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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



Iowans have a right to examine and request copies of public records of the Department by letter, telephone, electronic means such as fax or email, or in person.

Requests for public records must be submitted as follows:

By Mail:
Iowa Department of Public Safety
  Public Information Office
Attn: Public Records Request
215 East 7th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319
  Attention: Public Information Office
By Email
By Telephone to either of the Public Information Officers (PIO) listed above.
Or in person at the above address or at the district office believed to be in possession of the record.


Recent News:

October 20, 2016 Iowa Man Charged with Kidnapping
October 20, 2016 Ruling on Freeport Double Death Investigation
October 19, 2016 No Statewide Burn Ban in Place
October 19, 2016 Fomer State Trooper Charged with Theft
October 17, 2016 National Teen Driver Safety Week: Oct. 16-22, 2016
October 17, 2016 Iowa DCI Assisting with Double Death Investigation
October 16, 2016 Former Jail Administrator Charged with First Degree Theft
October 12, 2016 West Branch Man Charged with Willful Injury, Domestic Abuse
October 11, 2016 Arrest Warrant Issued in Connection with Iowa State Fair Stabbing
October 10, 2016 Suspect, Victim Identified in Prairie City Murder-Suicide
October 10, 2016 State Fire Marshal Division Investigates Explosion, Fire
October 10, 2016 SFM Reminds Iowans to Change Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years
October 9, 2016 Iowa DCI Investigating Double Death in Prairie City
October 5, 2016 Reminder: 2016 Sullivan Brothers' Award of Valor and Historic Valor Award Ceremony Today
October 4, 2016 2016 Sullivan Brothers' Award of Valor and Historic Valor Award Ceremony Tomorrow
October 3, 2016 Suspect Identified in Keokuk Murder Investigation
October 2, 2016 Iowa DCI Investigating Homicide in Keokuk
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2016 Virtual Tour of the Iowa DCI Criminalistics Laboratory located in Ankeny, Iowa

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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