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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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.…

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May 7, 2021         

DES MOINES, Iowa - It is with great honor that Governor Kim Reynolds and Lt. Governor Adam Gregg, along with other State of Iowa leadership, law enforcement partners and families recognized and paid their respects to fallen peace…

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May 6, 2021

DAVENPORT, Iowa - This is not a press release from the Iowa Department of Public Safety. It is a Scott 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 5, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC - This is not a press release from the Iowa Department of Public Safety. It is being provided below on behalf of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's partnership with the Iowa Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau. …

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May 3, 2021

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - This is not a press release from the Iowa Department of Public Safety. It is provided on behalf of the Department of Justice - Northern District of Iowa as a result of the Division of Criminal Investigation's participation…

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May 3, 2021

DES MOINES, Iowa - This Friday, May 7, 2021, Governor Kim Reynolds, Lt. Governor Adam Gregg, along with State of Iowa leadership, law enforcement partners and families will honor and pay tribute to fallen peace officers who gave the ultimate…

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April 29, 2021

INDEPENDENCE, Iowa - This is not a press release from the Iowa Department of Public Safety. It is provided on behalf of the family of Iowa State Patrol Sergeant Jim Smith #462, who share their gratitude to everyone who mourns their loss…

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April 26, 2021

GRUNDY CENTER, Iowa - On Friday, April 9, 2021, Iowa State Patrol Sergeant Jim Smith #462, a 27-year-veteran of the Patrol, was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a barricaded subject in Grundy Center.  That subject was identified…

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April 23, 2021

DES MOINES, Iowa - The Department of Public Safety and the Iowa State Patrol's Executive Protection Unit have been providing a safe and secure environment for Iowa’s Governors and their families since 1970, starting with Governor Robert Ray…

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April 21, 2021

GRUNDY CENTER, Iowa - On Wednesday, April 21, 2021, Michael Thomas Lang of Grundy Center was released from University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and transported by law enforcement authorities to the Grundy County Sheriff's Office where…

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April 21, 2021

DES MOINES, Iowa - This is not a press release from the Iowa Department of Public Safety. It is provided on behalf of the Mason City Police Department as a result of the Division of Criminal Investigation's on-going investigation of this …

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April 16, 2021

INDEPENDENCE, Iowa - Today, the Iowa State Patrol laid to rest a hero in Sergeant Jim Smith, who courageously served the State of Iowa for 27 years. He made the ultimate sacrifice attempting to arrest a barricaded subject in Grundy Center…

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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Twitter Post: 2021-05-10T17:03:06

The DCI is investigating a 60-mile pursuit that started on Sunday, May 9, when a Trooper stopped a gold 2012 Chevy Impala in Carroll, Iowa, for a tinted window violation. It ended in Fort Dodge with the driver's self-inflicted gunshot. Learn more: https://t.co/zfTKKJg1b1 https://t.co/qBLSNuqUuO

Twitter Post: 2021-05-09T12:16:19

Happy Mother's Day to all our DPS mothers! And we also celebrate the generations of mothers before them who raised the men and women who courageously wear the badge today, as well as those who support them in those daily endeavors! https://t.co/BTYYC9gnKh

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Twitter Post: 2021-05-09T07:01:37

In Iowa, more than 95% of front-seat passengers buckle up. That sounds like a great percentage, but it’s not enough. Of the 338 deaths in 2020, 99 were unbuckled and in the front seat. Take two seconds to save your life. Buckle up. The power is in your hands. https://t.co/vmJddWBKL4

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Twitter Post: 2021-05-07T07:01:56

One person in the U.S. dies in a crash with a drunk driver every 50 minutes. That’s more than 10,000 lives lost every year. Hand off the keys. #DriveSafeIowa #PowerInYourHands #SoberLives https://t.co/6mG3yw32i6

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We salute our former Colonel Patrick Hoye on his Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. An outstanding commitment to protecting Iowa motorists and pedestrians! #LifetimeAchievement #ProtectingIowans https://t.co/PwkVm9zdu5

Twitter Post: 2021-05-05T10:18:27

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration honored PATRICK HOYE, GTSB Chief, with the LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD for his vision and leadership to reduce traffic injuries and fatalities across Iowa. Congratulations Chief Hoye! See more here: https://t.co/CK5dOrkt7Y https://t.co/KL13g4UOp5

Twitter Post: 2021-05-05T07:01:50

In Iowa, it is illegal for any driver to text while behind the wheel. This includes while stopped at a red light or stop sign. If you’re cited for use of an electronic device while driving, fines start at $45. The power is in your hands. #DriveSafe #NoText #JustDrive https://t.co/ztgwsS6MKu

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