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



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January 21, 2021

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

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January 12, 2021

ALGONA, Iowa - On January 11, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation received a request to assist the Kossuth County Sheriff’s Office regarding a welfare check associated with an animal neglect investigation at 407 Clay Street in…

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January 5, 2021

URBANA, Iowa - On January 1, 2021, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation assisted the Urbana Police Department in the investigation of a possible murder/suicide. The Urbana Police Department received a 911 call from Garry Jensen, age…

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January 2, 2021

VINTON, Iowa - At or about 9:00 a.m. on the morning of Saturday, January 2, 2021, deputies with the Benton County Sheriff’s Office responded to a request for a welfare check at a residence at 5909 28th Avenue in rural Vinton, Iowa. Upon…

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December 31, 2020

CEDAR RAPIDS, 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 - Northern District of Iowa as a result of the Division of Criminal…

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December 28, 2020
ONAWA, Iowa -
On December 28, 2020, agents with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation filed additional charges against Jayme R. Powell, age 39, of Sioux City, Iowa.  Powell has been charged with two counts of Attempted Murder in…

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December 28, 2020

LAKE PARK, Iowa - The victim in the December 22, 2020, death investigation in Lake Park has been identified as Angel Bastman, 25, who resided at 104 Maple Ave in Lake Park.  Investigators learned on December 22, 2020, that Bastman had…

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This is not a press release from the Iowa Department of Public Safety. It is being distributed on behalf of the Monona County Sheriff's Office as a result of the Division of Criminal Investigation's assistance to local authorities in this case.


December 27, 2020…

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December 23, 2020

FORT MADISON, Iowa - On December 22, members of the Lee County Jail, while performing jail cell checks, discovered an unresponsive female inmate. The inmate, identified as Stacy Lynn Heston, age 50, was the lone occupant of the cell.…

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December 23, 2020

LAKE PARK, Iowa – At approximately 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday December 22, 2020, the Lake Park Police Department received a 911 call and responded to 104 Maple Ave in Lake Park, Iowa, for a reported homicide. Upon arrival, officers located a…

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December 22, 2020

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

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December 19, 2020

PISGAH, IOWA - On December 17, 2020, the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a local business advising someone had just been involved in a hit and run incident outside Dave’s Old Home Cafe in Pisgah, Iowa.

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Check out a special new display case in the lobby of the Oran Pape Building. It contains artifacts from the first days of the DCI including handwritten records! Get
a glimpse into an important arm of State of Iowa public safety in this Facebook post:

Many roads are slick in central Iowa this morning. Allow plenty of time on your commute. Slow down, phone down, buckle up. #511iaorg

Slow dow, buckle up and put your phone away today and everyday!

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WATCH US NOW: If you missed our Women In Law Enforcement Webinar, catch it here. Meet our female officers, and learn the opportunities and prep needed to serve communities with the great State of Iowa! Apps open up Friday, January 29th, so check this out:

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Our offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 18th in honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, but our service and support to you continues. #MLK #IHaveADream


1-15 10 a.m. - An update from our DOT partners: Travel is not advised in much of SW Iowa. At least 28 counties are currently under a tow advisory. Accidents on I-80 westbound milemarker 101 and I-29 southbound just over the Missouri border are blocking/slowing lanes.

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We're proud to introduce the graduates of the DPS 44th Basic Academy! They embody our core values, and for the past 20 weeks they've been shaped into highly-trained and disciplined peace officers. We're blessed to have them on Iowa's team! #WeAreDPS #44thAcademy #Congratulations


1-14 7:25 ⚠️⚠️BLIZZARD WARNING FOR MUCH OF WESTERN INTO CENTRAL IOWA TONIGHT INTO FRIDAY ⚠️⚠️ Travel may be impossible at times. Stay informed and plan to reduce travel accordingly. #511iaorg

Our colleagues @NWSDesMoines are alerting us to a system expected to move across the state Thursday-Saturday. It's not a polar vortex, but will pack snow/rain/winds and impact travel the hardest in northern counties. We'll be tracking this for you. #511iaorg