Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS)

  • Agency: Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS)
  • Address: 2222 W. Encanto Blvd., Phoenix, 85009-2847 AZ
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Phone: (602)223-2000

Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) is located at 2222 W. Encanto Blvd., Phoenix, 85009-2847 AZ. The Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) phone number is (602)223-2000.

Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) News

Tonight was an amazing night for our DPS family as well as for the Edenhofer family at ISM Raceway. The day started with Debbie being recognized during the driver’s meeting, followed by a welcome on stage during opening ceremonies prior to the race. Several of our vehicles then took to the track for the parade lap while a video of Trooper Tyler Edenhofer played in the center screen. Our Honor Guard presented the colors and the race began. We have so many people to thank to include the LEO Project, ISM Raceway, the many DPS staff who helped in the planning, the fans and of course, the biggest thanks to Niece Motorsports! More videos and photos in the comments.

The LEO Project is a non-profit organization that focuses on supporting families of law enforcement officers injured or killed in the line of duty.

Today, lateral State Trooper Academy class 2018-01 graduated after 10 weeks of rigorous training where they trained extensively in firearms, collision investigation, DUI investigation, drivers training, active shooter, mobile field force and additional trainings that will provide them with the tools to be a state trooper. The graduates and their duty stations are as follows: Trooper William Haigh II- Metro East, Phoenix Trooper Garrett Kuehn- Metro East, Phoenix Trooper Samuel Santoyo- Casa Grande Trooper Michael Soto- Tucson Trooper Justin Weller- Sanders Trooper Jeremy Wisenhand- Prescott Trooper James Wiedemann- Wilcox The graduation ceremony began with a final inspection by Colonel Frank Milstead, Lt. Colonel Ken Hunter and Lt. Colonel Wayde Webb. Congratulations troopers, we’re happy to have you as part of the family. -Courteous Vigilance

Woman Disabled in Crash Survived Six Days Before Her Rescue in Wickenburg An ADOT crew, rancher and state trooper discovered the injured crash victim and helped save her life... Read more at

We're Hiring!!! Come meet our recruiters today at the Hilton Phoenix Airport! Follow the link for more information about the event.

Looking for more Halloween Safety tips? Colonel Milstead has some suggestions!

Did you know our mobile app for Apple and Android allows you to quickly pinpoint registered sex offenders in your neighborhood? You can download it by searching “Arizona Department of Public Safety Mobile” from your app store. You can also search online here: For additional Halloween safety tips visit :

The lack of seatbelt usage continues to be a major contributing factor in motor vehicle deaths nationwide. Be the example, wear your seatbelt and talk to your teen about its importance. Troopers don’t give breaks for not wearing your seatbelts!

Distracted driving continues to plague drivers across the nation. Teens are especially susceptible due to their inexperience in driving coupled with other occupants in the vehicle and technology. Watch this video and talk to your teen.

AZDPS Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs on October 27 in Casa Grande. Read more:

This week is National Teen Driver Safety Week. Did you know, in 2016 2,082 teen drivers were involved in fatal motor vehicle crashes? Watch this video on teen driving and talk to your teen!

‪Come on out to the Macayo’s at 300 S. Ash Ave in Tempe and support Special Olympics Arizona! 25% of the proceeds from now until close will benefit this great organization. The local police chiefs are competing for the title of best Guacamole. ‬

On this day in 1987, Officer Bruce A. Petersen #3536 was in pursuit of a speeding vehicle on State Route 61 near Concho when his patrol vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree. #WeWillNeverForget Please visit:

State Trooper Intentionally Collides with Wrong-Way Driver in Tucson. Elderly wrong-way driver stopped by trooper before any motorists were hurt. Read more at

Yesterday, the department held a Promotional and Service Pin Ceremony. The department promoted sworn personnel to sergeant and major. Professional staff also saw promotions in multiple areas of the department to include Wireless Systems and Operational Communications. Many employees were also recognized for their 10, 20 and even 30 years of service. We are so grateful for our employees, their dedication to service not only to the department but to the citizens of Arizona! Congratulations and thank you!

Route 66 DUI Task Force wraps up in Northern Az resulting in 26 arrests. Thanks to Winslow PD, Navajo County SO, Az Liquor Control, Holbrook PD, Hopi PD and of course @AZGOHS

On this day in 1989, Officer Johnny E. Garcia #3572 died while responding to a report of a drunken driver, whose car was stuck in a right-of-way fence near the Picacho interchange on Interstate 10. While passing a car on State Route 84 near Casa Grande, Officer Garcia's patrol car struck loose gravel, rolled three times, hit a car and then a tree. #WeWillNeverForget Please visit:

On this day in 2008, Officer/Paramedic Bruce W. Harrolle #5669, was killed while assisting with a search and rescue mission of two stranded hikers. Officer Harrolle was struck by the helicopter's rotor blades and fatally injured. For more information please visit:

Uh-Oh! This motorcycle rider was arrested this morning just before 7 a.m. on US-60 near Higley for traveling at 106 mph. The 25-year-old male rider told the trooper he didn’t see the marked patrol car as he passed it! Slow Down; it’s better to get there safely than not at all!

