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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 Investigtaion (DCI)
    Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Criminalistics Laboratory
    Iowa Division of Narcoitcs 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

FOIA/Records Requests MUST be sent to:

Recent News:

August 27, 2015 Iowa State Patrol Heading Up 16-State Traffic Safety Challenge
August 27, 2015 Casey City Hall Fire Investigation Still On-Going
August 25, 2015 Iowa DCI Assisting with Death Investigation in Mapleton
August 24, 2015 AG: Waterloo Officers' Actions Justified
August 21, 2015 Governor Branstad to Award Iowans at Annual Lifesaving Ceremony
August 20, 2015 Iowa DCI Investigating Burlington Homicide
August 19, 2015 Keokuk Doctor Charged
August 17, 2015 Notice of 2015 Governor's Lifesaving Awards
August 12, 2015 Former Association President Charged with Theft
August 12, 2015 DPS at the Iowa State Fair: Safety Begins with Knowledge
August 12, 2015 Iowa DCI Assisting with DeWitt Shooting Investigation
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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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