 20, 2018

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

Fatal crash overnight on SR-40 at MM 80.5

October 19, 2018

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

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

October 18, 2018

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

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 […]

Governor’s statement on the confirmation of Commissioner Jess Anderson

October 17, 2018

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

Fatal Crash on SR-18 MM 23

October 16, 2018

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

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 […]

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

October 12, 2018

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

Semi Crashes into a Garden City Sporting Goods Store

October 10, 2018

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

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

October 10, 2018

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

Fatal Crash on SR-6 MM 194

October 4, 2018

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

DPS Renews 20-Year-Old Cold Case Investigation

October 2, 2018

WARNING: THE IMAGES BELOW MAY BE FOUND DISTURBING. Agents with the Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS) are asking for the public’s help identifying a murder victim in a cold case homicide from April 1998. The body of the unidentified female was found by a passerby on the side of SR-276 milepost 8, approximately 38 […]

Assisting Our Neighbors In Utah County

September 20, 2018

During the recent fires that have devastated our neighbors in Utah County, the Department of Public Safety (DPS) has helped residents  evacuate their homes and safely move livestock to a safer location. Our Department is humbled to provide residents assistance during the Pole Creek and Bald Mountain Fires. We are also proud to work alongside […]

Top Five Most Common Car Seat Mistakes

September 18, 2018

Ahead of Child Passenger Safety Week, technicians will demonstrate how to correct the five most common mistakes parents make when traveling with their children in car seats.  To kick off Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Week, law enforcement, firefighters and health officials are encouraging parents to make sure their kids are safe in the car. Motor […]

DPS Monthly Highlights

September 12, 2018

The DPS Monthly Highlights are not meant to be comprehensive reports of all of our department’s activities – that would be quite a voluminous publication. While everything that every DPS employee does every day is high-impact, this document seeks to capture various elements of what our Department does each month. The scope of our responsibilities […]

Outreach Officers Celebrate Recovery Day

September 10, 2018

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

SBI Agents Arrest Suspected I-15 Rapist

September 4, 2018

On August 8th, 2018, Utah Highway Patrol troopers were called out to a reported rape near the rest area off of northbound I-15 in Kaysville. Upon arrival, State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) agents were called in to assist with the rape investigation involving a semi-truck driver and a female he originally came in contact with […]

DPS Releases the 2017 Crime in Utah Report

August 29, 2018

Our Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCI) team has worked hard to gather and confirm 2017 crime data from 130 law enforcement agencies across the state.  This report gives a glimpse into the state of crime in our communities and it is important to our Department that this report be released in a timely manner each […]

UHP Urges Drivers: Get Out of Traffic After Minor Crash

August 28, 2018

Rules to follow after a minor crash and why it can save a life Troopers and first responders are willing to put their lives on the line to protect the lives of those in need, however, many times the risk posed to first responders is unnecessary. This is why the Utah Highway Patrol wants to […]

Business Email Compromise: A small business killer

August 15, 2018

In May of 2018 the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) released the IC3 2017 Internet Crime Report. The IC3 stands for the Internet Crimes Complaint Center. It was established in 2000 and has received a total of 4,063,933 complaints since its inception.  The IC3 is a clearinghouse for criminal Internet activity and receives over 800 […]

Meet the Newest Class of 32 Utah State Troopers

August 14, 2018

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

DEM Statement: The passing of Draper Battalion Chief Matt Burchett

August 14, 2018

With the rest of Utah, the Division of Emergency Management is mourning the loss of Draper Battalion Chief Matt Burchett. An expert wildland firefighter, Matt deployed to California earlier this month to support a state in need. He was a leader of one of the two Utah task forces deployed under the Emergency Management Assistance […]

Information on German Citizen Involved in Hwy 89 Motorcycle Crash

August 10, 2018

A group of 8 motorcyclists were traveling east on SR-89. One of the riders remembered that he forgot a bag at the local McDonald’s restaurant so he caught up to the front riders and let them know that he was turning back. He told them he would catch up after he picked up his bag. […]

Interview with UHP on motorcycle safety and fatalities

August 6, 2018

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

Utah Highway Patrol Appoints New Public Information Officer

August 2, 2018

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

Fox13 Dream Team Recognizes DLD Employee

August 1, 2018

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

Inside Crime Scene Academy

July 31, 2018

Each year the Utah Department of Public Safety’s Forensic Services Bureau offers investigators from agencies across Utah and neighboring states the chance to further their knowledge on crime scenes. This year, investigators from Bountiful Police, Centerville Police, Davis County Sheriff’s Office, Cottonwood Heights Police, Murray, Police, American Fork Police, Grantsville Police and the Idaho State […]

Utah hosted a FMCSA SPE class

July 31, 2018

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

Increase in Spear-Phishing Attempts in Utah

July 30, 2018

SITUATIONAL REPORT: ATTEMPTS INVOLVING CORRECT USERNAMES AND PASSWORDS IN UTAH The Statewide Information and Analysis Center (SIAC) has received an increase of complaints of phishing scams involving correct usernames and passwords listed in the email. Summary The Statewide Information and Analysis Center (SIAC) has received an increase of complaints of spear-phishing scams involving the victim’s […]

North Temple DPS Statistics

July 26, 2018

We are two weeks into our coordinated enforcement surge on North Temple.  We have been working with Salt Lake City Police (SLCPD) in attempt to curtail the distribution of narcotics and other criminal activity in the area. State Bureau of Investigation agents and Utah Highway Patrol troopers from the Department of Public Safety and officers from […]

Driver License Division FAQ’S:

July 17, 2018

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

Changes coming to Sanpete & Juab Driver License offices

July 17, 2018

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

Volunteer Victim Advocates Needed

July 10, 2018

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

Disaster closeout: Laub Dam failure 2012

June 29, 2018

SANTA CLARA — The aged Laub Dam, little more than 20 feet high, likely never prompted much thought in the community before Sept. 11, 2012. The earthen structure provided flood control and served as a walkway to get from nearby neighborhoods to Snow Canyon Middle and High schools, as well as a park. More than three […]

2018 Firework Safety & Usage

June 28, 2018

A Message from the Fire Marshal: As we quickly approach our fireworks season, I would like to commend the citizens of Utah in how they have responsibly discharged and enjoyed their fireworks. I would remind everyone as they celebrate the independence of our country and the coming of the Pioneers to our mountain valleys, that they […]

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 […]

