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

 

New DPS Website Tour

Welcome to dps.iowa.gov. Take a minute to check out the features of our new website.

 

News

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September 18, 2020

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

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September 17, 2020

DES MOINES, Iowa - On August 4th, 2020, the Webster County Sheriff’s Office requested the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation to investigate an officer-involved shooting that occurred in the 1500 block of 20th Avenue in Fort Dodge,…

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September 15, 2020

EAGLE GROVE, Iowa - On September 15, 2020, at about 2:00 p.m., the Wright County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on Hwy. 17 at 10th St NW in Eagle Grove, Iowa.  A deputy believed the vehicle was the suspect vehicle from a…

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September 14, 2020

WOODBURY COUNTY, Iowa - On the morning of Thursday October 24, 2019, EMT’s from the Sergeant Bluff Fire and Rescue responded to 6533 Morningside Ave. for a report of a man down. EMT’s located a male subject later identified as David…

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September 10, 2020

BETTENDORF, Iowa - The police officer involved in the September 3, 2020, shooting has been identified as Patrick Mesick, a seven-year veteran of the Bettendorf Police Department. Mesick voluntarily interviewed with the Iowa Division of…

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September 9, 2020

CORALVILLE, Iowa - The police officer involved in the September 3, 2020, shooting has been identified as Joshua Van Brocklin, a 14-year veteran with the Coralville Police Department. Van Brocklin voluntarily interviewed with the Iowa…

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September 7, 2020

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

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September 4, 2020

CORALVILLE, Iowa - The individual involved in the September 3, 2020, officer-involved shooting incident has been identified as Joseph George Maser, 47, of Coralville, Iowa. Maser is currently being treated at University of Iowa Hospital…

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September 4, 2020

BETTENDORF, Iowa - The individual involved in the September 3, 2020, officer-involved shooting incident has been identified as Timothy Alan Clevenger, 53 of Silvis, Illinois.  Clevenger was struck once and was pronounced dead at the…

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September 3, 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 Bettendorf Police Department as the result of the Division of Criminal Investigation's assistance in this…

NEWS UPDATE: The Grinnell Police Department and Poweshiek County Sheriff's Office have been added to the DCI's continuing Jasper County homicide investigation. Stay tuned here for updates.

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NEWS UPDATE: The Attorney General's office released its ruling on the August 4, 2020, officer-involved shooting in Webster County involving deputy Brett Knippel. Learn the outcome here: https://t.co/RklsmFc7JM

NEWS UPDATE: DCI is investigating tonight's discovery of a deceased body found in a roadside ditch fire in rural Kellogg: https://t.co/zVAA9xQc4V

NEWS UPDATE: The DCI is investigating a traffic stop that turned into an officer-involved shooting in Wright County. Sean McMillan, 31, of Fort Dodge is in custody after fleeing the scene: https://t.co/hIAWQkxoNP

Twitter Post: 2020-09-15T08:32:58

For 40 years, investigators never stopped looking for Cedar Rapids' Michelle Martinko's killer. In this Dateline special, see how the #DCI helped investigate the crime and analyze DNA evidence that found her killer and brought justice to her family. https://t.co/hIARMu4INZ https://t.co/FA4NvVQajT

NEWS UPDATE: The cause of the October 24, 2019, Woodbury County death of David Davenport has been revised to a ruling of undetermined from a previous ruling of homicide. Get the case details here: https://t.co/qHujSVtX4L

Twitter Post: 2020-09-11T16:27:44

Week 3 of the Academy introduced recruits to survival training and these topics:
✔️Unbiased Policing
✔️ Cultural Competency
✔️ Human Trafficking
✔️ TIMS
✔️ Juvenile Law
✔️ Domestic Violence
✔️ Sex Offender Registry

Great work recruits! #DPSAcademy #Week3… https://t.co/kgBBC5G30j

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Twitter Post: 2020-09-11T09:29:03

May we never forget those lost on #September11, 2001. And may we forever be inspired by the brave law enforcement and non-uniformed heroes who ran into the face of danger on this day to save the lives of others. #Remember #Honor https://t.co/NlPy8ymgAe

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NEWS UPDATE: DCI agents have identified Patrick Mesick, a 7-year veteran of Bettendorf PD, as the officer on leave following the shooting on Sept. 3. Track the incident here: https://t.co/ug0fIEl2ns