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

 

News

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November 25, 2020

DES MOINES, Iowa - This is not a press release from the Iowa State Patrol. It is being distributed on behalf of the Nebraska State Patrol as a result of a collaborative holiday traffic safety initiative.

 

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November 20, 2020

DES MOINES, Iowa – United States Attorney General William P. Barr’s Office awarded Iowa Department of Public Safety Special Agent, Ryan Kedley, the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service In Policing today. Special Agent…

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November 19, 2020

DES MOINES, Iowa - This is not a press release from the Iowa Department of Public Safety. It is being distributed on behalf of the United States Attorney's Office - Southern District of Iowa as a result of the Iowa Department of Public…

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November 19, 2020

MASON CITY, Iowa - On November 18, 2020, at 8:45 a.m., Cerro Gordo County Jail correctional officers observed an inmate in a solitary cell having a medical issue. Correctional officers entered the cell and began life-saving measures.…

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November 13, 2020

BURLINGTON, Iowa - This is not a press release from the Iowa Department of Public Safety. It is being distributed on behalf of the Burlington Police Department as a result of the Division of Criminal Investigation's assistance to local…

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November 10, 2020

DES MOINES, Iowa - This is not a press release from the Iowa Department of Public Safety. It is being distributed on behalf of the Fort Dodge Police Department as a result of the Division of Criminal Investigation's assistance to local…

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November 6, 2020

ALGONA, Iowa - The investigation into the death of the Kossuth County jail inmate who died on October 17, 2020, has been completed. On October 12, 2020, Christopher Mark Brunsvold, 44, of Wesley, Iowa, was booked into the Kossuth County…

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October 31, 2020

ADEL, Iowa - Mackenzie Lyons, age 15, was reported missing to the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office on Friday, October 30, 2020. She was last seen at a residence southeast of Adel around 1:50 p.m. on October 30, when she got into a black/…

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October 30, 2020

DAVENPORT, Iowa - This is not a press release from the Iowa Department of Public Safety. It is being distributed on behalf of the United States Attorney's Office - Southern District of Iowa as a result of the Iowa Department of Public…

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October 28, 2020

NEVADA, Iowa - This is not a press release from the Iowa Department of Public Safety. It is being distributed on behalf of the Nevada Public Safety Department as the result of the Division of Criminal Investigation's assistance in the…

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October 17, 2020

ALGONA, Iowa - This is not a press release from the Iowa Department of Public Safety. It is being distributed on behalf of the Kossuth County Sheriff's Office as the result of the Division of Criminal Investigation's assistance in this…

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October 12, 2020

DES MOINES, Iowa - Parenting is not an easy task, and parenting teenagers comes with its own unique set of challenges. During National Teen Driver Safety Week, October 18-24, the…

Twitter Post: 2020-11-26T08:04:43

🦃 Happy Thanksgiving! We count among our blessings a team dedicated to serving and protecting Iowans during unprecedented challenges. And, we're incredibly grateful to those who cannot be with their families today to keep us safe. #GratefulHearts #Sacrifice #ThanksgivingSpirit https://t.co/BvnTf6yNYk

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Twitter Post: 2020-11-20T16:55:07

Congratulations to DCI Special Agent Ryan Kedley who today received the U.S. Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service In Policing. SA Kedley is one of only four investigators nationwide to be selected for exceptional work in criminal investigations. Well done! https://t.co/7hJmQjRioY

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Twitter Post: 2020-11-20T13:45:07

On November 18, DPS, 500 local and national law enforcement officers from DPS, Des Moines PD, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms - including 125+ members of DPS - teamed up to simultaneously execute 45 federal search warrants in and around Des Moines. https://t.co/VGQarE0tu5

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Twitter Post: 2020-11-14T14:36:57

DCI agents are assisting the Burlington Police Department to investigate the death of a 24-year-old female after a report of shots fired at a residence in the 2200 block of South 10th Street on Wednesday, Nov. 11. See the Burlington PD press release here: https://t.co/eo13RzkJ8B https://t.co/vCstvVAkzA

Twitter Post: 2020-11-14T12:53:46

WE'RE HIRING! - We have openings for Peace Officer Candidates. Work alongside the Iowa State Patrol at the Iowa Capitol Complex and Terrace Hill. The salary range is $33,779 - $49,608 annually. If this sounds like your next career step, learn more here: https://t.co/GIc3BVxGnz https://t.co/9YuDQGxWNn

Twitter Post: 2020-11-13T16:39:25

Lt. Tom Lampe retired on October 29, after serving 32 years with DPS and the Iowa State Patrol. He will be remembered by many for his leadership in the Interoperability Communications Bureau, and the driving force in the development of the ISICS system. Best wishes Tom! https://t.co/2fBsNfHaeW

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Twitter Post: 2020-11-13T09:35:10

This week, 2 Iowa police officers were hit by cars while responding to other motorists. One with serious injuries. Do you see flashing lights up ahead? Slow down and move over to help keep our first responders safe in winter weather. #TIMAwarenessWeek #SlowDown #MoveOver https://t.co/Y03eSBtiIr

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