Somali Refugee and UHP Cadet Honored by Community

June 21, 2018

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

Safe Summer Driving

June 21, 2018

Today marks the official first day of summer. We know a lot of people will be hitting the road for vacation this summer, and just wanted to share some safe summer driving tips. Utah’s 100 deadliest days started over Memorial Day weekend, and to date, there have been 25 fatalities on Utah’s roads. We want […]

That’s a Wrap! The 2018 DPS Safety Fair

June 19, 2018

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

Governor’s Team Highlights the Driver License Division

June 18, 2018

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

Below the Surface: DPS Dive Team

June 14, 2018

The DPS Dive Team is utilized by agencies across the State of Utah and neighboring states. Due to the equipment assets and the unique diver skill sets, the dive team is often called upon to provide assistance to aquatic homicide investigations and accidental drownings. The dive team performs these functions at no cost to county […]

Join the DPS Family: Become a Dispatcher

June 13, 2018

The Department of Public Safety’s Communications Bureau is looking to hire its next batch of emergency dispatchers to work in its Salt Lake Communications Center. How does a $5,000.00 signing bonus sound? Would you like to have a job that makes a difference? Would you like to help the public and first responders? Would you like […]

Motorcycle Rider Education

June 12, 2018

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

Who are they and what do they do?

June 12, 2018

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

Employee Feature: Facial Recognition Analyst

June 12, 2018

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

Utah is 2018’s 4th Safest State in America

June 11, 2018

According to a recent study by WalletHub, Utah was ranked as the 4th safest state in the United States. In order to help families find the most secure places to settle down, WalletHub compared the 50 states across 48 key metrics. The data set ranges from assaults per capita to unemployment rate to total loss […]

You’re Invited to our Annual Family Safety Fair!

June 7, 2018

Utah families will have an opportunity to participate in dozens of family friendly activities during the annual Family Safety Fair on Thursday, June 7th from 3-7 p.m. Presented by the Department of Public Safety (DPS), the safety fair will feature free family activities, safety demonstrations, and local favorites and prizes. The fair will take place at […]

DPS Announces Sexual Assault Kit Tracking System for Survivors

June 5, 2018

The Department of Public Safety (DPS), along with the Commission on Criminal and Justice (CCJJ) and Rep. Angela Romero will unveil the implementation of House Bill 200. The bill, which was passed in the 2017 legislative session, provided funding to create a statewide sexual assault kit tracking system. The tracking system provides sexual assault survivors […]

U.S. Attorney Huber Honors DPS Troopers and Agents for Impacting Drug Trafficking

May 31, 2018

U.S. Attorney John Huber and his office representing the District of Utah recognized the Department of Public Safety’s troopers and agents for their efforts on drug trafficking in Utah and Nationwide. “The Utah Highway Patrol has exceeded the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (RMHIDTA) expectations for the last five years. According to RMHIDTA […]

Don’t Let Summer Memories End Up in Tragedy

May 29, 2018

Historically, fatal crashes nearly double in the summer compared to the rest of the year. That’s why the days between Memorial and Labor Day get called ‘The 100 Deadliest Days.’ If we can get Utahns to improve their driving, walking, riding behaviors this summer, we will undoubtedly save lives. You can protect yourself and those […]

Oscar Aced the Test!

May 28, 2018

Oscar will turn 5 years old on June 13th and he has a lot to show for himself over the last 5 years.  Oscar grew up behind prison walls in Ohio and was raised by a federal inmate before making his debut in Utah, where he now serves as a Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives […]

The Governor’s Public Safety Summit

May 24, 2018

The eleventh annual Public Safety Summit was hosted by Governor Gary Herbert Wednesday. Bringing hundreds of members of law enforcement, EMS, fire, health care and administrators from all over Utah. The summit discusses ideas and ways to improve public safety by bringing professionals from multiple disciplines of public safety together for two days. This summit […]

Governor’s Award For Excellence: Rio Grande Team

May 18, 2018

Utah Governor Gary Herbert and Lieutenant Governor Spencer J. Cox presented awards during the Governor’s Award for Excellence ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda on May 17, 2018.  The Governor’s Award for Excellence provides an opportunity for state employees to be recognized for outstanding public service and achievements that display dedication to the citizens of Utah. The […]

UHP To Participate in Border to Border Seat Belt Enforcement Operation

May 18, 2018

   Six States Join In One Concentrated Effort to Save Lives Border to Border Operation will focus on seat belt use across state lines On Monday, May 21st, the Utah Highway Patrol will join law enforcement agencies in its five neighboring states and across the United States in mobilizing the Click It or Ticket “Border […]

Statement Regarding Declination of Charges in July 2017 Shooting

May 18, 2018

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

National Home Fire Sprinkler Day

May 18, 2018

“Every year, the majority of fire deaths in North America happen at home,” says Utah Home fire Sprinkler Coalition Chair Don Buckley. “Simply put, that’s unacceptable. There is a solution and it starts with education.” The Utah Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition is taking part in a North America-wide campaign May 19th initiated by the National […]

6th Annual Ride – Utah Fallen Peace Officer Trail

May 17, 2018

On Saturday April 21, 2018 the family of fallen Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) Trooper Eric Ellsworth participated in the 6th annual trail ride in Moab, Utah. The annual ride is to honor the fallen and to help them in a very small way, their families further a part of their lives in the form of […]

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 […]

A Remarkable Milestone: Celebrating 50 Years of Service

May 15, 2018

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

SBI Agents Honored by US Attorney for Operation Rio Grande Efforts

May 15, 2018

State Bureau of Investigation Agents Roy Contreras and Josh Workman received special recognition at the US District courthouse in downtown Salt Lake City. The pair were presented with the United States Attorney’s Award for their efforts in disrupting drug operations as a part of the Operation Rio Grande Drug Task Force. Colonel Brian Redd, who […]

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 […]

2018 Click It or Ticket Campaign Kick Off

May 14, 2018

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

Chase in Southern Utah Leads to Kidnapping Charges for Driver

May 10, 2018

A man was arrested after leading UHP Troopers on a short chase on I-15 in southern Utah. The chase ultimately ended after the SUV collided with a semi-truck. At around 3:30 p.m. Utah Highway Patrol Troopers received reports of a suspicious vehicle traveling southbound on I-15 near Cedar City.  A female passenger inside the black […]

2016 Crime in Utah Report Now Public

May 10, 2018

Our Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCI) team has worked hard to gather and confirm 2016 crime data from 130 law enforcement agencies across the state. This report gives a glimpse into the state of crime in our communities and our goal is to learn from the data provided and move in the right direction.   […]

SBI Assists in Homicide Investigation

April 26, 2018

As the Utah Department of Public Safety we serve as a resource for law enforcement agencies across the state of Utah. From our Utah Highway Patrol troopers assisting at accident scenes to our agents with the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) who provide assistance when called upon by local law enforcement agencies. Whether it is […]

Sunny Skies and Speed Can Be a Dangerous Combination

April 25, 2018

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

3 Questions with Lt. Todd Royce

April 23, 2018

Utah Highway Patrol’s Lt. Todd Royce was recently featured on Fox 13’s ‘3 Questions with Bob Evans’. Their conversation included the bravery troopers have when stopping wrong-way drivers, family life and how to really get out of a ticket. To read the original story, click here.

