April 29, 2022         

DES MOINES, Iowa - This Friday, Governor Kim Reynolds, Lt. Governor Adam Gregg, Department of Public Safety Commissioner Stephan Bayens and the state of Iowa will honor two Iowa State Patrol Troopers who made the ultimate sacrifice - Trooper Ted Benda and Sergeant Jim K. Smith.  Each of these officers dedicated their lives to serving Iowans to protect and keep our communities safe.

Please join us on Friday, May 6, 2022, to honor these fallen peace officers, as well as the many other Iowa officers who have given their lives in the line of duty over the last 153 years.


Friday, May 6, 2022
10:00 AM

Iowa Peace Officer Memorial
Grounds East of Oran Pape State Office Building
215 East 7th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50319
(Rain Location: State Capitol rotunda)

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2022 Honorees:

Trooper Ted Benda #313, Iowa State Patrol, E.O.W. October 20, 2021

Link to Sergeant Smith photo.

Sergeant Jim K. Smith #462, Iowa State Patrol, E.O.W. April 9, 2021

For more information, please visit the Peace Officer Memorial page on our website.

If you are unable to attend this year's ceremony, we remind you there are many ways you can observe National Police Week, during May 15-21, 2022 . Please take time and thank current peace officers for protecting and serving your community and the great State of Iowa.


The Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS) is the largest law enforcement agency in the state. It includes six divisions and several bureaus, all working together with local, state and federal government agencies and the private sector, to keep Iowa a safe place by following our core values: leadership, integrity, professionalism, courtesy, service and protection. Divisions within the Iowa DPS: Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Iowa State Patrol, Iowa State Fire Marshal Division, Iowa Division of Intelligence and Fusion Center, and Administrative Services Division. The Department of Public Safety is led by the Commissioner who is appointed by the Governor.

Iowa Department of Public Safety
215 E 7th St
Des Moines IA 50319