Utah Department of Public Safety

DPS - Colonel Keith D. Squires

Colonel SquiresColonel Keith D. Squires started his career with the Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS) in November of 1989. He began as a Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) trooper patrolling Utah’s Uintah basin area in the northeast portion of the state. During that time he proposed and coordinated several multi-agency public safety projects. He served as a DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) officer teaching to elementary school students in the Uintah School District. Col. Squires recalls his years as a trooper with great fondness and enjoyed his opportunities to work closely and build relationships with all public safety agencies in the area. He views the field positions at DPS as the most vital link to providing exceptional services that ensure a safe and secure environment for everyone in Utah.

In 1994, Keith was promoted to sergeant in the UHP’s Salt Lake County field section. In 1998, Deputy Commissioner Ferris Groll requested Keith to serve as an investigative sergeant in the DPS internal affairs division. In 1999, Keith was promoted to the rank of lieutenant and commanded the UHP south-central section in Richfield. In January of 2001, Keith was appointed as the bureau captain overseeing UHP operations in the central and southern portions of the state. As a DPS Captain, Keith also served as the deputy director of the Utah Division of Homeland Security and as the director of the State Bureau of Investigation. In 2006, Colonel D. Lance Davenport promoted Keith to serve as an assistant superintendent with the rank of Major.

In September of 2007, Colonel Squires was appointed by Governor Huntsman and Commissioner Scott T. Duncan to serve as deputy commissioner of DPS. He continues to serve in this role for Commissioner Davenport. He is also the State Director of Homeland Security responsible for overseeing the Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division, the State Bureau of Investigation and the Statewide Information and Analysis Center. Keith holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia College of Missouri and a Master of Arts Degree in Homeland Security and Defense through the U.S. Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, Ca. He is a 2005 graduate of the FBI National Academy, Session #216, Quantico, Virginia.

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