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

 

News

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June 22, 2021

CRESTON, Iowa - The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) is assisting the Creston Police Department and the Union County Sheriff’s Office with an investigation into the disappearance of 58-year-old Creston resident, Tim Fechter. …

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June 19, 2021

TRAER, Iowa - Earlier today, the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner performed an autopsy on Ryan Cooper, who was found deceased yesterday in rural Tama County. The pathologist has ruled Cooper’s cause of death as a homicide; and…

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June 18, 2021,

TRAER, Iowa -  On June 18th, at approximately 4:35 a.m., the Tama County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from an occupant of the Ryan Cooper residence located at 1846 K Avenue Traer, Iowa.  Upon arrival, law enforcement found Ryan…

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June 14, 2021

KNOXVILLE, Iowa - This is not a press release from the Iowa Department of Public Safety. It is being distributed on behalf of the Knoxville Police Department, and is being provided as a result of the Division of Criminal Investigation's…

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June 11, 2021

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - This is not a press release from the Iowa Department of Public Safety. It is being distributed in partnership with the United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Iowa.

This case was…

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Media Contacts:

Alex Dinkla, Sergeant, Iowa State Patrol
515-443-6644 dinkla@dps.state.ia.us

Andrea Henry, Director, Iowa DOT Strategic Communications
515-203-1734 andrea.henry@iowadot.us 

June 8, 2021

DES MOINES,…

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June 4, 2021

DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa traffic safety officials report a recent spike in fatalities in 2021, and we’re on a trend to potentially exceed previous totals on the heels of a year when COVID-19 wrote a new chapter of dangerous driving behaviors…

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May 28, 2021

MONTEZUMA, Iowa – The search for 10-year-old Xavior Harrelson continues. Law enforcement appreciates the public’s desire to help locate Xavior.  However, the investigative and search efforts on Saturday, May 29, will be conducted by law…

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May 28, 2021

DES MOINES, Iowa - In partnership with the Poweshiek County Sheriff's Office, the Division of Criminal Investigation's Iowa Missing Person Clearinghouse is seeking the public's assistance in locating missing and endangered…

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May 14, 2021

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - This is not a press release from the Iowa Department of Public Safety. It is a Linn County Attorney's report, and is being provided as a result of the Division of Criminal Investigation's participation in this case.…

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May 14, 2021

DES MOINES, Iowa - Memorial Day and the traditional beginning of summer are quickly approaching.  Summer will bring more gatherings, festivals, graduations and vacations; all requiring travel. Many states, including Iowa, have seen a rise in…

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May 10, 2021

FORT DODGE, Iowa - On May 9th, 2021, at about 2:44 pm, a Trooper with the Iowa State Patrol stopped a gold 2012 Chevy Impala in Carroll, Iowa for a tinted window violation. After making contact with the driver, the Trooper requested a K-9.…

Twitter Post: 2021-05-17T07:01:36

Seat belts are the best defense against impaired, aggressive, or distracted drivers. Being buckled up during a crash helps keep you safe and secure inside your vehicle; being completely ejected from a vehicle is almost always deadly. The power is in your hands. #BuckleUp https://t.co/QFQzeEHnVq

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Twitter Post: 2021-05-15T08:01:20

#NationalPoliceWeek These names, etched in granite, serve as a perpetual reminder that there is a group of brave men and women who are willing to stand in the gap between order and chaos. See more photos from the 2021 Iowa Peace Officer Memorial: https://t.co/IlAKxwevCa https://t.co/1EfmcgA0X5

Twitter Post: 2021-05-15T07:01:10

Did you know distracted driving claimed 2,841 lives in 2018 alone. Among those killed: 1,730 drivers, 605 passengers, 400 pedestrians and 77 bicyclists. The power to reduce fatalities is in your hands. #PowerInYourHands #BuckleUp #PhoneDown https://t.co/NkmcsPWSjC

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Twitter Post: 2021-05-14T14:04:33

The Linn County Attorney's Office has made public it's report on the Cedar Rapids officer-involved shooting of deceased Arnell States that occurred on February 20, 2021. See the full report here: https://t.co/xVR4ntBKgQ https://t.co/1xUMBpNMK5

#SleevesUpIowa We support our colleagues at Iowa Department of Public Health in saying normal is in our sight, but more vaccines get us all there faster and safer. Go to a pop-up clinic or schedule an appointment today: https://t.co/OdAL6sIo1I

#SleevesUpIowa We support our colleagues at Iowa Department of Public Health in saying normal is in our sight, but more vaccines get us all there faster and safer. Go to a pop-up clinic or schedule an appointment today: https://t.co/ic3fvQvHm7

Twitter Post: 2021-05-13T07:01:36

It’s not a lot to ask. By simply following a few common-sense rules of the road, we’ll all be more likely to make it home at the end of the day
*Buckle up
*Slow Down
*Focus on the road
*Drive sober https://t.co/0TiH40oH68

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Don't miss this important story tonight at 10 p.m. on WOI-TV. Division of Investigation Asst. Director Pat Waymire shares how the "Grandparent Scam" is swindling hundreds of thousands from Iowans. Learn how it happened to one woman and how to keep your family members safe! https://t.co/5jUHP8WOLA

Twitter Post: 2021-05-11T07:01:34

According to the National Highway Safety Administration, speeding has consistently been a factor in approximately one-third of all roadway fatalities for nearly 20 years. The faster you’re going, the harder it is to control your vehicle. You have the power to slow down. https://t.co/P4LTFveKJB

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