The Highway Patrol Division (HPD) at DPS is the largest and most recognized division within the agency. It is often referred to as the agency’s flagship division and has a history dating back to 1931 when a state highway patrol function was first created in Arizona.
The mission of this Division is to ensure the safe and expeditious use of the highway transportation system for the public and to provide assistance to local and county law enforcement agencies. The division also provides services and enforcement in commercial motor vehicle, tow truck, school bus enforcement and safety programs as well as being responsible for the air rescue and aviation services for the Department and in support of other law enforcement agencies statewide.
The division is comprised of four Patrol Bureaus, a Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Bureau and the Aviation Section. The Patrol Bureaus are aligned into four bureaus based on geographic regions – North, South, Metro West and Metro East. The Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Bureau and the Aviation Section are statewide programs administered centrally with satellite offices strategically located throughout the state. In addition to its patrol function, the Metro East Bureau also administers many of the division’s specialty units such as the Canine District, the Motorcycle District, the DUI Enforcement Squad and Drug Interdiction.
Metro East also has a squad dedicated to DUI enforcement. The members of the DUI Squad are comprised of experts and instructors in the areas of standardized field sobriety testing, horizontal gaze nystagmus, drug recognition and law enforcement phlebotomy.
Division Assistant Director
- James McGuffin is in charge of the Highway Patrol Division.