Commissioner Squires Speaks at National Cyber Conference

April 19, 2018

This week Utah Department of Public Safety Commissioner Keith Squires will be in San Francisco, California for the 2018 RSA Conference. RSA brings the world’s top experts in cybersecurity together. There, Commissioner Squries will participate in a panel discussion on ‘Emerging Strategic and Structural Trends in State Cybersecurity’. Other panelist include Timothy Blute with the […]

ShakeOut, Don’t Freak Out, to Prepare for an Earthquake

April 18, 2018

The ShakeOut is back. In 2012, Utah embarked on an earthquake preparedness campaign to help Utahns get ready for the big one. Following the example of California and other states, Utah joined the ShakeOut movement. Since that time, millions of people have participated in the Great Utah ShakeOut, the only statewide emergency drill in Utah. […]

356 Pounds of Marijuana Seized

April 16, 2018

Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Highway Patrol troopers seized more than 300 pounds of marijuana on I-80 Monday morning. At approximately 7:30 a.m., a Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) trooper stopped a pickup truck on I-80 at milepost 158 for making an improper lane change. After speaking to the driver of the vehicle, the UHP trooper […]

The Consequences of Distracted Driving

April 14, 2018

*The images in this post were taken at a mock car crash and do not depict real victims.* The Utah Highway Patrol and local partners recently staged a mock car crash at Springville High School to give students closer look at the consequences of distracted driving. The head-on car crash included fake blood, broken windows, […]

New DPS Unit Focused on Building Relationships in the Rio Grande District

April 12, 2018

A new Utah Highway Patrol unit is trying to build relationships with the homeless in the Rio Grande neighborhood, but its attention to detail also recently helped reunite a man with the family who had been searching for him for the past two years. Bonnie Kunz, one of five outreach troopers now working the area, […]

DPS Honors Dispatchers for National Public Safety Telecommunications Week

April 10, 2018

We’re happy to celebrate National Public Safety Telecommunications Week. Dispatchers are a vital component to public safety and we’re grateful for the service they provide. Please join the Department of Public Safety this week in recognizing the men and women who work behind the scenes, often without recognition, to answer our 911 calls, dispatch our first […]

A Conversation on School Safety

April 2, 2018

With the recent school shootings in Florida, safety and what can be done is being talked about across the country. Department of Public Safety Commissioner Keith Squires sat down with KSL Radio’s Amanda Dickson and Director of Child and Adolescent Therapy at Wasatch Family Therapy Clair Mellenthin and Former Chief of Staff to Senator Mike Lee/Current […]

Joint Op with SLCPD, West Valley and Murray Police

March 30, 2018

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

UHP Trooper Speaks for the First-time After Being Hit by Vehicle

March 27, 2018

Sgt. Cade Brenchley, a second generation trooper, with the Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) will speak to the media for the first-time since he was struck by a vehicle on Sunday in Sardine Canyon. Sgt. Brenchley was responding to multiple slide offs in the canyon when he was struck from behind by a vehicle driving on […]

A Web of Lies: Jake’s Story

March 22, 2018

It only took five days for an invisible criminal to destroy Jake’s life. Jake was a promising young college student. Generous, thoughtful and a prankster. The Utah native met what he thought was a girl online. She asked for a nude photo. He sent her one. And that’s when his nightmare began. Such cases underscores […]

Coffee with DPS Agents and Troopers

March 21, 2018

Agents and troopers with the Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS) and officers with Salt Lake City Police gathered on Rio Grande Street Wednesday morning to have donuts and coffee with residents. As part of an effort to have an open dialogue with individuals who call the Rio Grande district home, officers from both agencies […]

Determined Trooper Stops Wrong Way Driver

March 21, 2018

This could have been much worse. We’d like to recognize trooper Stanford who put his life on the line to possibly save others. When dispatchers broadcast an attempt to locate a wrong way driver to our troopers, it’s a scary situation. But training prepares our troopers for unpredictable circumstances like these. The dash cam footage in […]

DPS Wants to Know Which Route Will You Choose?

March 14, 2018

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

DPS and U.S. Attorney Announce Operation Rio Grande Indictment

March 12, 2018

SALT LAKE CITY – A four-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Salt Lake City charges James Musa Gama, age 39, of Salt Lake City, with two counts of possession of the synthetic cannabinoid commonly known as “spice” and two counts of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. […]

Commissioner Squires Joins State Leaders to Protect Utah’s Students

March 9, 2018

Department of Public Safety Commissioner Keith Squires has joined the Utah School Safety Commission along with multiple non-partisan volunteers, who bring years of expertise in a wide range of disciplines. The Utah School Safety Commission is dedicated to finding policies to work on one of the most pressing issues the nation is facing: gun violence […]

A Cut Above: The DPS Aero Bureau

March 5, 2018

Our Department’s Aero Bureau is a crucial component to law enforcement and search & rescue operations across Utah. From Logan to remote parts of Garfield county, the team of tactical flight officers and pilots are courageously assisting in search and rescue operations and law enforcement activities.  As the only law enforcement helicopter in the state […]

DPS 2017 Annual Report

March 1, 2018

The 2017 DPS Annual Report is now available! We are excited to highlight the work done by our 11 divisions and our multiple special units during 2017. It was an unprecedented year. We are excited to continue the forward progress in the year to come.      

