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Iowa Department of Public Safety


To serve the people of Iowa by providing public safety services with leadership, integrity and professionalism.

Guiding Principles, Core Values:



  • Reduce preventable injuries and deaths
  • Suppress criminal activity
  • Reduce/minimize costs of compliance with government requirements
  • Promote integrity and excellence in the workforce


Iowa continues to be a safe and prosperous place.

DPS Media Contacts:

Public Information Officers (PIOs) Divisions/Topics covered by PIO

Alex Murphy
(515) 443-3014 - cell
(515) 725-6189 - office
Email Alex

  • Commissioner's Office & Internal Affairs
  • Investigative Operations Divisions:
    Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI)
    Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Criminalistics Laboratory
    Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement (DNE)
    Iowa Division of Intelligence and Fusion Center (DOI/FC)
    State Fire Marshal Division
Sgt. Nathan Ludwig,
Iowa State Patrol

(515) 745-2863 - cell
(515) 725-6093
Email Nathan

  • Iowa State Patrol (ISP)
  • DPS general inquiries

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Recent News:

November 24, 2015 SFM Division Reminds Iowans of Thanksgiving Safety Tips
November 20, 2015 DPS to Donate and Deliver Thanksgiving Meals to All 99 Counties
November 18, 2015 Arrest Made in Pomeroy Death Investigation
November 17, 2015 Thanksgiving sTEP Begins Next Week
November 17, 2015 Man Arrested, Charged with Attempted Murder
November 11, 2015 Victim Identified in Pomeroy Death Investigation
November 10, 2015 Iowa DCI Investigating Death in Pomeroy
November 10, 2015 2015 Sullivan Brothers' Award of Valor Ceremony to be Held
November 7, 2015 Iowa DCI Investigating Waukee Homicide
November 6, 2015 Cause of Cedar Falls Motel Explosion Released
November 3, 2015 Iowa DCI Investigating Waterloo Officer-Involved Shooting
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Items of Interest

Commissioner's Approval of Portable Breath Testing (PBT) Devices

Permits to Carry Weapons SF2379 -- View frequently asked questions
Ed Thomas Law View FAQ's, Find Forms, Read Legislation

Laws related to the notification of law enforcement prior to hospital discharge of a person with serious mental impairment.

State Phishing Statement Should you give out personal information via email?

National Overview of Fusion Centers

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Iowa Department of Public Safety
215 East 7th Street | Des Moines, Iowa 50319

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