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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.

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DPS Media Contacts:

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

DPS Investigative Operations

Iowa DCI: Assistant Director Mitch Mortvedt at (402) 650-7458 or by email at

Iowa DNE: Assistant Director Paul Feddersen at (515) 202-3720 or by email at

State Fire Marshal: Special Agent in Charge Ron Humphrey at (515) 208-7648 or by email at

Iowa DOI/FC: Assistant Director Terry Cowman at (515) 971-5690 or by email at

Sergeant Nathan Ludwig
Cell: (515) 745-2863
Email Sergeant Ludwig

  • 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 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:

August 22, 2019 Iowa Daycare Worker Arrested for Child Endangerment Causing a Death
August 22, 2019 Columbus Junction School Teacher Arrested for Sexual Exploitation
August 22, 2019 Department of Public Safety Commissioner Responds to State Auditor’s Report
August 20, 2019 Arrests Made in South Skunk River Investigation
August 18, 2019 Media Staging Advisory for Deputy Schreurs Burial
August 14, 2019 GTSB Press Briefing - August 16, 2019, at 10:00 a.m.: National Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign
August 14, 2019 Celebration, Not Incarceration
August 10, 2019 Lyon County Sheriff’s Office and Iowa State Patrol Investigate Single Vehicle Personal Injury Crash
August 8, 2019 Council Bluffs Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting Update
August 7, 2019 Council Bluffs Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting Press Conference Scheduled for Tomorrow (08/08/2019)
August 7, 2019 Authorities Release Name in South Skunk River Investigation
August 6, 2019 Body of Adult Female Discovered in South Skunk River, Authorities Seek Information in Missing Person Investigation
August 1, 2019 Names of Officers Released Involved in Iowa City Officer-Involved Shooting



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Virtual Tour - DCI Criminalistics Laboratory
located in Ankeny, Iowa

Items of Interest

Commissioner's Approval of Ignition Interlock Devices (IIDs)

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

Permits to Carry Weapons 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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