DPS Agents Serve 23rd Search Warrant of Operation Rio Grande

February 28, 2018

As part of Operation Rio Grande, Department of Public Safety (DPS) State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) Agents served their 23rd search warrant. The warrant was served at a residence in the Glendale area of Salt Lake City on the morning of Tuesday, February 27. Agents became aware of a group of Honduran nationals who were […]

UHP Patrol Car Getting Hit for the Second Time & Updated Storm Totals

February 20, 2018

Storm totals from 12:00 a.m. on Sunday, February 18 to 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 20: Utah and Salt Lake Counties: 552 Davis County: 65 Weber County: 65 Combined total of 682 *No fatalities or major injuries Four UHP trooper patrol cars hit One UDOT IMT unit hit The dash cam video below shows UHP Sgt. […]

Report a Cyber Crime to DPS

February 13, 2018

The Department of Public Safety’s Cyber Crime Unit is made up of agents from two of its divisions: State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) and the Statewide Information and Analysis Center (SIAC). In partnership with the FBI, DPS agents work together as one to combat cyber crimes that affect businesses, state entities and members of our […]

Six Month Rio Grande DPS Task Force Totals

February 6, 2018

The Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Operation Rio Grande Task Force and the DPS Criminal Interdiction team has compiled the following narcotics seized since the start of Operation Rio Grande on August 14. Below is a six month update of the seizures by DPS agents: Operation Rio Grand Task Force Seizures Spice: 75 jars (10 […]

The New York Times Features DPS’ Cyber Crime Efforts

February 5, 2018

The Department of Public Safety and Commissioner Keith Squires were highlighted by the New York Times for their efforts in cyber crime. Read more about why it is critical for businesses and the public to report cyber offenses. “Utah’s chief law enforcement officer was deep in the fight against opioids when he realized that a […]

100 Heroin Balloons and More Seized by DPS Agents

January 23, 2018

In January, the Department of Public Safety’s State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) Narcotics Agents received information related to a Honduran drug trafficking organization responsible for the distribution of heroin and cocaine around the Salt Lake Valley.  Agents were able to identify six subjects associated with the drug trafficking group. After further investigation, SBI Agents were […]

DPS Deploys Cutting Edge Crime Scene Technology

January 22, 2018

3-D technology like the FARO scanner are giving investigators the upper hand when it comes to analyzing crime scenes. Evidence gathering and documentation used to take hours, even days. Now it takes minutes. The FARO scanner allows DPS’ State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) agents to virtually return to the scene and collect data that wasn’t initially picked […]

DPS and UDOT Release Preliminary 2017 Traffic Fatality Numbers

January 17, 2018

 On Wednesday, the Department of Public Safety (DPS) and Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) released preliminary traffic fatality numbers for 2017 and kicked off a new safety campaign aimed at reducing distracted driving.  In 2017 there were 273 lives lost on Utah’s roads. That’s a 2.8% decrease in roadway fatalities from 2016 (281). These fatalities involved: […]

Securing Sundance: How DPS is Helping Local Officers

January 15, 2018

The Utah Department of Public Safety, Statewide Information and Analysis Center (SIAC), is supporting the Park City Police Department in its security planning and preparations for the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Additionally, the SIAC will remain engaged in the security operations throughout the entirety of the festival, providing ongoing criminal and counterterrorism intelligence assistance to aid […]

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 Week 21 Operation Rio Grande Update

January 9, 2018

Significant Updates: Latest statistics: the numbers of jail booked arrests are continuing to decrease as Operation Rio Grande continues. The number of arrests with a use of force was zero during week 21. There were 32 drug-related arrests during this week. Since the operation began on August 14, the grand total jail booked arrests is now […]

Five Newly Promoted to the Ranks of Colonel, Major, Captain and Sergeant

January 9, 2018

Family, friends and peers joined Commissioner Keith Squires and Colonel Michael Rapich as they promoted five fine men to the ranks of Colonel, Major, Captain and Sergeant during the first promotional ceremony of 2018. Commissioner Squires appointed Major Brian Redd to the rank of Colonel to serve as the third Deputy Commissioner at the Department […]

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

January 8, 2018

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

Meet Mike & Ike: A Different K9 Team to Patrol the Rio Grande Neighborhood

January 8, 2018

If life were about “looking the part,” then a Belgian Malinois would almost always win the role of police K-9. The “strong and silent” type would routinely be typecast into roles like searching for suspects and sniffing for drugs. Sometimes, though, officers are in need of a little less fight and a little more finesse. […]

DPS Cyber Crime Unit: Catching an Invisible Criminal

January 4, 2018

The Department of Public Safety’s Cyber Crime Unit is made up of agents from two of its divisions: State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) and the Statewide Information and Analysis Center (SIAC). In partnership with the FBI, DPS agents work together as one to combat cyber crimes that affect businesses, state entities and members of our […]

SBI Refugee Outreach Program Highlights for 2017

January 4, 2018

In November 2015, in response to heightened security concerns surrounding terrorism worldwide, Governor Herbert directed the Utah Department of Public Safety to conduct a review of the federal screening process for refugees and security procedures related to refugee resettlement in Utah. This process led to a partnership between Refugee Services Office (RSO) and Public Safety, […]

Major Crimes Unit: 2017 at a Glance

January 3, 2018

In 2017 the Department of Public Safety’s State Bureau of Investigation’s (SBI) Major Crimes Unit conducted various investigations from cyber crime to assessing threats against individuals and critical infrastructure. SBI Agents also served as liaisons for new refugees in Utah. Here are 2017 year highlights for the unit: During 2017 the State Bureau of Investigation-Evidence […]

DPS Week 20 Operation Rio Grande Report

January 3, 2018

Significant Updates: Latest statistics: the numbers of jail booked arrests are continuing to decrease as Operation Rio Grande continues. The number of arrests with a use of force was zero during week 20. There were 25 drug-related arrests during this week. Since the operation began on August 14, the grand total jail booked arrests is now […]

DPS Week 19 Operation Rio Grande Report

January 3, 2018

Significant Updates: Latest statistics: the numbers of jail booked arrests are continuing to decrease as Operation Rio Grande continues. The number of arrests with a use of force was zero during week 19. There were 23 drug-related arrests during this week. Since the operation began on August 14, the grand total jail booked arrests is now […]

I-70 Greyhound Bus Crash Update

January 1, 2018

On December 31, 2017 at approximately 11:00 p.m. a Greyhound bus traveling westbound from Green River went off the right shoulder of interstate 70 near mile marker 113. The bus traveled into a steep wash and came to rest approximately 200 feet off the interstate. The bus was occupied by 12 passengers and the driver. A 13 […]

