AZDPS News & Press Releases

PHOENIX — The Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) was awarded $696,781 in grant funding from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS). The grants will help with overtime costs for troopers during driving under the influence (DUI) enforcement details, targeted distracted driving -

On Thursday, Dec. 7, 2023, Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) troopers stopped a driver for civil traffic violations on westbound Interstate 10 in Marana. Troopers observed indicators of criminal activity during the stop, and a subsequent vehicle search revealed approximately 2.6 pounds of -

On Tuesday, October 17, 2023, the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center (ACTIC) was awarded the prestigious Leadership in Homeland Security Award during the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) awards banquet in San Diego, CA. Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) -

Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) troopers seized approximately 262.02 pounds of fentanyl pills in incidents across the state from Nov. 7 through Nov. 14, 2023, and arrested a total of eight suspects on related charges.

The first seizure occurred on Tuesday, Nov. 7, when a traffic stop -

Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) troopers and Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) Enforcement and Compliance Division officers with the Arizona Commercial Vehicle Safety Partnership (ACVSP) conducted a three-day enforcement operation at ports of entry and across Interstate 40 in -

For the first time in Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) history, the driver of a passenger vehicle was convicted of negligent homicide for a fatal collision caused by distracted driving.
On September 1, 2023, a Maricopa County Superior Court judge sentenced Amanda Schlief, 35, to four -

A lengthy investigation into a criminal group buying and selling stolen vehicles resulted in the arrest of four suspects and the recovery of multiple stolen vehicles in Arizona.

The five-month investigation was led by the Arizona Department of Public Safety’s (AZDPS) Vehicle Theft Task Force -

Preliminary Information: 
--Update: Monday, September 25, 2023--

The victim has been identified as Douglas Scott Hunt, 34, of Mesa.

The investigation is ongoing.

--End of Update--


--Preliminary Information: Sunday, September 24, 2024--

On Sunday, September 24, 2023, at -

On Thursday, August 31, 2023, shortly after 10 p.m., an Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) trooper initiated a traffic stop on the driver of a silver Honda Accord sedan for a non-moving violation on northbound State Route 87 at milepost 197, near Fort McDowell.

The trooper observed -

A Fresno, California man has been convicted of first-degree murder in a case dating back more than 21 years.

On December 20, 2001, Richard Lucero was found dead in his El Mirage home with a ligature around his neck. The AZDPS Special Investigations Unit (SIU) was requested by the El Mirage Police -