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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:

October 2, 2015 Dayton Death Ruled A Homicide
October 2, 2015 Iowa DCI Releasing More Information in Washington Co. OIS
October 1, 2015 Iowa DCI, ISP Investigating Officer Involved Shooting
September 30, 2015 Charges Filed in Glenwood Shooting
September 30, 2015 Iowa DCI Investigating Shooting, Death in Dayton
September 30, 2015 2015-16 High Five Project Launch
September 25, 2015 Washington County Deputy's Actions Justified
September 22, 2015 Iowa DNE and ODCP Host Drug Take Back Event
September 21, 2015 Iowa DCI Investigating Missouri Valley Stabbing
September 21, 2015 NOTICE: Fill-In ISP PIO for 9/21-9/27
September 16, 2015 Autopsy Complete in Washington County Officer Involved Shooting
September 14, 2015 Name Released in Hardin County Death Investigation
September 13, 2015 Iowa DCI Investigating Hardin County Death
September 13, 2015 Iowa DCI Investigating Officer Involved Shooting
September 10, 2015 CA: Fairfield Police Officers' Actions Justified
September 9, 2015 Arrest Made in DeWitt Shooting
September 8, 2015 Iowa DCI's ICAC Task Force August Highlights
September 4, 2015 I-80/I-35 Border-to-Border Safety Initiative Concludes
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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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