DPS & Utah Poison Control Center Warn About “SPICE” Product Sold at Local Stores

December 21, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY – The Department of Public Safety (DPS)  along with the Utah Poison Control Center (UPCC) are issuing a warning regarding a product labeled as “CBD” oil that is being sold at area smoke shops.  Since early November, the UPCC has received numerous calls about people becoming ill after using the oil. Adverse […]

Utah Firefighters Returning Home from California Wildfires

December 20, 2017

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

UHP and UDOT Provide Safe Winter Driving Tips

December 20, 2017

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

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 Week 18 Operation Rio Grande Report

December 18, 2017

Significant Updates: Latest statistics: the numbers of jail booked arrests are continuing to decrease as Operation Rio Grande continues. The number of arrests with a use of force was zero during week 18. There were 35 drug-related arrests during this week. Since the operation began on August 14, the grand total jail booked arrests is now […]

DPS Releases 2017 Interdiction Totals

December 18, 2017

“All crimes, all threats, all hazards.” (SALT LAKE CITY)— The Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Troopers and Agents had a busy year across the state of Utah. From arresting homicide suspects to seizing hundreds of pounds of drugs; there is no crime, threat or hazard DPS officers do not come across. In 2017, the Department […]

Family Shares the Devastating Impacts of Drunk Driving

December 15, 2017

Law enforcement will increase DUI patrols December 15th – January 1st to help everyone get home safely In 2015 a poor choice changed their life in an instant when a drunk driver hit and killed their 27 year-old son Michael. They don’t want other families to endure the same pain. “This did not need to […]

Operation Rio Grande Op Results in 40 Arrests

December 13, 2017

Agents with the Utah Department of Public Safety and multiple law enforcement agencies from across the Salt Lake Valley collaborated on an operation to take down criminal activity across the Salt Lake Valley. This operation was based on direct intelligence gathered through Operation Rio Grande. On the morning of December 12 officers from DPS’ State […]

Alert: Phone Scam Targeting Driver License Customers & Public

December 13, 2017

Please be advised that the Utah Driver License Division will never call or text asking for payment or private information.  All notifications are done through the mail. The Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Driver License Division is continuing to hear from citizens who have received unsolicited text messages from a phone number claiming  a “refund […]

DPS Week 17 Operation Rio Grande Report

December 12, 2017

Significant Updates: Latest statistics: the numbers of jail booked arrests are continuing to decrease as Operation Rio Grande continues. The number of arrests with a use of force was zero during week 16. There were 38 drug-related arrests during this week. Since the operation began on August 14, the grand total jail booked arrests is now […]

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

December 6, 2017

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

DPS Week 16 Operation Rio Grande Report

December 4, 2017

Significant Updates: Latest statistics: the numbers of jail booked arrests are continuing to decrease as Operation Rio Grande continues. The number of arrests with a use of force was zero during week 15. There were 27 drug-related arrests during this week. Since the operation began on August 14, the grand total jail booked arrests is now […]

DPS Employees Giving Back: It Takes Imagination

December 1, 2017

Boynton Family donation to Festival of Trees helps raise $5,001 for Primary Children’s Hospital Charity Care SANDY — Walt Disney helped the world understand the importance of creativity and imagination. That statement was the inspiration for the Boynton Family to transform a used armoire into a delightful puppet playhouse, a place where imaginations can be […]

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 […]

Commissioner Squires Promotes Three Richfield Employees

November 30, 2017

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

New Colonel to Serve as Third Deputy Commissioner at DPS

November 28, 2017

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

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 […]

Utah Scout raises money to buy bulletproof vests for UHP K-9

November 28, 2017

Gavin Ritter, 13, of Syracuse, spent five months selling pizza cards, doing service projects and collecting donations, with a goal of raising $1,500. He ultimately totaled $3,200. Two Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) K-9s were the beneficiaries of his hard work. These efforts were part of Gavin’s Eagle Scout project. “I just like dogs, and I […]

Multiple Drug Dealers Arrested in November by DPS Agents

November 27, 2017

In the month of November, agents from the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) have arrested multiple known drug dealers in connection to intelligence gathered during Operation Rio Grande. SBI agents arrested a local drug dealer and seized five pounds of methamphetamine likely destined for the Rio Grande area. Additionally, agents executed a search warrant in […]

DPS Week 15 Operation Rio Grande Report

November 27, 2017

Significant Updates: Latest statistics: the numbers of jail booked arrests are continuing to decrease as Operation Rio Grande continues.  The number of arrests with a use of force was zero during week 15. There were 26 drug-related arrests during this week. Since the operation began on August 14, the grand total jail booked arrests is […]

Breaking Up Narcotic Operations in the Rio Grande District

November 14, 2017

For the past 14 weeks, the Department of Public Safety’s State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) agents have been working diligently to break up the vast drug networks that are preying on a vulnerable population in our state. Suppression operations, search warrants and daily police work have resulted in 126 distribution arrests and more than eight […]

Buckling Up This Holiday Season

November 14, 2017

To kick off Click it or Ticket enforcement, Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) troopers are encouraging Utahns to remind loved ones to buckle up. As part of this effort, troopers visited James E. Moss Elementary to share Alyson and Cortlen Simkin’s story, encouraging students to follow their example. When Alyson Simkins’ husband Michael wouldn’t buckle up, […]

DPS Week 13 Operation Rio Grande Report

November 14, 2017

Significant Updates: Latest statistics: the numbers of jail booked arrests are continuing to decrease as Operation Rio Grande continues.  The number of arrests with a use of force was zero during week 13. There were 36 drug-related arrests during this week. Since the operation began on August 14, the grand total jail booked arrests is […]

How one picture can save a life this holiday season

November 13, 2017

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

Recent Spice Overdoses Have Emergency Responders on Alert

November 9, 2017

Four spice overdoses have been reported in the Rio Grande district in a four-day period this month, which have emergency responders on alert. The overdoses were due to the use of spice, however, medical teams used Naloxone to save each patient. Naloxone typically only works when used on patients who have used an opioid. But, […]

DPS Week 12 Operation Rio Grande Report

November 7, 2017

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

2017 Utah Seat Belt Use Survey Results

November 6, 2017

Since 1986, the Utah Department of Public Safety’s Highway Safety Office has conducted an annual seat belt observational study to determine the percentage of motorists who buckle up. This study has been the cornerstone for developing, implementing and evaluating occupant protection programs in the state. 2017 Utah Seat Belt Use Survey Report

Cyber Security: Stop, Think, Connect

November 6, 2017

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.

