Veterans Day 2020
The Department of Public Safety takes great pride in the number of brave men and women who not only chose military service, but continued that dedication by joining DPS. This Veterans Day we honor and salute the 151 employees who have, or continue to, serve our great nation and state. Enjoy this scrapbook of some of these heroes in our family.
Happy 85th Anniversary Iowa State Patrol!
On July 28, 1935, 50 officers began their shifts as the first members of the Iowa Highway Safety Patrol. These troopers started the long legacy of service and protection for the State of Iowa. Since that day, Troopers begin each shift remembering the motto of "Courtesy, Service, and Protection".
A lot has changed in the last 85 years for officers and citizens alike, but one thing will always remain the same - the commitment of our Troopers to help save lives and to keep people safe. The officers before us have set the bar high. We continually strive to uphold the foundation of principles and morals that these great men and women put into place.
Thank you to the past, present, and future officers of the Iowa State Patrol!
2020 Peace Officer Memorial Tribute
The 2020 Peace Officer Memorial Ceremony scheduled for May 8th was postponed until we can safely hold an event with our State of Iowa leadership, law-enforcement partners, families and the public. When the future becomes more certain, and Iowa guidelines allow, we will begin to make plans to honor these fallen men and women. You have our commitment that they will not be forgotten, and we will not rest until they receive the honor that they so rightfully deserve. Until then, please join us in watching the video above that pays tribute to the brave men and women of law enforcement who made the ultimate sacrifice. We thank our many law enforcement partners for their collaboration to create this special remembrance.
Thank You First Responders!
First Responder Partners,
There is no question COVID-19 has turned the world on its head and has presented challenges the likes we have rarely seen. In addition to protecting and serving communities across the state, first responders have been called upon to enforce the array of emergency measures taken by the Governor, to provide peace of mind to a scared public, and to search for the balance between our duty and our health. Iowans are certainly blessed to have a dedicated group of first responders who are collectively stepping up during these challenging times. The Iowa Department of Public Safety is honored to stand shoulder to shoulder with you as we serve as beacons of calm and assurance in our communities.
Your hard work and professionalism does not go unnoticed. Governor Reynolds sees the sacrifices you are making daily, and wanted to make sure that those who serve, and their families, know her heartfelt appreciation. Please share this 'Governor Reynolds’ Thank-You Video' above with your staff and colleagues to help recognize their commitment and selfless efforts during these unsettling times.
We are truly in this together, and a grateful State of Iowa thanks you all.
Take care and be safe.
Stephan K. Bayens, Commissioner