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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April 14, 2021

INDEPENDENCE, Iowa - The Iowa State Patrol is providing the following final details for media in preparation for the visitation and service for Sergeant Jim Smith.

The visitation for Sergeant Jim Smith will be held on Thursday, April…

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April 12, 2021

DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa State Patrol Sergeant Jim Smith #462, a 27-year-veteran…

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April 10, 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. 

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Saturday, April 10, 2021

GRUNDY CENTER, Iowa - This afternoon, the Department of Public Safety will hold a press conference to provide an update of an officer-involved shooting leading to the death of an Iowa State Patrol Trooper. 

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April 9, 2021

DES MOINES, Iowa – On this date 100 years ago, the Iowa Legislature bestowed authority in Attorney General Ben Gibson to establish the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, a centralized law enforcement agency specializing in providing cost-free…

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April 8, 2021

WATERLOO, Iowa - On Wednesday, April 7th, 2021, at approximately 12:45 a.m., Blackhawk County dispatch received a report of a male with a long gun on or near the 6th Street Bridge in Waterloo. Two deputies with the Blackhawk County Sheriff’s…

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April 7, 2021

WATERLOO, Iowa - On Wednesday, April 7, 2021, at approximately 12:45 a.m., Blackhawk County dispatch received a report of a male with a long gun on or near the 6th Street Bridge in Waterloo. Two deputies with the Blackhawk County Sheriff’s…

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April 6, 2021

MASON CITY, 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 2, 2021

MASON CITY, 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 1, 2021

DES MOINES, Iowa - This is not a press release from the Iowa Department of Public Safety. It is an update being distributed on behalf of the United States Department of Justice for the Southern District of Iowa as a result of the Division of…

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March 29, 2021

CRESTON, Iowa - On March 28, 2021, at approximately 5:00 a.m., officers with the Creston Police Department were dispatched to 306 West Seneca in Creston to investigate an incomplete 911 call. Responding officers were met by an adult female…

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March 24, 2021

ANAMOSA, Iowa - This is not a press release from the Iowa Department of Public Safety. It is an update being distributed on behalf of the Iowa Department of Corrections as a result of the Division of Criminal Investigation's on-going…

Twitter Post: 2021-04-13T07:01:38

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/ruq1OhxgQF

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Twitter Post: 2021-04-11T07:01:00

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/9ZzAMpkrtt

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Twitter Post: 2021-04-09T14:54:51

Happy 100th Birthday to the DCI! Today, we celebrated a century of service and support to local law enforcement at the Iowa Statehouse, and thanked the generation of employees who have gone before us and those who are holding the line today. https://t.co/J1kZ8Djh4z

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Twitter Post: 2021-04-09T07:01:51

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/46ymkaR4S3

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Twitter Post: 2021-04-07T16:31:43

The DCI is investigating an officer-involved shooting near the 6th Street Bridge in Waterloo . Black Hawk County and Waterloo PD responded to a report of a male with a long gun. Learn more here: https://t.co/77vNw803Yv https://t.co/b6JJHL8JT6

Twitter Post: 2021-04-07T07:02:17

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/l342uufrY9

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Twitter Post: 2021-04-05T07:01:36

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/KdVrWV0q2O

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Twitter Post: 2021-04-03T07:01:13

A few simple actions could drastically drive down the number of people killed on Iowa roadways. Buckle up, focus on the road, slow down and drive sober. If we all take the task of driving more seriously, chances are good that you’ll make it home at the end of your journey. https://t.co/0XhxlncNU8

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