UHP Conducts Distracted Driver Sting

November 6, 2017

Our Highway Patrol Troopers are always looking for new ways to inform the public. Recently they conducted a distracted driver sting, focused on educating drivers and disrupting the dangerous trend.

DPS Victim Services Unit Aims to Help Victims Across Utah

November 4, 2017

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

SBI Agents Arrest Known Honduran Dealers

November 3, 2017

The Department of Public Safety’s State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) agents served two search warrants this week at homes in Salt Lake City and West Valley City. As a result of the warrants, six foreign nationals were arrested. Five of the individuals are Honduran narcotic dealers. Agents found heroin and cocaine at both residences. The […]

DPS Teams with Department of Workforce Services for Refugee Outreach

November 1, 2017

The Utah Department of Public Safety is proud to play a role in helping refugees integrate into our community. We recently partnered with the Utah Department of Workforce Services and leaders from the refugee community in an effort to build a two way understanding between law enforcement and those who are new to our country.

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 […]

Halloween Pedestrian Safety Event

October 30, 2017

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

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.

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

October 26, 2017

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

Halloween DUI Enforcement Media Advisory

October 25, 2017

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

DPS Weekly Operation Rio Grande Report

October 24, 2017

Significant Updates: New 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 36 drug-related arrests. Since the Operation began on August 14, the grand total jail booked […]

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 […]

We’re Hiring! #JoinUHP

October 24, 2017

CLICK HERE TO APPLY If you’ve ever thought about becoming a state trooper, now is the time! A career with the Utah Highway Patrol is as diverse as it is rewarding. For more information on qualifications and the application process, visit highwaypatrol.utah.gov Video produced by Chris Averett.

New Feature: Live Chat with a Driver License Agent

October 24, 2017

The Driver License Division has began live chats with the public on their website.  The division takes an average of 1,300 calls daily. Now, the public has a new option of communicating with driver license representatives. Instead of calling into the call center, the public can now chat live with one of our agents. For […]

Oscar the Fire Dog Deploys to Oregon

October 24, 2017

The Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Fire Marshal’s Office is assisting fire investigators in Northern Oregon. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) announced that its National Response Team (NRT) has joined the investigation into the Underwood Fruit and Warehouse Company Fire that occurred on October 18, 2017 at approximately 5:30 AM. The […]

Beyond the Badge: Sgt. Nick Napierski

October 24, 2017

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

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. […]

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

October 18, 2017

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

CYBER24: Simple Steps to Online Safety

October 16, 2017

In the premiere episode of CYBER24, Department of Public Safety’s Sgt. Jeff Plank discusses some of the top cyber security threats of 2017. To listen to the full podcast and subscribe to future CYBER24 podcasts, click here.

News release: Utah Fire Agencies to Deploy Saturday to California to Support Firefighting Efforts

October 13, 2017

UPDATE: This version fixes a couple of errors in jurisdictions from the version that was emailed to the news media. Also, we have added Pleasant Grove, Layton and Uintah City as agencies that are deploying to California for a new total of 32 engines. Also, see the video of the group deploying below or here […]

2016 Utah Crash Summary

October 11, 2017

The Utah Crash Summary, produced annually, identifies and describes the trends and effects of traffic crashes in Utah. The statistics within the Utah Crash Summary describe factors that contribute to the occurrence of crashes, and crash-related injuries and fatalities. The Utah Crash Summary provides an in-depth view of each year’s crashes, and details information regarding […]

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

October 11, 2017

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

Beyond the Badge: SBI’s Agent Wallis

October 11, 2017

Nominated by Commissioner Keith Squires, DPS’ State Bureau of Investigation’s Agent Crystal Wallis has truly gone above and beyond her call of duty. Agent Wallis has been assigned to work Operation Rio Grande. Recently Agent Wallis made a connection with a man who was in obvious need of professional mental health. She introduced herself and […]

Remarks By Commissioner Squires at the 2017 DPS Awards Banquet

October 11, 2017

Good evening, everyone.  It’s exciting to look around and see this banquet hall at its full capacity- I can’t thank you enough for being here this evening. On behalf of Deputy Commissioner Nannette Rolfe, Colonel Michael Rapich and our senior administration- welcome to the 2017 DPS Awards Banquet. I look forward to this event each […]

We Are One DPS

October 11, 2017

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

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

October 11, 2017

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

Governor Joins DPS in Honoring Its Finest

October 10, 2017

The Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS) honored more than 75 of its finest from all 11 divisions and bureaus, including members of the public and officers from across the state. Governor Gary Herbert joined DPS Commissioner Keith Squires in presenting local, state and community members who have made an impact on Utah and its residents in […]

2016 DEM Annual Report

October 2, 2017

The DPS Division of Emergency Management publishes an annual report detailing statistics on disaster response, emergency preparedness and mitigation efforts by our agency. View an interactive version of the report here Download your own version here  

The 8 Signs of Terrorism

October 2, 2017

In light of the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas, the Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS) reminds everyone to be vigilant and report suspicious activity to your local law enforcement agency. “If you see something, say something.” Know the eight signs of terrorism: Surveillance: demonstrating an unusual interest in facilities to determine how well […]

Recognizing the 8 Signs of Terrorism

October 2, 2017

As part of our ongoing commitment to public safety and the citizens of Utah, DPS partnered with the Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab (CELL), Lt. Governor Spencer Cox, local law enforcement agencies and many others, to create a video and the Community Awareness Program (CAP) designed to educate citizens on how to properly recognize and report […]

DPS Meets with Community Members at The Road Home

September 28, 2017

The Department of Public Safety (DPS) held a meeting with members of the community at The Road Home shelter in Salt Lake City.  This meeting was the second of a series of meetings scheduled at The Road Home. The goal of each community gathering is to answer questions and discuss any concerns regarding Operation Rio […]

Fatal Logan Canyon Rollover

September 28, 2017

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

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.

Fatal Crash on SR-89 in Sanpete County

September 22, 2017

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

State Employees to Deploy to Florida for Irma Recovery

September 20, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY — Three State of Utah employees are headed to Florida to help with a human and animal services mission there in response to Hurricane Irma. They will be available to the media for an hour for one-on-one interviews to discuss what their mission and expertise and how they have prepared to deploy […]

Q: I’ve Been in an Accident, What Do I Do?

