Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS)

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

Operation Southern Shield begins in Arizona. Troopers and law enforcement partners will be looking for fatigued and distracted commercial vehicle drivers and other violations. Read more at

Calling all Veterans! Are you looking for a #career with a company who supports and values your military service? Don't miss the 2018 Military Career Event featuring Arizona's top employers, March 7 in Phoenix. Presented by BestCompaniesAZ and Career Connectors. Register today! #jobsforvets

DPS Winter Storm Statistics 2/27/18 – 2/28/18 from 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 a.m. Slide Offs: 5 Crashes: 8 (3 involved injury and 5 no injury reported) Motorist Assist/stuck in snow: 15 DPS Highway Patrol Districts 2 and 12 had the most activity. Total number of calls for service to DPS in northern Arizona average 367. During the storm, DPS received 795 calls for service. Click here to view statewide DPS Highway Patrol District map: Don't become a statistic; learn how to be prepared for travel during storms at

On February 23rd, 2018 at around 7 p.m., troopers responded to a school bus fire on I-10 near milepost 218 (Picacho Peak area). The bus carrying 21 total passengers, 17 students and four adults, caught fire in the engine compartment. All the occupants were able to safely exit the bus, and a good samaritan was able to assist with transporting the students and staff from the bus to the Plaza gas station nearby. None of the students or staff were injured and the Eloy Fire District did a great job evaluating all 21 involved. The school bus belongs to the Pueblo School District in Tucson. A second school bus arrived and all involved were safely transported to their destinations.

Assistant Director Hunter knows regardless of rank, he is a trooper first! Here he is helping another trooper clear the roadway after a multi-vehicle crash.

Here is Trooper Armstrong recovering in the hospital under the supervision of his K9 partner, Zorro. Armstrong and his sergeant were traveling in our box truck on February 8, 2018, delivering dog food to other canine units around the state. They were rear-ended by another vehicle, causing our box truck to roll on it’s side. Our sergeant suffered minor injuries and Trooper Armstrong sustained serious but non life threatening injuries. Both were taken by ground ambulance to Flagstaff Medical Center. The driver of the van that struck our box truck is identified as 19-year-old Van R. Rothermel of Tempe. He was booked into the Coconino County jail for DUI, two counts of aggravated assault, endangerment and possession of drugs.

Our winter storm response in northern Arizona this past weekend: • 28 slide-offs • 80 crashes • 127 motorist assists / stuck in the snow Learn how to avoid becoming one of these statistics at

Governor's Office of Highway Safety Awards Thousands of Dollars in Grants to AZDPS for Impaired Driving Investigations. Learn more at

18 years ago today, veteran officer, Floyd J. "Skip" Fink, died from injuries sustained when his patrol car was struck and burst into flames. Skip was conducting a traffic stop on US 60 near McClintock Drive in Tempe. Skip was just two weeks from his 28th anniversary at DPS. To learn more about Officer Fink’s end of watch, visit

We’re very proud of our Air Rescue crews! They’re on standby 24/7 Statewide and many times conduct multiple rescues/operations during a single shift. We also appreciate our crucial Search and Rescue partnerships! We’re glad everyone is alright! Thank You @FOX10Phoenix

Valentine’s Day is a day when many express their love and feelings for one another. In addition to the candy, flowers, and dinner; protecting a loved one’s safety while in a car, is a wonderful way to show your love for them. Ensure your loved ones are wearing their seat belts. Watch the video at

46 years ago, on Feb. 5th, Highway Patrolmen James Keeton & Don Beckstead were shot by the same suspect, just minutes apart, along I-40. James died at the scene and Don died two days later in the hospital on Feb. 7th; they were just 27 and 28-years-old respectively. Bertram Greenberg, the rape & murder suspect that killed Officer’s Keeton and Beckstead, was later killed by New Mexico authorities. Greenberg was suspected of raping and strangling a 13-year-old California girl to death and leaving her body in a Los Angeles park. After killing Officer’s Keeton and Beckstead, reports indicate that Greenberg traveled into New Mexico and faked car trouble, ultimately obtaining a ride from a couple. He later shot the couple in the head – killing the husband. To learn more about Officer Keeton’s end of watch, visit To learn more about Officer Beckstead’s end of watch, visit To learn more about our fallen troopers visit

Arizona State Trooper Rescues Impaired Driver Stuck on Railroad Tracks. Impaired driver ends up thanking trooper for saving his life after being dragged feet-first from his vehicle Read more at

Pursuit in West Valley Ends in Crash in East Valley. Read more at

Colonel Frank Milstead issues a statement applauding Governor Ducey's budget for Fiscal Year 2019.

The first Employee Appreciation Day was a great success! Current employees and retirees enjoyed a day of food and fun in recognition of all their hard work put forth this past year. Thank you to the Arizona State Troopers Association and the Fraternal Order of Police for organizing this event. The employees at DPS look forward to this new yearly tradition! For more Digest Blog articles, please visit:

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$2 Million in Marijuana Discovered by Trooper During Traffic Stop. The stop netted marijuana oil, edibles and cigarettes containing cannabis. Read more at

The Spirit of Service is represented as one of the seven points on our breast-badge. We are proud to serve and are proud to be a part of #AZService

Both rain and snow are expected around the state this week, and safe driving practices are a must. Visit our webpage for safe driving tips as well as links to check roadway conditions prior to your trip.(Some of many suggestions are below) Arizona is a beautiful state year-round, enjoy it safely.

Colonel Frank Milstead and Lieutenant Colonel Wayde Webb are honored to attend an event on Sunday, January 7th, 2018 at 10 a.m. to honor our brave Fallen Firefighters at the 34th Annual Fallen Firefighter Memorial. Follow this link for additional information.

19 Lateral Troopers Graduate the State Trooper Academy. Congratulations, troopers!

Today at 3pm at the Arizona Department of Public Safety Public Service Training Center, 2222 W. Encanto in Phoenix, 19 lateral hire officers are graduating from the DPS State Trooper Academy. Three of the new hires are from out of state police agencies. This is the first lateral class of 2017 to graduate. Congratulations!

Raiden's Wish is to one day be a SWAT Operator. On December 7, 2017, AZDPS SWAT and the Make-A-Wish Foundation made his wish come true! View more:

AZDPS Media Advisory regarding Funeral Services for El Mirage Police Officer Paul Lazinsky. Read more: