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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
By Fax:
  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:

April 28, 2016 Iowa DPS Issues Amber Alert
April 27, 2016 ISP Releases New Information in Crash Involving DMPD
April 27, 2016 Iowa Law Enforcement Recognized for Excellence in Traffic Safety
April 26, 2016 DNE and ODCP Host Prescription Drug Take Back Event
April 25, 2016 DPS Reminds Iowans to be Vigilant of Child Abductions
April 21, 2016 Clinton Man Arrested, Charged with Attempted Murder
April 13, 2016 April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month
April 11, 2016 Victim Identified in Mahaska County Death Investigation
April 8, 2016 Decatur County Infant in Child Endangerment Investigation Dies
April 8, 2016 Iowa DCI Investigating Death at Washington County Jail
April 8, 2016 Iowa DCI Investigating Mahaska County Death
April 6, 2016

Decatur County Man Charged with Child Endangerment

April 6, 2016 Tommy Tipton Charged with Ongoing Criminal Conduct
April 1, 2016 DCI, IOSME Investigating Death in Cherokee
April 1, 2016 Former Reserve Police Officer Charged with Felonies
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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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