September 19, 2017

If you’re in an accident on the freeway, what’s the best thing you can do? Get off. The Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) and Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) are urging drivers to drive off the freeway after minor fender benders. These types of crashes can cause major delays on the freeway and create safety issues. […]

Q: What Should I Do to Prepare for Winter Driving?

September 19, 2017

Here are some winter driving tips everyone should follow before hitting the road this winter season: KNOW BEFORE YOU GO Check the weather http://noaa.gov search your location and destination National Weather Service Salt Lake City Twitter (includes statewide forecasts and information) – http://twitter.com/NWSSaltLakeCity Check road conditions http://commuterlink.utah.gov – includes weather and road alerts UDOT Twitter:  http://twitter.com/UtahDOT ICE AND SNOW, […]

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

September 18, 2017

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

DPS Celebrates Forensic Science Week

September 18, 2017

In recognition of the important role that forensic science plays in the investigation of crimes throughout the nation, from exonerating the innocent to identifying the guilty,the Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS) would like to recognize the scientific and technical professionals that serve our communities in this vital role.  This week is nationally recognized 7 […]

Cyber Crime: How DPS Serves as a National Model For Cyber Preparedness

September 18, 2017

The U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance understands that many states and communities need support in helping ensure information systems are designed to identify, prepare for, prevent and respond to cyber threats and incidents. Utah is a leader across the nation in building cyber resilience and the Police Executive Research Forum published an […]

Rio Grande Search Warrant Served in Ogden

September 13, 2017

On September 12 at 1:30 p.m., officers with the Department of Public Safety’s State Bureau of Investigation, Weber Morgan Narcotics Strike Force, Utah Adult Probation and Parole, and Ogden Police served a warrant at a home in Ogden. This warrant was based on narcotic and other criminal behavior directly resulting from intelligence gathered through Operation […]

Missing Chocolate cinnamon bear

September 7, 2017

Missing chocolate cinnamon bear. Last seen in dish in Nannette’s office

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September 5, 2017

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Utah Responds to #Harvey

August 31, 2017

Hurricane Harvey has caused devastation on the Gulf Coast in Texas. A disaster, by definition, is an event that overwhelms your resources. So Utah is helping First, see what you can do to help. Then, scroll down to see who from the Beehive State is helping in Texas and also to see how our own […]

Q: Can I Become a Cyber Crime Victim?

August 28, 2017

Anyone can be a victim of cyber crime, regardless of their position, industry, or value of their data. Cyber criminals may not leave traditional evidence, but they do leave digital fingerprints. If you are a victim, take the time to document the information described on the left. This information may provide the key to catching the perpetrator and protecting others from falling victim […]

Q: What is an AMBER Alert?

August 26, 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. The AMBER Alert is tested twice a year. August 26th and January 13th.  The Utah […]

UHP Troopers Give First Hand Account of Operation Rio Grande

August 24, 2017

Our Troopers are committed to making a positive impact in the community. They recently shared their first-hand experiences with Operation Rio Grande. Video produced by Chris Averett.

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August 17, 2017

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August 17, 2017

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How do officers get selected to serve?

August 17, 2017

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Go Behind the Scenes at the Department of Safety

August 16, 2017

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UHP and UDOT Urge Motorists to Drive off Freeway after a Minor Crash

August 13, 2017

The Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) and Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) are urging drivers to drive off the freeway after minor fender benders. These types of crashes can cause major delays on the freeway and create safety issues. After a typical crash on a six-lane freeway where the involved vehicles pull onto the shoulder, traffic […]

Commissioner Squires Discusses Cyber Crime

August 7, 2017

Utah Department of Public Safety Commissioner, and Homeland Security Advisor Keith D. Squires, discusses the growing threat of cyber intrusion to public agencies. Commissioner Squires discusses what Utah is doing to develop what FBI Director James Comey calls “a national model for investigating cyber crime”.

DPS Division of Emergency Management Holds Annual “Great Utah ShakeOut”

July 26, 2017

On April 20, the Department of Public Safety’s Division of Emergency Management held their annual state-wide earthquake drill “The Great Utah ShakeOut”. This year’s event drew nearly one million participants and served as a great reminder of what to do in the event of an actual earthquake, and how you can prepare to recover during […]

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 […]

DPS Agents are Searching for a Man Who Violently Attacked a Woman on I-80

July 13, 2017

The Department of Public Safety’s State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) needs help finding a male who violently assaulted a woman on I-80 last night. At about 10:15 p.m. on Wednesday, July 12 a woman was violently assaulted on eastbound I-80 near the Lambs Canyon exit in Parleys Canyon. The man attempted to hold the woman […]

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 […]

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

June 23, 2017

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

The Utah Department of Public Safety Serves as a National Model For Cyber Preparedness and Incident Response Planning

June 5, 2017

The U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance understands that many states and communities need support in helping ensure information systems are designed to identify, prepare for, prevent and respond to cyber threats and incidents. Utah is a leader across the nation in building cyber resilience and the Police Executive Research Forum published an […]

Operation Wellspring – Decrease Your Risk of a Cyber Attack

May 15, 2017

Cyber-crime is on everyone’s minds today after this weekend’s worldwide ransomware attacks. While Utah was not hit specifically during this weekend’s strikes, we do see ransomware hitting Utah families and businesses on a regular basis. The victims we serve always wish they’d taken preventative steps to decrease their risk. These include: always conduct the updates […]

An Unsettling Trend Within the Opioid Epidemic: A Warning for All Utahn’s

May 11, 2017

From 2013 to 2015, our state ranked seventh-highest in the nation for deadly drug overdoses. A new trend could see that number climb even higher. Our crime lab is seeing multiple dangerous, and even unknown, compounds packed into illicitly manufactured pills and capsules, and often times criminals try to pass these off as the same […]

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

May 8, 2017

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

Utah DEM Achieves National Accreditation

May 4, 2017

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

Commissioner Squires Joins Governor on Tour of Wind Damaged Neighborhoods

May 2, 2017

Department of Public Safety Commissioner Keith D. Squires and Governor Gary Herbert toured Davis County neighborhoods damaged in the recent wind event that hit areas of of Davis County and the Wasatch Front. Squires and Herbert toured the areas damaged by wind in Northern Utah on Sunday including parks, homes and debris collection sites in Kaysville, […]