Yesterday, October 3rd, at about 11:37 p.m., troopers responded to the report of a collision on southbound US 89, milepost 471 (near Cameron, AZ). As they were responding, they were advised that one vehicle might have run into a large sink hole. On arriving at the scene, troopers found the area had experienced heavy rain and a portion of US 89 had washed out, creating a large sink hole. US 89 is closed at this time. The southbound lanes are closed at the US 89/SR 160 junction and the northbound lanes are closed at Cameron. This will be an extended closure. Preliminary information about the collision is that it involved two vehicles. There has been one confirmed fatality and others transported from the scene for treatment of injuries.

AZDPS was honored to be involved in @100 Club of Arizona annual Jason Schechterle Ball this year. Read more about the Ball here:

Reminder: Nationwide Wireless Emergency Alert Test Today, October 3, 2018 11:18 AM MST Your phone will buzz loudly with a Presidential Alert and will read: "This is a test of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed." More info here: …

On Sunday, October 2, 1983, just before 1:00 a.m., Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) officer/pilot Thomas McNeff, along with AZDPS officer/paramedic Richard Stratman died when their helicopter [Ranger 29] crashed into a flooded cotton field in Marana, Arizona. At the time, southern Arizona was experiencing historic thunderstorms with heavy rainfall and many areas were flooded, including the crash site. The cotton field was under water due to the overflowing Santa Cruz River nearby. First responders to the crash estimated the depth of the floodwater between one to five feet and too dangerous to reach by ground. Pilot McNeff went on duty Saturday, October 1, at 6:00 a.m. Paramedic Stratman went on duty at 8:00 a.m. The two-man crew flew numerous times over an 11 ½ hours span in support of search and rescue, medical, flood reconnaissance and other flood related missions on one of the Department’s helicopters – Ranger 29. Most of the rescue operations were in support of the Pima County Sheriff’s Office and Picture Rocks/Avra Valley Fire Department. One news source reported the Ranger 29 crew rescued over 30 people from the rooftops of homes inundated by flood waters, from vehicles caught in various washes/rivers and high-ground areas people escaped to during the historic flooding surrounding the Tucson metropolitan area. Among the missions that Ranger 29 conducted, was the transport of a pregnant woman, Kelly Amick, from the Twin Peaks market west of Marana, to the University of Arizona Medical Center. Due to flooding in the area, timely ground transportation to a hospital was impossible. In yet another emergency call, three Picture Rocks/Avra Valley volunteer firefighters became stranded on their fire attack truck within the Santa Cruz River. The Ranger 29 crew was not able to complete the rescue due to high tension power lines and other fixed lines high up around the area of the stranded firefighters. Any rescue attempt in the dark stormy night, with the power and land line obstacles, would have been extremely hazardous to the firefighters and the Ranger 29 crew. After several attempts, the mission was aborted. Ranger 29 lifted off from the intersection of Silverbell and Aguirre, the aborted rescue site, and flew towards Tucson International Airport where the DPS Southern Air Rescue hangar was located. Ranger 29 never made it to the hangar; instead, it crashed less than ten minutes later just six nautical miles southeast of its take off point, between 12:45 – 12:55 a.m. Pilot McNeff’s last radio transmission was at 12:45:41 a.m. The transmission was, “MEDS; Ranger 29, we hear you, but we’re gonna be real busy.” “The MEDS Dispatcher did not perceive any indication of a problem with either the pilot or aircraft based on the voice inflection of the pilot,” according to the official Department report. At 12:50 a.m., Lt. Williams of the Pima County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO), called the DPS communications center to report Ranger 29 had crashed. According to the official DPS report, “The DPS Dispatcher told Lt. Williams, ‘No, MEDS just talked to him [Ranger 29] at 12:45 a.m.’ Lt. Williams said to the dispatcher, ‘Went down and exploded in Marana. Yours was the only one [helicopter] in the area.’” A U.S. Air Force search and rescue team was requested by PCSO to respond to the crash site. Two pilots, a flight surgeon and a flight mechanic flew through a storm cell to reach Ranger 29. The pilot-in-charge described having encountered several rain squalls, heavy rain showers, and whiteouts from their spot/searchlights reflecting back into the cockpit from the heavy rain. The pilot also experienced spatial disorientation which prompted him to trade control of the helicopter to the co-pilot numerous times. At 1:55 a.m., the flight mechanic spotted the wreckage of Ranger 29. The flight surgeon was lowered to the crash site and determined there were no signs of life. Flood waters prevented the flight surgeon from getting close to Ranger 29. A weather front moved in over the crash site and the team was forced to leave the area until day break. The pilot reported Ranger 29 crashed into the flooded cotton field – nose first and at a slight left bank/angle. The exact cause of the crash was never determined. The official report lists several possibilities for the cause of the crash; those being: pilot error, bad weather, or an air craft failure. Officer/Pilot Thomas McNeff was a U.S. Army gunship pilot with the 192nd Assault Helicopter Company in Phan Thiet during the Vietnam War from 1970 – 1971. He had been with the Department for eight years and was 36-years-old. He was survived by his daughter and his parents. McNeff’s portrait is posted on the webpage. Officer/Paramedic Richard Stratman had been a DPS explorer as a teenager and eventually followed his dream to become a DPS officer. Stratman eventually became a paramedic in 1979 after a year-long training course. Richard Stratman was 27-years-old and is survived by his parents. Stratman’s portrait is posted on the webpage. The Thomas P. McNeff #1758 and Richard G. Stratman #1622 memorials are located at the eastbound I-10 on ramp at milepost 236. Visit their memorial webpage at: and