DPS News

Questions Regarding Complaints and Officer Misconduct

Posted on: September 8th, 2017

In light of recent actions by officers in Utah, the Utah Department of Public Safety has received multiple inquiries regarding officer misconduct and investigations. It is important to keep in mind that in a system of government, such as we have, where local control is emphasized, county and municipal police departments have a great deal […]

Cyber Crime: How DPS Serves as a National Model For Cyber Preparedness

Posted on: September 8th, 2017

The U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance understands that many states and communities need support in helping ensure information systems are designed to identify, prepare for, prevent and respond to cyber threats and incidents. Utah is a leader across the nation in building cyber resilience and the Police Executive Research Forum published an […]

Law enforcement update on first three weeks of Operation Rio Grande

Posted on: August 29th, 2017

The following is a three week update from law enforcement. Since the start of Operation Rio Grande,  the following numbers represent arrests since August 14: Total arrests: 740 Breakdown of arrests: Felony arrests: 62 Felony arrests with warrants: 71 Misdemeanor arrests: 131 Misdemeanor arrests with warrants: 476 Use of Force: 4

Western Identification Network Fee

Posted on: August 23rd, 2017

The Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCI) has not raised the Concealed Firearms Permit (CFP) application fee or the FBI background check fee.  BCI is fulfilling its authority to charge the $20 Western Identification Network (WIN) fingerprint background check fee that was authorized in 2015 due to a legislative change. The CFP application fee and FBI […]

AMBER Alert Test Planned for August 26, 2016

Posted on: August 23rd, 2017

Utah’s AMBER Alert Plan will be tested on August 26, 2017, Utah Rachel Runyan and Exploited Children’s Day. The AMBER Alert is tested twice a year. August 26th and January 13th.  This will be the 30th test of the Utah AMBER Alert Plan. “We need as many people as possible to get involved each time […]

DPS Victim Services Working With Advocates to Provide Assistance for Plane Crash Family Members and Witnesses

Posted on: July 26th, 2017

The Department of Public Safety’s Victim Services is assisting Weber County Advocates to set up a Family Assistance Center where next of kin and witnesses of today’s freeway plane crash can receive information and assistance. A Family Assistance Center (FAC) is a secure facility established to serve as a centralized location to provide information and […]

Riverdale Plane Crash Victims Identified

Posted on: July 26th, 2017

The Department of Public Safety is releasing the names of the four victims involved in the fatal Riverdale plane crash that occurred on July 26. The four victims were two couples; their names are as follows: Layne (M, 48) and Diana (F, 46) Clarke, husband and wife from Taylor, Utah Perry (M, 45) and Sarah […]

DPS & CCJJ Introduce New Resources for Sexual Assault Victims

Posted on: July 19th, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH– The Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice (CCJJ) and the Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS) have established a group dedicated to pursuing justice for victims of sexual assault. That group includes a new victim advocate who will be the point of contact for victims seeking resources and the status of […]

DPS Agents are Searching for a Man Who Violently Attacked Woman on I-80

Posted on: July 13th, 2017

The Department of Public Safety’s State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) needs help finding a male who violently assaulted a woman on I-80 last night. At about 10:15 p.m. on Wednesday, July 12 a woman was violently assaulted on eastbound I-80 near the Lambs Canyon exit in Parleys Canyon. The man attempted to hold the woman […]