Utah Highway Patrol / State Bureau of Investigation Seize Mass Quantity of Meth

April 27, 2017

On the morning of April 25, a UHP Trooper patrolling the area near the Utah/Arizona border stopped a vehicle heading northbound. A UHP K-9 was dispatched to the scene, where it indicated to the presence of narcotics. Further searching revealed two secret compartments containing 42 brick shaped packages, totaling 50 pounds. Field testing returned positive […]

DPS Responds to CDL Fraud Conviction After Multi-Year Investigation

April 26, 2017

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

DPS Officials Participate in Mental Health Crisis Conference

April 26, 2017

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

News release: President Signs Disaster Declaration for Utah

April 21, 2017

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

DPS Celebrates National Public Safety Telecommunications Week

April 13, 2017

Every year during the second week of April, the telecommunications personnel in the public safety community, are honored. It is a time to celebrate and thank those who dedicate their lives to serving the public. Whether it’s dispatching emergency response teams in critical moments or the crucial assistance they provide law enforcement and first responders, […]

Telephone Scam Using UHP Registered Phone Number

April 10, 2017

On Friday, April 7, 2017, the Utah Highway Patrol became aware of a telephone scam that is being generated from one of the Utah Highway Patrol phone numbers (435) 655-3445. The Department of Public Safety’s State Bureau of Investigation’s Cyber Crime Unit is currently investigating the origin of the phone calls. Please be aware of […]

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 – Gov. Herbert declares “State of Emergency” for February Flooding

March 31, 2017

UPDATE 4/21/17: Utah requested and received a major disaster declaration from the president. Legal document in place for FEMA to begin review process of $6.7 million in estimated infrastructure damages For immediate releaseMarch 31, 2017 SALT LAKE CITY — Governor Gary R. Herbert has issued an executive order declaring a “State of Emergency” in Utah […]

Commissioner Squires Releases Information on .05 BAC Change

March 31, 2017

The Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS) has passed along the following information to Utah Chiefs and Sheriffs in regards to the impending change of the blood alcohol content (BAC) from .08 to .05. Along with a letter from Commissioner Squires, the DPS’ Utah Highway Patrol produced a .05 BAC Fact Sheet. Its purpose is […]

DPS Responds to Governor’s Call for Improved Efficiency

March 30, 2017

At the Department of Public Safety, we are deeply committed to maximizing your investment in us. In 2013 Governor Gary Herbert challenged all state agencies to become more efficient; the target set was a 25% improvement. A persistent dedication to this goal over the last three years has helped us achieve a 41% improvement in […]

UHP Troopers Save Woman

March 22, 2017

On Tuesday, March 21, Utah Highway Patrol Corporal Swallow and Trooper Funk saved a woman’s life while on patrol on the east side of Salt Lake County. Their quick thinking and response allowed them to successfully deescalate the incident. Troopers initially received a call from a woman threatening to jump off an overpass bridge on […]

St. Patrick’s Day and March Madness Media Event

March 17, 2017

It’s a big weekend in Salt Lake City – St. Patrick’s Day and March Madness! St. Patrick’s Day brings many people to their favorite pub for a pint, while the NCAA tournament brings sports fans to their favorite bar to cheer on their alma mater or to Vivint Home Arena where first and second round […]

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 […]

Utah Highway Patrol 2017 Strategic Plan

February 3, 2017

Read about the Utah Highway Patrol’s goals and initiatives for 2017.

2016 Utah Highway Safety Office Enforcement Report

January 20, 2017

2016 UHP Annual Report

January 3, 2017

Read about the Utah Highway Patrol’s progress on its goals and initiatives from 2016.

DPS Annual Report 2016

January 1, 2017

The 2016 Utah Department of Public Safety Annual Report is now available. Updates and highlights from each of the 11 divisions and bureaus are covered. Learn more about the diverse areas our more than 1,600 public safety employees proudly serve. 2016 Department of Public Safety Annual Report

2016 Preliminary Traffic Fatality Report

January 1, 2017

On Wednesday, January 18, UDOT and DPS released preliminary traffic fatality numbers for 2016. 280 people lost their lives on Utah roads last year. 94% of these deaths were the consequences of human error (driving distracted, aggressive, drowsy, impaired or unbuckled) We ask you to please honor their lives by choosing to drive safe. Read […]

2016 Utah Highway Safety Office Annual Report

December 20, 2016

  2016 Utah Highway Safety Office Annual Report

Day In Court – DUI Consequences

October 24, 2016

Drinking and driving is dangerous and deadly. And it’s 100% preventable. To help people understand the many negative consequences of drinking and driving, we created five new videos which we’ll be sharing and promoting on our social media channels. You can help us spread the word – share these videos with your family and friends […]

Jail Time – DUI Consequences

October 24, 2016

Drinking and driving is dangerous and deadly. And it’s 100% preventable. To help people understand the many negative consequences of drinking and driving, we created five new videos which we’ll be sharing and promoting on our social media channels. You can help us spread the word – share these videos with your family and friends […]

Under Arrest – DUI Consequences

October 24, 2016

Drinking and driving is dangerous and deadly. And it’s 100% preventable. To help people understand the many negative consequences of drinking and driving, we created five new videos which we’ll be sharing and promoting on our social media channels. You can help us spread the word – share these videos with your family and friends […]

Phone Scam Targeting Driver License Customers

September 1, 2016

Please be advised that the Utah Driver License Division will never call asking for payment or private information.  All notifications are done through the mail. The Department of Public Safety’s Driver License Division is continuing to hear from citizens who have received unsolicited calls from individuals claiming to be an administrator from the Driver License […]

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 […]

2015 DPS Annual Report

March 7, 2016

The Department of Public Safety’s 2015 annual report is now available. Last year was a banner year for our department and we are excited to share the accomplishments and strides made in public safety within the great State of Utah. DPSAnnualReport2015Texture

2015 Utah Crash Summary

September 20, 2015

The Utah Crash Summary, produced annually, identifies and describes the trends and effects of traffic crashes in Utah. The statistics within the Utah Crash Summary describe factors that contribute to the occurrence of crashes, and crash-related injuries and fatalities. The Utah Crash Summary provides an in-depth view of each year’s crashes, and details information regarding […]

SBI Agents Share Ideas on Terrorism Related Issues with International Counterparts

August 7, 2015

The Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy leadership program recently hosted a meeting with the Department of Public Safety’s State Bureau of Investigation division, the FBI, and their international counterparts from Algeria, Mali, Palestine, Lebanon, Egypt and Jordan where ideas on how to promote community resilience related to terrorism were discussed.