The Digest Blog

Congratulations to Sergeant Jason Christie, Sergeant Jason Coughlin, and Sergeant Jason Covert on completing the Paradox Ironman 70.3 Arizona! The half Ironman triathlon was held on Sunday, October 22, 2023 in Tempe.

All three sergeants are part of our Training and Management Services Bureau -

The Arizona Department of Public Safety's (AZDPS) Hazardous Materials Response Unit (HMRU) is dedicated to providing statewide response and support for incidents related to hazardous materials (hazmat), radiological materials, and weapons of mass destruction.

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On Tuesday, September 5, 2023, a female burro and her day-old foal were on State Route 74 near Lake Pleasant when she was struck by a car and killed. The small male foal survived with minor injuries and remained nearby.

Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) Sergeant Roger Hansen was among -

Andrea Rebel completed the journey from northern New Jersey to Washington, D.C. in honor of fallen AZDPS officers and troopers, including her grandfather, Officer Edward Rebel. 

On Sunday, May 7, 2023, AZDPS motor troopers proudly escorted Andrea Rebel to Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport as she departed for the East Coast to participate in the 2023 Police Unity Tour (Chapter 1 – Northern NJ). This annual tour aims to bring public awareness to peace officers who have died in the -

It is with profound sadness that we announce the death of Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) Trooper Taron S. Maddux, #10233. Trooper Maddux passed away peacefully on April 29, 2023, following a courageous battle with cancer.

An Arizona native, Trooper Maddux was born in Douglas in 1971 -

On Friday, March 17, 2023, Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) Sergeant Tom Simon retired after 30 years of dedicated service to the State of Arizona.

Sergeant Simon’s fellow motor troopers escorted him and his family home for his final “10-7”, his last radio sign-off before retirement -

Congratulations to recently retired Colonel Heston Silbert, who was named 2022 Chief of the Year by the Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police (AACOP) today!

Colonel Silbert was honored during the AACOP Meeting and Luncheon held in Mesa this morning, January 27, 2023.

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On Monday, January 2, 2023, AZDPS Air Rescue was requested by the Gila County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) to assist with the rescue of a motorist stranded in flood waters in Tonto Creek. GCSO reported the driver of a pickup truck drove around road barricades before getting caught in fast-moving flood -

It’s off to retirement for the last in-service Crown Victoria at the Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS). After going for a special “farewell” patrol shift in Phoenix recently, this classic cop car assigned to our Agency Support Division was stripped of its police equipment and delivered to -

Do you know what to do if you’re involved in a minor crash on an Arizona highway?

If the incident doesn’t involve serious injuries and the vehicle(s) involved can be driven safely, you should move your vehicle out of travel lanes as soon as possible. The safest option for you and crash responders -

On April 21, 2007, Deputy Philip A. Rodriguez of the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office was killed in the line of duty in a single-vehicle collision on Interstate 40 in Kingman. Deputy Rodriguez was just 21 years old.

In keeping with tradition, Deputy Rodriguez’s name was engraved on the Arizona -

The Gang & Immigration Intelligence Team Enforcement Mission (GIITEM) is a statewide multi-agency task force led by the Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) Gang Enforcement Bureau. The mission of GIITEM, in collaboration with citizens, partnered agencies and intelligence resources, is to -

Congratulations to the 22 graduates of Arizona State Trooper Academy Class 554! 

On Thursday, August 1, 2022, Colonel Heston Silbert addressed the graduates, presented their badges and read them the Oath of Office at their graduation ceremony at Living Word Bible Church in Mesa. 

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On February 13, 2022, a dog named Bubba went missing after he and his owners were involved in a single-vehicle rollover collision on U.S. 93 near milepost 147. Flyers were put up around the area with Bubba’s photo and owner contact information, and shared social media posts helped spread the word in -

Troopers, dispatchers, and other first responders face difficult situations on a regular basis, but every once in a while, they have an experience that leaves a lasting impact on them and those they help.

On the night of September 16, 2011, Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) Trooper Ryan -